Frequently Asked Questions
What are the key dates for the 2020-21 academic year?
The first day of class is Wednesday, September 9th and the last day of class is Monday, June 7th. Holidays include: Thanksgiving Week (11/23/20-11/27/20), Christmas Break (12/21/20-1/1/21), MLK Birthday (1/18/21), Presidents' Week (2/15/21-2/19/21), Good Friday and Easter Break (4/5/21-4/9/21), Memorial Day (5/31/21).
What days will my student be attending classes?
Our students spend two days of each week in grade-level classes on campus. The campus days vary by location.
Are there age requirements for Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten?
Yes. Students entering Jr. Kindergarten must be 4 by September 1st and students entering Kindergarten must be 5 by September 1st.
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 homeschool options available in our community.
Can I join a public charter school (CA Families) and also take classes at Heart?
Yes! As a private, membership-based Christian organization, the state of California would not allow you to pay for Heart's expenses with charter funds. However, many families use charter funds for their children’s sports teams, music lessons, martial arts classes, etc., as well as non-religious curriculum and school 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 (CA Families), who maintains my student’s records to meet state requirements?
As your school of record, the charter maintains your child’s cumulative file. Heart provides optional educational services to homeschooling families but the charter is your school of record with the state of California.
If we are not enrolled with a charter (CA Families), how do I cover my legal paperwork as a homeschool family?
If you are not enrolled in a California charter school, you would file a Private School Affidavit (PSA) annually between October 1-15 through the California Department of Education (CDE). You would also manage your student's cumulative file according to California Law. The online Private School Affidavit form is available on the CDE website. Both the California Homeschool Network (CHN) and the HSLDA websites provide detailed instructions about filing the PSA form online.
What legal paperwork is needed for families located in Tennessee?
To homeschool using Heart's services a Tennessee family would be considered to be independently homeschooling, as we are not a church affiliated school nor are we an accredited distance learning school, for the purposes of compliance with Tennessee homeschool laws. As such, you must annually file your notice of intent to the superintendent of your local school district. A notice of intent form is available on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website. Tennessee requires immunization records to be attached to your filing (this is a state requirement to complete the filing). For more information on independent homeschooling requirements in Tennessee, visit HSLDA's guidance for Tennessee.
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 Heart is not a school, but an education services provider for homeschooling families, a credential is not a requirement to teach at Heart. While many of our mentor 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 mentor 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.
California Families: please contact our Executive Director, Jennifer Page, at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TennesseeFamilies: please contact Director of Campus, Amanda Auer at email@example.com for 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, you will be using the books and lesson plans created by our amazing team of mentor 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 mentor 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.
Are students permitted to attend Heart if they do not meet vaccination requirements?
Yes, your student may attend whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
(Tennessee Families are required to submit a vaccination record along with their annual notice of intent to their local school authority, this is a Tennessee state requirement. Heart does not request any immunization documentation as a requirement to attend our programs, however it is your responsibility to follow applicable state homeschooling laws).
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