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What is The Network?

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It is a organization that does not seek to make a profit (but does not have non-profit status). Its sole purpose is to facilitate the homeschooling community.

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Is The Network a school?

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No. The Network is a group of like-minded homeschooling families helping each other equip high schoolers for life. The purpose of The Network is to facilitate the homeschooling process by offering instruction in a Christ-centered environment.

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Where is The Network hosted?

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The Network is hosted by Grace Church, which is located at 4200 E 25th St., Des Moines, IA 50317.

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How are teachers chosen?

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Teachers are screened for maturity in their walk with Christ. They have a passion for their area of expertise. They also love learning and they love high school students.

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What is the parent involvement?

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See “Guidelines for Admission” and “Family Agreement” tabs.

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Is there a deadline for registration?

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Yes. The online registration must be completed by July 31st.  This includes: completing the online registration form, delivering the $50 registration fee check (new students will need to include test scores) to the Registrar, and selecting classes. (New families may need to meet with the Registration Committee before their acceptance is complete.)

 

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What are the costs to attend The Network?

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Registration Fee: Each family must pay a $50 registration fee.  After completing the online Registration Form, the fee must be sent to the Registrar before classes can be selected.  (Note:  This is an annual fee per family, not per student) 

Class Tuition: Each class will be charged $72.25 per quarter ($289 per year). See "General Application Information" for the quarterly billing dates.

Books: Students are required to purchase their own books. Required books are listed in the class descriptions and also the "Required Book" link

T-Shirt/Sweatshirt: Each student is required to purchase and wear a Network T-shirt. Network Sweatshirts are optional. The Network logo T-shirt/sweatshirt must be the outer most shirt or top worn. See website home page for ordering details.

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What information do I need to know about the Registration Fee?

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  • $50, due before you can choose classes
  • non-refundable
  • please send this check to the Registrar:

Karen Verdoorn
4018 36th Place
Des Moines, IA 50310

registrar.thenetworkconnection@gmail.com

515-255-3101

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What is the application process for a student to the Network?

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If you are a RETURNING STUDENT, simply use your username and current password to complete the registration steps and class selections. Send in your family registration fee.

If you are a NEW STUDENT OF A RETURNING FAMILY, use the same family login as is used for siblings and complete all registration steps before signing up for classes. Family registration fee and new student test scores must be sent in and evaluated by the Admissions Committee before approval can me made for new students

If you are a NEW STUDENT OF A NEW FAMILY read through all the documents about The Network that are available on the left hand side of the home page. These documents will be included in the registration. Many of them require parent/guardian/student agreement. Set up a family account when new student registration is open (check home page for date) by clicking on the “New Family” link. Log in with your new username and password. Complete the registration steps. Mail in your student’s test scores and the family registration fee. After these are received by the Registrar, you will be able to select your student's classes. You may be contacted to schedule a family meeting with the Admissions Committee. Soon after the family meeting, you will be contacted concerning your student’s acceptance to The Network.

 

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Questions about Registration?

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If you have questions about Admissions Requirements, please contact the Network Registrar (See Contacts page).

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Why does The Network ask for test scores?

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The Admissions Committee uses these to help in the screening process to make sure students are high school level.

Acceptable test include:

Send test results as well as registration fee check to the Registrar:

Karen Verdoorn
4018 36th Place
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-255-3101

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Do we need to submit test scores every year?

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Not usually. However, some students may be asked to submit scores for subsequent years if the initial test scores are low or the student is on academic probation.

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How will we find out if we are accepted?

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After completing the registration steps, mailing in your registration fee and submitting test scores, your student's information will be sent to the Admissions Committee.   If all requirements have been met, you will be notified by email.

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Do I have to wear my t-shirt or sweatshirt every Monday?

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YES! There will be no exceptions from the first day of Network to the last day of Network. The Network uniform helps Grace Church staff identify our students providing greater security in the building.

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What books or textbooks do I need?

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Click on the "Select Classes" button on the top left. Click on the specific class and the required books will be near the bottom of the class description.

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Do the students enroll for 1 year or by semesters?

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Students enroll for one school year (August-May). However, a few classes last only one semester as indicated by their title.

