Recent News

01/21/2021 College Webinar Series: University of Mary

Our webinar with reps from University of Mary is this Friday, 1/22!

01/08/2021 Light of the Faith Webinar with our Founder Laura Berquist

Go here for the recording of Laura Berquist’s webinar: "Classical Education: Ordered Toward Eternal Life"

01/05/2021 Second Semester College Webinar Series

Join us for four more college webinars this month to meet representatives from Catholic colleges and universities!  

01/03/2021 Hymns for the Christmas Season

In these last days of the Christmas season, don’t forget to keep listening to the beautiful Christmas hymns and chants of our Catholic Faith!

12/21/2020 Office Closed for Christmas Break

MODG office phones and chats will be closed for Christmas from December 23 through January 1.

12/15/2020 Christmas Poem Printables from The Harp and Laurel Wreath

In these last days of Advent, consider taking a moment each day to work on these Christmas poems with your children.

12/01/2020 Light of the Faith: The Role of Women in Today's World

Go here for the recording of our recent webinar with Donna Steichen on "The Role of Women in Today's World."

11/30/2020 College Webinar Series: Franciscan University of Steubenville

Register here to learn more about Franciscan University!

11/20/2020 Light of the Faith: The Vocation of the Laity

Here's the recording for Fr. Tom's talk with the MODG community on the Vocation of the Laity!

11/19/2020 College Webinar Series: Ave Maria University

Recording added!

11/17/2020 Light of the Faith Webinar Series Registration: The Vocation of the Laity

President Paul Lazenby invites our community to join us in the first of our “Light of the Faith: Catholic Formation for Classical Educators" Webinar Series!

11/16/2020 Class of 2021 Graduation Dates!

The dates for the Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 have been set!

11/04/2020 Light of the Faith Series: Catholic Formation for Classical Educators

Please join us for a new presentation series focusing on Catholic and classical formation for families!

10/28/2020 Rome Programs for MODG - Summer 2021

Details here for upcoming Rome programs for high school students - discounts available!

10/26/2020 College Webinar Series Schedule

Join us on Fridays throughout this semester to connect with representatives from Catholic colleges and universities! Past recordings and registration links also posted here.

10/12/2020 College Prep Talk by Laura Berquist

Laura Berquist is presenting at a virtual Catholic Homeschool conference this week, details at the link!

08/04/2020 Understanding Marriage and Family: A Catholic Perspective

Laura Berquist gives our community some information on a wonderful resource about the Catholic understanding of the family! (Updated with recording link)

06/17/2020 Virtual Catholic Homeschool Conference

Click here for information on a free, online Catholic Homeschool Conference that Laura Berquist will be speaking at!

05/27/2020 Virtual Graduation! (Updated May 27th)

The links for our May 30th events are now available!

05/11/2020 College Prep Webinar from Benedictine College

Our families are invited to join Benedictine College Homeschool Outreach Coordinator (and former MODG Mom!) Megan Fassero for a webinar on making the transition to college, what habits to build, and words of wisdom from previously homeschooled students who are thriving in college.

04/21/2020 Helping Your Fellow MODG Families

President Paul Lazenby writes to our families about how to help those in our community struggling financially.

04/16/2020 Prayers for our Community Affected by COVID-19

Our prayer intentions for those in our community who have been particularly affected by the current pandemic.

04/08/2020 Graduation Ceremonies Update

Please read this letter from Steven Hayden, our Executive Director, about our in-person graduation ceremonies.

03/24/2020 Novena for Impossible Requests

Laura Berquist wanted to pass on information to our families about this wonderful novena!

03/19/2020 New Fourth Grade Art

We're happy to announce that Fourth Grade Art is now available for purchase. This book focuses on familiarizing the students with the different schools of art. Paintings by American, Dutch, Spanish, British, and French artists are visited. Activities include questions for observation, comparisons, memory games and more!

03/18/2020 Join the Church in Prayer

Please join with us and the Universal Church in praying a Rosary together for intercession during this difficult time.

03/14/2020 A Note from Our Founder

A note from Laura Berquist regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic.

01/28/2020 Second Semester High School Writing Seminars

Our High School Writing Seminars are starting up again, taking place 1/31 and 2/7!

01/22/2020 European Family Pilgrimage Offered by ProRome - UPDATE

Check out further details on a Family Pilgrimage to the Alps, offered by our friends at ProRome, with exclusive MODG discounts!

01/20/2020 Introducing Paul Lazenby!

Click here to read Laura Berquist's article about MODG's new President, Paul Lazenby.

11/22/2019 MODG Student Wins Trip to South America

Sophomore Eva Heroux describes her trip to the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands as a part of National Geographic’s 2019 Student Expedition Scholarship. 

10/08/2019 Benedictine Homeschool Visit Day

Benedictine College's Homeschool Visit Day is on October 14th, and Megan Fassero, their Homeschool Outreach Coordinator, has some information for our families!

09/13/2019 Christendom Homeschool Visit Day

Christendom's Homeschool Visit Day is coming up, and their Director of Admissions, Sam Phillips, has some info for our families!

