Join Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy

*New families will be required to Shadow and complete an Interview. Space is limited and placement is not guaranteed. New families accepted on a case by case basis.

Our Service

Invigorating Classes

Restful Routines

Vibrant Community

Your Commitment


Abide by and teach Catholic Doctrine. Homeschool in accordance with State Law. Honor commitment, both yours and others. Do what you say you will do. Ask for help if you need it. Help others to the best of your ability. Keep a positive attitude. We are here to support each other. Be flexible. We are a diverse group. We try to honor everyone’s needs and opinions, but we can’t be everything to everyone. We do our best for the good of everyone. Try to always extend grace first. Pray for us and we will pray for you. Be joyful in all you do and do all for the glory of God!


Be prepared for your weekly responsibilities. If you are leading a class, have all materials ready prior to arriving on Academy days. Arrive early to give yourself time to setup, to help others set up, and to give your students time to settle in for the day. Make arrangements for times you can’t be there.  Ensure your students are also prepared. Purchase the required books and materials. Reading assignments and projects need to be completed on time. You are still in charge of your child’s education and may make adjustments to meet their needs. Just inform the tutor of any changes. Tutors put a lot of time and effort into their classes. Honor them by doing your part.


One parent is expected to serve for two class periods every week by leading one class and co-leading another. Other volunteer opportunities include planning field trips and service projects or coordinating end-of-term liturgical lunches. New parents are not expected to lead their first year, but we do encourage you to learn beside your students and our guides in the classes you co-lead. The rest of the time you are free to do as you please…enjoy quiet prayer in the chapel, sit in on a class, or just chat with other parents. All volunteers are required to submit proof of Virtus training through the Diocese of Gary and complete a background check.


At home. Parents have the flexibility to choose and maintain their personal curriculum at home, while still enjoying a "group learning" experience in a restful Classically Catholic environment. Parents are expected to provide their students’ core education in mathematics and language arts in the Beginner and Grammar levels. Our Logic and Rhetoric levels feature a complete "just add math" curriculum. Allow your students adequate time and offer the necessary support and resources to complete assignments. We highly discourage families from enrollment in other complete academic or full-day programs or tutorials (Seton, MODG, etc) as we have found the workload in conjunction with Academy expectations to be contrary to our goal for restful education. Maintain records. We do not provide grades, only feedback. Parents are responsible for tracking grades, attendance, transcripts, and any other records required by State Law and college applications. Parents of Logic and Rhetoric students will receive access to our grade and transcript tracker, through which they can view and edit their student's coursework. Pursue your own education, too. Participate in our Tutor Training Retreat and Coffee & Conversations. Read the Great Books. 

Your Investment (2023-2024)

Registration Fee

Due at Registration, deadline June 1st



Includes Book Rental, Due August 1st

Little Angels Preschool (3-5 years): $100/student

Open only to families with older students enrolled

Beginner Level: $150/student

Grammar Level: $250/student

Logic Level: $400/student

Rhetoric (High) School Enrollment Options

Include Book Rental, Due August 1st

Full Co-op Tuition: $600/student

Drop Off Tuition: $800/student

Rhetoric students may choose the drop off option, which exempts families from teaching expectations. This option is only for Rhetoric students without younger siblings enrolled in Cooperative Academy.

A la Carte Tuition: $200/hour

Rhetoric students may choose to enroll in classes a la carte, which exempts families without younger siblings enrolled in the Cooperative Academy from teaching expectations.

Refund Policy

Family registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Withdrawals prior to the first day of class are eligible for a 75% TUITION refund. Withdrawals after the first day of class but prior to Christmas break are eligible for a 50% TUITION refund (less deposit for a la carte classes). No refunds will be issued for withdrawals after the Christmas break. Refunds are not automatic and must be requested within 30 days of withdrawal.

Where do my fees go?


QUACA carries liability insurance for which we pay an annual premium.

Administrative Expenses

We incur costs for accounting services, office supplies, postage, and equipment maintenance.

Facility Fees

We often are required to pay a rental fee when using a facility or venue for our events.


To the degree that we are able, QUACA seeks to financially help families that would otherwise be unable to participate in our activities and classes.

Curriculum, Supplies, and Activities

The list of items needed for all our classes and special events is long, but includes things like books and equipment, food, paper products, cleaning supplies, and much more. We provide everything our students need for class, so you won’t need to search for items on a long supply list or restock pencil cases mid-year.


We often provide small gifts to thank the priests, tutors, and volunteers who support our mission.

Hired Tutors

Occasionally, we hire a tutor to teach in special areas outside of volunteer abilities.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Aug 10: Contingency Plan Assessment

Aug 17: Withdrawal Deadline (Registration refund $135 after July 1)


-Sterilize desks, door knobs, and bathrooms before and after co-op day

-Public Mass resumed, gathering limits of 50 or greater: proceed as planned

-No Public Mass and/or gathering limits of less than 50: We will proceed with decisions on a term by term basis. 

Family Handbook

Mission Statement

Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy believes in a rich and generous education, seated deeply in truth, beauty, and goodness, that nourishes the whole child - mind, body, and soul - and gently trains him up, ordering his affections to Our Lord. We seek to rebuild a thriving Catholic culture, in our community and within our Domestic Monasteries, by creating a gathering place for families to join in the Great Conversation, a warm and inviting environment that ignites the flames of wonder and fires the moral imagination. We engage in Sacred Traditions and Liturgies through an abundant and cohesive curriculum, embodying a strong Catholic identity, and immersing ourselves the Monastic Liberal Arts.

