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Saint Ambrose Academy exists to support homeschooling families in the endeavor of educating their children and to provide a community where families can share two common loves: love of the Catholic faith and love of family. The hybrid homeschooling system offered by SAA maximizes the time the family can spend together as well as the added benefits of community life that a school setting offers.
We meet twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday for classes in order to educate children in the classroom setting. In partnership with their SAA teachers, parents are responsible to continue their education at home on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday as a Catholic hybrid homeschool co-op.
A few years into our marriage, with a toddler and a newborn, my husband suggested that we consider home-schooling when the time came. To be honest, I felt that I didn’t have it in me. That I couldn’t possibly sacrifice that much. The thought was overwhelming.
However, at the same time, our Lord brought several Catholic homeschooling families into our lives. They not only showed me that educating our children was possible, but that it could be done with joy and grace amongst the sacrifice. What I saw was happy, healthy and holy children, confident in God’s love for them. I saw families living out their call to be “domestic churches”. I saw siblings growing up together, helping each other, learning and praying together. I saw parents coming together to support each other, all with one goal in mind, the salvation of their families. And I wanted what I saw, sacrifice and all!
Several years and three children later, just as the curriculum and the demands of home-educating were getting more challenging, God provided a new opportunity for our family. St. Ambrose Academy opened its doors in 2018. With classes two days a week, it provides a nice balance of a structured school environment with home education. Days at St. Ambrose begin with Mass or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by classes in Math, Science, Latin, History, Writing, Physical Education, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (in grades 4th- 9th). We are so grateful for the blessing of home-schooling and St. Ambrose Academy.
My husband and I are so grateful for having stumbled upon Saint Ambrose Academy. We could no longer afford the private Catholic school that our children previously attended because of the need and call for me to be a stay at home mother. Our faith was the most important part of this decision and we failed to see how to move forward educating our children. The thought of homeschooling three children with a baby seemed like an impossible task even though we felt that our home was the safest and most nurturing place for them. We felt stuck and desperate for a solution. Meeting Erica Paul, a co-founder of SAA, at a catholic women’s conference was truly an answer to my prayers. The structure of “teacher led” homeschooling and the support of the school community gave us the confidence to take the homeschooling leap. We are surrounded by like minded families who are in all different stages of the homeschooling journey. Our children are thriving! The distinctly Catholic, Mother of Divine Grace Curriculum is challenging and well rounded.
This choice has brought joy to our home and peace to our hearts. This school has truly been a blessing!
Our decision to homeschool came after a period of prayer and discernment as our eldest approached pre-school age. We are blessed in our area to have so many wonderful options for Catholic education and we wanted to know where God was calling our family. Over time, our prayers for guidance were answered as God began to place many Catholic homeschooling families in our path. Their passion for instilling in their families a love for Jesus and the Church, as well as their commitment to providing excellent academic formation, showed us the beauty and possibility of Catholic homeschooling.
Among the greatest blessings we have received on this journey of nearly ten years is the incredible Catholic community we have found. Our family has been a part of the Totus Tuus Catholic Homeschooling Co-op that meets twice monthly for Mass or adoration and then enrichment classes. Most recently we have joined St. Ambrose Academy hybrid co-op, where our two eldest daughters attend full days of class on Monday and Wednesday and complete the rest of their course work at home the remaining days of the week. The flexibility that homeschooling provides has allowed us to seek out the support and resources that truly meet the spiritual, academic and social needs that our children have, both as individuals and as a family.
I am a homeschool mother of three. My oldest is twelve, my middle child is nine, and my youngest is six. Saint Ambrose Academy (SAA) has been the perfect support for my family. We decided to enroll our oldest last year and have no regrets. His attendance at this hybrid school twice a week enabled me to give more academic attention to my middle child, which had become a growing need of ours. To be honest, I was concerned with how invasive this enrollment would be on our academic flexibility. But I am pleased to share that my experience has been the opposite. The hybrid school and it’s instructors are more than willing to work with my family’s individual needs. I also appreciate how I do not feel pressured to enroll my middle and youngest child. SAA strives to meet homeschooling families where they are. Communication with its administrators and teachers is an ease. They truly desire to work in collaboration with me and fully acknowledge that my husband and I are the primary teachers of our children. The small class sizes are ideal for specialized and focused learning. If you are currently homeschooling and feel the need for support, I strongly encourage you to consider SAA for your family. If you’re not currently homeschooling but would like to, I believe SAA could help make that dream possible!