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I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2

 

FAQs

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How do we become part of Credo Academy?

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The first thing to do is to educate yourself about who we are. Please scour the website, read all the forms under “Class Information” and “New Family Info”. Please watch the videos available that tell you more about Credo as well. After you have done what you can to educate yourself about who we are, if you are still interested, please contact us through the “contact” link at the top of the webpage. Someone will contact you and answer any further questions you might have. At that point, they will tell you about new family meetings and family interview times. After your family interview is completed, a registration volunteer will be in contact with you to get your registration completed.

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When does registration for the school year typically open?

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For new families, registration happens at your interview in the summer. Returning families typically register in April for fall classes and in November for spring classes. Most years we have interviews in the fall as well so you can register for classes to take in the spring.

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What can I expect at a new family interview?

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It is a time to get to know you as a family, to answer any questions you might have, and to help you evaluate whether or not Credo Academy is the right fit for your family. You will be met (either at Credo or at a local library) by Credo parents who are on our interview team. The interview should last about an hour. Please have both parents present (if possible) and all the children who would like to be students at Credo Academy. Please also bring all the appropriate paperwork signed (by both parents and the student), a small picture attached to the medical history form, and enough checks to write to each teacher (parents pay ?each? teacher directly), a check for the $50 application fee (one-time, non-refundable fee), and another check for the Credo fees ($25/semester/student/class). The appropriate paperwork is found under the “New Family Info” tab on the home page of the website. There are several forms that need to be signed and completed for each attending child, printed, and brought to the interview. After the first semester, all of this is done online; but for the first registration, please bring all the forms in printed and hand signed format.

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How old does my student need to be to attend Credo?

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Credo caters to high schoolers. We offer junior high classes to help those students be prepared for high school classes. Sibling classes are offered to be a blessing to families.
To gain admittance to Credo, at least one student in the family who will be taking classes at Credo needs to be at least 12 years old (7th grade) by August 31st of that school year. After one child is age-eligible, all other interested children will be allowed to take classes as well. Because we are mainly a high school, please be aware that your younger children will be part of the high school environment. Although ?high standards? are expected of everyone, we understand that each family has a different perspective on what is appropriate language, dress, and behavior.

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Do I have to volunteer?

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Yes! Credo is a volunteer-led organization. Credo wouldn’t be Credo if it weren’t for the wonderful support of parents. We require that each family (either the mom, dad, or a combination) volunteer at least 30 hours/year which is about 1 hour ?on-site?/week, depending on the current needs at Credo. Sign-ups will be available a couple of weeks before each school year starts. You will sign up for a year-long position. All the jobs are pretty easy. Here are some examples: monitors (for the chat room, study hall, or outside), cleaning a few rooms, sitting at the front desk, etc. If you are unable to fulfill your volunteer shift because of illness or vacation, it is your responsibility to find coverage from within the Credo community. You are able to post your need on the group forum Credo uses to find your replacement. We hope you can see your volunteer time as a time of serving. Your attitude of helpfulness is much appreciated! There will be additional small jobs that come up during the year that we all need to occasionally pitch in to do. This way of working together is what makes Credo such a great community.

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Is Credo a drop-off organization?

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That depends on the age of your student.

No: Children 6th grade (age 11) and younger must always be attended to by their parent unless the child is in class. Families with younger kids are encouraged to make friends and socialize, but as Credo is a high school environment, most families choose to limit the time their younger students remain on campus each day. Furthermore, Credo doesn’t have the space nor the volunteers to monitor younger children for large amounts of time. If you have a student in this age group, please make plans to support your student as best as possible.

Partially: Students in 7th and 8th grade have more independence, and can be unattended by a parent between classes. It is encouraged that the parents and students be aware of large gaps between classes and plan accordingly (bring homework to do, pick up the student to go home, or go to the library down the street, etc.) In these instances, Credo trusts parents to support their student, be on campus, and aware of their student’s actions.

Yes: For high schoolers, there is more freedom. They are allowed to be on campus without a parent and are encouraged to hang out and socialize as long as they can follow the rules and be appropriately engaged with their free time. We have an open campus so they can come and go as needed. Again, parents are responsible to keep track of their kids and Credo does not accept any responsibility for your child’s decisions. Parents also need to keep in mind that they need to be on-premises at some point in the day to complete their volunteer requirement.

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Can my child attend a publicly-funded education program and Credo at the same time?

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Credo serves private homeschoolers and does not open its program to families who have chosen to participate in public school programs (options or K-12). We pass no judgement on the sincerity or Christian commitment of the families, but Credo is committed to ensuring that there is always a private, Christian education alternative of excellence. The one exception to this policy is if your child is enrolled in college classes, sports, or orchestra through a public program. This only applies to the Credo student, not other siblings who do not attend Credo.

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Does Credo Academy do high school transcripts?

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No. You are still the administrator of their home school. Credo comes alongside to support your efforts to continue to homeschool through high school. Every teacher does give a final grade, but since you keep the transcript, you can choose how to apply it to your personal records.

