If you are interested in teaching at Credo Academy, please review the following information and complete the teacher application and class proposal form (links to these forms are located at the bottom of this page). Please realize that the completion of an application does not guarantee acceptance as a teacher. The typical teacher acceptance process involves the submittal of an application and class proposal form, interview, background/reference review, Credo Academy evaluation, and decision. Teacher application forms need to be submitted by February 20th.
CREDO ACADEMY'S PURPOSE
Our purpose is to strengthen our families by reflecting Biblical standards in our homes and marriages, as established in Ephesians 5:21-33. We are endeavoring to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4) through Godly instruction in these four primary areas: spiritual training, character development, academics, and practical life skills. Believing that children are a blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), and that it is both our privilege and responsibility to train our children in the ways of God, we at Credo Academy are committed to assisting one another with these responsibilities.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
The purpose of Credo Academy is to provide support and encouragement to the homeschooling family by providing classes that supplement and complement their own curriculum. Credo Academy is not a “school” in the traditional sense. Our assumption is that “school” takes place in the home and our enrichment classes are designed to support families in those efforts. Credo Academy operates as an educational clearinghouse, facilitating connections between Christian teachers/tutors, and homeschooled students. It is a family-friendly environment where families can look forward to healthy social interaction with teachers and peers. Credo Academy provides advertising, classroom space, student screening, and conflict resolution assistance to its approved teachers. For students and their parents, Credo assesses that teachers have passion and expertise and will support a Christian worldview, provides opportunity for verification of achievement by a teacher, and for development of community. We facilitate this primarily through initial teacher interviews, class evaluations and syllabus reviews. If a teacher is having trouble making the transition to Credo’s culture, we work together with that teacher based on the class evaluations and the syllabus to improve his connection with students in our unique atmosphere.
CREATING A CLASS
Credo Academy gives preference in filling studio space to courses which best meet the following criteria:
- The class does not duplicate another class offered by Credo.
- Classes at the high school level include an appropriate amount of work to award a credit for student transcripts.
- Academically or physically challenging.
- In academic classes, a Christian worldview is evident.
- In non-academic classes, a high standard of ethics, service to others, and sportsmanship are emphasized.
- Student achievement can be verified independently by nationally-recognized testing; academic club or honor society; competitive awards; physical fitness competition or certification; professional certification or business success.
If the class you wish to offer does not perfectly meet these criteria, you may still be able to offer it, but preference will be given to those classes which most closely match.
When you complete the Teacher Application, you will provide Credo with a description of your class and your qualifications and short biography, which Credo will use to publicize your offering. When describing your class, think first about what parents and students need so as to position it to attract their business. You are free to advertise your own class independently, but teachers are NOT authorized to speak for Credo Academy. Teachers who also teach at other institutions are asked not to recruit students out of Credo Academy. The Credo Board of Directors handles the management of policies and procedures and day-to-day operations.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
1. Independent Contractor Status: Teachers are independent contractors who set their own prices. For first-year teachers, we encourage you to set your prices and class sizes competitively to make your class successful. After establishing your reputation, the classes you offer typically grow in size.
2. Setting Class Sizes, Tuition & Fees:
- Registering with Credo does not guarantee a set salary or number of students. Your own proficiency as a teacher and the desirability of your class offerings will determine that. We strongly encourage teachers to develop service, competitive, and real-world application components to their courses in order to attract customers and to serve their need for outside verification of their students’ achievements as homeschoolers.
- Because Credo teachers are independent contractors and not employees of Credo, they are free to structure their classes, prerequisites and tuition so as to serve their students and their own needs best. Although professional tutors and music teachers charge $30 - $60 per hour for private lessons, group classes succeed at a lower hourly rate per student. Parents of high school students are willing to pay up to $180/semester for a class that is a rigorous academic class or one that culminates in a nationally-recognized exam (AP test). Bear in mind that if the exam itself carries a fee, parents will be weighing the cost of your class-plus-exam against the cost of the class at the local community college.
- Credo collects only the students' registration fees and the teachers' administration fees. Most schools keep a percentage of the tuition for the classes they offer. Our administration fees are based on a tithe (10%) of your tuition. For example, for a one-hour class costing $100/ semester, Credo will collect $10 per semester per student from each teacher. No registration fee from the teacher will apply when a parent is teaching his own child.
- Registration fees are used to pay a gift to the church for use of the facilities as well as insurance, advertising, web fees, and other administrative costs. At this time all administrators at Credo Academy are volunteers.
- Teachers receive priority registration for their own children because they are the first to enroll. Although this does not guarantee that a class will be available when they register there is a greater likelihood that their children will find classes to attend while they teach. The study hall room is available if you choose not to enroll them in classes while you are teaching.
- You will be expected to provide your own supplies and copies. If you need to collect a class fee for that, try to calculate the cost as closely as possible and provide the amount on the Class Information Sheet. Please plan carefully as materials and copies are NOT available from Credo Academy or Cornerstone Church.
