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Welcome to the online home for Gideon Study Center, a classical tutorial service for Christian homeschooling families, located in Bridgeville, PA.  Gideon Study Center meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through May, with classes for students in grades 2-12.

New Enrollment and Open House information for the 2014-2015 school year will be posted soon. Admissions documents are posted at Downloads should you wish to get started on your application for this year, bearing in mind that the Enrollment Form will change for 2014-2015. To keep up to date on all Gideon enrollment-related news, check back often or request to join our mailing list by emailing us at gideonstudycenter@gmail.com. This list is used only to alert interested families about pertinent enrollment and course offering news.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a classical tutorial service, or study center, your first stop should be our About GSC page. There we have laid out the distinctives of Gideon Study Center, addressing such questions as: Why a study center? What’s the difference between a co-op and a study center? and How can classical be Christian?

Teachers, if you are interested in learning about how to become a tutor at Gideon Study Center, visit our Academics page.

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 loraebell@comcast.net 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 gideonstudycenter@gmail.com 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.

Gray is the new black? Gideon Dress Code Update

The Gideon Study Center board has carefully considered and approved some minor changes, or additions,  to the dress code.  Please note that none of the preexisting dress code rules in the Gideon Family Handbook have changed.  Any clothes acceptable by the dress code last year will still be fine.

  • Girls are allowed to wear tights of muted and solid colors under skirts and dresses, no prints or patterns.  Tights must be footed.
  • Gray is now acceptable for any sweaters, skirts, slacks, polos/shirts or socks.  Previously stated guidelines for said items stand.  Gray must be true gray without tones of other colors.
  • All shades of grey are acceptable for sweaters, shirts, and socks.
  • Medium to dark gray is acceptable for slacks, shorts, and skirts.
If you have any questions about an item being permissible under the dress code, please present it to Miss Black (prior to first day of classes, this could be at the Workday or the Orientation) before wearing it to class.

“Summer gathers up her robe of glory”

When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.
~ Sarah Helen Whitman

Summer is slipping away like a dream, and the autumn winds are not far behind. Thankfully there is the thrill and excitement of a new school year ahead. Days of learning and feasting upon the tidbits of knowledge our tutors have to offer us make the transition from summer to fall so very much more palatable.

Our final 2012-2013 Class Schedule has been posted at the Downloads page. Below are listed our tutors for this coming school year; please get to know them a little by visiting our Meet Our Tutors page. A Meet and Greet has been scheduled on August 23 for currently enrolled families to meet and visit with our new administrator, Ms. Heather Black. If you haven’t secured all your books or dress code items for the coming year, be sure to visit the Swap page at the Wiki.  Other important upcoming dates include the Work Day (August 25), the New Family Initiation (TBD), and the Family Orientation (September 4). Then, all that will be left to do is show up for classes on Tuesday, September 11,  and our new year will be off to a glorious start, Lord willing.

Nancy VanSickel   General Science, Biology, Pre-Algebra, Logic
Shirley Gagnon   4/5 History, 6/7 History, Algebra II
Ann Holmes   4/5 Latin, 6/7 Latin, 4/5 Science
Tom Dyba   Dialectic Literature
David Caldwell   4/5 & 6/7 Art
Jennie Nolan   4/5 Music
Lora Bell   4/5 Literature, 6/7 Literature

And Introducing…


Bethany Walker
   4/5, 6/7, and Dialectic Writing, Math Facts, Grammar 6, Dialectic History
Mary Jo Baldauff   Spanish I

Summer Logic and Latin camps

It’s not such a bummer to learn in the summer!

Gideon Study Center will be offering summer camps for incoming students entering the Logic 2 class (for Dialectic students) and the Latin classes (grades 4-7), each taught by the tutor who will lead those classes in the coming year.

Who can resist a camp with dress up days, games, activities, songs and fun? 
 Latin in a Week

Gideon Study Center invites students entering grades 4-8 to participate in our Latin in a Week Camp, August 27-31, 2012, 9-1, at Gideon Study Center in Bridgeville.  

This camp is open to all students entering 4-8 grades, whether homeschooled or not, though it is designed to offer new Gideon students a review of the Latin their soon-to-be classmates have been taught over the past few years. Returning students who wish to review past material and students who wish to get a taste of a year’s worth of Latin in the course of a week will also benefit from this camp. 

For more information, contact Becky Moyer at gideon.beckymoyer@gmail.com .

What a great opportunity to expose your students to one of the most recognized, time-tested, and thorough approaches to instruction in critical thinking and language development.  (For more information on the relationship between Latin and learning, see Why Latin?.)

Led Mrs. Ann Holmes, Latin tutor at both Gideon Study Center and Blackburn Study Center, the camp will cover the Latin for Children Book A and Latin Alive Book A material and present vocabulary, sentence pattens, conjugations and declensions, grammar concepts and Roman trivia.  Besides learning games, activities, songs and fun, students may come dressed in theme for each day of camp, including Sports Day, Career Day,Favorite Character Day, Crazy Hat/Hair/Socks Day, and Favorite Super Hero Day Day! Daily prizes will be awarded.

The cost of the camp will be $75.  Materials will be provided. Students are asked to bring a bag lunch (no refrigeration or reheating available). A morning snack will be provided.

To register or for more information, contact Becky Moyer at gideon.beckymoyer@gmail.com.

Logic Camp! 

~ “Logic is the art of reasoning well—of learning to think God’s thoughts after Him” ~ 

Nancy Van Sickel, veteran logic tutor at both Gideon Study Center and Blackburn Study Center, will direct Logic Camp, Tuesday through Thursday, August 28-30. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and cost $50 per student.

The camp will purpose to prepare students for the Logic 2 class, covering  the “crucial skills of defining terms, recognizing basic types of statements, arguing with syllogisms, arguing in ordinary language, and identifying informal fallacies.”

For more information or to register, contact Becky Moyer at gideon.beckymoyer@gmail.com .

Considering classical? Considering a study center?

Are you considering the classical method of education but you don’t know what to do next? What curriculum to use? How do you engage in a Socratic dialogue with just you and your 8th grader? Do you agree with this statement: “I think I think logically, but I’m not sure I know how to teach it”? Why Latin (sadly, because like most adults today, you never learned it)? What is Rhetoric?

Start looking for answers by visiting Gideon Study Center to discover Christian Classical Education and how homeschoolers are finding a tutorial service (or study center) to be a manageable way to bring the classical method into their family’s homeschooling experience.

Your student(s) may also sit in on classes while you discover more about Gideon when you make arrangements to visit us on a class day.  If you are interested in more information or would like to set up an appointment, please contact us at gideonstudycenter@gmail.com.  For more information about the following, click the links below:

We hope you’ll look us up when you’re ready to talk about Christian Classical Education and the benefits of using a study center to augment your homeschool.