Founded in 1995
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.
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 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.