Q: What is FISH?
A: FISH is one of the oldest homeschool ministries in the area; we have been serving the Brandon, FL area for 25+ years.
The purpose of F.I.S.H. is to provide support, encouragement, resources, and information to homeschool families. We are Christian families educating our children in our homes. We place strong emphasis on spiritual maturity and development of Christian character. We purpose that all of our activities and approved materials will be consistent with the Holy Bible in order to honor and glorify the LORD Jesus Christ.
Q: How do I join?
A: Non-members can click "JOIN" at the top of the website. All information can be found there.
Q: Do I have to attend a specific denomination of church?
A: No. FISH is open to all believers of different denominations. We do require that you affirm the Statement of Faith.
Q: What does FISH offer?
A: These are some of the things FISH offers to its members:
- Family and age-specific fellowship/events
- Competitive sports for 4th-8th grade
- Competitive sports for high school
- Mom's encouragement nights
- Field trips
- A vibrant high school community complete with monthly socials, dances, spirit nights and graduation
- P.A.T.H. Co-op
- Select drop-off classes
- A Performing Arts Club that produces two large-scale productions and two "dessert theatres" each year
Q: How much is membership?
A: Our annual fee is $83. We do offer a $10 discount if you join during our yearly "Jamboree" promotion. We also offer need-based scholarships to cover some of the costs - just ask. The yearly membership runs from June-June regardless of when you register.
Q: Do I have to help teach other children?
A: While we do offer a co-op (P.AT.H. on Fridays) you do not need to take part in that to be a member of FISH.
Q: Do you offer academic classes?
A: FISH does offer a limited number of drop-off classes for an additional fee. We also have some free enrichment clubs and activities.
Q: Who makes up the FISH leadership body?
A: FISH is board-run. All board members are volunteers.
Q: Who can participate in FISH Athletics?
A: FISH members can participate in sports, but must be registered as homeschoolers so as not to compromise our league status. Public and private school students may not join FISH or participate in the sports we offer.
Q. Does FISH have a graduation ceremony?
A: FISH offers one of the most beautiful and meaningful graduation ceremonies. We generally have 50+ graduating seniors and 1,000+ guests. Senior year with FISH is an incredible time to make memories; complete with photo sessions, trips and service to the younger grade through our Promotion Ceremony.
Q. Why can't I see certain events FISH offers on the calendar?
A. As a safety measure for FISH students and families, we keep most of our events with times and locations behind the membership paywall. Events that are open to the community are made public.
Q. Where do you meet?
A. We partner with several local churches for our sports, events and classes. These include First Baptist of Dover, South Bay Church and Alafia Baptist.
Q. Do you have a dress code?
A. As a Christian organization, we have outlined some guidelines for modesty at FISH-related events.
· No midriff shirts, blouses or sweaters on guys or girls
· No short shorts; mid-thigh, please
· No short skirts or dresses; fingertip length, please
· No see-through clothing and no exposed cleavage
· No pants hanging down below the waist
· No bikinis/speedos for beach/pool days, canoe events, Grad Bash, etc…; one-piece suits for girls, please
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to email: [email protected]