Frequently asked questions
What is classical Christian education?
“Classical Christian education (CCE) cannot be classified too quickly.
- CCE is a form of education rooted in the best educational practices of the past.
- CCE is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty.
- CCE is an educational approach rooted in Christian conviction and theology employing the historic curriculum and pedagogy of the liberal arts in order to cultivate men and women characterized by wisdom, virtue and eloquence.”
–Dr Christopher Perrin, Classical Academic Press
What is Coram Deo micro-school?
Coram Deo is a private, classical, Christian school alternative for school aged children in Perth, Australia. We run weekly, full day classes offering a classical Christian curriculum and pedagogy from a Christian worldview.
In order to enrol at Coram Deo, you will need to register for Home Education with the Department of Education.
Why do I need to be registered for Home Education?
Parents will need to register for home education with the Department of Education because Coram Deo is not a registered school but a private tutoring service.
Is Coram Deo micro-school accredited?
Yes, Coram Deo is accredited by the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS). The lengthy and rigorous process of pursuing ACCS accreditation was completed in June 2020.
Are you a private Micro-school?
We are a private, school alternative option for homeschooling families. We are a private tutoring centre working in conjunction with parents and educators.
Are you a faith-based program?
Yes, we are. Our Statement of Faith is as follows:
We believe in the Bible in its entirety, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as the only infallible rule of faith and practice and subscribe to the historic, orthodox expressions of the Christian faith as it is laid out in the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed, as well as in the Westminster Standards (i.e., the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms), the Three Forms of Unity (i.e., the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dordt, the Heidelberg Catechism), etc.
Is Coram Deo associated with any particular church or denomination?
No, our micro-school is not affiliated with any churches or denominations. We do however enjoy the support of a healthy diversity of Protestant churches.
Does Coram Deo micro-school follow a specific educational philosophy?
Yes, it does. Our qualified teachers use classical Christian education. CCE uses time-tested Trivium teaching methodology, which naturally appeals to students as they develop through the three stages of learning, namely: Grammar, Logic (Dialectic) and Rhetoric. CCE encourages a lifelong work ethic at an early age. Students see an integrated picture of Western culture from a Christian worldview. Such a worldview has a strong moral code and traditionally a high benchmark of excellence and appreciation of beauty. Maths and science, reflecting God’s character, are also strongly integrated into this big picture, distinguishing classical Christian education from a liberal arts education.
Do we have to be Christians to have a child attend your classical Christian micro-school?
No, that is not a prerequisite. While parents / guardians should be aware and comfortable with the fact that our philosophy of education is founded upon, and informed by, a biblical worldview and that the beliefs enumerated in our Statement of Faith (see above) are taught in various and frequent ways across school programs, there is no requirement for a profession of faith by applicants or their families.
What curriculum do you follow?
Classical education involves understanding the present by learning about the past. The integrated learning model includes:
- Grammar & English
- Languages (Latin or Spanish)
Subject integration with rich content, Socratic teaching, debate, and written and oral defence provide mental stimulation to cultivate powerful minds who know why they believe and are equipped to give an account of it (1 Peter 3:15).
The final result is students who understand and pursue virtuous character. Who are able to think and articulate their Christian worldview by accurate and informative argument. Students who understand the philosophical challenges of the culture in which they live and appreciate their Western cultural heritage for its Christian and classical roots.
Why study Latin?
The study of Latin is an important facet of the classical curriculum. It trains the mind for orderly thinking and expression and lays a firm foundation in the grammar and vocabulary of English (nearly 80% of English words are derived from Latin). Having a working knowledge of Latin facilitates students’ acclimation to the learning of other modern foreign languages. Last but not least, the study of classical languages encourages an understanding of and appreciation for Western culture and civilisation.
What about academic performance?
Students at classical Christian schools score above all other types of schools — public, religious and even independent. See for example the data published at https://classicalchristian.org/measure-it/.
The Good Soil Report is worth mentioning. It is a comparative study comparing a set of 24- to 42-year-old alumni from public, secular private, Catholic, evangelical Christian, religious homeschool and classical Christian micro-schools on the axes of life choices, preparation, attitudes, values, opinions, and practices. Classical Christian schools clearly emerge as the best option.
Who are the teachers at Coram Deo micro-school?
Coram Deo counts on the support of a team of teachers and volunteers, including:
- Qualified and experienced teachers;
- Well-known members of our Christian community (with a superior degree);
- Parents who are able to support teachers and volunteers.
Volunteers at the Micro-schools are only invited to work with us by personal references.
Some of the requirements for our teachers are:
- an up-to-date Working With Children Check
- the completion of courses on classical Christian education
- weekly discussions covering the foundational concepts and influential figures within classical learning and pedagogy
What is the use of the technology at Coram Deo?
In general, teachers may use technology during their lessons. Students do not require a device at the Grammar stage. In the latter stages of Logic and Rhetoric, particularly for online courses, a device will be required.
What is your music / art / sport program like?
These areas are still in development; in general terms, all students will participate in Music, Art and Sport.
What grades do you offer?
The 2024 enrolment is open for pre-kindy and K-12.
What are the school fees for 2024?
- Kindy: A$ 2,750 per annum (A$ 687.50 per term)
- Pre-primary – Year 6: A$ 5,500 per annum (A$ 1,375 per term)
- Transition: A$ 8,000 per annum (A$ 2,000 per term)
- Year 7 to 12: A$ 8,800 per annum (A$ 2,200 per term)
Sibling discount: 5% of tuition fees for the second child, 10% of tuition fees for this and subsequent child.
How do I make a payment?
Our bank details are as follows:
Account Name: CCE Perth Inc
Account no: 1047 8819
Ref: please specify at least the student’s surname
How often do classes meet?
Kindy classes are available for 2 days a week
Pre-Primary to Year 12 classes are covered across 4 days a week
Do students need to use a uniform?
No, they do not. We encourage, however, the wearing of practical and inexpensive clothing to help students develop responsibility for choosing and looking after their own belongings. We emphasise neatness and presentability.
What accountability mechanisms are in place?
All teachers have a Working With Children Check (WWCC).
Parents are welcome to drop by for a visit at any time. At the end of each day, parents receive student work completed by their children.
Our classes are small, with a number of volunteer parents in attendance. Often classes are in view of each other.
We are advised by the board of Classical Christian Education, Perth (CCEP inc.) who provide wisdom, advice and consultancy.
The 2024 enrolment is open for K-12 in several locations around Perth.
8 AM – 4 PM
Billabong Community Centre – 40 Liffey St, Canning Vale WA 6155
0422 122 545