DesMoines, IA Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse

Welcome to the Des Moines Chapter of Catholic Schoolhouse!

Classical. Flexible. Accessible.

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements, presented in a structured environment.  The whole family has a place at Catholic Schoolhouse!

Families can use our program to anchor their entire week or as an enrichment day. Outside of class, families have the freedom to use curriculum that best meets the needs of each individual child. If families elect to follow the classical model, we provide a resource guide and walk them through the elements available, giving parents complete control of what they would like to incorporate into their homeschool.

Catholic Schoolhouse is dedicated to supporting your homeschool, not replacing it. We respect and value your role as the primary educator of your children and rely heavily on parent participation during the class day.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students (ages four to six) participate in our Grammar I class which includes all of the elements of our Grammar program.  Children first through sixth grades study the same topics,  delving deeper into the material as they grow older.  We offer Grammar II (first-third grades) and Grammar III (fourth-sixth grades).

Dialectic (seventh-ninth) and Rhetoric (tenth-twelfth) students have opportunities for discussion, logic development, composition and speaking, while staying focused on the fine arts and history time periods of the tour guide.

  • Are you looking for a classical Catholic program?
  • Do you desire a consistent, Catholic peer group for your children, the kind that builds lasting relationships and encouragement?
  • Do you feel burned out and are looking for ways to bring joy back to your homeschool?
  • Do you feel like you are juggling too many things and missing family unity?
  • Would you like to meet other parents with like-minded goals to share your journey?

Catholic Schoolhouse is more than a day out of the house; it can help bring structure and cohesiveness

to your entire homeschool experience and will bless you and your family. 

For more information,  complete the contact us information below or attend our next informational meeting.

Cathy Duffy Reviews Catholic Schoolhouse

Does the Catholic Church allow home schooling? Yes, the Catholic Church strongly supports home schooling!  Refer to the documents linked below.

Blessed Pope John Paul II (FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO) On the Christian Family in the Modern World #36-40

Vatican II- Declaration on Christian Education (GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS) #3 and #6

Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2222-2229

Pontifical Council for the Family/ Charter of the Rights of the Family Article V

Catholic Schoolhouse is loyal to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and has received the nihil obstat and imprimatur for all three Tours of our curriculum.