Statement of Faith

“The performance of an action is worthless in itself, if it is not done out of charity. Charity must be our motive; then everything we do, however little and insignificant, bears a rich harvest.” ~ The Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapter 15.

As a member of the Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy, I acknowledge the authority of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, in accordance with Holy Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Nicene Creed.

Statement of Pedagogy

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” ~ Philippians 4:8

Education is the transmission of Culture and the cultivation of Virtue. It is a continual feast for the soul that endures through lifelong learning. Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy has adopted a contemplative approach, known as scholé, to the Classical Liberal Arts pedagogy as it is the educational tradition and heritage of the Catholic Church.

I agree to follow the principles and methods of Classical Education as pursued by Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy in leading classes and applying the curriculum at home. I agree to continue my own education in both the Classical tradition and its methods for the benefit of my own, my child(ren)’s, and my students’ academic and spiritual formation.

Expectations of parents

“It must be borne in mind also that the obligation of the family to bring up children, includes not only religious and moral education, but physical and civic education as well, principally in so far as it touches upon religion and morality.” ~ “On Christian Education,” Pius X

Parents remain the primary educators of their children. It is tempting for parents to let their part slide because of the role of the class guides. However, if this happens, classroom dynamics quickly suffer because students tend to not be prepared for class. Specific expectations of parents are:

Expectations of students

“It is by way of obedience that we go to God” ~ St. Benedict

Expectations of class guides 

“Try to be dependable even in little things. Dependability is one of the most enviable characteristics you can possess, for it includes unselfishness, punctuality, thoughtfulness, loyalty, and charity.” ~ The Hidden Power of Kindness, pg. 18 Fr. Lovasik

Class guides are divided into teams for each academic level. Teams consist of one Board member and three lead subject guides, plus any apprentice guides. Specific expectations of class guides and teams are as follows:


“He that loveth correction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is foolish.” ~ Proverbs 12:1

Assessments are used, not as an end, but as a means to gauging mastery - the goal and expectation of all students. Mastery is built incrementally over time through much review and revision. Both parent and class guide feedback is vital to your student’s success.

Parents are expected to:

Class guides are expected to:

Readiness Reviews:

Readiness Guidelines and Goals

Beginner: 5-8 years

Grammar: 8-11 years

*See: What are the Five Stages of Reading Development? - The Edvocate (

Logic: 11-14 years

Rhetoric: 14-18 years

Dress Code

“How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is.” ~ St. Bernard, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

Sick Policy

“Always entrust your cause to me, my son; when the proper time comes, I will see that things turn out for the best.” ~ The Imitation of Christ, Book III, Chapter 39

Attendance Policy

“He who is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in that which is greater: and he that is unjust in that which is little is unjust also in that which is greater.” ~ Luke 16:10

Important Dates for 2023-2024:

Academy Days: Tuesdays

Tutor Training (required for all parents): July 18

Orientation (required for Logic & Rhetoric students and parents): Aug 22

Term 1: Aug 23 - Oct 3

Term 2: Oct 11 - Nov 21

Term 3: Jan 3 - Feb 6

Term 4: Feb 14 - March 19

Term 5: April 3 - May 21

As a cooperative, everyone needs to be present in order to function properly. Participation is a commitment. Absences put more work on others.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, a post in the Mighty Networks group will be made alerting all members to any cancellations or delays. Due to advances in e-learning technologies, we can no longer rely on the local school's procedures for these events. Decisions will be made in coordination with traffic reports and the most rural and furthest outlying members. Further instructions for make up days and assignments will be communicated as soon as these decisions are made.

Behavior Policy

“Crux Sacra sit mihi lux” (May the Holy Cross be my light) ~ St. Benedict Medal

Disciplinary Procedures

 “A true understanding and humble estimate of oneself is the highest and most valuable of all lessons.” ~ The Imitation of Christ, Ch. 2

The following procedures will be used for classroom disturbances:

As a class guide, if you encounter a student who is consistently unprepared for class or is causing regular classroom disturbances, it should be handled accordingly:

If a problem persists, a parent must attend class with the student until class and group leaders determine that the situation is resolved.

Matters of grave infractions (as determined by the leaders) may result in immediate expulsion.

Conflict Resolution

“Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes.” ~ St. Dominic de Guzman

When conflict arises amongst or between students or adults within QUACA, all are encouraged to follow Biblical principles: be slow to anger and quick to forgive, overlook much, and pray before you speak or act. Concerns or complaints should first be addressed directly with the adult, or the parent of the child, with whom there is an issue. Parents should utilize mediation to help students grow in wisdom and virtue. They may request a neutral party to facilitate mediation, if needed. If the adults cannot reach a mutually agreeable and friendly resolution, we ask that they seek the help of the Board to mediate the dispute. If the issue still cannot be resolved and is causing disruption during Academy Days, all involved parties may be asked to remove themselves from QUACA for the remainder of the year.

Refund Policy

Family registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Withdrawals prior to the first day of class are eligible for a 75% TUITION refund. Withdrawals after the first day of class but prior to Christmas break are eligible for a 50% TUITION refund (less deposit for a la carte classes). No refunds will be issued for withdrawals after the Christmas break. Refunds are not automatic and must be requested within 30 days of withdrawal.

Our Schedule


The Cooperative Academy meets Tuesdays, starting at 8:45am, at the St. Michael Byzantine in Merrillville, IN.