FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Contrary to our name, we welcome families from all counties, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Queen Anne's, and Talbot.
Yes, HCHC offers academic classes you don't want (or aren't able) to teach your child, such as higher levels of math and science, equestrian, fencing, instrumental lessons, and foreign language study.
We're not here to replace the public school system. We offer support and a sense of community for families who want the services and resources we offer, which include: (1) group classes and socialization, (2) regularly scheduled group field trips, (3) curriculum and educational resources, (4) informative parent workshops and podcasts, and (5) legal support to keep families in state compliance.
We schedule several group field trips throughout the year to landmark and historical sites in Baltimore, Annapolis, and the Washington, D.C. area. We balance-out the virtual school experience with a Charlotte Mason, real-world approach. Click here to view our social calendar on Meetup.
Students meet with their online teacher once a week to remit and review class assignments. They are held accountable for the work the instructor presumes they are doing throughout the week. We encourage students to study a minimum of 20 minutes a day for each subject matter.
Outdoor classrooms provide hands-on, playful, child-led learning experiences where students are encouraged to roam and move freely. Middle school students are guided by Socratic discussion where certified teachers instruct to each student's individual level of development. View the School Handbook (page 9) to learn more about our daily schedule.
Our certified tutors and instructors supplement courses with secular curriculum from platforms such as Khan Academy, Education.com, Calico, and Kahoot (among others).
We typically follow the HCPSS calendar for holiday closings, but notify parents of closures based on inclement weather by 6AM via emergency notifications posted to our Facebook, Meetup and Twitter platforms. SEE: HCPSS Calendar
Yes! Our teachers are certified instructors/tutors and have been thoroughly vetted. Some of our secular courses are taught by parent-teachers who are/were former public and private school teachers. Others are professionals with in-depth knowledge of the subject they teach.
Yes! Teachers interact with students online (or in-person) once a week to follow-up on their progress, review assignments, and catch up on missed work. Teachers also schedule end-of-year parent/teacher meetings to provide thoughtful feedback to parents.
Click here to register for classes anytime of year.
Our in-person classes are held at satellite locations, including Mary's Land Farm located at 4979 Sheppard Lane in Ellicott City, MD 21042 - near Route 32 and directly off of Route 108.
The majority of our students are ages 8 to 12, but we provide instruction for K-8. We're currently expanding our program to include high school courses and provide HS transcripts and certified diplomas by Fall 2023.
For our secular online classes, class size matters because it lessens distractions and behavioral problems. The fewer the number of participants, the greater the opportunity for a teacher to engage and spend quality time with each student.
Yes, HCHC's Leadership Academy is registered with the MSDE to supervise home instruction. We're an approved Maryland Umbrella Group that provides virtual and annual reviews throughout the state of Maryland.
Partial refunds of tuition are given up until the 3rd week of classes. There are no refunds or pro-rations made for missed classes. View the School Handbook (page 15) to learn more about our return policy.
Parents are expected to drop-off children ages 5+ and remain with students ages 2-4 years old. If you're unable to stay on campus with your child(ren), you may remit a $97 opt-out fee.
Weather permitting, students can elect to eat their lunch outdoors during the lunch/recess hour.
Click here to view the company we use to prepare students for standardized testing. Click here to view the testing schedule for the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS).
Yes, we're both a cooperative AND a tutorial. HCHC supplements what's taught in the home by providing enrichment classes taught in an outdoor classroom setting. Students benefit from structure off-set by child-led play in a nature-based environment.
As a traditional co-op, we require parents volunteer a minimum of 2-weeks each semester. We're able to keep tuition affordable by augmenting our hired staff with active participation from parents. If you're unable to volunteer your time, you may pay a $97 opt-out fee. Click here to sign-up and volunteer.
HCHC respects your privacy. We do not ask for, nor do we require medical history or immunization/vaccine records.
Yes! You can join the Umbrella group without having to enroll in enrichment courses at the cooperative and visa versa.
No, we do not require that families sign a Statement of Faith.
An Umbrella Group is an organization recognized by the State of Maryland that provides oversight for home education. Completing portfolio reviews conducted by an Umbrella Group satisfies the Maryland State requirement for regular, and thorough instruction, as stated in COMAR 13.10.01.
Yes, click here to sign up for available courses.
It means you can enroll your child at any point during the school year at a pro-rated price, withstanding there are seats available. Click here to view open seats.
Day School commences at 11:00am every Thursday. Parents are encouraged to drop-off students by 10:45am and pick-up no later than 2:15pm. Parents who arrive after 2:15pm incur a $1 late fee for each minute they're late. Maximum late pickup fee is $35.00.
Yes and No. While Day School provides structure by offering regularly scheduled enrichment classes, our approach to teaching is relaxed and playful in the classroom.
Yes and No. Homework and project-based assignments are issued (via Teach N' Go) at the discretion of the teacher.
We encourage parents to accept and activate the code emailed to them after registration from Teach N' Go. On this platform you and your child can access important school information such as attendance records, download/upload homework assignments, and communicate directly with your teachers.
100% of our in-person, Day School staff is vaccinated. We cannot account for the total of online instructors and outside staff working at satellite locations.
Yes, we have a 30% sibling discount for students enrolled in 2 or more classes, a 15% military rebate for both veterans and active duty members, and a 10% loyalty discount for returning families.
We have a play set for children to use during recess at our Mary's Land Farm location (Ellicott City).
Click here to access the class registration page. For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to complete your child's registration, click here.
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