Frequently Asked Questions
Are there specific times my child will need to be online?
Yes, our classes are delivered live online via Zoom so students and teachers can interact. You can download Zoom for free and you will receive an invite to class from your teacher. If your student cannot attend a class, the teacher will send them a link to a recording. For the Classical Memory with Claritas classes, we do not record the information that is specific to Claritas (new memory work and memory review. This amounts to about ½ hour of the 90 min session).
For our self-paced classes, no. Students can access these classes anytime through our learning management system.
Will my child receive a grade?
Yes –Our teachers give and grade assignments. They are also available for semester reviews with parents and will give a final grade.
What if my child struggles with the material?
Students have access to the teacher– they are all just a message away! Messages are usually answered within 24 hours during the week.
Does True North Homeschool Academy award credits?
As the homeschool parent or administrator, you have the ability to “award” your homeschooled students credits which you document on their transcripts (we can help with this) or record on their report cards, if you use those. True North Homeschool Academy teachers inform parents of the grade they are giving their student based on the criteria for each class. Teachers also guide parents by pointing out in course descriptions that the level of coursework is equal to what needs to be done to earn a credit, half-credit etc., but your homeschool is awarding the student credit for that work.
What does a typical week look like?
The Syllabus for each course is housed in Google Classroom. Every student has access to this, along with the course schedule at all times. Each class differs in the amount of homework, but typically students will attend class and then have reading, assignments, videos, and projects to work on during the week. The expectations are clearly stated and teachers are available throughout the week to give feedback and help as needed.
What is your educational philosophy?
At True North Homeschool Academy we believe that education is the transmission of culture. We are committed to transmitting a Judeo-Christian culture in our classes. We believe that teaching is a form of discipleship and to that end, pray for our students and seek to provide Godly mentorship. We desire that our students grow in their mastery of the material as well as their understanding of their selves and the part they play in God’s amazing plan.
Our Essential Academic Advising Package gives you and your child a clear a personalized path and tools to navigate, no matter what age your homeschool student. It begins with our in-depth consultation and includes testing, curriculum suggestions, a detailed personalized learning plan, an up-to-date transcript, and ongoing support. You can get more information here.
True North Homeschool Academy offers state of the art standardized testing in Reading, Math and Language Arts tests for K-12th grade. The Performance Series Test can be submitted for state standardized testing requirements. They can be taken more than once throughout the school year after your initial purchase. Learn more about testing here.
We provide evaluation and learning plan services for students with special needs as well as for students who are simply struggling. Classes are kept small in order to facilitate a true cooperative learning environment with an educational therapy format. We use a discovery model of learning where students discover or realize a fact instead of being told facts. We think you will love our hands-on approach to education. Get the details when you click here.
What is your refund policy?
We understand that schedules change or you may realize our classes are not a good fit for your child and so we offer a full refund (less a 10% admin. fee), for the first 7 days after a class starts. Just email us.
What if I need to change my child’s class?
There is a $20 administrative fee for making schedule changes. You may make a change to your student’s schedule such as moving them to a different class, or to another section of the same class. Email us if you have questions about this.
Do you offer any discounts?
We offer a 10% discount on all individual classes to families of veterans and those in the ministry. Call or email us for that discount information. For information on special offers, discounts on classes, and free or discounted resources throughout the year join our email newsletter – The Compass.
How can I get more information about what you offer?
Visit our about page to learn more or call 605-496-9681 to talk directly to an Adviser and get your answers.
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