What is LEAP?
LEAP Class Day Homeschool Academy is drop-off classroom instruction for homeschooled students in the 5th and 6th grade, middle school (7th and 8th) and high school (9th through 12th). We offer instruction in core and elective classes to serious learners. Students have the advantage of pursuing education at home under a parent's direction, while enjoying the social interaction of peers and accountability to instructors who are professionals in their fields.
What is a class day program?
Competent educators offer group instruction to the homeschool community in the core subjects a student needs to fulfill high school graduation. LEAP will be meeting on Mondays and Thursdays for the 2017-2018 school year. The program offers classroom lectures, labs, and visits and interviews with professionals in their fields. Students are assigned a week’s worth of assignments (homework and reading) which they complete on their own. Some teachers offer tutoring sessions on a second week day. At LEAP, our tutoring/extra day will be Monday, a day in which offer additional STEM, fine arts, and language classes. Each class requires different levels of individual work, from reading textbooks, to filling out lab reports, memorizing drama lines, writing essays, or completing worksheets or workbooks. Students may choose to enroll in one class or their choice of the classes offered on Thursdays and Mondays. A student lounge is available free of charge for those students waiting for an additional class or for parent pick-up.
Class day programs are an excellent way to prepare your student for college expectations. They allow your student to socialize with his or her peers. Parents can be assured their students are learning core subjects from teachers who are degreed and/or professionals in their fields while still maintaining control over the child's education. In most classes, students will be assigned homework and held accountable for completing their assignments. Instructors will assign grades and students are expected to maintain a 70 or above.
What are the Texas regulations for homeschooling?
To home school legally in Texas, you must follow three state law requirements: 1) the instruction must be bona fide, 2) the curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor), 3) the curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship. In addition, homeschools in Texas are considered private schools, and the parents determine the attendance hours and days as directed by the Leeper decision. If you decide to remove your child from public school, the school administrators are not allowed by law to review or approve your curriculum. For more details, check out the THSC website.
What classes do you offer?
We offer core and elective classes for 5th and 6th graders, middle school grades, and high schools. Our classes meet STEM and Humanities guidelines, and you will find a variety of classes in science, math, English mechanics/writing/literature, social studies and history, languages, fine arts and drama, speech and debate, art and photography, as well as electives in business technology. For a complete list of classes and descriptions, click here.
What curriculum do you use?
Each teacher selects his or her curriculum. Some examples include Apologia science texts, Jacobs and Teaching Textbooks math curriculum, classic literature paperbacks, and Worldview apologetics texts. You can find more details on curriculum in the class descriptions.
How long are your classes?
LEAP classes consist on 55 minutes of instruction in a class room setting on Thursdays; however Monday classes can vary from 55 minutes, to 85 minutes, to two hours. Six class hours are held on Thursday and a variety of classes are held on Monday. We meet throughout the school year, beginning in September and ending in mid-May. Our classes run 32-34 weeks. We follow the general public school holiday weeks. Some classes may be only a semester instead of the full year. See the school calendar for more details.
How much does LEAP cost?
LEAP students will pay a registration fee that covers the cost of insurance for the program. The fee for each class is set by the instructor. She or he may also include lab or supply fees in addition to tuition. All class tuition will be paid to the instructor in full or in increments of eight payments. All checks will be made out to class instructor, although LEAP administrators will collect and compile the checks for the teachers on tuition day – the first class day of the month. There will be a $5 late fee per class if tuition is not paid on the first class day of the month. For more details on the payment process and tuition days, click here.
Who teaches at LEAP?
Teachers at LEAP are professionals in their fields, either as degreed teachers or with years of business and personal experience. For biographies of our teachers, please click here.
Where do you meet?
We meet at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Mondays and Thursdays. The doors open at 8:15 a.m.
How do I enroll?
Our online registration is currently active here. With online registration, you can enter your student information and select the classes, then mail checks for the registration and the initial payment of classes to the provided address. Your student is not registered until the checks have been received. Checks must be made out to the individual teacher and registration fees are made out to LEAP class Day. You may also enroll or pay by cash at one of the "Meet the Teachers" nights. Some classes will have minimum enrollment limits, so early registration helps a teacher know if the class "will make." More details on registration can be found here. Please note that your enrollment and registration for classes is a commitment to attend classes for the full school year or semester (if applicable) and you are responsible for the timely payment of monthly tuition fees.
I know the school year has started, but I just found out about LEAP, can I enroll?
We consider late enrollments on a case by case basis. We may be able to add you to classes with teachers' agreements or we may ask you to enroll at the beginning of the next semester.
I've already registered my child; can I add classes?
You can certainly add classes to your schedule until classes begin in September. After September 6, you will need to complete an add/drop form and pay the initial tuition fee. You can add classes until September 30. After that date, class additions will be considered only with the teacher's permission.
How can I drop a class if I don't like it?
If a particular class is not a good fit for your child, you can drop it without penalty before September 30 by completing an add/drop form. However, the registration fee and initial tuition fee is not refundable. Once classes begin, you can add, drop or change classes until September 30 with a $5 change fee per class. After that time, if you drop a class, you are responsible for continuing to pay the full year's tuition. If a class is not working for your student, it may be possible – with the teacher(s)' permissions – to switch your student to a different class ($5 change fee applies).
I've decided to enroll my child in a different program or school; can I get a refund?
The family registration fee is not refundable and usually the initial tuition payments made to teachers are not refundable, since those initial payments are used to purchase supplies. However, we are open to discussion if this occurs before the start of classes. After September 30, you are responsible for the full year tuition, but please talk to us if there are special circumstances affecting this change.
What do I need to plan for in homeschooling my high school student?
Many Texans homeschool their students through high school graduation. Families take advantage of class day and tutoring programs to introduce their children to different teaching styles and expertise. Others use the dual credit programs offered by local colleges. You are not required to use the requirements set forth by HB5 and the Texas Education Agency, but more informataion can be found at their site. They offer a graduation planner and checklist and describe the 22 credits required for public school diplomas.