Christian Education Alliance is a unique education ministry to home school families in the Tulsa metro area. Founded in 1994, CEA’s mission is to provide limited classroom instruction to home school students, helping parents provide an excellent academic foundation for their children. An equally important aspect of the program is a commitment to the promotion of godly character. In addition to its educational mission, CEA is a community for like-minded homeschool families providing opportunities for social interaction through field trips, socials, service projects, and other activities. CEA families embrace a learning and social environment that encourages students to develop healthy friendships, freeing them to concentrate on deepening their relationship with Christ and serving others. We invite you to learn more about the unique ministry known as Christian Education Alliance. May God bless you as you seek to educate your children for His glory!
Welcome to CEA!
840 West 81st Street, Tulsa, OK 74132   (918) 445-3145  ceatulsa@cox.net
Christian Education Alliance
Serving homeschool families for over twenty years
To accomplish our mission and maintain the strong community we have developed, CEA families must share these beliefs. The CEA application includes a more detailed description of these beliefs and families applying for acceptance in CEA will be asked to affirm their agreement with them. The principles presented in the parenting curriculum, Growing Kids God's Way, are closely aligned with CEA's core principles and provide an important foundation for our families as we work together to train our children in biblical character. All families applying for acceptance in CEA are asked to participate or demonstrate prior completion in this course. Each fall a CEA couple facilitates this course for our new families or helps them to enroll in a local class.
Christian Education Alliance (CEA) was born in the hearts of two home school families who shared a desire for a different approach to education for their children. Circumstances, which God Himself seemed to orchestrate, led these families to step out in faith to begin a program with one teacher, offering limited classroom instruction to five students. Often called “the best of both worlds,” CEA, a ministry of Tulsa Hills Church has provided a unique education program since January, 1994.
Our Doctrinal Position
Common Values
Parental Support
About CEA
CEA is based on a set of core, biblically-based beliefs that children should:
Dating Philosophy
• Develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ • Grow in their knowledge of biblical life principles and developing Christian character traits • Develop healthy, God-honoring relationships with their peers • Work diligently to establish a solid academic base from which to enjoy future academic and vocational success
Christian Education Alliance (CEA) was born in the hearts of two home school families who shared a desire for a different approach to education for their children. Circumstances, which God Himself seemed to orchestrate, led these families to step out in faith to begin a program with one teacher, offering limited classroom instruction to five students. Often called “the best of both worlds,” CEA, a ministry of Tulsa Hills Church, has provided a unique education program since January, 1994.
Program & Fees
High School Program
Academics
Admissions
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Elementary and Junior High Program
Activities
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Parent Support & Involvement
Dating Philosophy & Dress Code
Statement of Faith
Parents who entrust their children to the instruction of other individuals and institutions should understand what scriptural principles are held. These principles are integral to CEA's core beliefs. Parents are asked to affirm their agreement with the Statement of Faith in the application process. A summary of these principles is provided below:
• Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace. A person is saved only by faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross, and if this faith is real it will produce repentance. • The Holy Spirit was sent to the world to both convict the world of sin, and to empower believers to be good and faithful witnesses to God’s glory and purpose. • Jesus Christ will come again and those who are in Christ shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. • Jesus will physically return to the earth one day to judge the earth and its inhabitants.
• There is one God who has chosen to reveal Himself to man through the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. • The Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. • Jesus is both fully human and fully God, was born of a virgin, and voluntarily suffered death by crucifixion, therefore becoming the great sacrifice of God “to take away the sins of the world." • Jesus rose from the grave in triumph over Satan, hell, and death. No one can be saved by any other way, or by any other name than Jesus'.
840 West 81st Street, Tulsa, OK 74132   (918) 445-3145  ceatulsa@cox.net
Parents will be asked to serve in the following volunteer positions:
Classroom Positions
CEA is a community designed to enhance home education. CEA parents are Christians committed to being highly involved in the day-to-day education of their children, and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to make CEA successful for their children. These sacrifices include significant time and energy from both parents beyond at-home instructional time. As a home school family, one parent must commit to being home with his/her student when the child is not in class at CEA in order to provide needed assistance and support. Additionally, each CEA family is required to sign up for one service position, per child enrolled. Each of these positions will take an average of 4 - 6 hours of time per month. Sign-ups for volunteer positions are circulated prior to each school term. Parents are also expected to sign up for summer work sessions prior to the beginning of classes. By volunteering time, energy, and talents, parents help CEA operate smoothly and efficiently while keeping tuition rates low. CEA teachers work with homeschool parents to provide children with a solid academic foundation within a wholesome learning environment. The teacher will provide classroom instruction, make assignments, define appropriate evaluation tools, and keep permanent records. However, parents and their children must understand that parents remain “teachers,” as well. Parents provide needed support at home by quizzing their child prior to tests, helping with new concepts, making sure work is completed on time, grading non-subjective work as directed, etc.
