Can I be part of a Charter School and participate in your Academy classes?
No. Charter Schools are public schools that prohibit religious instruction during school hours. While many people, including the leaders of Charter Schools, find ways around this prohibition, HCS believes it to be a violation of the intent and rules of the Charter to allow religious instruction when the law expressly forbids it. We have therefore elected to not participate or aid those in Charter schools to act contrary to the prohibition.
Excerpt from an email from the CDE regarding religious instruction during school hours for Charter school families:
Education Code sections 47605(d) and 47605.6(e) are extremely explicit in stating that a charter school must be nonsectarian “in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations.”
There has always been a strong distinction between the actual teaching of religion (i.e. religious education) and teaching about religion. Only the latter, in other words teaching students about religion in a historical and social context, is appropriate in California public education. This approach is codified in law (California Constitution, Article 9, Section 8; Education Code Sections 51500-51512) and in the state’s rigorous History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.
Having children participate in religious activities at school, or promoting any particular religious beliefs, is illegal in the state of California. It makes absolutely no difference who pays for the religious materials if they are being used in the school setting. (emphasis taken from the actual email)
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My student has an IEP. Should I still consider homeschooling?
YES! An IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan. It is a plan to meet the individual needs of the student and their learning challenges. It is a plan that tailors the teaching, curriculum, and educational decisions to the individual student’s strengths and challenges. An IEP also allows parents to be more involved and have a voice in the educational decisions of their child. In short, it is exactly what homeschooling is! In a very real sense, all homeschoolers have IEPs as each family is making teaching, curriculum, and other educational decisions for each individual child based on their learning styles, challenges, and strengths. The biggest difference is you will not receive public funds to accomplish those things.
What is the difference between Academy classes and Class Day classes?
Academy classes are weekly drop-off classes taught by independently contracted teachers and are college-prep-focused. Academy classes are primarily geared for core subjects in junior high and high school students, with a couple of upper elementary options. Class Days are designed for the whole family, from birth-12th grade with parents present and helping out in some way including teaching the classes. Class Days meet twice a month and offer a mix of academic and enrichment classes. There are four distinct class day options, each with their own unique vibe and emphasis, meeting at three different locations around San Diego.
Do you provide curriculum?
No. As private homeschoolers, families are responsible to provide their own curriculum. However, we do offer curriculum consulting to assist families in making curriculum choices. Additionally, HCS members have access to a Curriculum Lending Library to help lessen the expense when purchasing curriculum. Items in the Lending Library may be checked out for the entire school year for a nominal fee.
Are we obligated to follow your school schedule for the year?
No! As homeschoolers, we understand that different schedules work for different families. The HCS school schedule merely lets you know when grades will be due and when our activities and graduations will happen. Whatever schedule you follow at home is perfectly fine.
What paperwork do I need to turn in annually?
There are three things you will need to turn in each year:
1. Course of Study – this is where you will list the subjects you plan to teach and the curriculum you will use.
2. First-semester grades – you will enter a letter grade for every subject you listed in #1. You will also enter the number of days in attendance. No paperwork or work samples are needed to explain the grade.
3. Second-semester grades – same as #2.
I am brand new to homeschooling. Do you have anything to help me throughout the year?
Yes. Every year, in September, we offer a free seminar to all HCS members entitled “Pillars of Homeschooling.” This seminar includes a Homeschooling 101 (K-8) session as well as a Homeschooling through High School session. You may attend one or both of these sessions annually. Additionally, we offer a Mentorship Program where newer families are matched with a seasoned homeschooler for the purpose of having someone to reach out to at any time during the year with questions or encouragement.