Academy Charter School, A public school of choice

FAQs

What is the purpose of the Academy Charter Support Program for Homeschool Families?
Our desire is to support you in your homeschooling efforts by providing high quality instruction in Science and Spanish and giving you the social and peer support conducive to having a successful homeschool experience.

Does the Homeschool Program provide all of my homeschool curriculum?
No, we only provide curriculum and materials for instruction in science and Spanish. Our curriculum meets, and in most cases, exceeds Douglas County Standards. Our grade level standards and topics of study are in line with the Core Knowledge Curriculum sequence.  Information on science curriculum can be found on the following website:   http://www.coreknowledge.org/the-k-8-sequence

What curriculum do you use for your program?

  • Kindergarten: Uses a variety of resources to teach a full rich beginning level science class that touches on reading, writing, math and other skills necessary for First Grade.
  • 1st/2nd grades and 3rd/4th grades: use the Second and Fourth grade textbooks from Harcourt School Publishers plus additional resources to enrich the Science class with fun activities, experiments and demonstrations.
  • 5th/6th grades and 7th/8th grades: use Prentice Hall Science Explorer textbooks to get the students familiar with the subject areas, but add numerous activities, experiments, and demonstrations.  
  • Spanish: Uses the Realidades textbook as a guide and enrichment in addition to all the other wonderful activities.
  • Lone Tree Exploratory Elective uses many different resources to touch on several subject areas including but not limited to: cooking, basketball, volleyball, strategy games, art, Young Ameritowne, and other fun activities.  

Will my student learn the same things two years in a row?
No, every grade except Kindergarten is on a two year rotation plan so that subject content in the Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences will differ based on if the start of the school year is an even or odd year.  

Can my student be enrolled in the homeschool program and another publicly funded program?
No, your student is considered a part time student at Academy Charter School and may not be enrolled in another publicly funded program.

When and where do classes meet?
Classes meet on Tues/Thurs in Castle Rock (7:30-10:35) at Ridgeline Community Church, Lone Tree (9:30-2:00) at Word of Life Christian Center, and Parker (11:15-2:45) at New Beginnings Church.  Our one day Wednesday program in Lone Tree meets (8:30-3:00) at Word of Life.   

Are the teachers qualified to teach in Colorado?
All of our teachers are licensed and/or highly qualified to teach in Colorado.

Will my student eat lunch and have recess at school?
All locations will have a 30 minute lunch and recess break except Castle Rock.  

Does my student have to wear a uniform?
No, our students are required to dress appropriately for a school environment.

Do you keep records?
No, record keeping is your responsibility as the primary homeschool educator . We do regularly send home academic progress report for your information but these reports are not maintained as a permanent record by Academy Charter.

What if we take a vacation?
The homeschool student will achieve their greatest benefit by attending all classes. We have a one week “break” scheduled for most months to allow for family activities. The homeschool support program will offer 90 hours of instruction each semester. We will also offer field trips throughout the year for both individual classes and for the whole family.

Will my student have work to do outside of the classroom?
Our staff is aware that you also have a very full academic schedule with your home school program. Assignments given in class will be expected to be completed during the class period.  However, it will be necessary to review content and prepare for tests, especially at the upper grades at home.

Am I expected to volunteer in the classroom?
No, we understand this time is valuable to you as a homeschool teacher. The door is always open for you to visit your child’s classroom and you are certainly welcome to help as needed, but there are no volunteer requirements.

Can my student participate in Academy Charter activities?
Yes, there are many school activities your child may participate in at ACS such as band, sports, spelling and geography bees, after school activities and much more. Homeschool students must follow the same guidelines for participation as full time ACS students.

Does my student have priority in the ACS lottery?
Yes, ACS homeschool students have priority after children of ACS staff and siblings of full time ACS students.

How do I apply?
Please fill out the online application which can also be accessed at the top of the ACS website under the Home School tab visit  www.academycharter.org.

You can email questions to Kirstin Evert, Director of the Home School Program at evertk@academycharter.org.

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1551 Prairie Hawk Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Fax: (303) 660-6385
Elementary Hours: 8:15-3:30
Middle School Hours: 8:00-3:30
Summer Hours Wed 9-2
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