Founded in 1995
Statement of Faith
Shanan Classical Tutorials was founded on the Christian faith and unashamedly operates as a Christian Tutorial program, centered on Christ and His unchanging Word, THE BIBLE. All classes will strive to embody a Biblical worldview. We believe in the Trinity: God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and there is no other name by which one can be saved through the work of grace achieved by His crucifixion and resurrection. Shanan encourages teaching in conjunction with the Bible, applying scripture throughout our subjects and classes, praying, worshiping, building Christian character and community.
Shanan Tutorials is an instructor-led, drop off program for homeschool families. Our courses are college preparatory, maintaining high academic standards. We want young people to succeed not only at this level, but also in the next stage of life whether it’s college, career, military, missionary, or marriage. Our goal is for the students enjoy the fellowship of other home schooled students in a structured environment. We take these courses seriously (although we can also have fun learning!) and expect the students to do the same. Our desire is to keep the classes small (8-12) in order to achieve personal attention. We desire each teen to profit academically and socially from this learning opportunity. Due to the needs and interests of the home school community, honors level courses are being offered for students who can meet the rigorous requirements. Whether college or career bound, all students need a good education from a Biblical worldview. You do not need to have a strong classical background to take part in our program.
The courses and tutors do not replace the parent as the primary teacher. Each student is expected to complete the homework outside of class time and be prepared to participate in class. Parents are expected to follow up to make sure the student is accomplishing the required homework.
Shanan is for families who have homeschooled for at least one school year. It is not a good fit for families who simply want to turn over responsibility of overseeing their student’s progress to someone else, nor for families that simply want to check the courses off their list. We require students to work hard and be monitored closely by their parents.
Utilizing Shanan Tutorials as a supplement to the home school experience affords many benefits. Because we want the students to succeed, we promote good study skills within the classes. By teaching them to be responsible for keeping up with the class assignments, we promote ownership of education by the student. Study skills are reinforced by the tutors. All students can benefit from the strategies of becoming more responsible and organized!
Following are just some of the benefits:
Group learning in a small class environment – positive peer interaction
Accountability to another adult
Practice for good study, note-taking, and test-taking skills
Grade assessed for use on transcript
Independent learning skills and personal responsibility acquired
Pre-college level courses; good preparation for college
Qualified and enthusiastic instructors
We look for students who will…
Respect the teacher and fellow students
Abide by church rules and respect church property
Wear modest, neat, and tasteful clothing (jeans are acceptable)
Work hard and follow through with assignments
To help the Tutorials run smoothly and for the student to benefit from these classes, we ask that parents and students agree to abide by a few requirements. Basically, we ask that the students take these courses seriously and do the homework required by the tutor. This includes being willing to do their best to fulfill the assignments given by the tutor, and be prepared for class. We expect good behavior in the classroom and modest neat attire. Naturally, we expect respect for the tutor, fellow students, and the church where we meet.
Parents need to evaluate the class material for a worldview perspective from which the tutor may present. Payments for materials and fees need to be made promptly.
We do not take the place of the parent as the primary teacher and therefore require the parents to be actively involved. Since our courses meet on a limited basis, they require follow-up at home under the direction of the parent. It is our desire to comply with the laws of North Carolina which now state that tutors are a source that home school parents may use. To ensure parental involvement, parents will be asked to sign various forms indicating the monitoring of a quiz or test, or verifying completion of homework supervised at home.
Many of our courses require communicating with the instructors, so it is necessary for the students to have access to the internet. Some courses also use an online quiz service for testing, so it is important that this process is not hindered. Libraries have internet service if it is not available at home.
If at any time a teen is continually disobedient or fails to do the assignments required by the tutors and they feel it is not beneficial for the student to remain in the class, the Shanan Classical Board reserves the right to ask a student to discontinue the Tutorial program without refund.
To ensure agreement to these terms, we ask the parent and student read and sign our requirements on the registration page. The complete list of rules and regulations are listed on the policies page.
The Tutorials began as an extension of Shanan Classical Co-op, which was founded by Robin Hancock in 1995. As our students grew older, we realized the benefits of group learning while maintaining the control as home school parents. Thus, the Tutorials came to be and began with British Literature and Personal Finance in 1998. More than 20 years later, we have expanded into a full spectrum of courses offered, focusing on the core subjects necessary for high school graduation and college entrance — math, science, and English — as well as a full range of classical courses and elective subjects.
These tutorials were started to meet the personal needs of a few families but are now utilized by many home school families in the Greater Southern Charlotte and Union County area. Due to the fact, it was meeting needs and producing great results with the students, it was opened up to a wider community and we hope to continue to do so.
Our long-term goals are not to become large, but to remain tutorial and personal in nature while committed to a challenging yet supportive environment for the students. We are dedicated to bringing tutors to Shanan that enjoy teaching and sharing with young people, and who bring to the students their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge.
Shanan Classical Co-op was such a blessing to me and my daughter, Emily. We were in the co-op from the time she started preschool until she finished the eighth grade. Being part of this co-op was such an awesome experience for us both. We gained much needed support from other home-schooling families and made lots of new friends. This was especially important for us since we were the only home-schooling family in our church and weren't a part of any home-schooling support group when we began. The co-op was also very good for us academically. Emily learned so much about history, science and writing. It also helped her go from a very shy little girl to an accomplished public speaker and quite the actress. It gave me the opportunity to use my teaching experience and gifts to bless the other families, which was a blessing to me. The co-op also provided us with many opportunities that we would not have had otherwise. There were many exciting and fun field trips to places like Reed Gold Mine, Belmont Abbey, The Waldensian Trail, Old Salem, and Raleigh. We also participated in activities such as a mock trial of Susan B. Anthony, many dramas, a mock Civil War battle with marshmallow shooters, a Medieval festival/feast, science fairs, and a speech club. The Christian environment with Praise and Worship at the beginning of each co-op day was the icing on the cake. I could not have asked for a better co-op. Shanan Classical Co-op was truly a gift from God for us and I highly recommend it! ...Holly Fleener
I am a mom of seven. We have been a homeschooling family for over twenty years. I began the journey of educating my own children in the early 90's. As I floundered with how to approach this daunting task, I met an amazing woman who soon became a dear friend and mentor. Robin Hancock had just organized a brand new co-op of families bringing talents and resources together for the purpose of educating their children. It was by joining her in this vision that I learned how to be a teacher, both of my own children and others.
Robin's goal was to aid and encourage the homeschooling community to educate Christian leaders. In considering how to achieve this, she looked toward the men and women of the past who used Biblical standards and a classical education to accomplish outstanding things. She always believed that a home education could be an excellent one and that our children have the potential of being great leaders for Christ.
I can honestly say that knowing Robin and being involved with Shanan Classical Co-op has had a positive impact on my teaching philosophy, my life outlook, and the lives of my children.