Frequently Asked Questions
What are the key dates for the 2017-2018 academic year?
The first day of class is Wednesday, September 6th or Thursday, September 7th and the last day of class is Monday, June 4th or Tuesday, June 5th. Holidays include: Thanksgiving Week (11/20-11/24), Christmas Break (12/18-1/2), MLK Birthday (1/15 or 1/16), President's Week (2/19-2/23), Easter Break (4/2-4/6), Memorial Day (5/28 or 5/29).
Does Heart cover my legal paperwork as a home school family?
From a legal perspective, each Heart family operates their own 5 day per week private school in their own home. The law allows for multi-campus private schools to have one campus hold the records for all and that is the role of the HCA office. Heart files the affidavit on behalf of all our satellite campuses and maintains each student’s cumulative file according to California law.
Why do I have to sign the Belief Statement on your Enrollment Application?
Heart is a discipleship school 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 claim some of their tax money back 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 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. We also hold Orientation Meetings for parents right after the start of school. These training opportunities are vital to your success homeschooling through HCA.
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 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 HSP program. That way, the day 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 fall.
Do I have to buy my own curriculum?
Yes. In the Two Day Program or in HSP with Lesson Plans, 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. We have a used curriculum sale each spring on campus and there are numerous websites for discounted curriculum also.
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. HCA bans peanuts and all tree nuts and has procedures in place to accommodate students with all kinds of food allergies.
Do the new mandatory vaccination laws apply to HCA students?
No, the new law does not apply to students in "home-based private schools".
Do you have further questions?
Call or email us.
We are happy to answer your questions about our unique programs.
...more contact information here