Right now, there is a resurgence in homeschooling in America. As more students turn to homeschooling, more parents are wondering: how will it help my children find success at college? For parents like the Wrights, the Nachtegalls, and the Scarchillis, they found their answer at Christendom College, where their students are thriving in an educational environment that has been well-suited for homeschooled students for over 40 years.
At Christendom, homeschooling families have consistently found an institution that provides a natural continuation of the education experienced in many homeschool curricula. Homeschool students write in their application essays that they specifically seek Christendom out because it offers the natural next step for them: the challenge of a demanding liberal arts education illuminated by the truths of the Catholic Faith.
For new freshman Sam Wright, he is the seventh of his family to attend Christendom. He sought out Christendom due to that familial connection, but also because it offered a perfect continuation of the homeschool education he experienced growing up, according to his parents.
“We knew the great advantage of the education Christendom offers in regard to an excellent, rigorous liberal arts education, as well as the solidly Catholic studies and formation,” say Lawrence and Mary Wright. “Having homeschooled Sam, with a daily schedule much more directed toward a Catholic classical education, he moved smoothly Into the Christendom Core Curriculum model. Also, he has been especially motivated by the prospect of discussing subjects of a classical education in greater depth with professors and other students. The strong Catholic culture at Christendom, in addition to the studies, makes this school a great fit.”
With his educational background and as a National Merit Finalist (one of three homeschooled National Merit Finalists in the class of 2024), Wright found that Christendom’s Catholic liberal arts education provided the challenge he was looking for. In addition to the curriculum, he was drawn to the vibrant Catholic culture of the college — one that promotes and supports virtue and joyful Catholic lifestyle. From regular access to the Sacraments, to policies such as professional attire and non-intervisitation, the college’s student life is designed to help students thrive in their intellectual, social, and spiritual lives — making it an ideal place for homeschoolers to flourish, according to Wright.
Frank Scarchilli, whose daughter, Emilie, just graduated and whose son, Frank, is a junior and daughter, Sarah, is a sophomore agrees with that sentiment, along with the appeal of Christendom’s challenging curriculum. During the college search, the Scarchillis specifically looked for a school that would provide the kind of liberal arts curriculum that would help deepen critical thinking and communication skills while the children studied the greatest thinkers of Western Civilization. They found that at Christendom. Now, Scarchilli is thrilled with the effect it has had on his children.
“With our homeschooling, we seek to develop the whole child both spiritually and academically and to develop the love of learning. This fits well with the approach at Christendom, which seeks to do the same,” says Scarchilli, who is on the board of Regina Caeli Academy, a national network of homeschool hybrids. “As homeschoolers we make Catholic community, Mass and reception of the Sacraments part of our daily lives. Christendom provides this same environment for our children.”
Over the past forty years, homeschool families, like the Wrights and Scarchillis, have watched their children thrive at Christendom. The majority of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the college have come from homeschool backgrounds, including the Class of 2020’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
Other homeschool families, like the Nachtegalls, were able to encounter Christendom through their exclusive Homeschool Visit Day event. After their daughter attended the Experience Christendom Summer Program, it was a joy for them to gain a better overarching understanding of the college’s offerings and distinctive difference together. Rather than be grouped in with other visitors of various backgrounds, the Nachtegalls were able to hear specifically how Christendom would work for their daughter — now a freshman at the college.
“We’d known about Christendom for years both through the Seton affiliation and the Newman Guide,” says Robert Nachtegall. “We hadn’t spent any time seriously looking at it though until our good friends Brian and Diane Black shared their experiences with the school. When our daughter Monica began looking at colleges, we included it in the mix. It didn’t take long for her to become sold. We visited several good schools like Hillsdale and Franciscan but found Christendom the best fit both to build on what we had started and enable her to grow beyond familiar surroundings.”
As homeschooling sees its biggest cultural moment in over thirty years this fall, having a school where families know their children will succeed is more essential than ever. For the Wrights, the Scarchillis, and the Nachtegalls, Christendom’s track record of success with homeschool students was key to their children ultimately deciding to attend the school. Now, they are able to look on that final decision with confidence, as their children continue to study and prepare on-campus for their vocations.
To learn why so many homeschool families choose Christendom, sign up to attend the college’s Homeschool Visit Day this fall on September 26.