Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the Academy meet?
What is the Academy’s schedule for the 2017-18 school year?
What grades are offered at the Academy?
How many students are in each class at the Academy?
What does “Comm.” stand for?
What is classical education?
If we are new to classical education, will my students be behind?
What history/science is the Academy studying in Elementary/Middle School this year?
What is the rotation for subjects in High School?
What subjects are covered in the curriculum for Elementary and Middle School?
Why does Comm. Central include Latin?
What subjects are not covered in the curriculum?
Why doesn’t Comm. Central include math at all levels?
What credits will my High School student receive after completing Comm. Central's two-year high school rotation?
What high school credits are not covered at Comm. Central Academy and why don't you offer them?
How much do the books needed cost?
Do you have any recommendations on ordering books?
Do I need a curriculum guide for every student in my family?
Does the Academy place group orders on books to save on shipping?
What is narration and why is it important?
Why is keeping a timeline important?
How do I build a timeline?
What is Digging Deeper?
What is Unique Design?
How is Unique Design different in High School?
How much does it cost to attend the Academy?
When is tuition due?
Does the Academy offer a discount for multiple children in a family?
How does the Academy maintain student records?
How do I put together a course book and why should I?
What is graded at the Academy, and what do I have to grade?
Does the Academy provide a transcript for high school?
How do I register for the Academy?
How do I become a teacher at the Academy?
What if I don’t want my child who is attending the Academy to do all of the assignments?
What are the Academy’s policies for missing school if we are on vacation or sick?

Where does Comm. Central Academy meet?

Comm. Central meets in the central Little Rock area. The exact location is not posted for the safety of our students. Please contact us.

What is the Academy’s schedule for the 2018-19 school year?

Fall Semester:

  • The first day of class: August 6th
  • The last day of class: November 19th  

Spring Semester:

  • The first day of class: January 7th
  • The last day of class: April 22nd (If we miss two school days because of snow, this date will move to April 29th.)

Fall Break:

  • Classes will not be held on Labor Day. There will not be any schoolwork assigned for that week. (September 3rd for the 2018-19 school year)

Spring Break:

  • Spring Break will always align with the Little Rock and Pulaski County School Districts. (March 18th for the 2018-19 school year)

​Talent Show:

  • March 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

What grades are offered at the Academy?

All grades are offered: K4-12th grade.

How many students are in each class at the Academy?

Class size ranges from 10-20 students per class, based on enrollment.

What does “Comm.” stand for?

“Comm.” stands for communication. We believe that communication, both written and verbal, is an important aspect of the Christian life. One can possess knowledge and Truth, but it is powerless if they lack the communication skills necessary to share it with those in their spheres of influence.

What is classical education?

-Go to link “Classical Education

If we are new to classical education, will my students be behind?

Every subject, regardless of grade level, includes all the information needed for success. However, the students who have completed the grammar stage should be able to complete the logic and/or rhetoric stage with greater ease.

What history/science is the Academy studying in Elementary/Middle School this year?

Our history rotation is as follows:

  • 2013/2014 - Year 1:  Ancient Near East and Ancient Greece
  • 2014/2015 - Year 2:  Ancient Rome thru the Middle Ages
  • 2015/2016 - Year 3:  Renaissance and Reformation thru Modern Times
  • 2016/2017 - Year 4:  American History: Founding thru the 19th Century

Our science rotation is as follows:

  • 2013/2014 – Year 1:  Life Science
  • 2014/2015 – Year 2:  Earth and Space
  • 2015/2016 – Year 3:  Chemistry and Ecology
  • 2016/2017 – Year 4:  Physical Science

What is the rotation for subjects in High School?

  • Years 1 & 3:
    • American History (Colonization-Modern Times)
    • English (American Literature, composition, grammar)
    • American Government/Economics

  • Years 2 & 4:
    • World History (Western Civilization:  1400-Modern Times)
    • English (British Literature, composition, grammar)
    • Bible

​NOTE:  Math, science, and career focus (through accountability) are offered every year.

What subjects are covered in the curriculum for Elementary and Middle School?

  • History
  • Literature
  • Composition (3rd Grade and up)
  • Grammar (4th Grade and up)
  • Oral Communications
  • Unique Design (5th Grade and up)
  • Latin (2nd-6th Grade)
  • Bible (3rd-6th Grade)
  • Christian Worldview (In literature/history/science discussions at the Academy)
  • Science
  • Math (7th Grade and up)

Why does Comm. Central include Latin?

  • All of the Romantic languages are derived from Latin: French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian. Learning these languages is easier with a strong foundation in Latin.
  • A vast majority of English words are based on Latin roots, so the knowledge of Latin increases one’s English vocabulary.
  • The language of many disciplines is based on Latin roots: law, medicine, philosophy, and engineering.
  • Understanding grammar is an intricate part of studying foreign language, so the study of Latin is one of the best ways to cement your knowledge of English grammar.
  • Translating Latin is an excellent mental exercise that forces students to attend to the task. They can not fake their way through it.

