Praise and Prayer

Praise: The first college for home schoolers opened this fall with a rigorous curriculum and plans for hands-on experience. The curriculum at Patrick Henry College in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., includes traditional subjects such as history, science, math, Latin, rhetoric, and literature. It also offers an opportunity to study government and participate in apprenticeships in government offices. Chapel services are held every morning, and students must show "evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ." There is a dress code, and students agree not to drink, use drugs, or cheat on exams. Patrick Henry is not limited to those who have been home schooled, though most students are. The campus was built for $6 million from private donations and the Home School Legal Defense Association, which Michael Farris, president of the new college, founded. Tuition and housing total $15,000 a year.