Home School Academy 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 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. Each family will see an invoice for $30 in their account. To become a member or renew a membership, simply pay the $30 dues and HSA will sign you up or renew your membership for the following year. The NYS LEAH membership cycle runs through September 30th of each year. I will remove the $30 invoice from your account once I confirm you have a current membership of another chapter. If joining through HSA please pay the dues before September 1.
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.
- PreK through 6th grade = $770 for the full year. That’s $27.50 per 5.5 hour day of awesome fun and learning for 28 days of the school year! (Note that all Primary students must be full day students, but the cost is $5.50 per 55 minute class with lunch free.)
- 7th through 12th grade = $7 per class per week results in $196 per class for the 28 week school year (with the exception of gym which is $4 per class per week and a few classes that have extra fees. (All fees will be displayed with the class information.)
There are 5 class periods in a HSA day, 28 Tuesdays throughout the school year, as noted on the calendar.
HSA Covid Policies and adjustments can be found here. Please note that we are looking for a commitment to deal with masking and distancing rules should they be required of us.
Additional class costs:
- Study hall - $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, and we have limited space.
- 7th-12th grade Music classes may incur an extra fee since the number of students is kept low for proper instruction.
- 7th-12th grade Math classes incur an extra fee as they will have an extra online class each week.
- 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 as noted in the class description.
Multiple student discount
- For every full day student after the second, you will receive $3.00 off your bill for each day, which is an annual discount of $84/student.
- To be considered a full-day student you must be taking 5 classes or 4 with a study hall. Less than that will not earn a discount for that student.
- Multiple student discounts will be applied in late August.
Club costs: $3-$10
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 $3 to $10. See the clubs page for details. There are no discounts for clubs.
- Primary Building: $50/student/year
- Secondary Building: $10/class/year
- This is an annual supply/admin fee for regular classes. 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.), and a part of our admin fees.
- These fees are added to the class fees at registration. Note that some classes incur higher supply fees as noted in the class description.
Throughout the year, events such as field trips, drama performances, safety days, etc. will require an additional cost to attend. Other events such as science fairs and showcases are incorporated into the class costs. Please read each event description to see if there is an additional cost, and methods of payment. Events descriptions, details, and sign-ups are found on the HSA Calendar.
Flexible Payment Plan
Tuition/Class costs can be found by logging into the HSA website and choosing “Balance” from the tippy-top menu. You will not see a due date in your account. It is expected that you will pay for classes prior to your child(ren) attending those classes. The frequency you pay is up to you. For instance, if you want to pay monthly, break your total balance into 7 payments, and pay one installment on the first week of classes or before. Subsequent installments would then be due at the start of the next 4 weeks of classes (taking into account holidays and breaks). To make fewer payments, you could break class costs in 4 quarterly payments and pay at the start of each quarter, or per semester, etc. You can check HSA’s schedule and log dates into your calendar.
- You are committing financially to the entire school year. We plan our classes based upon registration in July and August. If enrollment dropped mid-year, we would not be able to honor our commitments to our teachers, church facilities, etc. We need you to honor your commitment.
- 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 July 5, you may add or drop classes without the form and without a charge.
- One time fees (registration, LEAH dues, supply, etc.) are non-refundable.
- 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 (Amy, Heather, or Sarah) to discuss dropping out to avoid accruing additional tuition costs. Note that the trial period is for those who are actually trying out the classes, not for those who want to sign up and just keep a place in case they might want it; therefore, even new people who drop between July and our first two weeks of classes, will be charged the drop fee.
- In general, we do not refund for days missed due to illness or vacation. If a student is unexpectedly out for a long period, please let us know though, so we can work with you.
- If HSA must cancel a day or two of classes for weather or other emergency, the school year will be extended up to two weeks in May. Beyond our two emergency days already built into the schedule, we will adjust fees if we are closed and need to go online.
- Payment can be made in one of three methods:
- Online payment via Paperless
- Check made out to Home School Academy (or HSA) placed in locked payment box at either location on Tuesdays. (NO CASH)
- Check mailed to:
158 Citation Drive
Henrietta, NY 14467
If you have questions related to billing that you could not find here, please email [email protected]
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.