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 grades 9-12 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!
Dr. Armstrong graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon with a degree in Physical Education. After graduating he planned to play professional soccer but ended up at Pine Cove Conference center where he met his wife Beverly. He then attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master’s in Biblical Studies (1986) and a Doctorate in Christian Education (2018).
Dr. Armstrong has been involved with Christian education for over 30 years and has served as a teacher, coach, Dean, Admission and Marketing Director and 20 years as a Headmaster. His administrative leadership has been primarily in Classical schools with his most recent appointment as the Dean of the Humanities and Business Schools at Legacy Christian Academy.
Dr. Armstrong is married to Beverly, his wife of 40 years. They have three married children and 7 grandchildren. Beverly has her master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Dallas and teaches both High School and College level course. They met during the summer while serving as counselors at Pine Cove Conference Center in Tyler, Texas. They attend Grace Bible Church where Dr. Armstrong teaches an adult Bible Study class on Sunday mornings.
Grammar and Logic School Principal & HS English - CC
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.
CC Athletic Director, Football, Baseball, Logic History - CC
Josh Nokes joined Coram Deo in 2018 by way of Savannah, GA, where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Additionally, he coached football and wrestling while teaching Advanced Placement United States History, and oversaw the consolidation and integration of the middle school athletic program within the SCPS Athletic Department. During his time there, the school had the highest ranking athletic department in Savannah.
Josh is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Secondary Education and a Masters in Business Administration. After college, Josh spent several years in discipleship ministry with K-Life Ministries in Fort Worth before beginning his teaching career in Carrollton. At Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, he developed an Advanced Placement American History program that saw a pass rate increase from 5% to 82% while also working as an assistant football coach with the team who made two state championship appearances and as head coach to the softball team who appeared in the semifinals. At The Covenant School of Dallas, he was the Athletic and Facilities Coordinator and was charged with preparing the football program to move from 6-man to 11-man football. In 2013, he had the privilege of being a part of the staff that won the TAPPS state championship in 6-man football. In addition, he served as the head baseball coach at Covenant, taking the team to the playoffs in his final year at the school.
Outside of a love of sports and developing young men and women for Christ, Josh is passionate about spending time with his wife of 13 years, Jessica, and their young team of boys: Beckett, Tate, Archer and Wilder. Other interests include cycling, reading, fly fishing, the great outdoors and working in newly/nearly married ministries through Watermark Community Church.
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!
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.
The 2nd Pep rally in the history of our Collin County Campus took place on Friday, Oct 5th and was certainly a memorable spectacle. The packed gym, filled with the enthusiastic celebrations of the Rhetoric school houses of Arc, Churchill, Luther and Newton, our Collin County Yell Leaders, athletic teams and a representation of grammar and Logic families reverberated with the excitement fitting for the end of a packed Spirit Week leading up to our annual Homecoming football game. A special thanks to our Collin County Associate Athletic Director, Josh Nokes, Yell Leader Coach Brittnay Evans, House leadership and spectators for making this such a special event!
The Nicene Creed is carefully framed. As it transitions from its statement that the Creator of all things is the one God we know as Father, it begins a new sentence. “We believe in...” but now the object switches from “one God” to “one Lord.” It is no longer God’s title, but his name, “I Am.” This is a subtle way to signal that we are still dealing with the one God known through the Old Testament Scriptures, but that this God is not just “the Father,” but also “Jesus Christ, the only Son of God.”
"CDA has also influenced my faith. This school has given me the opportunity to understand how God fits in with the rest of the world. We learn how God has a place in math, science, history, English, Latin, sewing, and even athletics, because He is the one who created all these things. My faith and understanding have grown because of the amazing Bible classes I have been taking at CDA since kindergarten. CDA also helps me understand other religions, their beliefs, and what they are lacking, which makes it easier me to spread the gospel and helps me understand what God offers others through my faith."