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The People Behind Apologia

The Carman Family

Apologia is a family-owned corporation, with Davis and Rachael Carman serving as the stewards since 2008. The Carman family lives in North Carolina, where they’ve enjoyed the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime with their seven children since 1996. As you can imagine, some days are marked by roller-coaster twists and turns, while others seem more like a welcome lazy river ride.

Their oldest son is a graduate of The King’s College (New York City), married with three children, and pursuing a Ph.D. Their next son is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta, GA) and married with two children. Of their three daughters, one is a graduate of The King’s College (New York City), one is a graduate of Union University (Jackson, TN) and married with one child, and one is a senior at Union University (Jackson, TN). The remaining two sons are student-athletes at Union University (Jackson, TN) and Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH).

About Apologia

  • Who is Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.?

    We are the #1 publisher for homeschoolers. We have earned over 100 top awards from homeschool parents and media for over fourteen years in a row! That’s why Apologia is trusted by homeschooling families all across the USA and the world. That’s who we are. It’s as simple as that.

  • What does Apologia do?

    Developed by leading scholars, Apologia provides creation-based, K-12 homeschool curriculum that equips and empowers you to help your students reach their academic goals and nurture their love of God. Apologia’s award-winning curriculum encourages independence and cultivates a lifelong love of learning with a conversational tone written directly to the student and includes hands-on activities and experiments.

    Apologia Live Online Classes offers interactive courses with a live instructor in science, math, Bible, worldview, apologetics, Latin, Spanish, History and more in a live virtual classroom for middle and high schoolers. 

  • How do we do it?

    We produce content written to the student in an engaging conversational style. Our textbooks are academically sound, rigorous, and college-prep. Each is Christ-centered, creation-based, and adheres to a biblical worldview. Our books are beautifully designed inside and out and manufactured using the highest-quality materials.

    To summarize, at Apologia, we believe in homeschooling, defending the Christian faith, and that every subject can and should be taught from a biblical worldview.

  • Why do we do this work?

    The answer is threefold. First, we believe that every academic subject — and we mean every subject — can and should be taught from a biblical worldview. Second, we believe in homeschooling and want to help your family succeed and bear much fruit as you live it out. And third, we believe that every follower of Jesus must be prepared to defend the Christian faith. Therefore, our mission is to help homeschooling families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith. That is why we do what we do.

What Does “Apologia” Mean?

The Greek word Apologia appears eight times in the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, and it is always used in the context of people defending their faith or actions by reason and logic. In 1 Peter 3:15, for example:

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

Apologia Educational Ministries exists to help homeschooling families equip their students to give a reasoned defense of the Christian faith. To do this, Apologia develops and publishes curricula to help families cultivate a biblically sound approach to all thought and experience. In addition, Apologia offers resources for parents to help them create an environment of learning that is best suited for each individual child.

In all these things, Apologia is equipping families to defend the historic Christian faith so that they may speak the truth in love, with gentleness, and with respect, with anyone, at any time, and anywhere.

The History of Apologia

Since the early 1990s, Apologia has been a leading publisher of creation-based homeschool curricula for families across the nation. Apologia resources are also found around the globe in English-speaking/reading countries, plus several foreign translations. Apologia is dedicated to providing resources that engage and excite students for a lifelong love of learning as a foundational component to faith-based education. We believe every subject can and should be taught from a Christian worldview, making God and His Word pre-eminent in all things. This approach to discipleship, in the context of family life, makes for the best education a child can receive.