Shanan Classical is an affordable academic co-op taught from a Biblical perspective. We offer incredible topic related field trips, homeschooling support (many of our moms have years of experience), and much more.

…teach them diligently. Deuteronomy 6:7 

Shanan has been in operation for over 20 years. We offer 2 eleven week semesters annually. We meet on Mondays from 8:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the fall and from 8:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the spring.


In the fall, we concentrate on science, writing and resource. The semester ends with a science fair/museum. During election year we cover Civics. In the spring, we concentrate on history, literature and resource and include topic related arts, crafts, music, etc. The semester ends with a drama production.

Benefits of Co-op

For the Students

  • Learn to submit to authority other than the parents

  • Gain valuable study skills

    • Listening/being attentive

    • Sitting still

    • Note-taking

    • Test-taking

    • Organizing


  • Learn important and in-depth information about a variety of useful subjects

  • Learn group skills: planning, thinking, cooperating, corroborating, having respect for one another

  • Develop practical recess skills such as throwing a good pass or practicing good chatting skills!

  • Learn and practice several character traits

  • Gain self-discipline skills:

    • following a schedule

    • meeting deadlines

    • being prompt

    • being responsible

    • responding under pressure

  • Learn patriotic songs and the pledge of allegiance – and what they really mean

  • Develop lasting and meaningful friendships and learn how to relate positively to others

  • Practice valuable clean-up or child-sitting skills

  • Have an opportunity for public speaking and being on stage

  • Practice becoming an independent life-long learner and being self-motivated

  • Develop the ability to work with others, become unselfish and learn to be satisfied

  • Gain the skills vital to success in college and career

  • Learn to be responsible for personal items

For the Teachers / “Moms”

  • Develop effective teaching skills

  • Be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d in areas you didn’t know you could be!

  • Gain an education that you missed while growing up

  • Fill your mind with all kinds of interesting tidbits (a walking encyclopedia!)

  • Become patient, tolerant and self-controlled

  • Get to know new and exciting people

  • Develop friendships and a deeper bond of Christian sisterhood

  • Adapt to working alongside others who have differing views, ideas and strengths

  • Be challenged to be all you can be!

  • Learn to be prompt, orderly, versatile and more organized

  • Re-learn patriotic songs that you haven’t sung in a long time

  • Learn and practice character traits along with your children

  • Understand the meaning of the pledge of allegiance

  • Practice accountability, responsibility, and charity

  • Develop the ability to plan and/or do clever skits in front of an audience

  • Become a good problem-solver

  • Create exciting lesson plans and actually use them successfully

  • Self-confidence and realize your call to homeschool is a noble and worthwhile ambition

  • Gain insights into other families’ home-school philosophies and how-to’s

  • Have the opportunity to learn subjects that you are unfamiliar with or are uncomfortable teaching

  • Practice COOPERATION

  • In short, become a better teacher, a better friend, a better person

Statement of Faith

Shanan Classical Co-op was founded on the Christian faith and unashamedly operates as a Christian Co-op, 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. 

Co-op News

Spring Registration is open!  Ancient Egypt/Ancient Israel with Drama!

The science and history studies are on an 8 year cycle

Writing classes use IEW, Write Shop and Write Source.

Classes are available for ages birth through 8th grade.

For more information visit our FAQ Page

Growing up in co-op was so helpful to learn how to make friends and socialize. It was awesome to be challenged and have deadlines so I knew how it worked when I got to tutorials. Field trips were lots of fun. It was great to go out with your friends and learn the things that we talked about in class…. Mikayla T. Jr. in Shanan Tutorials

Co-op was a great place to go to school. I started when I was in nursery. I stayed in co-op until I graduated in 8th grade. Everyone was really cool. I made lots of friends. My favorite class was writing. The teachers were awesome.... Gavin T. Freshman in Shanan Tutorials

I started co-op when I was in first grade. My favorite memory is the marshmallow war we did when we studied the Civil War. All my classes were so much fun, from dissecting animals in resource and singing together in Praise and Worship. I’ve made life long friends and learned a ton....Kyle S. Sophomore in Shanan Tutorials



Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potter Road in Weddington

(where Potter Road and Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road meet, at the roundabout)

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(Instructor-led 8th grade - High school) 


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