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Costs

Our Costs:

  • Family registration fee

  • New York State LEAH (Loving Education At Home) annual dues

  • Tuition or class costs

    • Discounts

  • Club costs (optional)

  • Supply fee

  • Event or other costs

Registration fee $25 - A non-refundable fee to register your family with Home School Academy (HSA). This fee is to cover administrative costs, including our new web services and online payment service.

NYS LEAH annual dues $30 - The Home School Academy is part of the statewide organization for home schoolers called LEAH (Loving Education at Home). Each LEAH group, or chapter, decides how they want to support their families. HSA’s primary method is to offer academic classes that are difficult to accomplish at home and give parents a break. Membership in LEAH is required to participate in any of HSA’s programs. However, if you are a current member of a different LEAH chapter, you will not have to pay dues through HSA. You need to note during registration who your primary LEAH chapter will be, and chapter administrators will update the annual records each fall.

www.LEAH.org explains some of the personal benefits offered to you. LEAH is constantly watching and working for all NY State home-schooling families. They also offer support and counsel to our leadership and help us cover the liability insurance required to rent our buildings.

Tuition/Class costs (examples included at the end of the cost page)- The basic cost to attend classes at HSA is similar to previous years. However, in an attempt to better integrate it into the HomeSchool-Life website and accounting program your invoicing will look different than in previous years. The full price for each class (this also will include the supply fee) will be charged to your account at the time of registration. This charge will be broken into quarterly invoices as noted below. Discounts for a full day of classes or for multiple students in the same family will then be applied manually by us at a later date.

Basic costs:

  • PreK through 6th grade = $5.50 per class per week results in $154 per class for the 28 week school year.

    • Primary grades are not normally taken individually, though a partial day may be an option. Please note, if a grade fills up, preference is given to full day students.

  • 7th through 12th grade = $6 per class per week results in $168 per class for the 28 week school year.

There are 5 class periods in a HSA day, one day per week, as noted on the calendar.

Each class you register for will result in quarterly invoices. Therefore a full year class covering both semesters will be divided evenly between 4 invoices due the first week of each quarter. If a class is only one semester long, there will be 2 equal invoices. Discounts will be applied later and are recorded as “adjustments”. You will need to refer to your online account for due dates and amounts. Families are welcome to double up payments, pay per semester or for the entire school-year. If you cannot pay the entire amount due because we’ve reduced the number of payments, then you would pay some of the class invoices each month (in between due dates), instead of paying for every class at the same time.

Additional class costs:

  • Study hall - if not part of a full day of classes, then $2 per study hall per week is charged to cover rental space and staff oversight.  Your student must have quiet work to do. This is not a social period. It is only an option for 7th Grade and up.

  • 7th-12th grade Music classes may incur an extra fee since the number of students is kept low for proper instruction.

  • Purchase or rental of curriculum - occasionally done as a group instead of families purchasing separately.

  • Extra supply fee - classes known to incur large supply fees may add an additional cost.

  • Private tutoring - individual instruction may be arranged for an additional charge. For instance music lessons or math tutoring. Talk to the Administrator if interested.

Basic discounts (applied after registration):

  • Full day discount = registering for 5 classes for a student will result in a $5 per week or $140 per school year credit, plus an additional $10 credit to reduce to maximum $40 supply fee.

    • $5 credit x 28 weeks = $140 + $10 supply credit = $150 discount (adjustment)

  • Multiple student discount = additional full day students in the same family will receive a discount.

    • 2nd student = $56 annual discount

    • 3rd student = $112 annual discount

    • 4th student and any more = $140 annual discount

Club costs: $2-$8 - extra-curricular clubs extend the day and add opportunities for additional growth. The prices attempt to cover the costs of the club and range from $2 to $8. See the clubs page for details. There are no discounts for clubs.

Supply fee: $10/class or $40 maximum - There is an annual supply fee for each class. This fee covers normal classroom expenses (consumables such as copying costs, paper goods, art supplies, cleaners, etc. as well as  equipment like lab supplies, storage bins, tables, printers, tvs, etc.). $10 per class is added to the class fee. A full-day discount will include a $10 credit to cap the supply fee at $40/student.

Event costs - Throughout the year, events such as field trips, drama performances, safety days, and others will require an additional cost to attend. Other events such as science fairs, showcases, field days are incorporated into the class costs. Please read each event description to see if there is an additional cost.


Important Notes

  • You are committing financially to the entire school year. We plan our classes based upon registration. If enrollment dropped mid-year, we would not be able to honor our commitments to our teachers, church facilities, etc. so we need you to honor your commitment.

