What type of educational assistance will I get as a Standard Member school?
We will offer you unlimited phone consultation on any aspect of start-up or operations. At the same time, we will also provide sample by-laws and other documents for start-up schools upon request.
What type of marketing assistance will I receive as a Partner Member school?
We will offer marketing assistance regardless of your size, by preparing the layout for mailers for open houses, as well as helping you find inexpensive printers and email lists of families that would be interested in your school.
Would I be required to use only Memoria Press’ educational resources?
Schools will qualify for standard or partner membership partly on the basis of their level of use of components of the Classical Core Curriculum, largely because this provides us with an easy way to determine the nature of a school’s curriculum. But no school will be required to use all the programs in the Classical Core Curriculum.
What comments can I post on the articles on your site?
We encourage positive discussion on our site. We reserve the right to moderate any inappropriate comments.
How do I write the narrative report?
The narrative report is a short prose statement of the school’s case for accreditation. Its purpose is to put the different pieces of the accreditation process together into a unified whole.
It should be written as a classical school would expect a student persuasive paper to be written. An excellent model for the narrative is Cicero’s six-part structure for a persuasive address, with the greater emphasis on the substantive body of the argument and a lesser emphasis on the more stylistic introduction (Exordium) and conclusion (Peroratio). This would ideally involve a statement of the general nature of the case for accreditation (Narratio), an outline of the several reasons the school is offering (Partitio), the actual arguments stating the specific reasons for the school being accredited (Confirmatio), and an explanation why any factors that might seem to militate against the school’s being accredited have been or are being addressed (Refutatio).
The author(s) of the narrative should use the instructions in Appendix H of Classical Rhetoric, by Martin Cothran, as an organizational framework for their statement.
Since should be both comprehensive and concise, the narrative report should, in most cases, be no shorter than two pages and no longer than five.
Does our school have to use the complete Classical Core Curriculum to qualify as a Classical Core Curriculum school for purposes of accreditation?
You are not required to use Memoria Press’ curriculum exclusively.
CLSA’s mission is to serve schools who are doing the Classical Core Curriculum, so we do have to have some sort of meaningful definition of what constitutes doing that. We are not a place for schools to come if they simply want a generic accreditation. An accreditation from us means that a school are doing the Classical Core Curriculum and it is doing it well.
That being said, we have tried to set the parameters of that definition in such a way that it is not a straight jacket for schools.
In order to determine whether a school fits within the definition, we look to see what a school’s educational philosophy is and how that manifests itself in its curriculum framework. The school has to have a primary school focus on traditional basic skills and classical children’s literature, an elementary school focus on language and math, as well as classical history and classic literature. The elementary and secondary schools should have a grammar-focused and Latin-centered language arts program, a focus on mastery learning in math subjects, and an emphasis on primary source classical literature and well written and substantive history texts.
If, for example, a school is not using Latina Christiana and the Form series for its Latin, and its history, phonics, literature, and logic programs are all non-Classical Core programs, that is going to be a red flag, mostly because there just aren’t that many programs out there that do what the Classical Core programs do. Not that they don’t exist, but you would have to work pretty hard to find acceptable alternatives in all those areas.
The use of our programs for these things simply means that we can check off that box in the accreditation process and move on to something else. You can use another program for the same purpose, but it will trigger a certain level of scrutiny to ensure that it accomplishes the same purpose as the equivalent CCC program. In fact, many of the books in the CCC program (up to 50 percent in some grades) are actually not published by Memoria Press, but by other publishers. We have chosen them because of their consistency with the purpose of the program. All of our schools use non-Memoria Press to a greater or lesser extent and there are a number of programs we have seen that have been deemed to fit within CLSA’s criteria.