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What is a Commonwealth?
A Commonwealth School is a Community-Created Leadership Education Vehicle that provides weekly classes where students are mentored by their peers’ parents and have stewardship over what they learn through mentored projects (mentors are second witnesses to what the parents are teaching), with a liberal arts focus. These mentors inspire students to develop the skills and abilities they need to become self-directed scholars. A Commonwealth School acts as a supplement to a family’s home education program and is intended to enhance it, not replace it. A Commonwealth School creates an environment in which families of like culture can study the classics and become great citizens by gaining a greater vision of our country and ourselves. A commonwealth signifies “the common good or happiness; thus it is a form to secure the public good." While usually associated with governments of countries, ‘commonwealth’ can be applied to many other aspects of society. It takes the “co-op” group to the next level: to a community that self-governs, under a contractual agreement (i.e. bylaws), that exists beyond the creators whose children are now raised and gone, and can stand the test of time.
What is Leadership Education?
Our community draws from the educational principles found in A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century by Oliver DeMille. To ensure quality, our mentors are trained on the principles of Leadership Education each year at our Annual Summer Mentor Training using the TJED library of books as well as other resources that teach Leadership Education principles. We believe that faith in God is a critical part of our character, and therefore, cannot be separated from the education process.
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