United Home School

Uniting Home Schoolers in Livingston County

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.............

How do I sign up for Classes?  Registration is held 3 times per school year.. All payments are due on the first day of class   Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.  We ask that if you are dropping the group, that you let us know, thank you..
The 'Welcome Packet', which can be found on this website, has some forms that you should print and sign.  
These forms can be brought in on the first day of class.
The UHS welcome committee is also here to help you. 
They have extra copies of the forms as well as lots information about how things work.   

How long are the sessions?

Our session are 10 weeks.  High School  and some Middle School classes tend to have extra days to cover the needed material.    Make sure to verify days with teachers.

Fall Session I    10 regular classes ..............September 13, 20, 27, October 4. 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
Optional/High School - November 22, December 6, 13

Winter Session II     10 regular classes.........  January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14
Optional/High School - March 21

Spring Session III     10 regular classes.........  March 28, April 4, 11, OFF April 18 - GOOD FRIDAY, April 25, May 2, 8, 16, 23, 30, June 6

How do I actually register for classes?    All registrations are done completely on-line.  The registration form will be found on this website.  You just fill it out and click submit. You will receive a confirmation receipt once your registration has been processed.  Please watch this website to find out when registration is complete, and if you have not received confirmation, then please contact Lucy at [email protected] 

What are the ages for the classes?   The classes range from Pre-School to 12th grade. Age 3 through 18. 

These are just guidelines.  Some of the class ages overlap.  The final decision, as to whether your child should be in any particular class should come from you and the teacher.  If classes are listed for certain age groups, those age students will get first priority.  Then students out of the age group will be evaluated and the final decision will come from the teacher as to whether the student will be allowed to enroll or not.  

What are the cost of the classes?  The cost of each class is $5 per student/per class. 

These fees are paid directly to the teachers.  Some classes have additional material fees.  These fees are listed in the class descriptions. Some classes have lower cost and will be listed in the class description that way.

How do I pay for classes?  On the first day of each session, we have several tables set up with teacher manila envelopes on them.  They are listed in alphabetical order according to teacher last name.  It is important to keep a list of class name and hour, teacher name, and class fees that you sign your children up for.  That way, on the first day, you can easily find the correct envelope.  After you have found the teacher envelope, you must find the correct hour of the class.  Then located your child's name on the class list.  You can pay by either check or cash.  If you pay by check, you mark your child's name on the class list paid and check number.  If you pay with cash, you must have it sealed in an envelope (which you must provide)  Be sure to put your child's name, teachers name and amount on the envelope and put that into the teachers manila envelope and mark your child's name paid by cash.

Do you have a preschool program?   Yes, we do.  Check out the page for Pre-School

Is there a place where mom's can sit and visit with other moms while waiting for children?   Yes, there is a gathering space which is also used for lunch.

Is there a Study Hall for my son or daughter to sit at if they don't have a class?  No, sorry.  There just isn't enough room to offer a study hall.

Do we have to take classes every hour?  No, absolutely not. You can take one class or 6 classes, that is totally up to you. 

If my son/daughter has a free hour, what do they do?   The only place to be if you are not in a class, is in the gathering space.    

What day are classes on?  All classes are on Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

What is the family fee?  The family fee is a $40 fee for the entire school year

It covers the rental fee for the use of the building. Included in this fee, is a $10 per family insurance/general liabilty fee.  This fee covers an unlimited number of children taking an unlimited number of classes. It will be due on the first day of classes.   IT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.  If you missed the Fall sign up, and are signing up for Winter, the family fee is pro-rated to $30 for the rest of the year.  If you sign up for just the Spring session, the family fee is $15.

What qualifications does a teacher have to have?   Our teachers have a broad range of qualifications.

Anywhere from a Doctor to a home schooling mom who knits, and everything in between. We receive teachers from recommendations from other home school groups as well as individual homeschool parents recommendations. We require a resume and previous teaching experience references. Please refer any possible teachers to [email protected]

Where are classes held?  Classes are held at St. Agnes Catholic Church,  855 E. Grand River Ave,  Fowlerville, Mi. 

