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If you are interested in finding an existing community or starting a Scholé Community, we want to help you through that process.

Steps To Staring a Schole Community

Thinking of starting a Scholé Community? To start a Scholé Community in your area, here is the path we recommend.

  • Learn about the scholé learning philosophy, our core sequence of requirements, and more in our Scholé Communities Start-up Guide, an abridged version of our extensive Scholé Communities Handbook.
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  • Have questions? First, check this Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Didn’t find an answer to your question? Feel free to contact us. We would be glad to connect with you and answer any questions you may have about starting a Scholé Community.

Fill out our online application to start a Scholé Community. On the application you will be asked to identify your community director, name your community, and commit to the Scholé Communities agreement.

Take advantage of these benefits and recommended resources, which are designed to strengthen and support your community:

  • Read The Scholé Communities Director’s Handbook:  Our in-depth Scholé Communities Director’s Handbook extends our Start-up Guide, providing in-depth guidance for managing a Scholé Community—from the philosophical to the pedagogical to the practical. It is immediately available to you after you have enrolled a new community.
  • Take a look at ClassicalU: Expand your knowledge of the classical tradition with our online teacher-training platform. We highly recommend this resource for the leadership, instructors, and parents in your Scholé Community. Members of Scholé Community receive a discounted rated on individual annual plans (over $50 in savings!). We will email you discount information after you have enrolled a new community. 
  • Launch a website for your group: Although not required, a website is an ideal way to share your community with those searching for a scholé environment for their family while facilitating communication and collaboration within your local community.
  • Enjoy up to a 20% discount on curriculum from Classical Academic Press: Save on classical curriculum from Classical Academic Press for you and your co-op. Scholé Communities receive up to a 20% discount and free shipping on any order of $150 or more. To take advantage of this discount, join or start a Scholé Community and become a Scholé Communities Member! Already a Scholé Community Member? Contact us if you need access to the discount information.

Click here to see a list of the benefits and resources we offer to Scholé Communities.

Use your website to communicate your community’s mission and goals and to spread the word to like-minded families in your area. As your community grows and develops, stay connected with the Scholé Community Network so that you can benefit from the support of the larger scholé network. Connect with other communities on our ClassicalU special interest groups, on our Facebook group, through our Live Learning Events, or through shared documents in our File Library in ClassicalU.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Scholé Communities are homeschool communities which employ the content of a classical curriculum and restful learning (scholé). They consist of two or more families and can operate in-person or online. Each community is part of a peer-to-peer platform that collaborates, connects, and shares resources. 


The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word meaning “restful learning,” with connotations of reflection, contemplation, and leisure. As our name implies, we at Scholé Communities value learning that is restful rather than frenetic. How do our educational philosophy and methods differ from those represented by progressive education? Modern education is largely an education in anxiety. In this system, students commonly take eight or more courses at a time, which contributes to the stress and anxiety now associated with the term “student.” For each of their classes, students are typically graded numerically by teachers who are often driven to “teach to the test” and who must use assessments that produce easily quantified data—in other words, dehumanizing tests that are machine readable. Students in such a system learn to cram, pass, and then forget.

By contrast, Scholé Communities seek to cultivate un-rushed learning with meaningful, deep engagement of fewer books and concepts (comparatively speaking), so that learning becomes memorable, enjoyable, and permanent. Scholé Communities seek to create an atmosphere of restful learning by modeling peace, tranquility, love of the subject, and they value methods of evaluation that assess understanding and mastery of the subject rather than just the input and output of facts.

This means that in their various settings, Scholé Communities work to create engaged discussion and learning and seek to build relationships among student and adult learners. Scholé Communities work hard to structure their courses so that the amount of work required is in accord with the allotted time while an atmosphere of contemplation, conversation, and reflection is also cultivated. Our groups seek to wed truth to beauty in their teaching and to cultivate education in its fullest sense, so that students will receive excellent, classical instruction that leads to wisdom and mastery.

If you are interested in exploring the concept of scholé in more depth, we recommend these resources to you.

