Meet Olivia!

Meet our new art tutor, Olivia Avery!

"Hello, I'm Olivia! I am from a big homeschooling family of twelve. I recently graduated with a degree in Studio Art from Union University. As a teacher in a homeschool program as well as special needs day camps, I am ready to share the gift of art with young people who enjoy it as much as I do! I bring my unique experience as a tutor, a student, and a homeschooler! Popular homeschool art tutor, Gwen English, is my long-time mentor and tutor. Her guidance helped me from my early high school career to now as I assist in her program at St. George's Independent School as a visiting artist. From elementary through high school art, I aim to create a warm and welcoming environment for students as well as teach the foundations of art to guide them toward future artistic endeavors. When I’m not teaching, I work for a local pottery studio and really love snacks. I am privileged to be a part of Community."

Learn more about Community's Art Program for elementary, middle, and high school students HERE.
Register for Art classes with Olivia at Community for 2019-2020 HERE.

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NOW OPEN : 2019-2020 Registration!

See our schedule of class offerings HERE.

Register your student for 2019-2020 HERE.

Learn more about our upcoming Open House HERE

What's New at Community for 2019-2020?

We are excited to announce our brand new S.T.E.M. program for Middle through High School students! 

This has been a long time in the making! Community tutors have researched and worked to ensure we brought you the best S.T.E.M. program we could. Ms. Becky and Ms. Betty have developed classes integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for students that love to explore how things work! 

If your student ever asks the question, 'Why does that happen?', these courses will provide answers! Each class will consist of engaging, hands-on labs and experiments to guide students in the discovery of scientific concepts by integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Learn more about Middle School S.T.E.M. HERE and High School S.T.E.M. HERE.

We are excited to announce our brand new LEGO® Learning program for Elementary through Middle School students!  

Also new for the 2019-2020 school year, Community's LEGO® Learning for Elementary through Middle School students

Hands-on class provides in-depth instruction for Elementary students to tap into their engineering skills and talent. Working in small groups, the students will create weekly projects for presentation, play games to learn helpful LEGO® building techniques, and participate in challenges. This purely “hands on” class requires no pencil or paper!

• Robotics class expands on basic science and engineering concepts with more intricate projects, encouraging creativity and imagination as students brainstorm, build, and experiment with multi-step structures and animating LEGO® robots. Students will sharpen verbal & written communication skills and scientific inquiry as well as develop design & data analysis to gain a better understanding of how design and technology work in real-world applications.

These LEGO® courses will develop communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical problem-solving skills in a fun an engaging atmosphere. You can learn more about these classes as well as the tutor who designed them, Ms. Betty, HERE.

We are excited to announce that our popular Spanish program has expanded!

Does your student have a knack for foreign language, a desire to become a translator, or a heart for missions? All statistics point to a rise in Spanish language speakers in the U.S. and around the world, but acquiring a language is very different from merely learning the rules of a language. Also new for the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Josh Abbott is expanding Community's Spanish program to include an advanced level for accelerated language students to continue to advance their Spanish language acquisition. This class will provide the serious language students an opportunity to become more fluent Spanish speakers. Students interested in Advanced Spanish will require a recommendation from tutor. 
See HERE for more info on our growing Spanish program at Community.

Fourth level of Middle School Writing with Grammar offered in 2019-2020.

Suzanne Pike is offering a new Writing with Grammar Level 4 for middle school students who need another year of instruction before moving on to high school. You can learn more about this course and all of Suzanne's Writing with Grammar classes HERE.

We can't wait to share these new classes with our families along with our full schedule of our trusted favorite classes! We'd love to have your homeschool student join us at Community in 2019-2020 for Middle or High school S.T.E.M., LEGO® Learning, High School Spanish, or any of our excellent classes including Writing, Math, Science, English, and more! Our dedicated tutors are always happy to answer your questions. Contact information for tutors can be found on class pages.

All of these new courses plus Community family favorites are linked to class descriptions on our 2019-2020 schedule HERE.
Our 24/7, no-lines, no-waiting, and no-paperwork online registration can be found HERE.


You are invited to join us for Community's annual Open House on March 7th, 2019. 
At Community's Open House, you can meet our tutors, see our facility, and learn more about our class offerings from elementary to high school. NEW classes for 2019-2020 include our LEGO® Learning! Programand S.T.E.M. Sciences for middle and high school students
Upper class online class options are also available.
If you've already registered your student by March 7th, you will have the opportunity to complete your tuition progress with all your student's tutors at one place at the same time. 

