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Classical Conversations Bryan College

Announcing an exciting homeschool through high school program with Bryan College and Classical Conversations.

Updated November 2, 2011

Semester 2 Course Syllabus now available.

Updated August 19, 2011

Sign up for CC+/Bryan College Dual Enrollment here.

Read an email from VP of Enrollment, Michael Sapienza to Challenge III Parents.

Bryan College and Classical Conversations have formed a partnership to offer dual enrollment program for Challenge III and IV students. We are excited to announce this new program: Classical Conversations Plus.

Over the years of speaking with families about Challenge, I have always said Challenges III and IV require the study of fewer texts because students of that age are no longer confined to home and need to be working, serving, and building resumes. One way to build an academic resume is to add a few college courses. Unfortunately, most of our students pursue this path through community colleges rather than private Christian colleges. Often this ends up undoing all the parents’ previous efforts to establish a Christian worldview. 

This partnership produces the following positive results:

1. Affirm the excellence of CC's program.
2. Allow students who already work hard in CC to get the recognition they deserve.
3. Cause families to give the Classical Conversations Challenge programs a second look (especially those who need the reassurance of concurrent enrollment to demonstrate that homeschooling is viable).
4.  Allow families to save money for credit hours earned prior to full-time college enrollment.
5. Offer additional Christian training to children made in God's image.

How will it work?

Parents will work directly with Bryan College. Classical Conversations directors are simply responsible to share the option with parents. Directors bear no additional responsibilities in administration and grading. Classical Conversations will facilitate a relationship between your students in Classical Conversations and Bryan College.

Bryan College requires students to have previously completed at least two years in Classical Conversations and to be currently enrolled in at least four Challenge III or IV level courses.

We are still working on the signup process, we will let you know when this is finalized.

What will it cost?

Bryan College will charge Classical Conversations students a discounted rate of $100 per credit hour, so most classes will cost $300 (see further detail about credit hours below).

What Classes will be offered?

Beginning in the fall semester of 2011, Bryan College will offer three credits for the completion of the fall semester of the Challenge III U.S. History. The cost for these three credits will be $300. (CC is negotiating with Bryan to waive additional enrollment fees for CC students. Challenge students will not need to purchase any additional books.)

For the spring 2012 semester, Bryan will offer three credits for completion of the second semester Challenge III's U.S. and the cost will again be $300. Students will not need to purchase additional books.

In the future, we hope to add Advanced Math to earn credits for freshman algebra and to add a communication credit for the Challenge speaking events. Bryan professors are currently reviewing our coursework, so these classes may have to wait until 2012-13 school year.

By 2012-13, we plan to offer at least twelve credits in both Challenge III and Challenge IV allowing our students to graduates with twenty-four credits. This of course will cost parents an additional $2400 over two years if they choose to enroll in this optional program. However, families could potentially save an entire year of college fees ($12,000-$25,000).

Will Classes Transfer?

Bryan College is a regionally accredited college, which is the highest accreditation colleges can attain. This is the same accreditation of virtually every major state school and many accredited private schools. Classes are never guaranteed to transfer from one institution to another. Parents must use discernment and contact the college admissions department of the colleges they are considering for their students. lasses that do not transfer are typically classes that are not offered at other institutions. In addition, some colleges will only accept a certain number of transfer credits.

College credit, even if it does not transfer, will enhance your resume and your chances of securing college admission and scholarships.

A Brief Note from Leigh Bortins:

Greg Stockton, Robert Bortins, Linda Tomkinson and I really loved the professors we met. We could have talked literature and math and worldview all day together. Professor Sample, who will offer our students support via online and phone for American History, is just the kind of man I want my William to learn from. Dr. Lestman understood the principles supporting math concepts and the need to bring our children from being problem chasers to becoming math thinkers. Dr. Raymond Legg understands the importance of citation and author's intent as well as loving words. He was just delightful and talks classically naturally.

I know that Bryan in Tennessee is far away from many of you. Should this work out, we'll look for opportunities to find great professors to introduce your children to throughout the region. My dream has been that students go to college to hang out with colleagues - specific people who will disciple them and students who will challenge them as they grow in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior - rather than an expensive diploma with an institute attached.

Leigh Bortins

TIERS: challenge
CATEGORIES: Articles, Classical Christian Education, College and Post Graduation, Rhetoric Stage (ages 14 to 18)

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