Most Scholé Communities meet in person and have no online teaching or meeting component. However, you can add online elements or even operate a community completely online.  Our Document Library contains guidance for taking your community partially or completely online. Access the Document Library here.

As an organization, the Scholé Communities Network is rooted in the Christian tradition, though we are not associated with any one particular denomination. As our name implies, we seek to present all teaching and learning restfully with scholé. While scholé as an idea originated with the Greeks, it was transformed and extended by the church, especially in monastic centers of education. The Scholé Communities Network seeks to recover this approach to education that is contemplative, “liturgical”, restful and full of Christian peace. Our faith commitment is summarized in the Nicene Creed (posted below).

Within our support network, each Scholé Community functions autonomously. As such, a Scholé Community may choose whether to specify a particular Christian tradition or denominational focus for their group. While the leadership of each Scholé Community should be comprised of individuals committed to the Christian faith, each Scholé Community may decide whether they wish to open enrollment up to students who represent another faith tradition, or no faith tradition.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

Liturgical Learning is a phrase that describes the use of the embodied patterns from church worship and tradition for shaping the way we order time, space, and language in our schools and homeschools.

Using a liturgical pattern within your community meetings and classes is an effective way to recover reflection and contemplation as part of learning. For example, one could incorporate aspects of a typical “order of worship” as a pattern for ordering a lesson:

  • Welcome/Greeting: 3 minutes (students greeted by beautiful images and music, possibly with an inspirational quotation or key question; 3 minutes of contemplation before official start)
  • Grateful Acknowledgment: 2 minutes (of the art, one another, the opportunity to study some aspect of God’s creation, the mind, nature, humanity)
  • Confess What We Need: 2 minutes (disposition, frame of mind, virtue, heart that seeks and calls out for wisdom; a written confession can be read and/or prayer offered); key Scripture: Proverbs 2:1-7
  • Teach/Present/Discuss: 30-45 minutes (traditional lesson, led by the teacher, ensuring that all students are engaged and participating)
  • Confess What We Know/Have Learned: 2 minutes (summary and review taking the form of “creedal” confession that edifies)
  • Expression of Thanksgiving: 2-3 minutes (led by teacher or mature student, but giving opportunity for all students to express gratitude to God, teacher, other students)
  • Benediction/Dismissal: 1 minute (prepared benediction written by teacher, or from traditional sources)
  • Processional: 3 minutes (return to beautiful music and images; students free to leave immediately or remain for quiet contemplation)

Please note: this pattern includes many elements of liturgy that you may wish to implement within a given class. However, Liturgical Learning will vary in style and length according to your community’s specific composition. This pattern serves as one example of what Liturgical Learning could look like, but you should feel free to adhere to or depart from this specific sequence as you see fit.

We have created Scholé Communitie Liturgical Learning Guide (141 pages) that is available free to any enrolled community. Once you enroll, you be gain access to our Resource Library which contains this guide.

No there are no fees!


The Scholé Communities Network operates as a decentralized business platform that emphasize peer-to-peer collaboration and support. The platform enjoys synergies with Scholé Academy,, and Classical Academic Press that compliment the mission of Scholé Communities. 



Scholé Communities are communal in essence, and so we require at least two participating families to come together to form a community. However, even if you do not wish to form a Scholé Community, we certainly recommend incorporating the scholé philosophy into your personal homeschool.

Scholé Communities are committed to a classical course of studies, a path that has been tried and proven since ancient times. The long tradition of classical education has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. A classical education should be like a stroll through a garden of delight. As with any good walk, there may be digressions, but the main path—the key spots and visitations—should be known. Scholé Communities follow a core sequence of studies (see below), which includes Latin (or Greek or Hebrew), logic, writing, and rhetoric as well as the great books, mathematics, and science. Because each Scholé Community is unique in its setting and composition, we encourage our groups to structure their community time according to the specific needs and goals of their school and/or co-op, focusing on certain areas of study together and others individually in their homes. For example, a community could choose to offer Latin and Great Books during its meetings, and each individual family would pursue the other core studies individually within the home. Likewise, we encourage each community to use whichever tools and published resources they find most fitting and helpful.


