Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together a list of commonly asked questions about Classical Consortium Academy.

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Where does Classical Consortium Academy meet?

CCA has two campuses: 

CCA meets at Village Church of Barrington at 1600 East Main Street in Barrington, IL. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

CCA-East meets at Winnetka Bible Church at 555 Birch Street in Winnetka, IL. on Tuesdays for an optional study and enrichment day.

School days begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Mondays in Barrington are required for all students.  In Barrington, Wednesdays are required for all Rhetoric Level students and optional study and enrichment days for Primary - Logic Level students.  CCA-East meets on Tuesdays and serves as an optional study and enrichment day for our North Shore Primary - Logic Level students.

All of our classes run during the traditional school year - August - May.


What grades does CCA serve?

We offer classes for kindergarten -12th-grade students. Our program is divided into four sections: Primary (K-2nd), Grammar (3rd-6th), Logic (7th-8th), and Rhetoric (9th-12th). 


Can we pick and choose courses?

Our program is a full-day commitment.  Each year follows a specific scope and sequence.  When students enter the Rhetoric Level they are able to choose one of four tracks (Traditional 4yr, Accelerated 3yr, Honors 4yr, Certificate of Merit) that best meets their needs.  Please see our Academics section for more details on our course of study.


How long do students spend on homework each day?

It depends on each individual child and the family's schedule at home.  On average, the amount of hours a traditional student spends in school is how much time your student will spend doing his/her CCA work.


What makes Classical Consortium Academy different from other programs?

We have thoughtfully developed our course of study to lay a foundation in classical education that builds upon itself as students move through our program in each stage of the trivium.  Unlike co-ops that simply provide a variety of classes to pick and choose from based on interest, we have created an integrated set of courses and areas of study from kindergarten through 12th grade to equip our students for success.  Like traditional schools, CCA takes care of all of the planning, teaching, and grading for you.  Like high schools, 3rd - 12th-grade students move from class to class, being engaged by teachers who have a passion for and experience in their subject matter.  Students benefit from being taught by gifted and caring teachers and spending time learning with peers while also enjoying the flexibility and special family time that is enjoyed by homeschooling families.


Can I visit the school?

We welcome prospective families to visit us!  The best way to experience what makes a CCA education unique is to spend a day observing our classes and community.  We hold Preview Days during Spring Semester for prospective families. 


Are you affiliated with Classical Conversations®?

Classical Consortium Academy is not affiliated with Classical Conversations®. We are an independent classical Christian hybrid school. We offer a unique approach to classical Christian schooling through our classes and comprehensive curriculum support. 


Do I need to volunteer or teach at Classical Consortium if my child is enrolled?

Classical Consortium Academy does NOT require parents to volunteer or teach at our program. CCA is a comprehensive hybrid school whose staff are funded by tuition.  Many parents drop their children off in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day.  Other parents stay on campus to work as support staff or teachers.  For those interested, parent volunteer opportunities are available.


How much does CCA cost to attend?

Please see our Tuition and Fees section for specifics.  CCA tuition is very reasonable.  Tuition is roughly equal to a trip to your local coffee shop each school day.   Tuition does not include books, uniforms, or supplies.


Are you accredited?

We are a member of the Association for Classical Christian Schools (ACCS,  In addition, our Rhetoric Level program is NCAA-approved.


What does life beyond CCA look like for students?

We are delighted to report that CCA students go where they want to go.  Most score in the 90% percentile on ACT, SAT, and CLT tests, earn scholarships, attend colleges of their choice, and enjoy careers in a variety of fields.  More importantly, they continue to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, become wonderful husbands and wives, dads and moms, and serve Him.

Colleges and Universities Attended by CCA Graduates:  

Biola | Calvin | Carthage | Georgetown | Grove City | Harper (Honors) | Hillsdale | Hope | Indiana Wesleyan | Judson | Liberty | New Saint Andrews | Northern Illinois | Northwestern | Notre Dame | Olivet Nazarene | Patrick Henry | Purdue | Savannah School of Art and Design | Taylor | University of Illinois | Westmont | Wheaton | William and Mary


Fields of Study of CCA Graduates:

Accounting | Animation | Business | Classics | Computer Science | Education | English | Film | Graphic Design | History | Medicine | Ministry | Philosophy | Psychology | Social Work | Spanish | Speech Pathology | Writing

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  • Are you meeting in person?  Meeting in person is a priority for us at CCA.  We plan to meet in person for as long as it is safe to do so.  We will be live streaming all class, so that students who are sick or compromised may still “attend.”

  • Are you meeting inside or outside?  We are  hosting classes outdoors as much as possible. 

  • What are your COVID procedures?  We have developed guidelines that take into account data available from inside and outside of the US with both safety and reasonableness in mind.  We’ve weighed the physical risk to our students with the mental need for school to be as “normal” as possible.  Please contact Jennifer Burns at to discuss specific COVID guidelines for the coming year.

  • What will the class size be?  Our Primary classes are capped at 16 and our Academy classes are capped at 22.