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Who do I send my tuition check to?

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Mail checks (made payable to "The Network") to the Treasurer:

Dan Smith
2749 SE 70th St.
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
treasurer.thenetworkconnection@gmail.com

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Can the schedule change between registration and start of classes in the fall?

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Yes. We keep in consideration such things as class size, teacher and room availability, and subject requests. We try our best in accommodating our students.

Any class less than 3 students will be dropped. We evaluate the class viability through out the summer. Generally, we do not drop the class until one week before school. We will try to give everyone warning that the class is about to be dropped off the schedule.

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Can parents visit The Network?

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Yes. Check in with the hall monitor in the gym.

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Can friends visit The Network?

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No.

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Who do I call if my child is sick?

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Call the Network Administrator. The Network cell phone number is 515-664-3421. It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to contact the teacher to get missed assignments.

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How do we find out if Network is cancelled due to inclement weather?

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The Network may cancel or delay classes due to bad weather. Notification will be given on TV’s KCCI (listed as “The Network-Des Moines” which will appear in the t’s alphabetically) and an email will be sent to all students and staff. If your local school district doesn't have school, then you will be excused if you can not make it into the Network. Teachers will assign homework via email for the week. Families pay tuition for snow days. On some occasions, the Network may employ a late start schedule. Classes will begin at 10:00am with 2nd and 3rd period classes beginning at 10:50am and 11:40am respectively. Lunch and afternoon classes will resume at their regular times. If classes are delayed, continue to watch the school notifications, because classes may end up being canceled altogether. (Late starts and cancellation will be made by 7:00am)

If you are outside the metro and school has been cancelled in your area due to bad weather, call the Network Administrator on the Network cell phone (515-664-3421) and you will be excused for the day.

Contact teachers for your assignments.

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Where do I go when I'm not in class?

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All students must stay in the gym when not in class.

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May students leave the building (Grace Church) during the Network day?

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ONLY if we have the parents’ WRITTEN permission AND the student has at least 1 ½ hours break before their next class.

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What day of the week do the students meet with the teacher, and for what time frame?

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We meet once a week on Mondays. The duration of each class is about 1 1/2 hours long. Classes are structured so most of the work for the student happens at home. Teachers try to answer as many questions and give as much direction as possible during class time. Most teachers are also available via email.

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Do the students choose what courses they want to take or does everyone do the same thing?

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Once a family is accepted into this community, a student is free to take any one or more of the classes offered as time and skill level permits.

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What does a typical Monday look like?

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Plan to arrive in plenty of time before your class begins. Go to the gym, drop off your personal items/coat and place your lunch order if wanted. (Note: there is a deadline to ordering. Check the “Lunch Schedule” for details of meals, prices, and deadline for ordering). The bell will be rung 5 minutes before class start time, giving you plenty of time to walk to your classroom. *If you are not in class, you are expected to be in the gym. Hallways, atrium, Grace rooms are off limits if you are not in class.

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Can a student carry a cell phone in class?

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Students are to turn off their cell phones and keep them in their bags during the day. They are allowed to make calls ONLY during a break in their day IN the lunch room/gym or between the double doors in the front foyer as they wait for their ride. If you need to contact your student during the day due to an emergency, please call The Network cell phone and a message will be given to your student.

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Do the students complete work for the week and then bring assignments for the Network teacher to grade?

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The parent/guardian will get feedback on the progress and skill level of the student through grades. However, how the teacher comes up with the grade varies. The teacher will test, judge and require enough student work to give a grade for the class. This feed back will be given to the parents/guardian at least twice during the year. The goal of the teacher is to help the student gain understanding.

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What is for lunch?

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There is a menu tab on the homepage that gives the lunch schedule as well as the price per restaurant.

Check with the hall monitor and put in your order in the morning when you arrive. You may also bring your own lunch. Lunch is eaten in the gym from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

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How do teachers apply for The Network?

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This is a "market driven" employment opportunity. If your area of expertise is in demand by The Network homeschooling community, and you are an effective teacher, and you agree with our statement of faith and purpose statement, please contact the Education Director.