Pudewa and record crowd highlight 5th CC Capstone Cruise

Carnival Liberty

Carnival Liberty

SOUTHERN PINES, NC—Andrew Pudewa, internationally known education speaker, will be joining the 2020 Classical Conversations Capstone Cruise May 4-8 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.

Pudewa will be speaking to a packed house as cruise participation continues to increase dramatically. Bookings for the cruise are already 40 percent ahead of last year, and the number of seniors for the 2020 commencement has already surpassed last year’s total.

“We are having an outstanding response to the cruise already this year,” said Jill True, cruise coordinator. “We already have 642 people booked for the cruise, which isn’t for another six months!”

Last spring about 750 people cruised to the Bahamas, and 97 seniors graduated in the 2019 Classical Conversations Commencement. Ninety-eight seniors are already booked for the 2020 commencement, and organizers have decided to cap the number of graduates for this year at 120.

The fifth-annual cruise will be four nights (five-days) on board the Carnival Liberty cruise ship. The Liberty departs at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 4, from Port Canaveral, Florida, destined for ports in the Bahamas—Nassau and Carnival’s private island, Half Moon Cay—and will return at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 8.

Pudewa will be teaching writing workshops and giving parent talks during the cruise.  He is the founder and principal speaker of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor.

“Andrew is a wonderful speaker and a great friend to Classical Conversations,” said Classical Conversations’ CEO Robert Bortins. “I am very excited to have him join us on the cruise, and I know that many CC families will look forward to hearing him speak.”

The CC Cruise Team has many new activities planned for the cruise, in addition to the existing cruise activities provided by Carnival. There will be a full slate of CC children’s activities, in addition to workshops, book discussions and activities for adults. Tuesday is commencement, Wednesday is the National Memory Master championship and Thursday is the National Number Knockout championship.

Call CC’s cruise agent (and CC mom), Amy True, for questions about the cruise, payments for travel, selecting flights and hotels, and other travel details.  Call: (502) 767-6902 or email: [email protected]. Be sure to mention Classical Conversations Capstone Cruise when you contact Amy. (Editor’s Note–Jill and Amy are distantly related)

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Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. CC now has 121,000 students registered in its tutoring programs, which are provided by more than 2,500 CC communities. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home-school curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.classicalconversations.com.

Southern Pines businesswoman to attend national forum in D.C.

Leigh Bortins

Leigh Bortins

Leigh and Rob Bortins, founders and owners of Classical Conversations, Inc., in Southern Pines, will be attending the 2019 Christian Employers Alliance CEO and Owner Forum in Washington, D.C., next month.

The forum will be held Nov. 4-5, and scheduled events include a business briefing with White House staff at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Nov. 4, followed by dinner at the City Club of Washington and a daylong meeting Nov. 5 at The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is the leading conservative think tank in the country.

The focus of the forum will be to increase engagement on national policy and legislative issues that affect Christian employers, especially in the area of religious freedom.

Classical Conversations is an international, classical-education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and has more than 200 employees and contractors, and almost 8,000 licensees around the world. Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997 and now has 121,000 students registered in its tutoring programs. For more information, visit classicalconversations.com.

Christian Employers Alliance is a nonprofit, membership ministry comprised of Christian employers— including both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

CC offers inexpensive dual enrollment to Challenge students

Southern Pines, NC—Classical Conversations programs are beginning again. And maybe you are torn between keeping your student in Challenge III or IV and receiving the full benefit of a CC education or having them dual-enroll in college classes to get a head start on their college education and save some money. The answer is that you don’t have to choose! Your student can continue in Challenge III and IV—AND get college credit—through the Classical Conversations Plus program.

Now in its seventh year, CC+ is the official college dual-enrollment program for Classical Conversations and its Challenge students. These online courses align well with the Challenge courses students are already taking. Although CC+ primarily focuses on Challenge III and IV, there are now three classes available for Challenge II as well. Challenge II students can enroll for Composition I, College Algebra or Latin I through the CC+ program.