What subjects are not covered in the curriculum?

  • K4-2nd Grade: Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Math
  • 3rd Grade: Grammar, Spelling, Math
  • 4th-6th Grade: Spelling, Math

Why doesn’t Comm. Central include math at all levels?

We believe that math, like phonics, should be taught to mastery and each student should progress at his/her own pace.

The Academy does offer math beginning in 7th grade where students can select a math course appropriate to their level of mastery.

What credits will my high school student receive after completing Comm. Central's two-year high school rotation?

  • English:  2 units
  • Social Studies:  3 units (if economics is counted as social studies credit)
    • World History
    • American History
    • American Government: 1/2 unit
    • Economics:  1/2 unit

  • Science:  2 units
    • Physical Science
    • Biology

  • Mathematics:  1 unit
    • Algebra I

  • Fine Arts:  1/2 unit
  • Health and Safety:  1/2 unit
  • Career Focus:  2 units (through accountability)

What high school credits are not covered at Comm. Central Academy and why don't you offer them?

  • English:  2 units (20th Century World Literature will be offered as a third English rotation if there are enough students interested.)
  • Oral Communication:  1/2 unit (Most students achieve this credit through Pulaski Tech.)
  • Mathematics:  3 units (Geometry will be offered if there are enough students interested.)
  • Physical Education:  1/2 unit (Most students achieve this credit through group lessons suited to their unique gifting.)
  • Career Focus:  4 units (classes should be individualized to meet the student's interests)

How much do the books needed cost?

Total cost of books ranges between $230 and $310 per student 3rd through 8th grade. The cost for additional students within the same family will not double because of the inclusion of teacher guides and texts that only one per family are required. Parents with students below 3rd grade can expect the cost of books to be considerably less depending on optional material purchased. The cost of high school books depends on classes selected.

Once you receive the curriculum list (located in your curriculum guide) for your students, you can see the store recommendations below where you can set up a wish list that will calculate your exact curriculum cost.

Do you have any recommendations on ordering books?

A great online store for ordering homeschool curricula is Rainbow Resource: www.rainbowresource.com.

Any book not carried by Rainbow Resource can be found on Amazon.

For local purchase, Mardel’s Christian Bookstore carries many of the books Comm. Central requires.

Do I need a curriculum guide for every student in my family?

Yes, beginning in 3rd grade; not only is the curriculum guide your student’s instruction manual for a successful school year, but it also contains daily checklists to keep your student on track throughout the week which are consumable.

Does the Academy place group orders on books to save on shipping?

No, if you spend $150 or more at Rainbow Resource, shipping is free.

You can join Amazon Prime for free shipping.

You can order through Mardel’s and have your products shipped to the store free of charge.

What is narration and why is it important?

Narration, a verbal or written summary given on information gained regarding a particular subject matter, is a highly valuable skill because it gives the student continual practice at summarizing information – a critical thinking skill. When summarizing the information, the student takes ownership of it, reinforcing the knowledge acquired. With narration as an expectation, the student is forced to attend to their reading. They cannot summarize that which they have half-listened to or half-read. The Points to Remember can be used to assist the parent with this task.

When narration is done verbally, the benefits are two-fold. Not only is the student achieving better retention of the material, but it is also a good practice in oral presentation. Because it’s impromptu, the student is forced to think quickly to form their sentences and choose the correct words – speaking skills which are invaluable. Oral communication can be further developed by encouraging the student to speak fluently without the use of fillers.

Why is keeping a timeline important?

The historical timeline is an important visual aide that allows the student to see the progression of history. The Comm. Central Curriculum Guide introduces history in chronological order, but it is also organized by country to allow the student to think critically within one culture before shifting to another. The timeline helps to bring history alive as the student sees how events that happened around the world relate in time. Assisting in critical thinking, the timeline helps answer several of the “brainstorming” questions that will take place weekly.

How do I build a timeline?

Each week the student will be given events and dates to put on their timeline. If other interesting events are found, they may be added too. Timeline information can be hand-written directly in the book or printed on shipping labels and easily applied to your timeline book of choice. Many timeline books are available. A standard landscape spiral-bound sketchbook is recommended. Set up the timeline using the following yearly increments:

  • 5000-3000 B.C. = 1000
  • 2500-1500 B.C. = 500
  • 1250-1000 B.C. = 250
  • 900-700 B.C. = 100
  • 650 B.C.-50 A.D. = 50
  • 25-100 A.D. = 25
  • 200-1000 A.D. = 100
  • 1050-1500 A.D. = 50
  • 1525-1600 A.D. = 25
  • 1610-1770 A.D. = 10
  • 1775-present = 5

Each yearly increment will cover a single page. If the student is beginning their timeline mid-stream, they may want to allow room at the beginning of the book to add the ancient, medieval, and/or early modern events.

