Frequently Asked Questions
1. How often do we meet with our educational consultant and what do we need to bring to that meeting?
The student, the parent, and the educational consultant meet every two weeks. It is required that both the parent and the student come to the Charter School for this meeting. You will need to bring your ELF (Educational Learning Form), and all work completed during the previous two week period. Be sure that you have entered the dates, hours worked and initials in the boxes on the first page of your ELF. Students can NOT be given attendance credit unless these boxes are 100% complete, contain the required number of hours and are initialed by the parent or adult in charge of the student’s instruction.
2. What makes up the work samples that you collect?
The educational consultant wants to see all of the work completed, and hear all about the educational activities your student participated in. This is also an opportunity to discuss concepts that were confusing or hard for the student to understand. The educational consultant with the help of the parent and student will then select two representative work samples from each of four subjects to be kept as evidence in support of the ELF. Work samples may be chapter tests, culminating activities, or simply representative practice work.
3. How many hours of school does my student need to do?
The required number of weekly hours varies according to grade level. Kindergarteners are required to do 17.5 hours per week. Grades 1-3rd 23.75 hours and Grades 4th through 8th 25 hours per week. Student work times may vary daily, but must meet the weekly requirements for full daily attendance credit. The hours required includes time for math, reading/language arts, science, social studies, physical education and reading for enjoyment.
4. What does the parent initial on the ELF mean?
The parent’s initial certifies that the student worked on educational activities for the number of hours claimed. The educational consultant will discuss the progress made and will want to see activities recorded that match the number of hours claimed.
5. What do I do if I can’t make an appointment?
If you and your student are unable to make an appointment, you must call the Charter School office prior to the appointment to reschedule. We are happy to work with parents to find a time that works for them. A pattern of missed appointments, without a phone call to reschedule prior to that meeting, will result in a student’s dismissal from the program.
6. What happens if my child is ill?
Unfortunately, credit for attendance in school cannot be given even if a student is ill. However, it is possible to make up time on other days during the two week period. Parents should also remember that since a student is working at home, time spent in bed reading or watching programs of education interest can still count.
7. Do I need to do everything on the ELF (Educational Learning Form)?
The Educational Learning Form is a list of suggested activities and assignments for the next two week period. The list of assignments is worked out at the meeting between the educational consultant, parent, and student. The parent is the day-to-day teacher of the student. Therefore, we encourage parents to make modifications and adjustments to the assignments as they review their student’s daily work.
8. How is my student’s work evaluated?
Parents are required to review each assignment with their student. Immediate one-to-one feedback builds student success. Parents need to initial each assignment and write encouraging comments to their student. The strength of the home schooling experience is that students need never feel that they have failed. After a student’s work is review, parents make additional assignments to strengthen areas of weakness. A parent should move their student on only after both they and their student have achieved mastery of a lesson. Additionally, topics of interest maybe pursued in greater depth. Learning becomes a joint activity filled with excitement for both the parent and the student.