• Field Trip Coordinator • Science Activities Coordinator • Social Activities Coordinator • Teacher Aides
All-School Service Positions
• Curriculum and Literature Committee • E-mail Correspondent • Event Committee • Facilities Maintenance • Fundraising Committee • Key Club Parent Team (High School) • Lunchroom Coordinator • Newsletter Coordinator • Prayer Team • Study Hall Coordinator • Social Activities Coordinator • Study Hall Coordinator • TeenPact Coordinator (9th Grade) • Yearbook and School Pictures Coordinators • Graduation Committee
• Curriculum and Literature Committee • E-mail Correspondent • Event Committee • Facilities Maintenance • Fundraising Committee • Key Club Parent Team (High School) • Lunchroom Coordinator • Newsletter Coordinator • Prayer Team • Study Hall Coordinator • Social Activities Coordinator • Hospitality Committee • TeenPact Coordinator (9th Grade) • Yearbook and School Pictures Coordinators • Graduation Committee
At CEA, our goal is to encourage modesty and restraint so that clothing, accessories, and jewelry are not a distraction to the learning process. CEA students do not wear uniforms. Acceptable school wear is casual (i.e. Male students may wear non-screen printed t-shirts, collared shirts, sweaters, slacks, jeans and knee-length shorts. Female students may wear non-screen printed t-shirts, sweaters, modest tops, knee-length dresses and skirts, jeans, pants or knee-length shorts.) We ask parents to review the dress code at the beginning of each year and ensure that their children comply with it.
Suggested Resources
Dress Code
• Her Hand in Marriage by Douglas Wilson • I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris • When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy • Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
At CEA, we have intentionally created a learning environment which encourages students to develop healthy friendships without the pressures associated with pairing off. While we recognize the natural interest that teens have in the opposite sex, our teens enjoy relationships with their brothers and sisters in Christ without the pressures and temptations associated with dating. Therefore, as part of the application process, CEA families are asked to affirm their shared belief to postpone dating until after high school graduation. If you have any questions or comments concerning this important aspect of the program, please feel free to contact us.
Curriculum & Methodology
High School
Over the years CEA has selected material from various textbook publishers including A Beka, Bob Jones, Rod & Staff, Institute in Excellence in Writing, David Quine and Apologia, to name a few. Quality literature is also incorporated into the program for all age levels. Teachers utilize hands-on learning opportunities when possible to promote interest and active learning for their students. Also, parents are invited to share their special talents and expertise. We highly value the time and energy that both teacher and parent invest in CEA students.
Standardized tests are administered every other spring to students in elementary and junior high.
CEA utilizes what may be deemed a “traditional” approach to education, emphasizing the development of a Christian worldview. Teachers use a variety of curriculum and age-appropriate methods to enhance learning of core subjects including lecture, demonstration, group discussion, educational games and special projects. Students are tested periodically to ensure their mastery of the material covered. As students advance by grade, more emphasis is placed on critical thinking and essay writing. While academic standards are high and considered important, the development of godly character remains the program’s primary goal for each student. Most of the students’ time is spent at home under the supervision of their parents. The combination of part-time instruction with a small teacher/pupil ratio and the active involvement of dedicated home school parents makes CEA a rather unique program in our region. Over the years this approach to education has helped numerous home school families provide an excellent academic base for their children.
For a more detailed description of CEA's Philosophy of Education click here.
Elementary & Junior High
Standardized Testing
Elementary
CEA seeks to assist families by providing part-time professional instruction which gives structure and accountability to parents' efforts at home. Parents, teachers, and staff work together to provide a solid academic program and an environment that promotes spiritual and character growth. We emphasize fundamental core knowledge in the areas of Bible, science, math, history, and language arts. As students mature, our goal is to help them use the factual information mastered in the primary grades as they develop higher-level thinking skills and the ability to critically analyze information and events. Over the years we have learned that it is easy to lose the joy of teaching your children because of the many hours of research, preparation, and administrative tasks required of a homeschool parent. Classroom instruction includes the majority of the weekly teaching. In an effort to lighten the load CEA provides: • Curriculum • Weekly assignments • Subjective grading • Record keeping Parents are responsible for the remaining instruction at home:  • Assist with projects and writing assignments • Grade objective work such as math and grammar • Help students prepare for tests and quizzes • Review assignment sheets to be sure all work is completed Assignments requiring more individualized attention such as spelling, penmanship, and Bible verse memory will be primarily accomplished at home. Schoolwork is collected each day by the classroom teacher who keeps records of assignments and grades.  Curriculum is chosen and reevaluated each year with input from teachers as well as CEA parents who serve on our Curriculum Committee.  We believe God has a special plan for each child and we desire to come alongside homeschool parents as they equip their children for the work God has for them.
