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.
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.
Our program covers professional, high school athletes. If your child wishes to compete in an NCAA sport in college, all Enhanced Online Courses and Dual Enrollment Courses are approved by the NCAA for Division I athletic program participation.
Our certified tutors and instructors supplement courses with curriculum from Khan Academy, Calvert, and The Walking Classrooms among others.
We follow the HCPSS calendar for holiday closings and 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 offer virtual office hours to parents who wish to conference.
Our in-person classes are held at local parks and farms. When parents form a pod of 4 to 8 students in their specific county, we can accommodate the formation of a formal class. Day School (Thursdays) is operated out of New Hope Lutheran Church at 8575 Guilford Road in Columbia, MD 21046 (Kings Contrivance).
The majority of our students are ages 6 to 14 years old, but we provide instruction for K-12, including college prep courses and dual-enrollment for high school students. Transcripts, state recognized HS diploma and college credit are provided to graduates.
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, we’re 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. SEE:
You can receive a 100% refund of your deposit up until the start of class. Pro-rated refunds of tuition are given up until the 4th week of class. Afterwards, there are no refunds of tuition.
Parents are expected to drop-off children ages 6+ and remain with students ages 2-5 years old. If you're unable to stay on campus with your child(ren), you may pay an opt-out fee.
Weather permitting, students will eat bagged lunched outdoors during the lunch/recess hour. A playground is NOT available. However, children have access to play equipment, such as sports balls, frisbees, and racing sacks.
Yes, we're both a cooperative AND a tutorial. HCHC supplements what's taught in the home by providing enrichment classes taught in an in-person, classroom setting led by certified instructors. Students benefit from structure and having a school-like setting off-set by child-led play in nature-based environments. As a traditional co-op, we expect parents to volunteer 2-weeks out of each semester.
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 an opt-out fee.
HCHC respects your privacy. We do not ask for, nor do we require medical history nor 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.
It means you can enroll your child at any point during the school year at a pro-rated price, withstanding there are seats available.
Day School commences at 11:00am every Thursday beginning September 2, 2021. Parents are encouraged to drop-off by 10:45am and pick-up no later than 2:15pm. Parents who arrive after 2:30pm will incur a late fee.