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
and are able to help families recognize, develop, and achieve these academic stages
Detailed Learning Objectives. Our syllabi include detailed daily
lesson plans, assessments, grading rubrics, and learning objectives for every
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
Day-by-day lesson plans. Our
syllabi and teacher planners
provide clear daily instructions following the classical methodology for all
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
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
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
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
Programs. We also encourage you to
Letter from our Founder, Laura
Statement of Purpose and
Learning Goals. You can also view
information about our Students and