Our junior high science courses use Apologia, a creation-based curriculum written in a conversational tone designed to give students a love for science. Learning is enhanced through numerous hands-on science experiments. Our writing classes utilize the IEW curriculum blended with a unique curriculum created by our own writing teacher. Each student’s writing is compiled into a family keepsake at the end of the school year: a “Book of Wisdom" and an autobiography and family history. In addition to teaching math concepts, we focus on the application of concepts using real world examples, helping students understand the importance of learning math. Students are encouraged to think about the “whys" of mathematics. We strive to transport grammar and vocabulary from rote and possibly dull, into expressive and interactive. Students are encouraged to share real life examples of grammar usage and to watch and listen for the use of current and past vocabulary words. Our history and literature courses utilize A Beka curriculum as a chronological history guide, enriched with creative projects and historically relevant literature books that help bring history to life.
Junior High
Elementary & Junior High Program
1st - 2nd grades meet two days a week: M,W from 8:00 – noon. 3rd – 6th grades meet three days a week: M,W,F from 8:00 – noon. At our elementary level, we have self-contained classes. Some of the curricula currently used are A Beka, Saxon Math, Answers in Genesis Science, Mystery of History, ASCI Spelling, and Institute in Excellence for Writing. For English our elementary students start with Shurley English and transition to Rod and Staff Grammar and English from the Roots Up. Our elementary students take a mid-morning break for an outdoor recess when weather permits.
7th - 8th grades meet three days a week: M,W,F from 8:00-12:05. Classes for our junior high students are a 45-minute rotation including grammar, vocabulary, Bible, writing, math, history, literature, and science. Some of the curricula currently used are Rod and Staff English, Vocabulary from Classical Roots, A Beka, Bob Jones Math, Apologia Science, and Institute in Excellence for Writing.
CEA seeks to assist families by providing part-time professional instruction which gives structure and accountability to parents' efforts at home. Parents, teachers, and staff work together to provide a solid academic program and an environment that promotes spiritual and character growth. We emphasize fundamental core knowledge in the areas of Bible, science, math, history, and language arts. As students mature, our goal is to help them use the factual information mastered in the primary grades as they develop higher-level thinking skills and the ability to critically analyze information and events. Over the years we have learned that it is easy to lose the joy of teaching your children because of the many hours of research, preparation, and administrative tasks required of a homeschool parent. Classroom instruction includes the majority of the weekly teaching. In an effort to lighten the load CEA provides: • Curriculum • Weekly assignments • Subjective grading • Record keeping Parents are responsible for the remaining instruction at home:  • Assist with projects and writing assignments • Grade objective work such as math and grammar • Help students prepare for tests and quizzes • Review assignment sheets to be sure all work is completed Assignments requiring more individualized attention such as spelling, penmanship, and Bible verse memory will be primarily accomplished at home. Schoolwork is collected each day by the classroom teacher who keeps records of assignments and grades. Curriculum is chosen and reevaluated each year with input from teachers as well as CEA parents who serve on our Curriculum Committee. We believe God has a special plan for each child and we desire to come alongside homeschool parents as they equip their children for the work God has for them.
Our program is built around a Humanities Plan designed to help parents provide a solid academic base for their older children. Most CEA students will pursue higher education, and we have found that our graduates are well prepared for such work. A number of our students have left high school as National Merit contenders, and we are proud of their accomplishments. At the same time, as is true with the younger classes, our primary desire is to help our high school students develop godly character and a distinctly Christian world view. Weekly Chapel services help promote spiritual growth and development.
In the high school program we utilize the Principle Approach. Teachers help students use learning methods similar to those used by our country’s founding fathers, including the “Four R’s” (research, record, reason, and relate) as they deepen their understanding of various subject areas. Additionally, students read many of the primary sources of history, as well as classic literature. The development of writing skills is also emphasized, and students are assigned numerous research papers and essays over their course of study. As a part of our 9th Grade humanities plan, students have the opportunity to attend TeenPact. TeenPact is a dynamic leadership program for Christian students. Its mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage in the culture. This four-day class takes place at our Oklahoma State Capitol. In addition to a strong academic program, CEA’s high school students benefit from participation in CEA’s Key Club. This service organization provides students the opportunity to develop leadership skills while serving others within the community. Participation also provides many wholesome social opportunities for these older students.
