& Values

Classical Consortium inspires excellence in education by partnering with parents to provide classical Christian instruction. Since we began in 2006, we have been cultivating a love of wisdom and learning in our students. We desire to see each student deepen their love of the Lord, passion for learning, and strength of character through our program.

of Faith


“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things love.” - Augustine

​Classical Consortium Academy serves families from many different churches and several different denominations.  We foster debate and encourage students to discuss topics discussed with their parents and pastors.

We believe:

  • The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.

  • In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

  • That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men; regenerate the believing sinner; and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

  • That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost; only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

  • That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.

  • In the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

  • In the bodily resurrection of the dead: the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.


CCA's Leadership Team is passionate about the classical Christian approach to education. We are parents who understand what it's like to be in the trenches day to day, and we want to encourage you on your classical education journey. We're also a team that laughs together, bonds over the challenges of raising kiddos in the world we live in, and shares a commitment to the CCA community. The CCA Leadership Team works closely together to set policy and ensure that the mission and vision of CCA is upheld.

Jennifer Burns

Founder and Head of School

I feel honored that God called me to start CCA in 2006 and continues to allow me to lead our ministry. I am happily married to David Burns and the mother of three boys – Ryan, Bradley, and Nicholas and mother-in-law of Catherine.  I have a master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University. I believe strongly that my life’s purpose is found in Galatians 6:9-10. I adore being in the classroom with our amazing CCA students and teaching them how to think logically and critically about the world around them.

Stephanie Ludwig

Director of Administration

I graduated magna cum laude from North Central College with a degree in Biology and minor in Secondary Education. I taught high school Biology and Physical Science and middle school science before becoming a homeschool mom to my three children, Nathan, Abigail, and Isaac. I love teaching science through experimentation and enjoy spending Mondays at CCA with my students.

Julie Roper

Academic Director

I am honored to teach using classical methods that I learned through my undergraduate degree from Alverno College.  I graduated with a degree in English Literature and Secondary and Middle School Education.  I have graduated my first two children from CCA and my other three are still enjoying the journey.  I love the encouragement and rigor of this program.  I’m married to my best friend, Scott, and we live in Barrington.  Our Lord, Jesus Christ continues to call me to serve and follow him and I am delighted to do that through the community here at Classical Consortium Academy.