08/13/2019 MODG Student Gives Pro-Life Speech

Emily Bachman shares the touching Pro-Life story of her nephew Mikey and the joy he brings to his family.

07/25/2019 Parent Classes 2019

For the 2019-2020 school year, MODG will be offering “Medieval History and Literature” with Margaret Hayden, “Encyclicals” with Laura Berquist, “De Anima Part II” with Laura Berquist, and “The Writing Road to Reading” with Cyndi Montanaro.  These courses are available to all parents, even “De Anima Part II”, which will include a recap of the first two books prior to delving into Book III.

06/18/2019 Art Contest - Spring 2019

We are very proud to display the results of our Spring 2019 Art Contest. Over 300 students submitted work in a variety of methods. Enjoy browsing these beautiful submissions! You can also view results from our yearly contests for the past decade!

06/11/2019 Laura’s Founder’s Series

Join Laura Berquist for her new Founder’s Series. Live Parent workshops on a variety of formative and practical topics. Consider the Classical Curriculum, Order in the Curriculum, Teaching Tips for younger and older grades, and the importance of reading good literature! Laura also has a parent Health class that is an excellent companion to our student health class or preparation for parents to teach this class to their students in the fall. Contact our office to sign up!

06/03/2019 Laura Berquist at SCCHE

Laura Berquist as Keynote Speaker and Recipient of Father Francis Award

20th Annual Southern California Catholic Home Educators Conference and Curriculum Fair

Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Costa Mesa, California

03/23/2019 TAC East Coast Campus Open House

Thomas Aquinas College is hosting an Open House at its new East Coast Campus on April 7th!

02/26/2019 TAC West Coast Open House

High school families are invited to visit Thomas Aquinas College's West Coast campus for an Open House on Saturday, March 2nd!

02/07/2019 Our Catholic Hymns

We are pleased to announce that Our Catholic Hymns is now available! The hymn book can be purchased in the bookstore, and recordings of the hymns and chants are available to stream for free under resources on the public site.

01/04/2019 MODG Students Performing at SEEK 2019

Several MODG students will be having musical performances at the SEEK 2019 conference in Indianapolis, presented by FOCUS, a Catholic outreach organization.  Both Mary Rose Gallipeau (’16) and Andrew Ascough (’16) have qualified as musical semi-finalists for the “Awaken” competition portion of the event.  Mary Rose will be performing her original song “Jerusalem My Home” at the Hub Stage at 12:13 PM ET on Saturday, January 5th.  Andrew will also be performing his original song “Burn Out” at the Hub Stage at 5:16 PM ET on Saturday, January 5th. (Update: Cecilia Leskowicz, a 2016 graduate from MODG, performed "God Loves".)

12/21/2018 Short Stories for Literary Analysis

Our new Short Stories for Literary Analysis book is available now in our bookstore! With stories ranging from “The Fisherman and His Soul” by Oscar Wilde to “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this book brings together many previously difficult-to-find works into a beautiful volume. A great gift this Christmas season!

11/16/2018 Class of 2019 Graduation Date

We are excited to announce that the Mother of Divine Grace School Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2019 will take place on May 25th, 2019, at Thomas Aquinas College, in Santa Paula, CA!

10/25/2018 Pro Rome Summer Programs

ProRome (a Catholic tour company based out of Virginia) is offering two high school summer programs in Italy next summer. These programs are uniquely suited for young Catholics who love the Catholic Faith and would like to learn all about its history, culture, and traditions. 

10/02/2018 Essay Contest Opportunities

Please check out some Essay Contest opportunities from the HSLDA and the Catholic Textbook Project!

09/14/2018 MODG named TreeRing Green Yearbook School

53 trees are being planted in MODG School's name by Trees for the Future because our 2017-2018 graduates purchased 53 yearbooks.

09/13/2018 New Third Grade Art

We are pleased to announce our new Third Grade Art Book is now available for purchase in our bookstore. The paintings in this 102 page text are accompanied by questions to help the child observe and appreciate art. The goal in this book is to help the student memorize the titles of paintings and be able to identify the artists who painted them. The activities are tailored to these memorization goals. The text can be used for many years.

07/17/2018 MODG Students Earn NASA Recognition

MODG Students in the St. Monica Rocketry Club recently travelled to the NASA Space Center in Alabama to compete in the 2018 NASA Student Launch.

06/25/2018 Rigor Courses

Rigor courses are part of a new interdisciplinary program that gives students the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in philosophy and theology and literature. Students will meet once a week with a teacher in an Adobe Connect online classroom. Each week there will be a reading assignment, a live discussion, and questions to answer in writing. There will also be papers assigned and a final exam each semester. Some classes also include a weekly recorded lecture. See individual course descriptions in the attached flyer for prices, book lists, and more information. Students who are not enrolled in MODG can enroll here. Enrolled students should enroll through our family site!

05/22/2018 Art Contest - Spring 2018

We are very proud to display the results of our Spring 2018 Art Contest. Over 350 students submitted work in a variety of methods. Enjoy browsing these beautiful submissions! You can also view results from our yearly contests for the past decade!

05/08/2018 New Latin & Greek Root Cards

MODG has compiled a set of 76 Latin & Greek root cards to help students build a Latin (and English) vocabulary, and exercise the student’s memory. Available in our bookstore

04/30/2018 Congratulations!

