We ask that at least one parent must be a professing Christian and actively involved in a local church adhering to the Nicene Creed. We are an intentional Christian community and require this of our faculty, staff, Rhetoric School (High School students) and applicant families.
For kindergarten applicants, we use Missouri Kindergarten Inventory of Developmental Skills (KIDS). Candidates for first grade take an abbreviated Stanford. Applicants to second grade and above take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).
We are looking for prospective students to test at grade level or above during admissions testing. The standard is higher for late or mid-year applications due to the rigorous pace of our academics.
New families are not eligible for tuition assistance their first year. In order to apply for tuition assistance, the family must be enrolled in the school for the prior school year. New sibling application from a currently enrolled family, however, are eligible for tuition assistance.
A monthly payment plan is available to both new and returning families. Please note that our normal tuition payment schedule is March through February. Therefore, enrollments after February will have a compressed payment schedule, given there will be fewer months over which to pay.
You may preview our current year book list at an admissions event. New school year book lists (with specific ISBN numbers for purchasing) will be made available to enrolled families in July. Summer reading book lists come out in May.
Latin is a linchpin in classical education. This ancient language is foundational for English language; it builds vocabulary and the study of its grammatical structure is sort of "gymnastics for the brain"! Here are Top 10 Reasons why the study of Latin is important.
CDA students start taking Latin in 3rd grade and will complete Latin I (a CDA graduation requirement) by eighth grade. In high school, students have the option of continuing with Latin or taking Spanish I and II.
We have new students coming every year and most of them haven’t had Latin. Fourth and fifth graders receive enough review and repetition in the regular classroom that new students are able to catch up. We have a summer Latin camp available for grades sixth and up. Since Latin I is a CDA graduation requirement, it is offered for new students in grades 8th and above to take on Fridays.
Most of the parents at our school don’t know Latin either! All the teaching is done at school. If your child has questions, they can ask the teacher. After school or Friday Latin labs may be available at your respective campus.
Our robust curriculum and students’ hard work are reflected in higher than average test scores. We do not "teach to the test" but rather focus on mastery of the material.
Standardized tests are used partially as a verification tool of our curriculum and instructional methods. Test results are provided to parents to give insight into how their child compares to student peers nationally.
For more information regarding the standardized tests by grade and the reports available, please see our Testing Summary.
We have new students every year. Most of our incoming students have not come from a University-Model® School or a classical education background. New Parent Coffees (in June), Orientations (during the week before school starts) and CDA Connections Day (the Tuesday after Labor Day) are designed to equip you in this endeavor.
In addition, each campus has programs to help new families acclimate to Coram Deo Academy. We all were a new family at one point! Our families are friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have.
Most of our parents do not have education degrees! Selection of curriculum, teaching new concepts and assessment are all provided by professional educators. On home days, parents provide age-appropriate supervision and help the student stay on task with assignments, study for assessments and prepare for speeches, debates, etc.
You are not alone! Many families here have children at home who are not yet school age. Families have handled this in various ways over the years. Many of our younger siblings enjoy “school time” with their older CDA siblings and imitate their behavior. We have a parent support group run by CDA parent volunteers who are available to help guide you throughout your first school year.
Your Orientation Day is during the week before the start of school. The exact day will be communicated to you by your school principal. Due to the importance of the information provided and the nature of the collaborative model, orientation is mandatory.
All faculty, staff as well as applicant families adhere to the centuries old Nicene Creed. We are a interdenominational school whose statement of faith can be found on page 8 of our CDA Parent and Student Reference Manual.
We do not make academic or behavioral accommodations. The CDA model has worked for some students with minor accommodation needs because the parent is able to make accommodations at home, and the student is able to manage the classroom environment two days/week.
Virtually all Coram Deo Academy students are college bound, with some completing military service or mission work prior to college. Over ninety-nine percent of our students go to college directly after graduation with 92% of these graduates going to four-year colleges or universities. Our 2021 graduating class of 89 students received over $10 million in scholarship offers and 85% were accepted to their first-choice college. See http://www.cora mdeoacademy.org/Page/About/CDA-At-a-Glance for more details.
As Director of Admissions, Barbara Rogers oversees new student admissions for all CDA campuses and supports reenrollment at the district level. Drawing upon her experience as a homeschooling parent and former college admissions counselor, Barbara has been shepherding new students into the fold of CDA since 2001 and assumed the role of admissions director in 2006.
The Rogers’ family aspired to homeschool classically and turned to CDA for a stronger foundation when the academy opened its doors in 1999. With first-hand knowledge of the school’s Christian, classical, and collaborative program from the grammar through logic to rhetoric stages of learning, Barbara is passionate about helping families embrace CDA’s model. She enthusiastically affirms the investment of time, talent, and treasure is quite worth it!
Barbara earned her BA in Drama from the University of Dallas. She has directed an alumni opera production at UD and also taught Shakespearean drama for CDA. Her husband, Greg, keeps their family amused with his music, poetry and exhaustive knowledge of history. Together they enjoy sharing truth, goodness, and beauty with their adult children and five grandchildren.