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Classical Conversations Plus

Affordably earn college credit in alignment with Challenge II, III and IV.

What is Classical Conversations Plus?

Classical Conversations Plus exists for registered Challenge® families to enroll in regionally-accredited 3-credit hour college courses that are closely-aligned to the Challenge II, III and IV Guides. Classical Conversations Plus has several benefits:

  • Colleges provide credit through credentialed Assessors or Reviewers for Challenge coursework;
  • Students experience early college academic vigor while remaining in their parents’ care;
  • Parents access a Christian, credentialed Assessor or Reviewer who assesses work at a collegiate level and who respects parents and their choice of curriculum;
  • CC families reduce their initial costs for college.
  • Classical Conversations Plus age requirements for currently registered Challenge students are 15 years of age as of September 30 to qualify for Challenge II concurrent college courses and 16 years of age as of September 30 to qualify for Challenge III or IV concurrent college courses. In addition, Challenge II students must be fully enrolled in all six seminars.Challenge III and IV students must be enrolled in a minimum of four seminars. Students may only take courses that correspond to the seminars of their current enrollment. Students are required to have a two year previous history with the Challenge program to ensure success with college level assessments.

What is new?

Classical Conversations Plus Composition I College Credit Options

Students only need one course of Composition I (3 credit hours) for concurrent college credits if college freshman English composition credits are desired for the transcript.

Classical Conversations Plus offers four (4) Composition I courses to give students different options in securing the English Composition I Credits based on Challenge level, semester length, time of year, and the particular seminar topic for assessment. A student may elect to gain Comp I credits while in Challenge II using British Literature assignments for assessment. Or a student may elect Comp 1 credits while in Challenge III choosing from three different course options.  These options are offered so that students and parents may choose the seminar topic emphasis for assignment assessments and also plan a timetable for the homeschool high school years in conjunction with other college credits that are available through the Classical Conversations Plus college credit program.

Please refer to the table above for particular information.

Classical Conversations Plus ICS News

Registration for Classical Conversations Plus ICS is now open! Classical Conversations Plus continues in partnership with Integrity College Solutions (Classical Conversations Plus ICS) after a successful debut year. Our course demands have grown in popularity with students, parents, assessors, and our regional college partner. New courses are being offered for the 2018-19 school year. ICS is offering MAT 1600, College Algebra, from the Challenge II logic strand. To register for this course students must use the Saxon Algebra II, third edition text as their text resource.

LAT 2620, College Latin, Second Year is being offered for the Challenge III grammar strand. The new Latin course addition means a student starting in Challenge II could complete college foreign language requirements while in our high school Challenge program. Classical Conversations Plus ICS courses will remain a two-semester length period (thirty weeks). Keep this in mind for course registration and time commitment. Enrollment numbers for course offerings are limited, so register early. Registration is for fall semester only; there is no spring semester registration. The syllabus in the Challenge Guides is as closely aligned as allowable to the syllabus for the college credit. What remains in place is the authority of the parent to grade their child for high school work completed, as well as director-provided assessment (excluding grading) and peer assessment. What is added is a college-credentialed assessor, accessed through a state-of-the-art college-level student management system, who provides assessment at a college level in a classical style. The college-level assessment yields college credits, typically three credit hours for each course, even though courses convene for two semesters (thirty weeks). More information about these and other Classical Conversations Plus ICS courses are listed in the Course Listings Section.

Classical Conversations Plus SEU News

Registration for Classical Conversations Plus SEU summer math and fall semester registrations are open. Please note summer math registration deadlines. Our Classical Conversations Plus SEU summer math courses offerings continue to be a good way to focus and secure college credits in a more relaxed manner. New courses are being offered for the 2018-19 school year. Classical Conversations Plus SEU is offering BBUS 2333, Data Analysis using Spreadsheets, for both the summer math session and fall semester. This course can be taken in Challenge III or IV. Please note this course is sixteen weeks in length and offers preparation for Excel certification, which is a great value. The course also utilizes MyITLabs without separate purchases necessary. Be sure read all the technical information that is included in the course overview.

