Frequently Asked Questions
What are the key dates for the 2019-2020 academic year?
The first day of class is Wednesday, September 4th and the last day of class is Monday, June 1st. Holidays include: Thanksgiving Week (11/25/19-11/29/19), Christmas Break (12/19/19-1/3/20), MLK Birthday (1/20/20), Presidents' Week (2/17/20-2/21/20), Good Friday and Easter Break (4/10/20-4/17/20), Memorial Day (5/25/20).
What days will my student be attending classes?
Our entire student body spends Monday and Wednesday of each week in grade-level classes at our Mariners Church South County campus. Students are in classes during the following hours:
Why do I have to sign the Belief Statement on the Enrollment Application?
Heart Christian Academy is discipleship-focused, which means we ask that parents already acknowledge the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as their only Word of God, Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and that they seek to lead their families in Him. If this does not describe your family, there are many other wonderful home school options available in our community.
Can I home school through a public charter school and also take classes at Heart?
Yes! Home schooling through a public charter allows families to reclaim some of their tax money to spend on homeschooling expenses. As a Christian institution, the state would not allow you to pay for Heart's tuition with your charter money. However, many families use charter money for their children’s sports teams, music lessons, martial arts classes, etc., as well as any non-religious curriculum and supplies. Rules vary depending on the charter school but there are generally monthly meetings, state testing and various reporting requirements including attendance and work samples. Heart doesn’t endorse any particular charter school but if you think this might be a good fit for your family, you should research the available options.
If we are not enrolled with a charter, can Heart cover my legal paperwork as a home school family?
Also yes! The law allows for multi-campus private schools to have one campus hold the records for all and that is the role of the Heart office. Heart files the affidavit on behalf of all our "satellite campuses" and, for each family who chooses this option, maintains the students' cumulative files according to California law. In this scenario, each family operates their own 5 day per week private school in their own home while attending classes at Heart.
If we join a charter, who maintains my student’s records to meet state requirements?
While Heart offers record keeping as a service included with tuition for those who want it, if you join a charter they will be maintaining your child’s records. In that case, Heart will continue to provide optional homeschool classes but the charter would be your school of record with the state. There is no tuition discount available if you choose not to use our record keeping services.
Are there any mandatory meetings parents must attend?
No, but we have a few that are highly encouraged! In late August we hold Classroom Procedures Meetings which cover specifics unique to each grade. Also, we ask parents to attend curriculum training or view it online for a few critical subjects. Additionally, we hold Orientation Meetings for parents right after the start of the academic year. These training opportunities are vital to your success in homeschooling through Heart.
What is the time commitment for the home school parent?
We tell parents to consider home schooling a part time job. During the three days off-campus, your job is not to monitor your child “doing their homework” but to be prepared by utilizing the teacher handbooks and reviewing the lessons for the day and teaching them to your children. While many students are very self-sufficient and may be able to make it through the assignments independently, teaching the lessons with parent leadership and oversight is crucial for optimum learning.
Do you require credentialed classroom teachers?
As with all private schools in California, a credential is not a requirement to teach. While many of our teachers are credentialed, we hire based on both the ability to utilize curriculum and manage a classroom as well as honor our parents’ role as primary instructor and provide support for them to succeed. Some of our most successful teachers have backgrounds as home school parents or in the corporate world.
I’ve heard your classes fill quickly. How do I know if there is a spot for my child?
Heart values small class size so classes do fill quickly. Contact our Admissions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out details. If you find your child on a wait list for a particular class and you feel confident the Lord has led you to partner with Heart, we highly recommend you consider following along with the classroom lesson plans utilizing our Wait List Program. That way, if a spot opens for your child they are ready to move seamlessly into the classroom. Almost 100% of families on a wait list in the spring or summer are placed in a class by the end of the first semester.
Will I be purchasing my own curriculum?
Yes. In the Two Day Program or Wait List Program, you will be using the books and lesson plans created by our amazing team of classroom teachers. The great thing about buying your own books is that if you are interested in saving money, you can buy the books used and sell them again at the end of the year.
What subjects are taught in class versus at home?
The lesson plan for each class directs parents for their home days, but generally speaking the whole curriculum (bible, math, language arts, science, and history) is covered on each day by either the classroom teacher or the home school parent.
Does Heart accommodate students with severe or life-threatening allergies?
Yes. Heart bans peanuts and all tree nuts and has procedures in place to accommodate students with all kinds of food allergies.
Do mandatory vaccination laws apply to Heart students?
No, the law does not apply to students in "home-based private schools". However, we are required to collect and maintain proper Kindergarten and 7th grade entry documents, including vaccination records for students under our private school affidavit.
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