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FAQs

Q:

What is included in the tuition?

A:

  • 3-5 morning classes each week for 26 weeks

    • Afternoon tution includes 2 enrichment classes and all supplies

  • Supplies (classroom, science labs, art, music)

  • Excellent tutors and quality programming

  • Weekly structure planned out for you

  • Quality curriculum chosen to make homeschooling decision-making easier

  • Access to training and mentoring via members-only website and community meetings

Q:

What curriculum is used at ROCK Academy?

A:

A complete list of curriculum and literature, as well as an annual syllabus is sent to registered families upon recieving priliminary enrollment fees. (The syllabus is usually sent out in August.) Also, not all texts and resources are required at all ages, and several companies give ROCK Academy special pricing and licences to help reduce the cost. In some cases, ROCK Academy has textbooks available to rent. 

In general, ROCK Academy uses Mystery of History, Writing & Rhetoric, God's Design for Science, and Elemental Science for the Logic Stage.

Q:

Is curriculum included in tuition?

A:

No. Parents are responsible for purchasing any curriculum needed or recommended by the program.

At ROCK Academy, we structure our program so that families are working at the same pace, studying the same topics and subjects, mostly from the same resources. Our Educational Team selects the curriculum to be used in each subject based on the same choosy, discriminating factors that you look for: biblical worldview, affordability, consumable vs. non-consumable, learning styles, age appropriateness, and much, much more.

After enrolling in the program, families are given a list of texts and literature which will be used for each age group for the year. Besides required texts, optional and highly recommended materials are also listed. By sending this list out early enough, parents have plenty of time to either buy or borrow the materials being used.

With some materials, we are able to place bulk orders, or receive co-op pricing to help reduce the cost of materials. All of those details are given out to enrolled families during the summer.

We also have a small textbook rental system, where families can ‘rent’ selected materials instead of purchasing the curriculum, if they so choose. It is just another way that ROCK tries to assist families by helping them save time and money.

Q:

Is there a payment plan?

A:

Yes, and all tuition balances must be paid in full by December 1st.

Q:

Are there tuition discounts?

A:

Yes. Although our tuition is incredibly reasonable for an academic homeschool program, we do understand that homeschooling is a huge financial commitment for families. 

The tutors at ROCK Academy are the hands and feet in igniting a love of learning, and it wouldn’t be the great program it is without the dedicated and gifted parents who step up to lead a class. No degree is necessary - just a contagious love of learning! You will be part of a team, and training will be provided at a Tutor Training Workshop in August.

A few non-tutoring, administrative positions also qualify for a tuition discount. 

Please contact the director for more information and availability.

Q:

Who are the instructors?

A:

ROCK Academy uses a mix of parent-tutors and hired experts to teach classes. Most of our teachers are parents who are vested in the program; who want their own children enrolled in a quality program. Some parents are teacher certified, and others simply have a contagious love of learning! When an expert is needed for a certain subject, qualified individuals who match the values and methods of ROCK Academy will be hired.

Parents of students enrolled at ROCK Academy who choose to tutor will also receive a tuition discount. Please contact Kristi for more information if you are interested in tutoring. kristi@rockacademymn.com

Q:

Do I have to stay on campus the whole day?

A:

Yes! - ROCK is not a drop-off program. 

One reason is that Moms (and Dads) need friends too! Homeschooling can be lonely, and at ROCK, you get to see friends every week, just like your kids! There are few homeschool programs that allow parents to participate with their children in the program. One of ROCK Academy's core values is "Doing School as a Family!"

Another benefit for staying on campus is that you will know what is being taught and covered in classes, so that you can more effectively go home and teach your children the rest of the week.

Your presence not only helps reduce negative behavior, but it also is a blessing to tutors in the classroom. (See FAQ: "What Do I Do While My Kids Are In Classes?")

Q:

Can my friend and I swap bringing our kids to ROCK everyother week? I watch hers and she watch mine?

A:

No. Please see answer above.

Q:

What do I do while my kids are in classes?

A:

The answer to this is as varied as the hats a mother wears, and many times your job on campus might depend on what season of life you are in.

You might be asked to be a teacher-helper: passing out maps, collecting markers, walking a little one to the bathroom, or writing on the whiteboard. You might have to sit by a child who is wiggly or who might not understand directions.

Conversely, you might have a newborn and you might need to nurse. You might have aging parents to care for, or transitioning to a new home. This is a season when you need a little break and encouragement from other parents.

If you are not a tutor, each mom (or dad) will be asked to be part of and plan at least one community event during the year. This might include field trips, a science fair, talent night, or a fundraiser.

The list goes on and on! Most moms find a balance of being a classroom helper and developing friendships. The key to being on campus is to be as involved as you can so that at home you will be ready and equipped for the week ahead.

Q:

Can we choose which classes we want to participate?

