St. Nicholas Cottage School serves homeschooling families who desire to live by the liturgical practices of Orthodox Christianity and who wish to join other families who seek a classical education that embodies the Seven Liberal Arts: the Trivium - grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the learning stages of children), and the Quadrivium - traditionally arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy, but revised in our Cottage School as studies of “God’s Beautiful Order” - Patterns seen in nature, astronomy, math and geometry, art and music.
St. Nicholas teachers and parents use materials from Memoria Press Curriculum for most courses, to help develop knowledgeable and articulate students (the Trivium). Our science and other enrichment courses are designed according to the ideas of the Quadrivium - studies steeped in the truth and harmony of the created world; the observation and acknowledgment of God’s beautiful order as it is expressed through the “languages” of mathematics, geometry, music, and art.
Our core curriculum consists of Christian Studies, Latin, Classical Studies, Composition, History, Geography, and Literature. Most parents choose their own math curriculum but we offer weekly “math labs” for grades 3-8 and alternate algebra and geometry courses each year. Our science courses are partnered with art classes so that children observe, think, respond, and record discoveries. We plan to add music courses in the near future.
Courses are structured for three developmental ages: Kindergarten through Second Grade, Third Grade through Sixth Grade, and Seventh Grade through Tenth Grade. Classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and are taught by parents (co-op requirements, see below) and paid teachers and volunteers. We meet in classrooms at Nativity of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Manassas, Virginia.
Our plan is to establish a full week private school, but in the meantime parents must supplement classes at the Cottage School with home schooling, including overseeing homework assigned by St. Nicholas teachers. We also ask parents to teach, assist teachers, or help in other capacities such as monitors and cleaning crew. We charge tuition to cover payment for non-parent teachers, a facility use donation to Nativity, and other miscellaneous expenses. Tuition discounts are based on parent’s co-op hours.
St. Nicholas Cottage School is open to families and teachers who are not Orthodox Christians with the understanding that all of our educational offerings are grounded in our faith and traditions. Feast day liturgies are part of the rhythm of our calendar year and it is our desire to bring up our children in the Church - classes may be canceled at times in order for families to attend Divine Liturgy. We recognize Old and New Calendar differences for feast days.
We strive to be a witness for our Lord and as such we encourage fellowship, kindness, and community between each person in our Cottage School.
Glory be to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!