  • We split costs up throughout the year as a convenience to our families. We do not credit you for days your student is absent.

  • One time fees (registration, LEAH dues, etc.) are non-refundable.

  • If you must drop out of classes we will not charge for classes after the date of notification, but there will be a drop fee of $30 per class or $100 per full day student that will help to offset our costs.  Date of notification will be based on when we receive the HSA Drop/Add form which is located under the Class Registration tab.  Note that until August 1, you may add or drop classes without the form and without a charge.

  • If you are brand new to HSA, and aren’t sure if the group is right for you, ask for a trial period in your registration. We expect payment for the classes you attend and any associated fees, but we will waive the drop fees if you find that we cannot meet your needs within the first quarter that you attend. You must fill out the HSA Drop/Add form and contact your facility Administrator (Lorane or Shannon) to discuss dropping out to avoid accruing additional tuition costs.

  • We do not refund for days missed due to illness or vacation. If you have extenuating circumstances please talk to your facility Administrator as soon as possible to arrange an agreeable solution.

  • If HSA must cancel a day of classes for weather or other emergency, the school year will be extended by one week in May. If we must have more than one day cancelled, then the school year will likely be less than 28 days of classes.

  • Payment can be made in one of three methods:

  1. Online payment via Paperless

  2. Check (NO CASH) placed in locked payment box at either location on Tuesdays.

  3. Check mailed to:

                      HSA

                      158 Citation Drive

                      Henrietta, NY 14467


Family billing examples - .

Scenario 1 = a 3rd grade student taking a full day of classes,a $5/week club, and joining LEAH through HSA

Charge

Before discount

Less discount

After discount

Registration fee

$25

 

$25

LEAH dues

$30

 

$30

Classes w/ supply fee

$820

$150 (full day)

$670

Club

$140

 

$140

Total

   

$865


 

Scenario 2 = 3rd and 8th grade students taking a full day of classes, 2 $6/week clubs, and joining LEAH through HSA

Charge

Before discount

Less discount

After discount

Registration fee

$25

 

$25

LEAH dues

$30

 

$30

Classes - 3rd grader w/supply fee

$820

$150 (full day)

$670

Classes - 8th grader w/supply fee

$890

$150 (full day)   

$56 (2nd student)

$684

Club 1

$168

 

$168

Club 2

$168

 

$168

Total

   

$1745


 

Scenario 3 = K, 3rd, 7th and 9th grade students taking a full day of classes, no clubs, and joining LEAH through a different chapter

Charge

Before discount

Less discount

After discount

Registration fee

$25

 

$25

Classes - K w/supply fee

$820

$150 (full day)

$670

Classes - 3rd grader w/supply fee

$820

$150 (full day)  

$56 (2nd student)

$614

Classes - 7th grader w/supply fee

$890

$150 (full day)                   

$112 (3rd student)

$628

Classes - 9th grader w/supply fee

$890

$150 (full day)                   

$140 (4th student)

$600

Total

   

$2537


 

Scenario 4 = 2 High School students taking 2 classes each, no clubs, and joining LEAH through HSA

Charge

Before discount

Less discount

After discount

Registration fee

$25

 

$25

LEAH dues

$30

 

$30

Student 1, class 1 w/supply fee

$178

 

$178

Student 1, class 2 w/supply fee

$178

 

$178

Student 2, class 1 w/supply fee

$178

 

$178

Student 2, class 2 w/supply fee

$178

 

$178

Total

   

$767

 

Meet our Financial Administrators:
Hi, we are Nathan and Sue Zampella, and we officially began our homeschooling adventure 2007, the same year our family joined the Home School Academy.

For the first 6 years Sue organized the finances and bill collecting at HSA, but with our group growing so over the years, the job has grown tremendously, and it now takes 2 people. Nathan has taken over organizing and administering the billing aspect of HSA finances, and Sue continues to keep the check book balanced and pay the bills and teachers. We both grew up in the Schenectady, NY area and have lived in Rochester since 1996. Nathan and Sue met at Clarkson University. Nathan has a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Northeastern Seminary. Sue has a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a M.S. in Environmental, Health and Safety Management from RIT. Currently Nathan is the primary home schooling parent in the house, and Sue is a Health and Safety Consultant, and instructor at the OSHA Training Institute at RIT. Sue is an avid baker, food canner, and junk re-appropriation officer. Nathan is a volunteer firefighter, church elder, and primary quality control officer for Sue's baking and canning.