Frequently Asked Questions
How will Covid-19 affect this semester?
Star Homeschool Academy’s mission to serve and support the homeschool community, we consider the health and welfare of our students and staff a priority. We will continue to stay informed as state and federal orders are issued, and we will conform to required policies. As more information becomes available, policies tend to change accordingly, and Star Homeschool Academy will align with both state and federal policy expectations as related to home-based education. Please visit our News page for the latest on Covid-19 precautions and policy.
Do classes change at the semester?
All 7th-12th grade courses are intended to be year-long courses, with the exception of Government & Economics, which are offered one semester; Government in the fall and Economics in the spring. All K-6th grade courses are intended to be year-long courses with the exception of the half day elementary which will rotate art, music and PE at 11 week intervals during the academic year.
Does Star Homeschool Academy (Star) allow rolling enrollment?
Yes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about enrolling after a semester has begun. Bear in mind that for some classes, it may not be possible to add a class mid-year due to either enrollment numbers or the advanced nature of the previously-covered material.
Does Star Homeschool Academy provide textbooks?
No; Star Homeschool Academy does not purchase curriculum, and such curriculum materials are not included in the price of the program. A Curriculum Book List with ISBN listings is provided on the Star website. Purchasing used books is an option, however, please make certain that the correct edition is ordered, using the ISBN on the book list. Allow adequate time for ordering materials so your students are prepared to begin coursework when classes begin. Star will sponsor a used curriculum sale at the end of each academic year to assist parents in purchasing and selling curriculum.
Does Star Homeschool Academy provide transcripts?
With the exception of Star Private School Satellite Program, Star Homeschool Academy is a supplementary education program, and as such does not provide transcripts, and neither offers nor grants academic credit for classes offered. Enrolled families are either members of a transcript-issuing institution such as a Private School Satellite Program (PSP) or charter school, or families file their own private school affidavit. It is through these schools that academic credit is received and transcripts are issued when parents, who remain the primary educators, can demonstrate their student’s completion of coursework to warrant granting credit. Star Homeschool Academy does provide documentation to parents to help validate the classes such as letters of introduction, course descriptions, course schedule, and assigned coursework scores for junior high and high school courses.
Do I need to be enrolled in the Star Homeschool Private School Satellite Program to participate in SHA courses, services, or events?
No, although you are invited to apply to the PSP, enrollment in the PSP is not required for enrollment in any Star Homeschool courses, services or events.
Is there a modesty standard?
Yes. Our modesty standard is focused upon upholding core values (spiritual growth, academic excellence, and community) and our specific interest is to create an environment that promotes a Christ-centered community and a Christian witness to the world. We acknowledge modesty runs deeper than a dress standard and begins with remaining pure in mind and heart regardless of the way another is dressed.
Where do students go if they do not have a class?
While on campus, students are to remain under the direct supervision of an adult at all times. When your junior high or high school student has an open period between classes, they will need to be enrolled in Study Hall for a nominal fee. Study Hall is supervised by a Star employee and students are directed to use the time to study. Please note that the elementary schedule does not have any open periods and students remain under staff supervision while on campus.
Is there time for socializing?
Yes. Students build friendships and have opportunities for fellowship. There is a designated location for lunch breaks at the campus where students may socialize in a supervised environment. Special theme days are offered at the campus throughout the year to promote community, friendships and fun!
What is the parents’ role?
You, the primary educators, play the decisive role in your student(s)’ education. We are here to serve and equip you to confidently and successfully instruct your children as you prepare them for their unique calling. Parents of students in grades 7-12 are expected to be available in the classroom minimally twice a year, and assist the teachers with various tasks during that time. Parents with students in grades K-6 are expected to be available for parent participation time slots during their students’ class times and during lunch at least twice a year. We love having parents on campus and you are welcome anytime.
Are your courses accredited?
At this time, no. However, Star Homeschool Academy is currently in the process and is under consideration for accreditation as a Supplemental Education Program.
How are elementary students grouped?
Elementary Half Day classes may be divided as a 1/2 combo, a 3/4 combo or a 5/6 combo depending on enrollment, however the intention is classes with higher enrollment are not combined. Kindergarten students are not combined with any other grade level.
What classes are included?
Classes included are language arts, math and science in our full day program offered on Mondays. Our half day option on Wednesdays includes history, art, music and PE.
Will my student have the same teacher all day?
Kindergarten students will have the same teacher all day. Students in grades 1-6 will move from teacher to teacher for each subject taught.
Will my student be in the same classroom all day?
No, teachers will teach from the same room all day and students will move from teacher to teacher each period.
Do I need to purchase curriculum for semester full-day package classes?
Yes; please refer to the Books and Curriculum Page for the list of books required for each grade level.
Will Star Homeschool Academy provide a course schedule?
Yes; each student will receive a course lesson plan for each subject which outlines the class discussion and at-home course work. We believe that students who follow the course lessons at home will have a richer classroom experience. However, following the course lessons at home is optional.
Will my student's homework be scored and will I receive a score summary?
No; student homework will not be scored and scores will not be recorded by Star teachers. Parents are responsible to grade and maintain records of their student’s work. Teachers can review homework and provide input to encourage students and/or improve progress.
What if my student is ahead or behind in math (or other) curriculum?
Students are divided into grade level groups and taught accordingly. You as the parent will have the course lesson plan as a guide to know what is being taught in each class on a daily basis. Should your student be ahead or behind the suggested Star Homeschool Academy curriculum, you should plan to use the class time as enrichment. At home the parent will be able to teach their student at the student’s individual level.
Will my student be issued a Canvas or Gmail account?
Yes, all students enrolled in a Star Homeschool course are issued a Gmail and Canvas account that may be maintained by the parent or the student, depending on your preference.
What is the involvement of the parent at home?
You, the primary educator, play the decisive role in your students’ education. Using the course schedule as a guide, parents will teach and assist their children with assignments indicated on the course schedule.
What is the involvement of the parent at the campus?
Parents are asked to volunteer in the classroom, for each course, as well as during lunch, minimally once during each semester. Siblings may accompany parents on that day. Parents will have an opportunity to sign-up for their volunteer day through the parent portal.
Can a child with learning disabilities be successful in the semester full-day package classes?
Most often, yes. Star Homeschool Academy desires to assist parents in meeting the educational goals of all students, including learning disabled students. Communication with the teacher on a regular basis is encouraged for student success. Accommodations and adjustments to the coursework are acceptable when requested by the parent.
How is class behavior managed?
In Elementary Academics students are guided through appropriate classroom behavior using the three Rs:
- Respect your teacher, staff, classmates and property of church and others.
- Raise hands and be a good classmate by waiting your turn and being a good listener.
- Readiness – be on time, be prepared, participate in class, and do your best.
If a student has a behavioral issue during class, the behavior will be immediately addressed by the teacher, and parents will be notified. If the behavior continues, parents may need to attend class with their student until the behavior stops. In the rare instance that violation of policy continues, the student may be dismissed from the program.
Is lunch provided for my student?
No; students bring a sack lunch and snacks (optional) each class day. Lunch and break supervision is provided by Star staff and scheduled parent volunteers. However, there are several pot luck lunches organized by parents throughout the year.
How do I contact my student on a class day in the event of an emergency?
To contact your student in class, please call Star Homeschool administration at 714-485-9223, and a message will get to your student.
As a parent, may I stay in the classroom while my student is participating in a course?
Parents are always welcomed in any class. We ask that you discuss this with your child’s teacher or Star administration and make arrangements before attending class.