Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost to attend?
At the time of registration, a non-refundable $10 per child registration fee plus an $85 membership fee is due.
Eight monthly tuition payments are paid from September through April.
Payments are due the first Tuesday of each month.
1 child $45 per month
2 children $70 per month
3 children $95 per month
4 children $120 per month
5 children $145 per month
*There is a $155 per month maximum per family
Some classes require an extra materials fee and/or book purchase. Materials fees can be around $25, depending on the class. However, text book prices vary. Classes that require a materials fee and/or book purchase state this in the registration handbook.
Is this a Christian group?
Homeschool ACADEMY, Inc. is a homeschool educational cooperative in a Christian context. We are an interdenominational Christian group honoring our Lord, Jesus Christ, in all we do. All of our teachers sign an application, stating that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and agree with our Statement of Faith.
An enrollee does not need to be a Christian to be a member. We are committed to respect and honor all people who join us. However, it should be understood that we will not modify our Christian beliefs and practices to accomodate those who do not agree with them. All parents and students are required to attend chapel each week as well, regardless of their religious beliefs.
What kinds of classes do you offer?
We offer a variety of academic and enrichment classes that run for the school year. We do not accept mid-year registrations. We offer a variety of subjects such as Physical Education, Language Arts, Science, History, Life Skills, Foreign Language, & Art. All of our science classes use the Apologia Curriculum. Click here for the 2016-2017 schedule of classes.
Will ACADEMY give my high school student credit toward graduation?
ACADEMY does offer classes that will meet the requirements for credit on your homeschool transcript. Teachers provide records of what your student has completed, but will only recommend a grade for the class. A final grade must be provided by the parent.
Can my child come part-time?
It is our desire to promote unity and a family atmosphere. Therefore, we do not allow students to come part-time. Each student is to take five classes and plan to stay all day (9:30am-2:40pm.) Students earning dual credits at a community college may be permitted to leave for part of the day to attend class. This must be approved by the president and/or board of directors prior to registration. Parents are to remain on campus to fulfill their obligations while their student is at the community college.
Do I have to teach to be a member of ACADEMY?
Parents are not typically asked to teach their first year attending ACADEMY and it is not required for subsequent years. However, being that this is a co-op, it is important that most parents be willing to take on the challenge of teaching. We can only offer classes that have a parent willing to teach them. Prospective teachers are only asked to teach classes they are comfortable with and have knowledge about the subject. All teachers receive a percentage off of their tuition.
What are my parental responsibilities while at ACADEMY?
The ACADEMY school day consists of five 45 minute class periods. Parents are required to help in 4 classes. Each parent will have an "available" period where they are available for subbing if needed. This is not a drop-off service, so parents are required to attend each week and stay the full day (9:00am-2:45pm)
Each parent is required to fulfill the duties of a job.
Some parents are needed to provide child care for Board Meetings. Board meetings are held every 2nd Monday of the month from 9:00am-1:00pm. Members are only required to provide child care once annually.
Parents that choose not to sign up for child care, are required to fulfill a small, extra job.
Each member is required to attend Teacher/Child Protection Training. Homeschool ACADEMY, Inc. requires that anyone working with children attend Teacher/Child Protection training annually. This lasts approximately 30-40 minutes and includes watching a video, and a small discussion.. Each member is also required to submit to a background check. **All information is kept confidential**
Each member is required to attend the annual Mandatory Membership meeting. This meeting covers topics such as changes in by-laws, tuition information and more. This meeting is usually the second Monday in August. New members will also want to plan to attend Orientation offered in late August.
The Mandatory Membership meeting and the Child/Teacher Protection training are required annually for all members. Missing any of these meetings will forfeit your enrollment.
Does ACADEMY organize social activities outside of Tuesdays?
Our field trip coordinator organizes monthly field trips that are available for a variety of ages. Field trips are not required.
Parents' Night Out is always a fun time for the moms and dads to get together with other ACADEMY parents in the evening without children and support each other. There are at least two of these evenings planned each year.
Our Teen Leadership Committee (led by teens elected as representatives for their grade) works each year to plan events just for teens. Most include both Junior High and Senior High.
Homeschool ACADEMY, Inc. offers a graduation ceremony for those seniors who have attended ACADEMY for at least one year during their high school years.
How do I join?
1. Plan to attend a scheduled Open House Attending an open house is not required, but always a great way to get more information!
2. Complete and submit a preliminary application* . Applications are accepted throughout the summer, but registration begins early June.
*Please note that the acceptance of your preliminary application does not ensure your acceptance into the co-op. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted by phone or email to set up an interview with the president and a board member.