1. What subjects are taught?
At a minimum, the subjects taught are language arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, Bible, and Bulgarian language. Depending on the grade level, units in art, health, physical education, and music are also taught.
2. What are the school hours?
SCA operates on a four-day school week, Tuesday through Friday, from 8:45 AM to 3 or 4 PM(depending on whether students are enrolled in the lower or upper school). Mondays are designated as homework days. SCA observes the Bulgarian national holidays as well as major US holidays. We publish an annual calendar before the start of each school year.
3. How do we form our curricula for each class?
SCA’s educational philosophy is to provide a “classical Christian education,” and the curriculum we follow for language arts and history is from the Tapestry of Grace, a multi-level four year program. The mathematics curriculum is Saxon. In early elementary, the curriculum for language arts and mathematics is Abeka and the history curriculum is the Story of the World.
4. What is the student body size and which grades are offered?
The numbers of students and the grade levels at SCA vary from year-to-year, depending on the needs of the missionary community. The student body has been as large as 25 and as small as 4.
5. Do teachers have the opportunity to engage in the broader Bulgarian and English-speaking community?
There are numerous opportunities for ministry in Sofia, and a four-day school week ensures that teachers also have time to invest in the local church and in ministry. One way to develop relationships is through attending English clubs and English events. Teachers will find that many Bulgarians are looking for opportunities to speak and develop relationships with native English speakers!
6. What about salary?
As a teacher at SCA, you also are a missionary, ministering to missionary children and enabling their parents to be free for ministry. This is a very important and invaluable opportunity to impact the lives of children and youth. As such, teachers at SCA do not receive a salary, but are expected to raise missionary financial support. We can recommend a number of sending agencies that can help you in this endeavor. We are also happy to walk with you through this process.