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Is Credo academically rigorous?

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We offer classes (as teachers are available) that fulfill academic and enrichment needs. Our concurrent enrollment classes are rigorous, but doable. Some of our other classes (science, computer, writing, etc.) are difficult. Our teachers will hold your student to a high standard; desiring them to use the given syllabus, come prepared, do all the assignments to the best of their ability, meet deadlines, and actively participate in class without being a distraction to the other students, so class time can be used efficiently. Our enrichment style classes (art, drama, dance, private voice/instrument, etc) are obviously enjoyable but also designed to help in encouraging your child to become a great student.

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What if my student has learning issues?

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While each child learns differently, we understand that some children require higher levels of support to be successful. Our heart is to open up conversation on the topic (if this is applicable to your family) to make sure that expectations on both sides are realistic, and that Credo is the optimal learning environment for your child as well as for others. Many students with learning challenges have been extremely successful at Credo due to great support from the parents’ willingness to walk alongside their student as they navigate Credo classes. However, Credo is not equipped to support children with certain learning disabilities. We do not offer therapy sessions or one-on-one instruction. Our classrooms/facility/teachers are also not equipped to handle these situations. Parents will need to discuss this in the interview as well as directly with a teacher to find out whether or not they can be successful with the demands of a particular class in the setting of Credo.

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How does concurrent enrollment work?

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Starting in the fall of 2019, Credo partnered with Integrity College Solutions to offer a unique opportunity to discerning homeschool families to be able to participate in a Christ-centered concurrent enrollment program. Qualified teachers will offer classes that can be taken at Credo, with a face-to-face teacher, taught from a Christian perspective, for easily transferable, regionally accredited, college credits (that means credits on the same par that would be received from taking classes at a 4-year university). The student will receive a transcript from the accredited college when the class is completed. The concurrent enrollment classes carry an additional fee for the college credit portion in addition to the Credo fees and tuition. The cost is still very competitive with your local community college, but taught from a Christian perspective, in a Christian environment, and still allows for parental involvement.

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I’m looking for a place to gain social connections for my students. Is Credo a place for that?

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?Yes, students are encouraged to be friendly and open to all. All of our students are craving social interactions at this time in life. We offer a back to school picnic, a winter dance, and a showcase at the end of each semester as formal Credo social events. The showcase is an opportunity for students to show what they have been learning to their friends and family. But on a weekly basis, we provide a chat room and an outside area that are open for students to hang out in and socialize.

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How much does it cost to attend Credo Academy?

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Credo is a unique organization that brings together excellent teachers and dedicated students. Your relationship is direct with the teacher, who you will pay directly. In the class catalog, you can see how much the teacher charges per semester and the applicable supply fees. The checks to the teachers will be collected at your interview for your first semester, but after that (since you will then be at Credo) you will pay them directly. For returning families, class tuition and Credo registration fees for fall classes will be due when classes start in August, and spring tuition and fees are due in October. Credo Academy collects a few fees in addition to the teacher tuition you pay. New families only will have a one-time, non-refundable, $50 application fee due at the beginning of the interview. All Credo families pay a per-class registration fee of $25 per semester/class/student, paid to Credo Academy. These fees cover the cost of renting the church, upkeeping the website, maintaining insurance, and purchasing any supplies needed to keep Credo running.

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Can I get my money back after I register?

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No, unless a teacher cancels their class. All Credo fees and tuition are non-refundable after the drop deadline. The drop deadline is at the interview for new families. We hope that all the information online, the new family meeting, the family interview, the posted videos, and any contact you have had from our volunteers is all you would need to make a firm decision about attending Credo. Your registration is an agreement between you and that teacher for payment, even if your circumstances change and you do not attend the class, you have already made a commitment to that teacher. We collect year-long class tuition by breaking it up into two payments (collected in August & October) as a blessing to the financial situations of our families. But, if you sign up for a year-long class, ?you are committed to paying for the full year regardless of your circumstances. If a teacher cancels a class due to low enrollment, you will get your tuition and Credo fee returned for that class only. In this situation, the Credo fee can also be transferred to another class.

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Does Credo offer a graduation ceremony?

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Credo Academy does not have its own graduation because the seniors aren’t really graduating from Credo, they are graduating from your homeschool. ?But,? the parents of the seniors each year do plan a graduation for the seniors that is held at Credo Academy. It is always a sweet time of celebration for all the families involved.

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What is the history of Credo Academy?

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Credo began as a speech club, that was founded by Kim Anderson, who has since gone on to be with the Lord. Kim was coaching out of her home, and she became increasingly impressed with the need to help and encourage other families to succeed in homeschooling through high school without government intervention. God gathered a core group of Christian families, and the vision of Credo Academy as a college prep program began. Credo means “I believe” in Latin, and we are a community of committed believers and teachers who desire to do just that. Credo has been in around since 2003, and has continued to grow exponentially since then.