HOW DOES IT WORK?
BRANCHES Homeschool Academy (BHA) is best described as a hybrid home/school program. Students attend BHA one day per week, on Tuesdays, and work at home with parents on the other days. Each instructor provideS parents a course syllabus with a clear layout of weekly lesson plans, required textbooks, school supplies, and optional materials. Weekly, students/parents receive at-home assignments (or homework) to be completed for class as well as a detailed account of the content covered in class.
WHAT COURSES DOES BHA OFFER?
PreK-kindergarden students gather each week to learn through stories, song, art, and play. In the 1st and 2nd grade classroom, students will continue to learn through fun as they are exposed to topics more in depth and become prepared for the upper grades. Grades 3rd-6th, we offer science, social studies, and writing with a light grammar element. Grades 7th-12th, we offer the aforementioned, plus a full language arts component. For details please visit our COURSE DESCRIPTION page.
DO I NEED TO SUPPLEMENT CLASSES AT HOME?
No. BHA classes are designed to provide structure to families who may feel overwhelmed by curriculum options; it takes the guesswork, research time, and stress out of selecting individual curricula. There is no need to supplement unless you wish to add additional enrichment. However, if you add supplemental work or use your own program, our classes are flexible. BRANCHES is an extension of your HOMEschool; ultimately your are the teacher! If you have any questions in this area, please contact us.
IS BRANCHES A CO-OP?
No. While parents are welcomed to visit and volunteer in classes and the with many school events, this is a drop-off program that does not require parental attendance. We wish to encourage and assist families who desire a strong homeschool component to education - so we offer a unique, one-day home/school hybrid class.
DOES BHA HAVE A REFUND POLICY?
During these uncertain times (stay-at-orders, masks, online learning, etc.), we want to provide you with peace of mind. BHA has decided to continue the 2020-2021 school year with in-class (in-person) instruction only. We are moving forward with registration, curriculum planning, etc. However, if we are unable to meet in person, we will not continue with online/virtual classes, and your registration payment will be fully refunded; this includes the annual registration fee, tuition fees, class materials fee, and the payment plan service fee (if applicable). We are not responsible for any of the following expenses class supplies, reading materials, and/or textbooks.
DOES BRANCHES FOLLOW COMMON CORE AND/OR NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STATE STANDARDS?
The simple answer is no. BRANCHES is a non-accredited school committed to providing an excellent educational program from a strong Biblical worldview.
WHAT IS YOUR STATEMENT OF FAITH?
IS BRANCHES UNDER A CHURCH OR DENOMINATION?
No. BRANCHES is a non-denominational Christ-centered program providing a community for home educators.
DO WE BUY ALL OUR OWN TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS?
Yes. Families are responsible for purchasing student textbooks, school supplies, and additional books. In addition, some classes have an additional class materials fee (visit to the COURSE DESCRIPTION page for details). Most consumable materials (such as pencils, journals, workbooks, etc.) will be the responsibility of the student to bring or have at home for at-home study. A supply list will be included in the syllabus.
WILL MY CHILD GET A BREAK/RECESS WHILE AT BHA?
Yes, students will have hourly breaks/recesses. Breaks are staggered by grades; prek-kinder students are on a break separately from upper grades; grades 1st-2nd students get a different break time separately from lower and upper grades; and 3rd-8th graders break at the same time. High schooler break as needed. During each break BHA provides a proctor to supervise students. In addition, breaks/recess is a time for students to use the lavatories, eat a snack and play. Play time may include, dodgeball, jumprope, hopscotch, and other ball games. Visit our SCHOOL RULES for details on playground rules.
AM I REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER?
No. We do not require parents to volunteer with school events and activities. However, we acknowledge the positive impact that an involved parent body can have upon our program and its students. Parental involvement in the school sends a positive message to the child; creating a community with teachers, students, parents and other homeschoolers. We provide the opportunity for parents to model leadership, dedication and involvement by signing up to volunteer throughout the school year. See Mrs. Jessica Wolfe at the front desk every Tuesday.
HOW CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS AND/OR REGISTER FOR FIELD TRIPS?
Most of our field trips are closed to the public. We recommend creating free accounts with the following webservices - SignUp Genius, PayPal, Venmo and Gmail - We will use these to RSVP, pay, and communicate with our families.
Contact us for more information on how BRANCHES can partner with your homeschool family.