Do I get reimbursement for classes that are missed due to illness or vacations?   Unfortunately, this is not UHS policy. The classes are based on 10 weeks.  Several factors are taken into consideration prior to running the class, such as class enrollment and whether or not it is feasible for the teacher to run the class with the number of students enrolled. The teachers will try to make every effort to give you make-up lessons to do at home or arrange something else that works.

Can I drop a class and get a full or partial refund?   Again, this takes away from the entire process that the teachers and administrators go through in order to run the class.  The answer is no.  This doesn't mean that you can't say at the beginning of the session, that you aren't sure about this class, and could you maybe 'try it out for the first week', and then make a decision.  That gives the teacher and administrators a heads up that the class could be lowered by one student.  However, once the classes have been determined to run, and you have your son or daughter signed up for the class, your are committed to paying for the class in full.

Are parents required to stay in the building with children taking classes?    Yes, and no.  Yes, for children under age 10.  Unless you arrange with another responsible adult to 'be in charge' of your children during your absence.  They must know how to get in touch with you, if an emergency arises (i.e. cell numbers, and where you'll be).   Mature children over 10 can be in the building by themselves, however, they too should know how to get in touch with you for an emergency.  Responsible older siblings can be left in charge of younger siblings too.  However, UHS reserves the right to revoke that privilege if situations arise.

What is the policy for cancellation due to weather?   We will basically follow Fowlerville School closure due to weather.  However, this only includes if they are closed because of road conditions.  If the schools are closed due to temperature or building problems....UHS will be in session.

When I come in on the first day of classes, where do I go and what do I do?   We will have several tables set up in the gathering space.   On the first day of classes, we have teacher envelopes out on a couple of tables.  They will be listed in alphabetical order, according to the teachers last name, so it's a good idea to write down the teachers names prior to coming in.  You will find the teacher envelope for the class you signed up for, then you find your child's name on the class list.  If there is more than one class offered by that particular teacher, then there will be multiple class lists attached to the envelope.  Make sure to find the proper class hour.  Once you find your child's name, mark it paid and put your check into the envelope.  If you pay in cash, please put the cash in a sealed envelope prior to coming in and make sure to mark the envelope with your child's name on it.  Then place the sealed envelope into the teachers envelope and mark the class list paid/cash.

How do I find the correct classroom when I come into the building?   There are two buildings, the gym and 2 classrooms are in the 'new' part.  The other classrooms and gathering area are in the original building.

My child is a little apprehensive, can I atttend class with him?    Absolutely!  Every class at UHS has an open door policy.  Parents are always welcome to sit in.

How does the wait list work?   We cap our classes at 12.  Sometimes exceptions are made for siblings or other instances out of my control.  But as a general rule, we like to keep class size at 12 students.  We do offer a wait list.  Which means that if someone drops the class, you would be contacted and offered the spot.  It is not a guarantee of a spot, but you never know what will happen, so it's always a good idea to wait list.

What are stewardship jobs?    Basically, this is our way of spreading the work load.  We must leave the building in better order than when we walked in, so this entails clean up and monitoring.  You can check out the stewardship page on this website for more detailed descriptions of the jobs required.  "We are Stewards of Our Domain"

Does UHS have a dress code?  Not exactly.  We just ask that you be modest in dress.  If you have too many rules, you usually need enforcers to enforce them.  I choose not to have too many rules, but do ask that you use common sense when it comes to what you allow your children to wear.  We have multiple age groups attending UHS classes.  This is a perfect way for our older students to set wonderful examples for the younger ones.

If I have a question or problem, who do I go to to get it resolved?  This is a tough one - there are multiple people in charge of different things, so it would depend on the situation.
  
**  If it's a question about registration or UHS policy, then you can contact Lynn Smith or Jenn Krueger.  
**   If it's a question about the class, the first place to start is with the teacher or the age appropriate coordinator...

 Malinda Moorman coordinates PRESCHOOL
 Jenn Krueger coordinates ELEMENTARY
Penny Armbruster/Lynn Smith coordinate MIDDLE SCHOOL
Lucy McKinnon coordinates HIGH SCHOOL.  

  All of these contacts can be found on the 'Contact Us' page on this website.  If you can't find someone to contact, or need further assistance you can contact me, Lucy McKinnon.    

Who do I contact for more information?     If you are unable to find an answer to your question here - feel free to contact Lucy McKinnon  [email protected]

 

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