We'd love to see you at our 2019 Open House and have your family join us for 2019-2020!
We love to encourage homeschoolers! We look forward to meeting more of you at our open house this February! See what our current and former Community families are saying:

Community's 2019-2020 schedule will be available on February 7th HERE.
Our 24/7, no-lines, no-waiting, and no-paperwork online registration can be found HERE.

To learn more about Community and what we offer to homeschool families, see this post.

New Art Program

We have been so fortunate to have Paul Miller heading up our Art program at Community for the last several years! His input with our students has been a wonderful asset to Community. In the last year, his family has been working hard to open a storefront studio. Paul is taking the leap to invest fully in this new endeavor. He is onboard to finish the 2018-2019 year strong with currently enrolled students but will not be returning in 2019-2020 as art tutor to Community students. Although we are sorry to see him go, we sincerely wish Paul and his wife, Lisa, all the best as they build for the future of their family business! Thank you for all you've given to Community and Memphis-area homeschool students over the years, Paul!

As Paul prepares to leave, we are planning for a brand new art program with an interim instructor, Olivia Avery.

As a homeschool graduate, Olivia is a perfect addition to Community's art program. Olivia's mentor, Gwen English, helped her to build a portfolio to attend Union University upon graduating with Memphis Area Homeschooling Association in 2013. After graduating with a fine arts degree in Studio Art, Olivia will serve as visiting artist for Gwen English in her current position as instructor at St. George's Independent School. As a homeschool grad from a family of 12 and a mentee of a popular art instructor in the Memphis homeschool community, we are confident that Olivia is the excellent fit to guide Community families through this transition. Olivia is among a talented group of young artists in the Memphis area with a passion for artistic creativity and mentoring young artists to reach their full potential. We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for Community students to learn from her! You can meet Olivia at our upcoming Open House.

You can learn more about Community's Art Program HERE.
Register with our convenient ONLINE registration 24/7 HERE
See more 2019-2020 class offerings HERE.

Coming Soon: 2019-2020 Schedule of Classes

We LOVE what we do! Here are a few of the reasons why:


Community tutors are diligent to guide your student through a complete curriculum each school year. (We help you finish the book!)

Community tutors are engaged fully with students in the classroom and via technology throughout the week. (We love to see our students succeed!). 

Math, Science (we do the messy work outside of your kitchen!), English & Writing, Foreign Language, History, and more, are customized to meet the needs of homeschooloers. Choose one or multiple options for up to two full days of classes. Also choose from specific classes with built-in ACT prep for the college bound student.

Register to hold your student's spot at your convenience during our registration season. 
(No lines! No waiting!)

Tutors are trained to utilize technology to better prepare students for the future. 

Community is intentional about student and staff safety on class days. 

Community is intentional about creating a welcoming environment for all while honoring a traditional, Christian worldview.

Community students can enjoy the convenience of purchasing snack items and pizza at lunchtime, as well as a study hall option for gaps between classes or while siblings are in class.

What parents are saying about Community:

"This is our first year home schooling. I can't imagine having made the transition in middle school without the help of Community. Love the sincere concern that is expressed by all tutors for the children and their families."  

"My kids feel at home at Community and the experiences at Community have added to my student's confidence. "

"I love the curriculum, the accountability and ease of communication with tutors. My kids are really enjoying the classes as well!"

"Community is helping me prepare my students for what God has next in their lives."

We are honored to serve the Memphis-area homeschool community! We'd love to have your family join us in 2019-2020. We are already preparing for next year's class offerings with a full schedule of favorite classes that homeschool families trust coming early in 2019. Watch for announcements about our new schedule of classes, open registration, and our annual open house coming soon.

Come see what everyone is talking about! 

ACT Prep Course

Community is excited to offer the personalized online ACT Prep course, which we include in our Advanced Algebra, Online ACT Science Prep,  Advanced English classes at Community, to the rest of our current 9th-12th graders.  We have seen amazing results with these courses and want to make it possible for students who are not in these courses this year to access this. 

The course is $125 and will run from November 15th- April 30th.  It includes:
  • Official online ACT Prep which is accessible by the student for extra individualized work outside of class participation
  • Personalized feedback and content from your tutors, Jenny Radmer and Suzanne Pike
  • Weekly lesson plans that build your student's academic skill set, test-taking strategies, and the recommended practice time for success
In addition to the online course, we will be offering two opportunities for a mock ACT for $25 each. Our students have benefitted greatly by practicing the test in a "real life" set up, and we want to provide more opportunities to do this.  

To sign up for the course, please contact Suzanne Pike at or Jenny Radmer at, and we will get you all set up right away. 



Have you heard about Community and want to know more? Come & see for yourself! Our Open House has become an anticipated annual event in the Memphis homeschool community. We would love for YOU to join us for our 2018 Open House and Early Registration on Thursday, February 22nd from 11a to 1p. 