Request the Scholé Start-Up Guide to see the Scholé Course of Study map.

Scholé Communities Network of homeschools gather to meet on a regular basis. Most Scholé Homeschools meet weekly, though we have some groups that meet up to three days per week and others who meet only twice per month.



This will depend largely on the setting of your community and your community’s preferences. We encourage Scholé Communities to take advantage of the resources present in their community. For example, you might like to take advantage of the group dynamic to study literature, a study that thrives on discussion. Alternatively, you might wish to offer a class based on a particular teaching resource in your midst, such as a parent who is an artist or a musician (or a physicist!). Ultimately, the Scholé Community headmaster, director, or leadership team determines which classes the Scholé Community or School will offer. If you would like advice from an experienced Scholé Community director on this topic, please reach out to one of our Scholé Mentors and consultants.

Scholé Communities Schools & Homeschools range significantly in size. Some prefer to maintain a small community, while others like to expand. If you are just launching a community or school, we recommend starting with a smaller group. This will allow you to focus on the pedagogy and practices that will shape your community first before taking on some of the logistics that come with a larger group.

Yes! We have certified a number of Scholé Community directors as Scholé Mentors and Consultants. These experienced Scholé Community directors are qualified to help new groups get started and thrive. To qualify as a Scholé Mentor, a director must have two to three years of experience leading a Scholé Community and at least five years of experience homeschooling and studying classical education and pedagogy, and demonstrate leadership ability. All of these mentors have been interviewed and approved by the Scholé Communities network. New Scholé Communities are highly encouraged to reach out to one of these mentors for an initial, free consult to help a Scholé Community start. Each mentor sets her own fees for ongoing consulting and mentoring of new Scholé Community directors. Each of these mentors is also qualified by the Scholé Communities network to host and lead Scholé Retreats around the country. 

The flexibility of Scholé Communities means that this is ultimately up to you! The operational aspects of your Scholé Community will vary greatly depending on the size and scope of your co-op, but if you’re looking for guidance based on these factors, you can find our recommendations in the Scholé Communities Director’s Handbook. The network of Scholé Communities across the country is also an excellent resource for finding best practices that suit your style. Connect with other groups like yours our Facebook group, through our Live Learning Events, or through shared documents in our File Library. If you would like advice from an experienced Scholé Communities director on this topic, please reach out to one of our Scholé Mentors.

Please see the Scholé Communities Director’s Handbook for curricular guidance. You can also find a great deal of help by using the Ambrose Curriculum Guide as a tool for designing your curriculum.  We will also soon be releasing course guides for all of the curricula produced by Classical Academic Press. This is a comprehensive K–12 curriculum guide developed over many years by one of the veteran schools leading the renewal of classical education across the United States.  If you would like advice from an experienced Scholé Community director on this topic, please reach out to one of our Scholé Mentors.

We think that for most people it will be unrealistic to participate and support two homeschooling communities at the same time. It may be roughly analogous to trying to participate in two churches at once! Some families are able to do this, but not many. We do allow students to participate in both a SC and CC community at the same time, but we do not permit one person to be the director of both a CC community and a Scholé Community simultaneously. We greatly admire the work of Classical Conversations and are in debt to the great contribution CC has made in the renewal of home-centered, classical education. While we at Scholé Communities offer a pedagogical approach that varies from CC at points, we support the work of CC even as we support other organizations that are working to renew classical education in the US and abroad. You can learn more about Classical Conversations here.

The concept of scholé cuts across the grain of modern education and therefore it takes a principled commitment to the scholé ideal in order for it to be implemented and realized. We provide each Scholé Community with a variety of educational and practical resources for understanding and implementing scholé in their communities. Our resources include support for group leaders, parents and teachers, and students. Discover our collection of resources and benefits by visiting our Benefits Page

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