Frequently Asked Questions

asking_questionsDoes Tall Oaks accept International Students?
Tall Oaks has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students with F-1 Visas to our school. For more information, please contact Linda Pargoe, Director of Admissions & Marketing.

My children haven’t had any Latin. Can they still transition into Tall Oaks?
Yes! Every year we have students entering Tall Oaks after third grade who have no Latin background. To introduce Latin to new students, we offer summer Latin classes at both the grammar school and the upper school levels. (Parents are welcome to take the summer Latin courses, too!) Our teachers will help new students do the extra work necessary to catch up to their classmates in Latin.

What is classical education?
The classical method of instruction recognizes three levels of learning and thinking, together known as the Trivium. These three are the Grammar, the Dialectic, and the Rhetoric stages, corresponding to the Biblical terms knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

When we learn a new subject, we must first learn its grammar, that is, the basic facts and rules that form its foundation. At Tall Oaks, we emphasize the grammar of each subject from kindergarten through sixth grade, a time when children, because of their stage of development, enjoy memorizing information in chants, songs and other repetitive activities. We teach spelling and reading with a strong phonics-based program that teaches the students why words are spelled the way they are. Our students learn to write by imitating good writing. They learn the foundations of mathematics, a basic chronology of history, English grammar, Latin, (beginning in third grade), and a survey of the Bible.

When the grammar of a subject is learned, we can go on to the Dialectic Stage, in which we apply reason to the facts we have learned in order to see inter-relationships, understand cause and effect, and analyze arguments. Although we teach logical thinking and analytical reasoning at all ages, we emphasize these skills and teach formal logic and debate in the middle school years. We teach our students to construct good arguments and to detect fallacious ones. We seek to develop in our students a Biblical worldview that is consistent with the truth that God reveals. Whether the subject being taught is mathematics, science, literature, geography or the arts, we help our students develop an integrated understanding of God and His creation.

The capstone of a classical education is reached in the high school years, when our students learn the rhetorical skills that allow them to master a subject and communicate it to others. They learn to conduct research, form their own conclusions, and effectively and persuasively communicate their understanding. The leaders of every field have reached this level of learning, which we call the Rhetoric stage. By the time our students reach high school, they are developmentally ready to begin formal training in rhetoric, and to practice applying that training in all their subjects. We give them opportunities to hone their rhetorical skills through written work, including major theses in their junior and senior years, as well as oral presentations. They learn to defend their faith humbly and intelligently. They develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in higher education or to tackle any subject they want or need to learn. They are equipped to be lifetime learners and leaders.

To learn more about classical education, please read An Introduction to Classical Education by Christopher A. Perrin, M. Div., Ph.D or The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers.

Does Tall Oaks accept children with learning disabilities?
Tall Oaks does not offer special education services. However, students with mild disabilities who can function well in a regular classroom are welcome to apply for enrollment. We will make reasonable accommodation for special needs while upholding our school’s standards.

What is the purpose of entrance testing?
We use our entrance testing to place students in the grade in which they are most likely to thrive. Entrance testing is also used to identify areas that could use some extra work to make the transition to our school easier. For example, many students come to us with less exposure to English grammar than our students. Entrance testing will identify this concern so the student can enroll in a summer class and catch up with his classmates.

Does Tall Oaks Classical School accept only above-average students?
Sometimes when families visit Tall Oaks and see the achievement of our students, they assume that we only accept children of above average ability and worry whether their children will be able to keep up. Although our students have the advantage of coming from families that make the education of their children an important priority, they are blessed with the normal range of abilities that one would find in most schools. We use our entrance testing, not to select only the most gifted students, but to place students in the proper grade and to identify any areas that could use some extra work to make a transition to our school easier. Our goal is to bring the best out of students throughout the range of normal abilities. You will be amazed at what your child can achieve at Tall Oaks!

Continuous Enrollment FAQs

What is Continuous Enrollment?
Historically, more than 90% of our families have re-enrolled for the upcoming school year. To fulfill our mission to work together with the home, we aim to streamline the enrollment process through Continuous Enrollment. Students are continuously enrolled from their initial enrollment into the school system until they graduate from our schools. The Continuous Enrollment system lets us maximize our resources to provide Christian education to our families at the highest level of excellence and save families time and effort.

Why does re-enrollment matter?
Our schools’ leadership wants to ensure that we’re prepared for each school year. Until our families re-enroll, we can’t make solid plans for staffing, programs, materials, curriculum, and facility usage. We take the stewardship of tuition dollars entrusted to us very seriously. We want to invest these tuition dollars wisely so that we can provide the best education possible for our students.

What will re-enrollment look like next year?
All families will receive communication from the administrative office reminding them of automatic enrollment occurring January 15. Families not wanting to be enrolled for the following school year will need to contact the school office.

How is the Continuous Enrollment fee collected for the upcoming year?
The annual Continuous Enrollment fee is billed to the family’s FACTS account in three monthly installments (March, April, and May).

I have changed my mind about the FACTS payment plan. What do I do?
Once the online FACTS agreement is set up, the agreement will be the same each year. Parents can go to the FACTS website and make any changes to their payment method, make any additional payments, and add authorized parties. All other changes must be made and approved through the Finance Office.

When can I apply for financial assistance?
The application for tuition assistance may be submitted between March 15 and May 15. Financial assistance applications are handled through a third-party agency. The agency gives a recommendation to the school, and the school awards or declines financial aid based on this recommendation and a family interview. To apply for financial aid, use the following link: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3G1W6

I am concerned about my monthly payment amount for next year. To whom should I speak regarding my concerns?
For any financial concerns, please contact the Finance Office at (302) 834-5020, option 6 then option 1.

I am enrolling a new sibling. What do I need to do?
Complete the online application:
http://www.redlionca.org/admissions
http://www.talloaksclassicalschool.org/admissions

I am enrolling more than one child. Do I need to sign a Continuous Enrollment form for each one?
You will need to complete one Continuous Enrollment form for each child. You will only need to do it once their entire school career.

What happens if I get behind on my tuition?
If you fall behind in your tuition payments, please contact the Finance Office at (302) 834-2526, option 6 then 1.

FACTS Financial Information FAQs

If payments are made automatically, does that mean FACTS or the school listed on my agreement has direct access to my account?  NO. This is a common misconception about automatic payments.  No one other than you and your financial institution has access to your account.

How do I make changes once my agreement is on the FACTS system? If you need to change information such as an address, phone number, email address, or banking information, visit https://online.factsmgt.com, or contact FACTS by phone.  If you want to discuss changing the payment date or payment amount, you must contact the Finance Office at 302-834-5020, and your school will make the changes and notify FACTS.  All changes must be received by FACTS two business days prior to the automatic payment date in order to affect the upcoming payment.

What if my payment date falls on a weekend or holiday? If the payment date falls on a weekend or holiday, the payment will be attempted the following business day.

When will the funds be withdrawn from my account? Although FACTS specifies the date each payment will occur, your financial institution determines the time of day the payment is debited from your account.  FACTS recommends you check with your financial intuition to determine how far in advance the funds should be deposited into your account to ensure the automatic payment clears.

What happens if FACTS attempts to process my payment, and there are not enough funds in my account? Should an automatic bank payment or credit card payment be returned, a $30.00 FACTS fee will be automatically assessed to your account.  You will be notified by FACTS of the returned payment via email.  A reattempt will occur four days after your scheduled payment date.