Frequently Asked Questions
No. Contrary to our name, we welcome families from all counties, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, 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 level math and science, equestrian, fencing, and foreign language study.
We're not here to replace the public school system. We offer support to families who want the services and resources we offer, which include: (1) virtual and in-person classes, (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.
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; Approved Maryland Umbrella Group, that provides virtual and annual reviews throughout the state of Maryland.