Administrative Details

Calendar,
Homeschool Documentation,
and Grading

22-23 Calendar

Classes are held Monday – Thursday from 8am – 3pm

Semester 1:
Aug 8 – Mon – School Begins (Mon after Transfiguration Friday)
Oct 13 – End of Quarter 1
Oct 31 – Nov 3 – All Hallow-tide week
Nov 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving
Dec 22 – Jan 8 – Christmas & Epiphany

Semester 2:
February 22 & 23 – Lent (Ash Wednesday)
March 9 – End of Quarter 3
April 2 – 16 – Holy Week & Easter Holiday
May 18 – Ascension
May 25 – School Ends
May 29 – Aug 6 – Summer Break

(Quarters 1 & 2 are 10 weeks long Quarters 3 & 4 are 9 weeks long)

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21-22 Calendar

Semester 1:
Aug 9 – Mon – School Begins (Mon after Transfiguration Friday)
Oct 14 – End of Quarter 1
Oct 31 – Nov 3 – All Hallow-tide
Nov 24 & 25 – Thanksgiving
Dec 23 – Jan 9 – Christmas & Epiphany

Semester 2:
March 2 – 3 – Lent
March 10 – End of Quarter 3
April 11 – 24 – Holy Week & Easter Holiday
May 25 – School Ends (Wed before Ascension Thursday)
May 30 – Aug 8 – Summer Break

(Quarters 1 & 2 are 10 weeks long Quarters 3 & 4 are 9 weeks long)

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Homeschooling Documentation

In order to provide families with flexibility and independence, St. Francis Classical Academy operates in the state of Florida, not as a private school, but as a homeschool cooperative. Operating in this way allows us more freedom to make scheduling and curriculum choices that are in accord with our aims.

Because we provide instruction and support to like minded homeschool families and do not operate as a private school, parents are responsible for their own homeschool record keeping. 

Thankfully, Florida’s homeschooling requirements are simple, and we’re happy to help you walk through them.

Summary:
— Florida homeschooling parents must —
1. Notify their county superintendent with a simple homeschooling notice of intent
2. Maintain records of educational materials: log of activities, worksheets, writings 
3. File a copy of your child’s approved evaluation each year 
4. That’s all there is to it!

Additional Resources:
Full Florida homeschool requirements may be found here.

Florida Department of Education – Homeschool FAQs

Santa Rosa County Superintendent
Dr. Karen Barber
6032 Hwy. 90 Milton, FL 32570

Escambia County Superintendent
Dr. Timothy Smith
75 North Pace Blvd Pensacola, Florida 32505

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Grading

In addition to narrative feedback on assignments, Tutors provide regular feedback in keeping with our Latin grading system:

SCL – Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Praise)
MCL – Magna Cum Laude (With Great Praise)
CH – Cum Honore (With Honor)
S – Satis (Sufficient)
NS – Non Satis (Lacking Sufficiency)
CD – Cum Defectu (With Deficiency)

SCL Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Praise)
A rarity which might only be glimpsed a few times over the course of the school year. Work which warrants such a score is worthy of the world of scholars, demonstrates the mature thought of the workman, and might be mistaken for the work of an older person in another context.  

MCL Magna Cum Laude (With Great Praise)
Great work. This work is exceptional, memorable, and worth commenting on. Excellence of execution and profundity of opinion predominate. 

CH Cum Honore (With Honor)
Noble work. Clarity of thought and beauty of expression demonstrate some degree of academic maturity and ambition. The student struggled and succeeded in making his thoughts compelling. 

S  Satis (Sufficient)
Good, not great. Good enough. The student’s work is passable, and exhibits an acceptable knowledge and opinion on the subject. The student’s work is not lacking in any necessary way, but neither is there a brilliance to the work which warrants great praise. The work does not require modification. The work covered a predictable range of information and opinion, and the opinions were expressed reasonably enough. The work is neither excellent nor terrible, thus it does not warrant extensive comment from the teacher. If this work were the food at a restaurant, the patron would neither complain about the food, but neither would he be eager to return.

NS  Non Satis (Lacking Sufficiency)
An honest effort was made to meet the requirements of the assignment and the student enjoyed some success in this effort. The work is a partial success and exhibits some knowledge. However, there were significant aspects of the work which were deficient, lacking. Comment has been made on how this work can be improved. The student should note criticism and recall it when he sets to work next, striving to improve in the ways he was deficient. 

CD Cum Defectu (With Deficiency)
It does not appear that the student fully gave themselves over to the work assigned. This work is incomplete or nearly incomplete. Sloppy thought and execution predominate. While this work is not devoid of value, there is not much evidence that the student understood the assignment and made an honest, valiant effort to meet the requirements of the assignment. 

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We recognize the need to provide grades for homeschool students who will be using our courses as part of their prepared transcripts for college admission. While we don’t issue high school diplomas, we do offer assistance to homeschool families who desire help creating their homeschool transcripts.

St. Francis Classical Academy provides instruction, but we do not replace parents as the administrators of homeschools. As such, the ultimate authority on a student’s grade is his or her parent. If a parent feels the need to modify the teacher’s assessment in his or her own records, as the administrator, he or she should feel free to do so. However, only students who complete the required work for a given class at a level deemed satisfactory by the instructor will receive a completion certificate from St. Francis Classical Academy.