Overview and Services

Mother of Divine Grace School was founded in 1995 to provide parents with the information, resources, and support necessary to educate their children according to the classical tradition. Laura Berquist's book, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, had aroused the interest of thousands and she responded to their requests by developing a distance education program and offering home schooling consulting services. As with her book, the emphasis of the study program and the consulting services is to help parents to teach their children the tools of learning. Based in Ojai, CA, Mother of Divine Grace School serves over 6,300 students worldwide.

Mother of Divine Grace School offers a Catholic, classical approach to home schooling. It is a program that has been developed by trial and error. We understand the challenges that home-schoolers face and so we offer different levels of service. We want to meet the needs of each individual family, and we realize that these needs will vary from family to family. Our teachers, lesson plans, materials, standardized testing, assessments and consultants provide families with clear educational goals and the appropriate level of support, as well as needed structure and flexibility. These will lead to academic success.

We have clear educational goals:

  • Classical Method. Our teachers and the consultants understand our classical methodology and are able to help families recognize, develop, and achieve these academic stages of formation.
  • Detailed Learning Objectives. Our syllabi include detailed daily lesson plans, assessments, grading rubrics, and learning objectives for every subject.
  • College Preparation. The consultants and our staff help students with college preparation.

We offer help in many areas:

  • Curriculum advice. The consultants advise families on the appropriate curriculum for each child. All our materials are either Catholic or in accordance with Catholic teaching.
  • Organizational tips. Our curriculum is adaptable for families of different sizes and varying levels of homeschooling experience. We strive to understand each family's needs and to help to them organize and structure their homeschool.
  • Day-by-day lesson plans. Our syllabi and teacher planners provide clear daily instructions following the classical methodology for all subjects.
  • Teacher support. We provide varying levels of teacher support to meet each family's needs through our Teacher Review, Teacher Services, Learning Support, and Special Services Programs.
  • Testing to assess progress. We provide assessment tests and standardized testing to enrolled families each year to help assess progress of academic goals.
  • Books & Teaching Resources. Our standard recommended materials are available from our warehouse. Book bundles for each grade level make ordering easy and efficient! Additional educational resources are available.

We offer different levels of support:

  • Syllabi. Parents can buy our Curriculum and use it on their own.
  • Teacher Review Program. Parents can enroll in our Teacher Review Program to participate fully in the development of their child's education. The parent's participation in our program means that the curriculum will be tailored to each child's specific needs and will result in a plan of study that encourages that child to develop as an active learner, effective communicator, and independent thinker. Enrollment in the Teacher Review Program is enrollment in Mother of Divine Grace School, and is foundational to our additional levels of support.
  • Teacher Services. Parents can enroll students in our Teacher Services as a supplement to the Teacher Review Program. This service includes weekly, monthly, or twice monthly online meetings between the student and teacher, as well as having the teacher help with grading, concepts, goals, schedules, etc.
  • Learning Support Classes. Parents can enroll students in our Learning Support Classes as a supplement to the Teacher Review Program. These are weekly or twice-weekly classes conducted via conference call where students have the opportunity to learn from one of our teachers with other students in a class setting.
  • Special Services Program. Parents can also enroll special needs students in our Special Services Program as a supplement to the Teacher Review Program. Our Special Services consultants help parents find resources and curriculum to fit the needs of the special education student.

We care about flexibility:

  • Substitute texts. Parents can substitute materials of their choice, provided they are not anti-Catholic or inappropriate for the student's grade level, in the place of recommended texts.
  • Personalized goals. Parents are aided in incorporating educational materials, whether they are recommended, alternate, or substituted texts.
  • Individual tailoring. Parents receive personalized guidance in tailoring the program to the student.
  • Streamlined curricula. Parents of large home schooling families receive tips for streamlining the curriculum to fit their family.
  • Modified Assignments. Parents are aided by our teachers in giving assignments to the student that will meet the student where he is, incorporate his interests, and help him develop skills appropriate to his stage.

For more information about Mother of Divine Grace School, please review our Curriculum and Programs. We also encourage you to read the Letter from our Founder, Laura Berquist, our Statement of Purpose and Learning Goals. You can also view information about our Students and Graduates.

Even my husband and I have grown through our years with Mother of Divine Grace School. At one time, we viewed our children’s success in life based primarily upon their academic achievements. Now, we realize there is so much more to that picture. Not only have our children been able to grow academically with this program but they have also become better individuals both in our family and as examples to others. They are clearly growing in their faith life and are learning what it means to truly be a child of God.