WHAT IS THE WEEKLY WORKLOAD?
In total, you can expect to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on the Apprenticeship; some people even say 4-7 hours is sufficient. The workload estimates depend on your current teaching circumstances. Apprentices are required to teach The Lost Tools of Writing at home throughout all three years while they are in the program. This teaching requirement can be met in a teacher's current classroom or in a new setting. Some apprentices teach their spouse, teach their children, teach a group of fellow teachers from school, or launch a new class and offer it to their homeschool community.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The Apprenticeship costs $2850/year in tuition, plus a $400 deposit to guarantee a seat. In addition to the tuition and deposit, apprentices should expect to pay for travel, lodging, and food for the two retreats. A general estimated cost for each retreat is $500 plus airfare if applicable. Including all fees and expenses, the estimated cost for one year in the Apprenticeship is $3750.
WHAT ARE "APPRENTICES" & "JOURNEYMEN"?
An apprentice is a first-year participant. Second and third-year participants who have met all first-year requirements are referred to as journeymen. As a journeyman, you take on a mentoring role with the first year apprentices and are required to read different material. The costs, travel, and time commitments are the same for journeyman as they are for apprentices.These terms indicate progress in the program.
HOW ARE APPRENTICES EVALUATED?
Apprentices receive an evaluation in December for the fall semester and in May for the spring semester. During evaluations, Head Mentors provide apprentices with valuable feedback and suggestions for improvement. Apprentices are assessed on their participation, teaching, and writing. Click here for more details on evaluation.
WHAT IF I'M INTERESTED, BUT NOT ABLE TO JUMP IN?
We have a number of preparatory options that are less time-consuming and demanding than the full program. You can learn about them here.