$1950
Grades
8am - Noon
Program and fees 2016 - 2017
8am - 1:45
$2750
3rd - 6th
Days
Small classes help ensure an excellent learning environment for our students. Our goal is to provide a low teacher/pupil ratio, but class size will vary depending upon the number of students needing particular classes. Teachers maintain records of each child’s grades. Report cards are issued at the end of each nine-week period. Two parent/teacher conferences are scheduled each year. Official transcripts are supplied for high school students for classes taken at CEA. Tuition payment is due on the first of each month and is paid over a 10-month period beginning April 1. Parents are required to sign an Annual Agreement Form at the time of enrollment, and parents understand that the full year’s tuition is due even if they choose to withdraw their child from the program. (Tuition is subject to change each year.)
$3300
9th
M/W/F
Hours
12th
Tuition
Programs & Fees
$2650
1st - 2nd
$3500
7th - 8th
M/W
$2100
10th - 11th
An annual enrollment fee of $150 is charged for each child. The student fees' which include books and other administrative costs, will be approximately $315 – $425 depending on the grade.
An annual enrollment fee of $150 is charged for each child. The student fees, which include books and other administrative costs, will be approximately $315 – $425 depending on the grade.
Program and Fees 2016 - 2017
Our elementary and junior high classes have a parent volunteer who serves as Social Activities Coordinator. This individual plans several activities through the year to provide social opportunities for students. All-school skating parties and all-school picnics are planned as well. Parents and younger siblings are invited to participate in these events, giving a venue for families and students of all ages to interact.
Key Club provides our high school students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, plan and participate in community service projects, interact with other Key Club members from across the region, and acquire valuable experiences helpful in college admission and scholarship efforts. It also provides an excellent avenue for social interaction and developing relational skills. Parent volunteers play a vital role as Key Club coaches and advisors, and their efforts are greatly appreciated by our students.
Each spring CEA students are given the opportunity to share a talent with the CEA family. Students are encouraged to share a recitation, skit, song, artwork, etc. Classes often enjoy organizing a group presentation. This is a wonderful opportunity for extended family members to meet the CEA family, and we look forward to Talent Share Night each year.
Field Trips
Chapel
Our high school students participate in a weekly Chapel service. Designed to promote a greater appreciation for worship and a desire to grow spiritually, Chapel is in an important part of our high school program. We pray that this time spent each week will bear eternal fruit!
Field trips are a valuable means of enhancing what is taught in the classroom. The elementary and junior high classes have a parent who serves as the Field Trip Coordinator for that group. He/she works with the teacher to plan and execute one or two field trips per semester. Students are expected to participate in these learning opportunities. They are typically scheduled for non-school hours.
Socials
Key Club
Talent Night
After visiting CEA, interested families will be provided the following to be completed and returned to the CEA office:
• Family Application Form • Student Profile Form(s) • Letters of recommendation from three individuals (including pastor)
Upon our receipt of this form, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail to discuss the program further. We will then schedule a visit to meet CEA staff and teachers, and view one or more classrooms.
Parental Contact Form Download
After reading information about CEA’s program, interested parents are asked to download a Parental Contact Form and return it to CEA by mail or email. Parents unable to download this form may call the CEA office and request a form by mail.
The program will only work well for families who share our goals and objectives pertaining to academic, spiritual, and character development for our children. We strive to accept families who share specific values as outlined in our information packets and the family interview process. Our goal is to assist like-minded homeschool families as they continue to educate their children. CEA does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or nationality.
We also request copies of standardized test scores of prospective students. Prospective high school students are to submit two brief essays. Upon receipt and review of these items, the CEA Board will schedule a family interview. The interview process provides parents with an opportunity to ask questions of the Board, and it provides the Board with the opportunity to acquire a better understanding of the family’s academic and spiritual goals and objectives. The entire application process is designed to help ensure a good “fit” for homeschool families and CEA alike. Acceptance into CEA is based on the family’s commitment to home education, application, interview, academic readiness of the student, and space availability. Enrollment of your child is a financial commitment to our program for a period of one full year.
Initial Contact
Enrollment Process
• Parental Application • Student Profile Form(s) • Letters of recommendation from three individuals (including pastor)
Parental Contract Form Download
After reading information about CEA’s program, interested parents are asked to download a Parent Contact Form and return it to CEA by mail or email. Parents unable to download this form may call the CEA office and request a form by mail.
Tulsa Hills Church of the Nazarene
8:00am - 2:30pm  MWF
(918) 445-3145  ceatulsa@cox.net
Summer hours 9:00am - 3:00pm Wednesday
Office Hours