At this year's Open House and Early Registration:

• Special Homeschool Q & A for newcomers with Community directors at 10a.

• Learn about classes for 1st through 12th grade at Community.

• Meet our Math, Science, English, Art, Foreign Language, History and Electives tutors.

• Learn more about our new ONLINE classes.

We love to encourage homeschoolers! We look forward to meeting more of you at our open house this February! See what our current and former Community families are saying:

Our convenient, online registration will be available on January 24th. Register online and then complete registration by coming to Open House and Early Registration on February 22nd. 

See our 2018-2019 class schedule HERE.

You are invited to join us:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

11a to 1p 

(Newcomers Q & A at 10a!)


*Registration is not complete until you have paid all registration, supply fees and tuition fees at Open House on February 22nd. Tuition fees must be paid to individual tutors to complete registration. Classes are not guaranteed until registration is complete.

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Tuition payment arrangements must be made with individual tutors.
A nonrefundable Early Registration fee of $50 per student will be paid directly to Community (max. $150 per family) via online registration.
Registration is $60 per person after May 31st (max. $180 per family).

NOTE: Registration is not complete until registration fees and tutor supply/material fees* are paid at our Open House. Registrations after Open House are to be completed with all fees paid to tutors within two weeks of online registration in order to avoid restarting the registration process.

*All fees are nonrefundable after July 1st.

Community Tutors are contracted to serve as enrichment tutors alongside a comprehensive home education program.
Grade reporting is the responsibility of the student's parent or guardian.

Note: Community is not an umbrella school and recommends the students of Community be registered with a home education umbrella school.

Will high school literature be too challenging for my student?

I recently heard from one of our Community moms who expressed concerns that her student might not be ready for the challenge of high school literature at Community. I was quick to reassure her that this would not be the case!

By design, the literature portion of Community's English classes supports students because we are not suffering from any delusions that all students are ecstatic about classic literature! Our job is to make it as palatable as possible. That's why we thoroughly introduce each selection & author, and they are broken down into manageable doses.

As one example, Intro to World Lit at Community begins with a gentle summer reading, Then, we hit the ground running with Romeo and Juliet. We read much of it aloud in class which makes for a more fun experience. This year we "hashtagged" the whole play as a form of review each week and our final R&J project was a Twitter convo between 2 characters. They followed that up with an Escape Room activity plus an essay on their favorite character from the play. 9th and 10th grade students genuinely get into it, and all are engaged in class discussions.

While every kid will not love every piece of literature, excellent literature doesn't have to be boring. It's rich and tasty, sometimes weird, but it's always thought-provoking.  We discuss and compare notes. They are encouraged to express their preferences and particulars. And be challenged. 

As homeschool parents, we have a fantastic opportunity to guide our kids through fabulous literature. We don't want less for them. We want more!

As English tutors, we have a fantastic opportunity to guide our students through a world of new places to meet characters and gain empathy and understanding of them & their stories. Watching them use the tools to articulate all these things is an additionally amazing bonus. Sometimes less is more but, with literature, more critical thinking is the goal!

Will classic literature be a challenge for some students? Most definitely. This is actually one goal of exposing them to classics!
Will they be thrown into the deep end and left to drown? Definitely not. Community English tutors are intentional about the process of guiding and encouraging.

Intro to World Lit also includes extensive writing instruction alongside literature, vocabulary, and grammar review. From Intro to World Lit to American Lit, students will step toward more independence and higher expectations. And they'll be ready! From American Lit to upper-level classes like Brit Lit and Advanced English, they'll continue to be supported and guided while adjusting to a pace that'll prepare them for the next step. For a college-bound student, the ACT Prep in Community's Advanced English is proving invaluable, and student's ACT test scores are improving!

If you're considering one of Community's English classes, don't hesitate to contact individual tutors with questions. We're happy to help you figure out a plan for the best place for your student!

To find out more about Community's English classes, which include excellent classic literature selections alongside strong composition, visit this page.

To learn more about Community's current schedule of class offerings, visit this page along with our convenient online registration. We would love to have your high schooler join us for a challenging and fun year of excellent literature!

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Good job!

Community is proud of our amazing students and their diligent work in ACT Prep courses so far this school year! Their efforts have paid off with increases from 5-13 points on the most recent ACT scores of students enrolled in Community’s Advanced English and Advanced Math, both with ACT Prep.

Consistently excellent high-school Math and English classes coupled with intentional ACT prep as a part of upper-level coursework have proven to build confidence and raise scores according to reports coming in from students enrolled in these courses.

Merry Christmas to these hardworking students and to the tutors and parents 
who've encouraged and guided them along the way. Enjoy your well-deserved break!