The Collin County Campus was originally established in 2004 with K – 8th grade. The Collin County Campus currently serves almost 500 students attending grades PreK through 12th.
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Students in grades PreK-4 are at the grammar stage of learning with a focus on breaking new concepts down to the required fundamental skills or facts and mastering them through memorizing jingles, chants, and songs. Each class also has an annual festival which gives students the opportunity to share what they have learned with their fellow classmates and parents - it is fun way to start public speaking at an early age!
Students in grades 5-8 are moving through the Logic stage of learning. During this stage, they study the relationship of facts they learned at the grammar stage and how they fit or work together. They also are examining arguments. Although Bible is not a separate subject after 5th grade, a Biblical worldview is interwoven into the teaching of all subjects.
Students in high school are striving to master the Rhetoric stage of learning. This stage requires students to articulate their learning through oral and written expression. They do this through speeches, debates and papers, as well as, proofs in mathematics.
“CDA is teaching our children to think with a Biblical worldview ...
Grammar, Logic and High School students and teachers have chapel services once a month. The purpose of chapel is to bring students together for a time of corporate worship and a message that focuses on the greatness of God and His work in our lives in a way that would be applicable to Coram Deo students. This time is designed to heighten our awareness of Christ and integrate Him more into our everyday lives.
In Collin County we have several ways for parents to be involved and build community with the teachers and each other. The best way to do this is through the PTF, Parent Teacher Fellowship. The PTF serves CDA in three primary ways. First, they serve as a volunteer base for many of the activities that happen in the classrooms, such as Room Moms, class parties, and Hot Lunch service. Secondly, they help equip the school through fundraising. They strive to make our fundraisers fun for the students, but also easy on the parents. Our most successful is the Hot Lunch program. We use caterers, like Chick-fil-A, that the children like, and the parents look forward to not having to make a lunch one day a week! Lastly, and most importantly, our PTF organizes a monthly prayer meeting to pray for the school – students, faculty and administrators. If you are an enrolled family at the Collin County campus, you are already a member of the PTF, so come and join us!
Toby has been involved with training up wise thinkers and ethical servant leaders for over 25 years. Coming to faith in Christ as a college freshman at University of Texas at San Antonio, he began serving in campus ministry as a student. After graduation with a bachelor’s degree in English, Toby and his wife, Sonia, worked in campus ministries at New Mexico State University and then the University of Seville in Spain. Returning from overseas in 2007, he pursued and later completed a Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary while working part time in an operations role with Coram Deo Academy.
At CDA, he has taught numerous classes including 6th grade Latin/Grammar, 8th grade History, 10th grade Theology and 12th grade Apologetics. In 2010, he assumed the role of Director of the CDA-Collin County High School and since 2015 the Campus Administrator and currently also the CC Logic/HS Director. He sees his service at CDA as part of his commitment to a lifelong vocational ministry of leveraging his gifts to help free up, empower and prepare others for God’s purposes.
Toby and Sonia have been married since 1994 and have two sons, Ryan and Nathan, who are both CDA students. They are members of Stonebriar Community Church where Toby serves as an Adult Fellowship Coordinator and Teacher.
Stephanie Garland has been a parent at CDA since 2003, a teacher since 2007, and an administrator since 2013. After her eldest daughter had a particularly difficult year in public school, God directed her and her husband to Coram Deo Academy through, of all things, a nationally syndicated radio program. They enrolled their children at CDA and have never looked back!
Before teaching at CDA, Stephanie was a stay-at-home mom for thirteen years, which followed five years of teaching English and French in public high school. She attended the University of North Texas, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Secondary Education.
Stephanie lives in Carrollton with her husband Greg, and they have three daughters.
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How do we learn to love to read? We model those around us who love to read. Apparently, our second graders have caught the reading bug! I took this during the lunch recess this week. Here is a rather large group of students who chose to sit and read instead of play. And while running and playing is important for a student's growth and development, I love that some of them chose reading as an alternative in their down time. Thank you parents and teachers who are instilling this in our littles!
Thank you so much for your generous donations to our Frisco FastPacs Food Drive! Together, we reached our goal of collecting four bins of food. This will help provide food for students who do not have access to food on the weekends and holidays.
This week our Dean Emeritus and I presented a special chapel to the grammar students. All year, we've been learning about Jesus' parables, so Mr. Rector and I asked the teachers to help us tell the story of the Good Samaritan. As we told the story, the teacher acted it out. Gaging from the student responses, I think it was a hit. Thank you to our grammar teachers for being such great sports!
Is your child an auditory learner? If so, the grammar age is an especially great time to learn a foreign language. We offer Spanish and French to our littles on Fridays. Both Mrs. Oaks and Mrs. Petit create an immersive experience in the classroom while the students are learning new vocabulary by giving instruction and directions in the language being learned. God has blessed us with two bilingual teachers who love their languages and your students! Here is Mrs. Petit's French class practicing their colors!
What a week we had in Collin County! Our kinders reached their 100th math lesson and celebrated all day by building 100s. Thanks to the teachers and parents who made the day fun and exciting. A special thanks to Mr. Wong who provided shirts for Mrs. Hudler's class, and to The Home Depot for the construction aprons!
This week our 3rd graders celebrated their history time line: the Middle Ages and Renaissance! The students dressed in costume and taught each other about life during these eras. Thank you students, parents, and teachers for another successful series of festivals. What a great way to wind down the school year.