“We emphasize a ‘save and stay’ message with CC+,” said CC Academic Services Manager Will McCreery. “We encourage Challenge students to stay in CC through Challenge IV while at the same time saving money by knocking out general-elective college courses early. Because of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation, CC students’ transcripts will be accepted at public and private colleges and universities across the country and around the world.”

CC has two main partners in its CC+ program: Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and Integrity College Solutions. Both partnerships produce college credits and transcripts that are accredited through SACS.

Classical Conversations Plus is growing rapidly, according to Scott Whitaker, director of new initiatives who created the program. A year ago CC+ had about 290 Challenge III and IV students enrolled, but by December, that number was up to 440. The program already has 415 students now with an anticipated enrollment of about 700 by December, particularly since CC has added three new courses for which Challenge II students will be eligible.

In order to be eligible for CC+, students must have already completed at least two years in Challenge programs before applying. Challenge III and IV students must be enrolled in at least four seminars. Challenge II students must be fully enrolled in all six seminars.

“Classical Conversations Plus struggled for the first few of years,” Whitaker said. “Now that we have stable partnerships and a full-time manager for the program, I fully expect it to grow by leaps and bounds.”

Classical Conversations Plus courses are all three credit hours, last 15-30 weeks and cost $300-$500 per course, depending on the course. Students will receive letter grades from the institution’s instructor or assessor.

Southeastern University is a Christian, liberal arts university in Lakeland, Florida. Established in 1935 as Southeastern Bible Institute, it became a liberal arts college in 1970. The university now has six colleges offering 55 bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. Southeastern has 7,000 students and is the largest Assemblies of God educational institution in the U.S.

Integrity College Solutions offers college credit through The College at Southeastern, but provides all the administration, professor relations and learning management system itself to reduce cost to the student. The College at Southeastern is an accredited, Christian, liberal arts college located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Established in 1994, it serves as the undergraduate school for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. CC now has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by more than 2,500 CC communities. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home school curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.classicalconversations.com.

Classical Conversations serves California family well

Woo Family

Woo Family

 

Julieta Woo says she has never won a drawing or a contest in her life, so she was surprised to learn there was a drawing for the recent Challenge Graduates Survey for Parents and Students and doubly surprised that she had  won the drawing and the $300 prize.

CC student is runner-up to Miss Teen South Carolina

Julia Herrin

 

What’s the accepted stereotype of a homeschooled young woman? Painfully shy, bookish, given to classical music. Five years ago Julia Herrin certainly fit that stereotype to a T. But that young woman was nowhere in sight June 29 as Julia was named first runner-up for Miss South Carolina Teen.

National Memory Master competition planned for cruise ship

Every child dreams of being the best of the best—being Tom Brady or Steph Curry or Christian Pulisic—so for those Classical Conversations students who have earned the title of Memory Master over the past few years, you can now dream of becoming the best of the best, the one and only National Memory Master!

National Number Knockout will crown 2019 champ May 1

The 2019 National Number Knockout (N2K) competition is gearing up to return to the high seas this May. Sixteen finalists from across the nation will compete for the title of 2019 N2K National Champion and a $10,000 cash prize onboard the Carnival cruise ship Victory on May 1.

Homeschooling lessons learned from Google employment research

Many parents in America and throughout the rest of the world believe that the key to career success for their children is a steady focus on the hard sciences: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM. Now, research coming from one of the world’s most STEM-centric corporations—Google—is indicating that soft skills may be every bit as important to the success of an employee.

Classical Conversations® supports National School Choice Week

Southern Pines, North Carolina — National School Choice Week, Jan. 21-27, has rapidly become the world’s largest education-related public awareness effort.

Sponsored by Homeschool Now USA, National School Choice Week has grown from 150 events in 2011 to over 21,000 in 2017, according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. He is expecting more than 32,000 separate events later this month in all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries.

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