Gideon Student Chosen as Finalist at Shakespeare Contest

Students from Gideon Study Center participated again this year in the 2015 Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.  Mariah Mastro, a seventh grade student, was chosen to perform her monologue at the Showcase of Finalists held on February 16, 2015 at the O’Reilly Theater downtown.  Mariah, portraying Julia from Two Gentlemen of Verona, was one of 26 students chosen as a finalist from over 1,100 participants.  This is the second year in a row that Gideon has been represented at the Showcase of Finalists.

Congratulations to Mariah, and all of our participants, on a job well done!  Bravo!

Standardized Testing at Gideon

Gideon Study Center will be hosting the TerraNova/CAT 6 for grades 3-12.***

Friday, March 27, Basic Core 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Complete Battery 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, Basic Core 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Complete Battery 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Basic Core:  Reading, Language Arts, & Math, $50 plus $2.95 administrative fee.  Test takes approximately 2.5 hours.  Space is limited.  Register early.

Complete Battery:  Basic Core plus Science, Social Studies, Word Analysis, Vocabulary, Language Mechanics, Spelling, Math Comprehension, $60 plus $2.95 administrative fee.  Test takes approximately 5 hours.  Space is limited.  Register early.

Standardized testing is mandatory for students in grades 3, 5, and 8, per the PA homeschool law; however, you may request a test for students in other grades as well. The test is open to all homeschooled students.

Pizza may be purchased during the lunch break for $1 per slice and bottles of water for $.50.  Please indicate the number of slices you wish to purchase and include that amount with your check.

Please make checks payable to Gideon Study Center.  Include the registration form and payment and mail to TerraNova/CAT 6, 87 Main Street, Hickory PA  15340

Registration DEADLINE is March 1, 2015.  Full payment must be received by this date. No exceptions.

Note: Calculators permitted, but not needed, for 5th grade & up.

***Looking for curriculum?  Have books to sell?  Our used book & curriculum sale is the same day as testing.  Spend some time shopping while your children take their test!  For more information, click here.


South Hills Homeschool Used Book & Curriculum Sale

As a service to the homeschooling community, Gideon Study Center will be hosting a used book and curriculum sale!***

Friday, March 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar!

Please see the information below if you are interested in selling books/curriculum.

*Pre-registration is not required.  Please submit the Seller Registration Form and fees at book drop-off.

Book & Curriciulum drop-off:

Tuesday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Details:

  1. Clearly mark all materials.
  2. Use a removable sticker with full last name, first initial.
  3. Sellers will be asked to sort books by subject; please plan time accordingly.
  4. Price items in increments of $.25  (items without prices will be removed from the sale)
  5. Label sets with “1 of 3″, “2 of 3″, etc. Each piece should have its own removable label.
  6. Loose items must be in a ziplock bag or container.
  7. At drop off, submit Seller Registration Form with $2.00 non-refundable Registration Fee.  Please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive your proceeds.
  8. This sale is a fundraiser to raise money for our operating expenses.  There is a 20% seller fee which will be deducted from your final check.
  9. Pick up unsold materials on Saturday, March 28 from 1:30-2:30. Materials not claimed at the end of the book sale become the property of GSC.

Gideon families: There will be a special area for GSC curriculum for next year!

Our volunteers will do their very best to insure that materials remain intact and in good order. Gideon Study Center is not responsible for lost or misplaced items.

***Do you have a student in 3rd, 5th, or 8th grade?  Gideon is offering the CAT the same day as the sale!  Click here for more information.

Gideon Study Center Offers Physics & Pre-Calc This Fall

Are you looking for Physics and/or Pre-Calc for your high school student?  Gideon Study Center in Bridgeville will be offering both of these classes this fall.

  • Classes run for 32 weeks, September 9 through May 21
  • Classes ​will be held back-to-back, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a 5 minute break in between
  • Each class will include 32 weeks of 3 hours on-site instruction a​nd three days of work assigned ​for home
  • Physics ​will ​include​ a lab
  • Cost is $600 per class, which can be paid in ten $60 installments or in full

For more information contact our administrator, Judy Palloto, at Classes start September 9.

CAT Testing for grades 3, 5, and 8

Gideon Study Center will be hosting CAT testing for students in grades 3, 5, and 8, per the PA homeschool law.  Mrs. Lora Bell, homeschool evaluator, reading specialist and Gideon literature tutor, will proctor the tests, open to all homeschooled students.

When: Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 8:45-12:00 p.m. (Gideon parents, please note that this is not after the last day of school, as it usually is.)

Where: Gideon Study Center at Grace Community Church, 56 Prestley Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost: $37 per student (This fee includes the cost of the test and the administering proctor.  Please note the fee has been updated to accommodate increased postage costs.)

Make payment out to Lora Bell and send to 201 Pointe West Drive, McDonald, PA 15057 with name(s) of children and the grade level(s) for testing. Please include email address so that we can confirm registration and payment.

Contact Lora Bell at for registration or testing information.

2014 Spring Open Houses

The long, frigid winter seems to finally be breaking with warmer temperatures for spring.  Here at Gideon Study Center, the time is ripe to announce our open houses as we look forward to opening enrollment for the coming year.  

You are invited to join us at a Spring Open House for families interested in learning more about Gideon Study Center, a Christian classical tutorial service for students in grades 2-12 in the South Hills.

Interested families will have the opportunity to:

  • meet tutors and members of the Board of Directors
  • hear testimonials from parents
  • handle the curriculum and learn more about our academic plans for the 2014-2015 school year
  • tour the facility
  • see our classes in operation (only daytime Open Houses)

Open House dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 20th, 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 15th, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.

All three meetings will be identical in content (with the exception of the May, Open House, when classes will not be in session) and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Please respond to if you would like to attend one of the Open Houses or if you have any questions.  Please note, if you are unable to attend any of our dates, but would like to observe classes in progress, we are very willing to accommodate you with an arrangement on another day.

In the meantime, we invite you to peruse the website to learn more about classical education, classical study centers, and the founding of Gideon.

Course offerings for the coming year can be accessed here.

The enrollment period for new families opens March 20th. Applications will be accepted on and after that date.

Gideon Student Wins Pittsburgh Shakespeare Contest

Every year, some students at Gideon Study Center decide to “brush up their Shakespeare” and compete at the annual Pittsburgh Public Theater Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest.  Shay Freund, a grammar level student attending Gideon Study Center, managed to perform his way to finals and win the Lower Division, Monologue.  He portrayed Flute as Thisbe lamenting her beloved Pyramus’s death.  A mop stood in as the sweetheart’s corpse.

We congratulate all of our students who competed, especially Shay, for their hard work and performances.  Well done!

Find the full Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article covering the event here.