In addition, Classical Conversations Plus SEU is offering ENGL 2303, Greek and Roman Literature, for this fall semester, and HUMS 2203, Dramatic Interpretation of Ancient Literature, for next spring semester. Both of these sophomore-level college courses correlate with the Challenge IV exposition strand. BIOT 1413, Old Testament and Its Interpretation, is being offered in correlation to the Challenge IV rhetoric strand. More information about these and other Classical Conversations Plus SEU courses are listed in the Course Listings Section.

Course Listings

SEU Courses Click on individual course titles for more information.

 

ICS Courses Click on individual course titles for more information.

What do courses cost?

Classical Conversations Plus SEU courses remain the same price this year at $500 for a full 3-credits, which equates to $167 per credit hour. There are no additional fees and no required additional books, with the exception of the math courses. Classical Conversations Plus SEU Math courses each require the purchase of an electronic math textbook license for an additional fee. With that knowledge in advance, families can avoid purchasing the high school math text if they wish. Tuition fees are paid to SEU, not to Classical Conversations.

Classical Conversations Plus ICS courses for 2017-2018 each are priced at $389 for a full 3-credits, which converts to $130 per credit hour. There are no additional books required. Tuition fees are paid to ICS, not to Classical Conversations.

Will classes transfer?

Every year, transferring credits between colleges eases within the United States; however, the process remains widely-varied and non-systematic. Classical Conversations Plus and each partner college are well aware of the need to transfer credits, and we all do our best to prepare the credits for successful transfer to the college of your choice. The following have been reviewed in detail by authorized representatives, with accreditation in mind:

  • Selecting college partners with regional accreditation, the highest accreditation in the U.S.
  • Challenge strands meet college course Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
  • Challenge strands are consistent with existing college course titles, number, and syllabi
  • College-level Assessor or Reviewer earned required minimum credentials
  • College Department SLOs have been met
  • Credit is determined in advance as graded “A-F” or “CR” credits, which transfer but do not factor into collegiate GPA calculations

Who are the Classical Conversations Plus college partners?

Southeastern University (SEU) is located in Lakeland, Florida. The partnership focuses on using Challenge assignments with specific directives to gain college credit.

SEU Reviewers review student work and provide feedback. They also provide course grade assessments. Reviewers do not instruct nor teach in the traditional manner; instruction and teaching is provided by the home educator, maintaining the home educator's authority. This Classical Conversations Plus SEU partnership extends our Challenge III and IV communities into the college level, while allowing students to stay actively engaged in their local communities.

Register for CC+SEU courses here: SEU

Thanks so much! This has been such a great step for him academically and personally in his education. It has been a joy to see him step up his game in regards to basic planning and study skills. I am so happy that SEU has partnered with CC in this way!

From the H. family

 

Our Classical Conversations Plus ICS partner college is the College at Southeastern, based in Wake Forest, North Carolina, also referred to as “C @ SE.” www.collegeatsoutheastern.com. The Dean of the College, Dr. Jamie Dew, is a Classical Conversations dad. Each Classical Conversations Plus ICS course will have its own College Assessor. The College Assessors hold Master of Arts degrees in each particular assessing field. They are well-versed in the classical model and have had either experience either as Challenge parents or Challenge directors. Their brief biographies can be viewed here.

Register for Classical Conversations Plus ICS courses here: ICS

Additional colleges are in varying stages of joining in with Classical Conversations Plus ICS. As partnerships become secured, announcements will be shared.

 

ICS (Integrity College Solutions) is a service which makes courses available as registrar, student management system provider, assessor support, family support, and customer support for features pertaining to the Classical Conversations Plus ICS program. ICS accepts payments from each family for each course and articulates the no-refund policy. ICS works with Classical Conversations Plus to ensure the syllabus for each course is aligned as much as possible to Challenge strands while meeting the stringent requirements of the college.

Caleb's Latin class has been a very positive experience for him. We've been very happy with Integrity College Solutions, and I look forward to Caleb being able to take more of your college classes in Challenge III.

- Lanelle L, CC Mom

Contact Information

This new program was arranged by Scott T. Whitaker, Director of Homeschool Counselor, Will McCreery, Director of Operations of Integrity College Solutions, and Lin Tomkinson, Senior Advisor at Homeschool Counselor.

For customer service please email us at customerservice@classicalconversations.com.

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