Regina Caeli Academy of the Portland area, an independent home-school hybrid program operating in the Catholic tradition, is in its fifth year. The program hosts a tour April 4 of its center at First Friends Church, 2710 NE 65th Ave. in Vancouver, Washington.

Classical academic and extracurricular classes take place at the site on Mondays and Thursdays.

Regina Caeli began in Georgia in 2003 and has grown to 23 U.S. sites with almost 700 families involved. The Portland-area location serves 63 students from 23 families.

The school offers a classical Catholic education based on the ideas of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.

“Regina Caeli is a wonderful opportunity for parents who want to re-main the primary teachers of their children, but who also desire a like-minded community for themselves and their children in the academic sphere,” said Rebecca Aldrich, who coordinates the Portland area center.

Students study Latin in addition to math and other subjects. Also available are science experiments, poetry recitation, drama, art, music, and physical education. A nursery and pre-school classes provide staff members with on-site care.