MODULE 1 – Quick Overview (Section 1 – Introduction)

How is COVID-19 Affecting Homeschool Requirements?

Due to the current health pandemic, many states are modifying laws and rules that affect homeschooling. We’re keeping track of every change in the state of Maryland to make it easier for you to homeschool during this time of crisis.

THE FIRST STEP – By visiting our website and requesting more information, you’ve taken the first step towards providing your child with a high-quality, blended education where students learn both online and offline in the real world.

Thanks for choosing HCHC and entrusting us with your child’s education. We’re a national organization headquartered in Columbia, Maryland serving Howard county and the surrounding area for online and in-person, social interaction.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, suddenly there are hundreds of millions of people homeschooling. And with restrictions awaiting students as they return to brick and mortar public and private schools, many parents are simply saying, “No thanks.” and are opting to continue homeschooling to protect their children’s safety. HCHC is here to share years of experience, in addition to providing practical advice, tools and resources to guide you along your homeschool journey.

OUR STORY – In 2014, HCHC was founded by a group of stay at home Moms who met regularly at local Howard county parks. In 2015, with 7 families to serve HCHC formally organized as a secular cooperative. The following year in 2016, HCHC incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2017, HCHC was recognized as an education ministry and umbrella group certified by the Maryland State Department of Education. In the year 2020, HCHC was proud to partner with the prestigious Liberty University to add a Christian, faith-based curriculum to the program.

WHAT WE OFFER – The Secular Curriculum is both faith-neutral and non-religious. There is no indoctrination. The material provided is purely supplemental education. The Christian Curriculum includes a dual-enrollment program for Juniors and Seniors in high school who are interested in earning college credits. Our program includes socials and scheduled field trips on a regular basis. Details about these events can be found on the Meetup Social Calendar.

WELCOME! – Our school culture is inclusive. We welcome families from all walks of life; from various faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Our staff welcomes your phone calls and emails. We’re here to answer your questions and make the process simple. We offer a supplemental approach that includes (1) social events, (2) field trips, and (3) educational courses.

OUR BALANCED METHOD – Eighty (80%) percent of instruction is delivered online with LIVE virtual interactions from a teacher taking place 1x a week over the course of a 30-week school year. Twenty (20%) percent of instruction occurs in-person at actual locations in and around Howard County, Maryland where students meet for real-world and hands-on application of lessons and coursework. To stimulate the minds, hearts and souls of our students, we take them to places to bring their studies to life akin to the Charlotte Mason Method.