Our Vision and 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.

Our academic program for grades K-8th includes Monday academic classes, optional guided study on Tuesdays, and optional enrichment classes on Thursdays through our sister program HEART.  Our comprehensive academic program for 9th-12th graders includes academic classes on Monday and Tuesday and additional math and language classes on Thursday and optional enrichment classes on Thursday afternoons through our sister program HEART.  Our wonderful teachers deliver ongoing academic support during the week, providing everything our families need to educate their children using the classical method. Our goal is to empower our students to reach their God-given potential.

Classical Consortium's program is divided into the three stages of the Trivium: Grammar stage (K-6th), Logic stage (7th-8th), and Rhetoric stage (9th-12th).

Our program requires commitment from both students and parents. We believe, as the Bible states, that the primary responsibility of educating children falls on the parents. We have created our program in order to assist parents in delivering the highest quality education to their children – a classical Christian education.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Statement of Faith

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


​Classical Consortium serves families from many different churches and several different denominations.  When discussing a topic over which Christians disagree (e.g.: age of the earth, paedobaptisim, amillennialism/premillennialism, political matters, etc.), we encourage debate and ultimately direct students to 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.

Meet Our Leadership Team

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 Headmaster

I feel honored that God called me to start CCA in 2006 and continues to allow me to lead our program. 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 CC 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.

We believe in helping our students reach their full God-given potential. Keep reading find out more about Classical Consortium Academy. To speak with our leadership, please contact us.