3. Classroom Guidelines: Please begin five minutes prior to dismissal helping children gather their belongings and complete the following:
- Rearrange tables and chairs according to the church’s photograph on the wall of the specific room; clean desktops and tabletops.
- Erase the whiteboard.
- Vacuum room, as needed.
- Set trash outside the door as the need arises during the day and replace the bag (this must be done at end of day)
NOTE: Enlist the assistance of your students, encouraging servant attitudes.
4. Facility Details: We meet on Thursdays at Cornerstone Church of Lone Tree, 9941 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO (On Lincoln Ave at Lone Tree Pkwy)
- Rooms will need to be set up by you for the first class of the day and we will work to schedule classes with like set-ups in the same rooms. If you must rearrange the room, please keep in mind that it will take away class time at both ends of class.
- Please work with one another to allow for smooth and gracious transitions between classes.
- It is important to teach our children to be good stewards of all that God gives us. Please take the time to reinforce this with your students by having them clean the room before they leave for the next class. This small step will bless everyone!
- You must supply your own dry erase markers and erasers for the whiteboards.
5. Class Outline/Syllabus: All academic teachers must provide students and parents a class syllabus before the class starts. The syllabus is based on a 15-week semester (refer to the academic calendar for pertinent dates). Any changes to the class syllabus should be re-submitted as the semester progresses.
6. Registration for classes is handled through the Credo Registrar:
- Only enrolled children who fit the age guidelines of the class may be in the classroom unless a written exception is granted at the time of registration.
- All new families are interviewed at which time the administrative team determines if we are a fit for their objectives as well as if they are a fit for our culture.
- It is imperative that teachers make no promises to any students about enrollment in any class but instead direct them to the Registrar.
- If a family has a question about the child’s ability to perform in a class, please discuss the issue in terms of “if you are able to enroll, an exception could be granted.”
- Credo will be sending updates for teachers primarily by email. We will also have a folder labeled with your name in the crate at the front desk. These folders will be used to allow students or parents to leave information, payments, etc. for you while you are in class.
- A weekly parent memo sent out via e-mail each Monday will also have updates and announcements with which you will want to keep current. If you do not have an email you may always review the parent memo on our website as they are also posted there.
- It is your responsibility to check your email and folder for news and communications each week.
- Teachers are expected to respond to inquiries from parents.
8. Grades and Reports:
- Credo requires teachers to give grades or progress reports to their students and the student’s parents mid-term and at the end of the semester, and to report grades to our teacher liaison. Descriptive, letter, or numerical grades may be given.
- These grades will be used by the parents to produce transcripts for their children as part of their outside verification of achievement for college admission. Credo does not issue report cards. Your direct evaluation of the students’ work is the only evaluation your student will receive.
9. Conflict Resolution: As with any organization, conflicts will arise between members. For Credo, there are many possible conflicts between families, teachers, and volunteer leadership. Resolving such conflicts are part of life and essential to maturity, proving an opportunity to glorify God with our thoughts, words and actions (1 Cor. 10:31).
In the case of peer to peer conflicts (student to student/family to teacher/teacher to teacher), Credo’s desire is that the model of Matthew 18 would provide the process for both parties to solve their differences first by themselves in a spirit of humility and cooperation. When two members cannot resolve a conflict privately, they will seek the mediation of a Credo volunteer member, or other impartial parties within the Credo community and listen humbly to their counsel (Matt. 18:16; Phil. 4:2-3). When informal mediation does not resolve a dispute, they will seek formal assistance from leadership or people they appoint and will submit to their counsel and correction (Matt. 18:17-20).
If any members have a conflict with or within the Credo Community and cannot resolve it internally through the steps given above, they will submit the matter to mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation from Peacemaker Ministry (http://www.crossroadsresolution.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Rules-of-Procedure-for-Christian-Conciliation.pdf). Any costs that may be incurred as a result of this process will be equitably distributed among the parties at the direction of Peacemakers. Credo Academy will not be responsible for any of these costs, unless Credo Academy had been the principle initiator of the complaint. All parties, by signing the student application, renounce recourse to litigation.
In conflicts that are beyond the scope of the personal nature characterized in Matthew 18 (i.e. code of conduct negligence, property damage, subordinate to authority relationship, possession or use of an illegal substance or weapon, etc.), Credo still desires to honor God through humility and Godly wisdom. In these instances, Credo leadership will try to follow many of the principles of Matthew 18, but understands there are other complexities that need to be considered including the relationship between the parties, the severity of the instance, the age of those involved, as well as the different parties (Church staff, authorities, Credo leadership, etc.) that need to be involved in the process. Ultimately, we believe conflict to be an opportunity for change and hope that students, families, teachers, and leadership are able to show humility and grace to one another during those challenging times.
10. Revocation of Teaching Privileges: An approved teacher may have his/her Credo Academy privileges revoked by a majority vote of the Credo Academy Board after both the complaint and the defense have been duly presented.
11. In order to protect the reputations of students and teachers, Credo requires that at no time is the teacher to be alone with a student behind closed doors.