Questions About Parent Participation and Responsibilities
Q: Do I have to stay on campus the whole day?
A: YES. For Preschool through 6th grade is it required. See policy for Middle School and High School below.
One reason is that Moms need friends too! Homeschooling can be lonely, and at ROCK, you get to see friends every week, just like your kids! There are few homeschool programs that allow parents to participate with their children in the program. One of ROCK Academy's core values is "Doing School as a Family!"
The benefits of parents remaining on-site and in a classroom include:
- reduced negative behavior
- parents feel more involved in the program
- parents know who their children's friends are - and their families!
- overall reduced tuition fees by not needing to hire outside help
Middle School and High School Policy
Middle Schoolers (7th & 8th Grade) - Drop-off will be determined on a case-by-case basis. In general, the answer is no. Kids this age often still need guidance and accountability. It is at this age that parents and tutors are beginning to teach students responsibility for academics and time-management. We really would prefer to see parents on campus for this age. Please contact the Director to discuss why you cannot attend ROCK Academy with your student.
High School (9th-12th Grade) - Students at this age are allowed to attend ROCK without a parent; provided they get their work done as expected and there are no disciplinary issues.
With all Drop-Off students: We will require these things:
- Parents will have a conference with the tutors and Director twice each year.
- If a student consistently does not complete homework or any disciplinary action is necessary, the parent will remain on campus, in the classroom until the situation comes to a resolution.
Q: What do I do while my kids are in classes?
A: The answer to this is as varied as the hats a mother wears, and many times your job on campus might depend on what season of life you are in.
You might be asked to be a teacher-helper: passing out papers, collecting markers, walking a little one to the bathroom, or writing on the whiteboard. You might have to sit by a child who is wiggly or who might not understand directions. Plus, there are other non-classroom ways you can help: while visiting over coffee in the Parent Room, you can plan a field trip or other special event. Or perhaps you like to organize bins, tubs, and supplies. Or even go around campus taking pictures for the yearbook or updating social media.
The list goes on and on! Most moms find a balance of being in the classroom and developing friendships. Our general model is serve two hours and connect with other moms for one. The key to being on campus is to be as involved as you can so that at home you will be ready and equipped for the week ahead.
Q: What do we do the rest of the week?
A: ROCK Academy starts your week and sets the pace for you. Classroom tutors will give homework assignments (posted Monday evening on a comprehensive lesson plan page,) and then you, as the parent, can decide how and when that work is accomplished before the next campus day. As the parent, you have to responsibility to make sure the homework is complete for the next ROCK day.
At home, you will also add math, Bible, spelling, and Latin (for those following a more Classical approach). High School students should consider a foreign language.