We are so proud of to have 3 of the National Awards Recipients for the CLT Exam from Classic Learning Initiatives!  Congrats to Mary Aumen, Gwynith Hayden, and Samuel Milliken!  This honor means that these students are in the top 1% of the thousands of students taking it nationally, and as a result they all receive $2,500 scholarships to the CLT partner school of their choosing.  To see their favorite authors, quotes, and where they plan to attend college!

04/18/2018 New Second Grade Art Book

We are pleased to announce our new Second Grade Art Book is now available for purchase in our bookstore. The paintings in this 56 page text are accompanied by questions to help the child observe and appreciate art. The activities include matching games, guessing games, and other activities to achieve the formation goals of observation and memorization. The text can be used for many years.

04/06/2018 Planning with Laura's Parent Classes

Laura offers a series of pre-recorded parent classes on the different stages of formation. These classes provide an excellent overview of the MODG methodology and can be a great way to begin planning for the new school year. Laura's curriculum classes provide valuable information about methodology and course content at each grade level. These classes are free for enrolled families.

02/20/2018 Classical Education: The Essentials

Laura Berquist & Margaret Hayden will be speaking at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI on March 17th. Early registration: $15.00 Late registration (after March 3rd): $20.00. Register here. Contact Denise (248-345-9086) with questions. 

01/10/2018 NASA Student Launch

Donald Daniels (MODG dad) mentors St Monica's Rocketry club, a NASA Student Launch team that includes 2 MODG students (in a team of 11 homeschool members). They have been asked by NASA to participate in the NASA Student Launch in April 2018. In preparation for this they will be doing a Critical Design Review live with NASA on January 29th. They took 12th place at the Team America Rocketry Challenge in May (the first team in Connecticut to do so!).

01/05/2018 Enroll in Laura's Primary Stage Case Studies Class

On January 10th, Laura Berquist will be leading a one-hour class on the Primary Stage of Formation, exploring different family situations and how best to apply MODG methodology. Enrolled families can sign up through the family site (Seasonal Workshops - Stages of Formation). Non-enrolled families please contact our office.

12/18/2017 MODG Christmas Hours

MODG's Office will be closed from Christmas, December 25th through New Years Day, January 1st. May you have a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

11/28/2017 New Kindergarten Art Book

We are pleased to announce our new Kindergarten Art Book is now available for purchase in our bookstore. This 61 page text contains beautiful images, discussion questions, and many activities and games to achieve the formation goals of close observation and memorization. The paintings are carefully chosen to appeal to children. 

11/08/2017 Malina uses her own business to help those in need

Malina Costello (MODG 6th Grader) raised $300 through her business "Little Miss Rose" to gift a cow through World Vision to a family in need. Malina designed a catalog for her business, contacted her parents’ friends, packaged and wrapped her products, and successfully raised the full 6 shares to purchase a dairy cow.

11/07/2017 Maddie Custer receives Congressional Award Medal

Madeline Custer (MODG 11th Grader) received the Bronze Congressional Medal from U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady. This provides recognition for the goals the recipients have reached in public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. Madeline is a senior acolyte at her parish and a proficient viola player having been invited to play with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra.

11/02/2017 Hannah Voss Named Rhodes Scholar Finalist

Hannah Voss (MODG class of 2014), current senior at Benedictine College is a finalist in the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship competition. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.

10/27/2017 Benedictine College's First Homeschool Day

Benedictine College's first ever Homeschool Visit Day is scheduled for Friday, November 10. Homeschool students who are considering Benedictine are invited to come to Benedictine College to experience of Benedictine's faith, community, and scholarship and to hear from current Benedictine faculty, staff, and students who share their passion for homeschooling! 

10/23/2017 Katie Ascough Fighting for Unborn in Dublin

Amy "Katie" Ascough (MODG class of 2014) was elected President of the University College Dublin Students’ Union. In her short term Katie has fought hard for the unborn and to stand up for Catholc pro-life positions. Please keep her in prayers as she now faces a referendum to impeach her. -- Update 10/27/17: Katie was impeached for removing illegal abortion information from student handbooks. Please keep Katie and the university in prayers.

10/23/2017 Elisa Torres named Lilly Fellow at Braniff

Elisa Torres (MODG class of 2010) will be attending at Braniff Graduate School this fall at the University of Dallas. Elisa Torres, whose passion for learning has become for her a way of life; was named a member of the 10th cohort of Lilly Fellows.

10/23/2017 Class of 2018 Graduation Date

Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that the MODG Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2018 will take place over Memorial Day Weekend 2018! (Events will be on May 25th-26th)

10/01/2017 National Latin Exam Results!

In Spring 2016, 371 MODG students took the National Latin Exam. Of these students, 254 earned an award!  We are proud of all these students and would like to take the opportunity to recognize MODG Seniors who earned a Gold Medal, our eight students who earned perfect scores, and the students in Latin III exams who placed.

06/01/2017 Graduation 2017

On Saturday, May 27th, we were thrilled to be able to celebrate the Class of 2017 with a Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony