Homeschooling Heroes

homeschooling families at the capitol

I am often reminded of the shoulders of giants that we stand upon.  When we hear a knock at the door during school hours, we don’t have to tell the children to run and hide because it could be CPS doing a check to make sure we aren’t “illegally homeschooling.”  When we choose our curriculum in AZ we do it without oversight or fear of any testing requirements.   One of those giants I wanted to mention is Mike Smith, the President of HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association).  It was Read More …

Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Weighs In

We submitted a request with questions after my last post to you all. They called my husband very promptly, excellent customer service. The big question on my mind was can ESA contract families continue to get HSLDA protection. I’m not willing to give that up. The answer is that you can continue to be HSLDA members with ESA contract status. The only thing is they won’t get involved with arguments over what is a qualified purchase. They said, “That’s between you and the state.” So if you buy curriculum and they say, “No, Read More …

Prayers Needed – Opposition to the ESA Law is Underway

homeschool ESA expansion referendum

A couple things I want you to pray for: 1) That current homeschooler groups would broaden their definition of homeschooling to include ESA contract homeschoolers. I have heard from several homeschoolers that have been denied community because they have ESA status. Those families likely have special needs children (because up to this time it was military, foster, or special needs). That is so sad to hear. They are homeschoolers just like any of us, the only difference is that they are taking back their tax dollars and using them for Read More …

ESA Passed! Updates and Questions Answered

Since my last post, Governor Ducey has signed the ESA expansion bill (yesterday). It is groundbreaking — the whole country is talking about it. Highlights: Everyone now can apply and participate in ESA But you don’t have to. You do not have to participate if you don’t want to. It doesn’t affect current homeschoolers at all. If you choose to participate you do give up your “legal status” as a homeschooler (you are not supposed to file the affidavit and if you already have you are supposed to revoke it. ESA is a contract with Read More …

ESA Info and Webinar

Hi homeschooling friends,Ever since this new ESA bill passed the house and the senate I’ve been doing a lot of research on what it means and what the legal implications are. In summary there are basically six categories of education in Arizona (public, private, charter, online charter, homeschool, ESA contract students).  So homeschooling is one category and ESA contract students is a completely separate category. All categories have their own laws/requirements. What I don’t get, is why for whatever reason, the Arizona law is written to make ESA it’s own separate category.  I don’t understand why it can’t be one in the same.  Homeschoolers who accept ESA and homeschoolers who do not.   Read More …

Open House and Tour

Fill out the interest form online and check the box that you are interested in the Open House Our open house will be on Monday, March 14th from 11am-12pm. Lunch is from 12-1pm. You are welcome to stay and eat lunch, bring a sack lunch and water. Children are welcome to come. Everyone will receive a free book! We look forward to meeting you.

Time to Order Your Winter Uniforms – Labor Day Weekend Sale

If you haven’t ordered your winter uniforms I highly recommend doing so now.French Toast is running a 15% off + free shipping on $99+ sale this labor day weekend (shop: https://www.frenchtoast.com/schoolbox/schools/excelsior-classical-homeschool-academy-QS5EWSL)The labor force at French Toast has been significantly down.  I’m hoping after these Covid relief unemployment paychecks go away this week that people will get back to work and French Toast will become reliable again.  But if it is going to take 5 weeks again to get our clothes we will want to order early and not wait until it gets cold.  Order Read More …

Classes start August 16, 2021

It is clear to me that Phoenicians are looking for classical, Christian homeschool groups. We offer community and accountability to conservative families which is what we all want and need. The interest has been so great we have doubled our numbers last year, and again, even during a COVID year, we doubled our numbers. God is so good and bringing really wonderful families to add to our number. May we continue to glorify and honor Him in all that we do, and raise up wonderful children that will follow after Read More …

New at Excelsior: Afternoon Classes for All

We’ve added afternoon classes (from 1-2pm) to our line up now. They will be enrichment classes for Primary-4th grade. 5th and 6th will do classical studies and science. 7th grade and 8th grade will do Classical studies or Geography III and Literature. Highschool level classes will continue to do highschool science. This does not cost any extra and is already included in the tuition. Not all moms may be able to want to stay for the afternoon, depending on little ones nap schedules and such, but most definitely will.