Mission

The St. Christopher Education Cooperative is a group of invested parish families seeking to provide a Catholic education for their preschool and elementary age children.

About Us

Through dedicated parent involvement, the St. Christopher Education Cooperative strives to provide a strong, Catholic, educational environment for children in preschool through fifth grade. Students’ spiritual life, growth in knowledge, relationship with Jesus, and love of the Church is central to our mission. Sacred Scripture, intercessory, spontaneous, and traditional Latin prayer is woven throughout the curriculum. For Religion, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd guides children to a deeper understanding and love of Scripture and Liturgy, along with moral formation through the parables and Salvation History. In terms of academics, we strive to provide a Catholic educational environment combining the richness of many methods of education. We primarily focus our education on the principals of the Classical and Montessori models. The Cooperative is committed to serving the parish while also providing a service for parishioners and families of the diocese.

Schedule and Curriculum

September 5, 2018 – May 24, 2019.
Mondays – 9:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesdays – 8:30am Mass – 3:00pm
Fridays – 8:30am Mass – 11:30am

The Education Cooperative begins its school day with the Holy Mass (when available) followed by morning prayers in each classroom. The morning block for elementary age students consist of the core subjects (mathematics, grammar, reading, and writing) along with daily mastery work. 3K to Kindergarten age students learn in a Montessori classroom during each morning block. To follow is the Angelus, lunch, and weather appropriate recess. Afternoon blocks consist of the cyclical classes (history, science, and geography), as well as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and electives. The day ends with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We strive to prepare children for any junior high setting with a particularly close alignment to St. Ambrose Academy.

Classrooms

3K, 4K, Kindergarten – Montessori classroom
1st-5th Grade – Grammar School classroom
*Childcare provided for parent teachers

Parent Involvement

St. Christopher’s Education Cooperative is dependent upon the time and talents of parents. In order to honor parents as a child’s primary teacher while also striving to provide personalized curriculum for each student, it is imperative that parents are present and involved during each Cooperative day.

Cost

Because parents graciously volunteer their time and talents at St. Christopher’s Education Cooperative, there is no tuition for students. However, families are responsible for school supplies, curriculum material and books, school uniform, extracurricular activities, and field trips for each of their children enrolled in the Cooperative. Non-parish families are also expected to make a self-discerned donation to St. Christopher Parish to help offset costs of parish-incurred operation expenses. Additional donations are always welcome!

Enrollment

For further questions about enrolling your child(ren) in the St. Christopher Education Cooperative, please contact:

Katie Haun at haun.kathryn@gmail.com
Christy Hartberg at chartberg@gmail.com