Please see the following pictures for ideas. This is only one possibility. Please feel free to research different options and make the timeline unique to your student or family.

What is Digging Deeper?

We believe research skills are paramount and that students should have a regular opportunity to independently practice the composition skills they are learning each week. The Digging Deeper assignments achieve this goal. Each week elementary students will “dig deeper” into their history lesson for oral presentation and the middle school students will either “dig deeper” into the time period or their Unique Design and compose a paragraph. Unique Design topic suggestions and grade-specific guidelines for Digging Deeper assignments are included in the introduction pages of the curriculum guides.

What is Unique Design?

We believe God has gifted each student with a unique design that includes interests, skills, and abilities unique to them. We want to facilitate the discovery of this unique design and celebrate each student’s individuality.

Each year the student will pick an area of interest. They will perform research relating to this interest within the time period being studied that year. Over the course of the school year they will compose eight paragraphs presenting this research and will be allotted eight weeks in the curriculum guide to work on a related project. If attending the Academy, they will present this at the year-end assembly. Possible areas of interest and project ideas are included in the introduction pages of the curriculum guide.

How is Unique Design different in High School?

State graduation requirements mandate that students complete six career focus credits. Students will choose a field to study and a curriculum that will be implemented by the parents. The Academy will provide accountability through students’ sharing the information they’ve learned with their classmates. In addition, they will complete a project related to their study to present at the year-end assembly.

How much does it cost to attend the Academy?

Below are tuition costs per student per semester. The cost of the curriculum guide and ALL fees (except high school science lab fees) are included in the tuition. Parents are responsible for purchasing the individual books needed.

  • Echo (K4-2nd Grade): $400 per semester
  • Elements (3rd-6th Grade): $480 per semester
  • Exploration (7th-8th Grade): $500 per semester
    • ​Algebra I (High School course - $25 surcharge)
    • Biology (High School course - $50 surcharge)
  • Expression (9th-12th Grade):
    • English:  $150 per semester
    • History:  $150 per semester
    • Biology:  $150 per semester
    • Worldview:  $150
    • Algebra II/Geometry:  $150 per semester
    • Algebra I:  $100 per semester
    • British Literature:  $100 per semester
    • Health:  $100
    • Personal Finance:  $100

When is tuition due?

Tuition for each semester is due on or before the first day of class* and is non-refundable**.

Curriculum guides are included in the tuition.

Tuition does NOT include the following:

A $25 administration fee per family due upon registration

Lab fees for high school sciences

*Payment plans are available upon request.

**Reimbursements will be given if student(s) move out of the greater Little Rock area.

A non-refundable $25 registration fee per student is due upon registration, which will be applied to your student’s tuition.  

Does the Academy offer a discount for multiple children in a family?

No, unfortunately the Academy is unable to offer a discount for multiple children.

How does the Academy maintain student records?

The Academy does not keep student records; however, grade sheets for each subject are located in the appendix of the curriculum guides. The weekly assignments are listed on the grade sheet so scores can easily be recorded and averaged at year-end.  The parent is ultimately responsible for final grades.  Parents are responsible for producing a transcript for high school.

How do I put together a course book and why should I?

Throughout the year the student will keep a course book – a two-inch, three-ring binder where they compile their completed work for the purpose of record keeping. Each state has different requirements as to what documentation is necessary to prove educational standards have been met. The course book will serve as one means of documentation to meet these standards. Course book checklists, located in the appendix of the curriculum guide, will assist the student in organizing their course book for easy reference and grading.

What is graded at the Academy, and what do I have to grade?

The Academy will grade all writing assignments, including Digging Deeper paragraphs.

Parents will grade all other Elementary/Middle School homework and quizzes.

The Academy will grade all science lab notebooks.  High School History and Science tests administered at home can be brought to the Academy for grading as the parent desires.

Does the Academy provide a transcript for high school?

The Academy will provide suggestions and sample transcripts for each year. Parents are responsible for record keeping and producing the final transcript.

How do I register for the Academy?

Click here

How do I become a teacher at the Academy?

Please contact us as early as March to set up an interview to be considered for the upcoming school year.

What if I don’t want my child who is attending the Academy to do all of the assignments?

It is our desire that all parents aspire for their students to complete all assignments to the best of their ability. It can be very discouraging for the teacher and other students in the class to have a discussion and others not be prepared.

What are the Academy’s policies for missing school if we are on vacation or sick?

It is the at the parents discretion as to what assignments are completed when on vacation or sick. Please see comment above.