A:

For morning classes, no, this is not a cafeteria-style program; it is all-inclusive. However, the afternoon classes are optional and are more of an elective format. Parents and children can choose which classes interest them.

ROCK Academy is designed specifically to build community and relationships; both for students and parents. By participating in all classes, students will have more opportunities to build trust and experience authentic discussions together.

Our experience shows that students who do not actively participate in the whole ROCK program - both physically and academically - not only miss out on those relationships, but also lower the level of classroom participation and academic achievement.

Q:

How much homework can we expect each week?

A:

Of course much of the answer depends on the student, their abilities, and their motivation! But here is a guesstimate of homework times:

Preschool-2nd Grade

Virtually none. At the most they will have to prepare a short oral presentation for class each week. (Show & Tell) Parents are given a syllabus with the weekly topics for science and history that allows you to supplement with reading materials at home, and the information is also included on the weekly Lesson Plans.

For example: It might be suggested to read about frogs and amphibians because the next week during science lab, the kids will talk about/act out/watch a video/see a model of a frog life cycle. (Or they might see a dissected frog!) You can easily find picture books at the library, use an encyclopedia resource, or go online if you so choose or you can follow along with the recommended curriculum.

Students in 1st & 2nd grade have light homework in history and science, but no language arts homework. (2017-18 Science focus is Chemistry, and there will not be homework, only hands-on labs at ROCK.)

3rd-5th Grade

Roughly 2-3 hours per week in the younger grades and increasing a bit with each grade. This will vary depending on how much help your child needs in writing and reading (for Language Arts) will determine how much time is needed.

6th -8th Grade

You will see a change in these Dialectic years as we help prepare students for high school. The workload will gradually grow each year as the students’ skills and reasoning develops. Students at this age will be challenged to work to the best of their ability and to complete all assignments as given. At this level, students will learn how and be asked to do more research as part of their homework. You can expect approximately 5-7 hours of homework per week.

High School (9th Grade+)

At this age, students should plan on 1 hour of homework per day for each class they have. Afternoon electives might have lighter homework, but time should be allotted. It is recommended that a student spend 120-180 hours in a school year to count for 1 high school credit.

Q:

What do we do the rest of the week?

A:

ROCK Academy starts your week and sets the pace for you. Classroom tutors will give homework assignments (posted Monday evening on a comprehensive lesson plan page,) and then you, as the parent, can decide how and when that work is accomplished before the next campus day. As the parent, you have to responsibility to assign the homework as-is, or to modify it according to your child’s abilities, or at a pace that meets your family’s schedule and other commitments.

At home, you will also add math, Bible, spelling, and Latin (for those following a more Classical approach). Spanish is offered during the afternoon session for those who are interested in a more traditional foreign language.

Children in 2nd grade and under will have minimal homework for ROCK, (see FAQ regarding how much homework), and parents with children of this age will also need to add phonics and reading to their week.

Q:

I'm not sure which class or "grade" to enroll my child in. What do you suggest?

A:

ROCK Academy lets you be the expert. We try to avoid using “grade levels” at ROCK as much as possible because kids develop academically at different times. Do you have a 14 year old who needs a challenge? We can place him in the upper class if you, as the parent, know they will be able to keep up with the homework as well as. Do you have a struggling reader? Let’s place her in a class where she will feel successful. Need to make a change 1 month into the year or half-way through the year? That’s okay. Our goal is to provide the best environment for your child where they will be challenged and feel successful at the same time.

A Thought to Consider: You might have an academically bright child who could do the work required in upper level classes, but ROCK Academy is a program that also provides a social aspect. Is your child emotionally ready or socially ready to be in a class with kids older than him/her? Is your bright 7-year-old ready to be in a class with children who are 9, possibly 10-years-old?

Do you want your child in a social setting with children at the same academic level, or are you looking for a community with other kids their age to be friends with? Our recommendation is that you choose a class based on your child's age to develop friendships, and at home you adjust the difficulty of the homework.

 

Q:

Do we have to follow ROCK in sequence, or can we jump in at Year 2, 3, or 4?

A:

Absolutely! Jump in at any time.

Q:

Do you have child care for my kids under 3 years?

A:

YES! We want to include your whole family! Child Care is a service for parents with Infants to age 3-years who have children in other Exploratory and Academic classes.

We know that it is the younger siblings who are listening to what big brother or big sister are learning at home. For this reason, we provide just the right amount of structure for those eagar learners while at ROCK. Short stories and activities keep their minds stimulated, while still allowing plenty of time to play and explore and develop social skills.

For less than $10 per week, your child will be well cared for in a safe environment by loving individuals.

Q:

Are the High School classes appropriate for a high school transcript?

A:

Yes, if a family chooses to follow the homework as assigned by the tutor, the classroom curriculum and workload do substantiate a high school credit.