Classes & Clubs

All About Classes and Clubs

Parents, as primary educators, are responsible for tracking progress and assessing their children, if desired. Parents are considered education partners at Village Home. We are here to enrich your family’s education plans.

Our instructors create engaging classes that are playful and chock-full of learning. Our innovative and caring teachers strive to inspire your learner to delve deeper into the subject outside of class time. You can customize your  child’s curriculum based on their interests and needs — you and your child decide which classes to take among the options for your child’s age group and skill level.

Parents are encouraged to be in the classroom and on campus — this is a place for the whole family!

Village Home classes and clubs in our a la carte schedule are offered in three, 10-week terms. See CALENDAR for specific term dates.Most classes meet for the entire year (30 weeks) — learners who register in the Fall, have their space guaranteed in their classes for all three terms. Most classes meet for one hour per week, and most accept mid-year enrollment. Clubs are led by parent volunteers. Some classes may require instructor permission to enroll mid-year.

About Our Classes

Age Ranges

We know that learners all grow and learn in unique ways, so most classes at Village Home have a stated age range of at least three years. To enroll,  your learner should be within the stated age range as of  Sept 1 to enroll in a class at any point in the current academic year. 

If your learner is outside of the stated age range, meets all pre-requisites (if applicable), and wants to be in the class, you may request enrollment after regular registration starting on August 6, 2019.  Requests for those out of the target age range are processed after regular registration  so that learners in the target age range will have an opportunity to register first. Requests are reviewed and you will be notified if your request is accepted.

Prerequisite(s)
Knowledge or skill level prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions, if applicable. Please register for a course only if your learner meets the pre-requisites. Please note, it may be necessary for you to assess your child’s reading and writing levels before registering for a class. Learners who do not meet prerequisites can be removed from a class at the discretion of the instructor.
Please be sure your learner can correctly read and pronounce at least 9 of the 10 words on the list at the pre-requisite grade level.
Quick, 2-Minute Writing Assessment (have a recent writing sample handy)

Parent Participation

At Village Home, parents are welcome in class. We love to have our parents on campus, and in the classroom participating, observing, or helping. As the primary educator for your child, we encourage you to attend at least one class per term. If you have a learner under the age of 5, a parent must remain on campus at all times. Some classes require parent participation regardless of the age of the child. Please do not register for a “Parent Participation Required” class if a parent is not available to participate.

Expo Classes
Expo classes will have a demonstration component at Summerfest at the end of the spring term, where learners have an opportunity to “show their stuff” to an external audience. This is a great external motivator, and a way for kids to demonstrate mastery. Some demonstrations will be group performances or group projects, and some will be individual projects that can become a part of the learner’s portfolio. The class and teacher work together to invite an expert from the community to come and see their work.

Classes vs. Clubs

Classes and Clubs are both important parts of our selection of offerings. Classes are taught by paid instructors, and tend to be driven by academic outcomes. Classes have tuition of $11/hour, plus applicable material fees. Clubs are lead by volunteer parents who want to share their family’s interests with the community. Clubs tend to be more casual and more social in nature and cost $2.50/hour, plus applicable material fees. If you are interested in leading a club or teaching a class, get more information here. Club Facilitators and Class Instructors are background checked for your child’s safety.

Homework

We value learning together, and try to minimize homework, but sometimes homework is necessary to keep learning flowing between classes. Some classes include a homework requirement. If you want to sign up for a “homework” class, be sure that you (as the primary educator) are committed to helping your learner follow through with their homework commitment. Homework may include reading, research, watching a video, writing, practicing a skill, or working on projects. Homework loads vary from 10 minutes to 2 hours per classroom hour. Teachers reserve the right to remove learners from classes without a refund if they do not routinely complete homework (lack of participation).

Other Things to Know About Classes and Clubs:

Class Behavior Expectations

All classes require learners to be respectful of themselves, others, and the property of others at all times. Because we have a structure based on trust that maximizes student autonomy, students must be able to manage their own learning constructively in the classroom. Village Home classrooms accommodate a wide range of academic ability, but we are not a program designed for learners with academic, emotional, or behavioral challenges that preclude them from managing their own learning constructively in the classroom.

Learners are expected to:
1) Be sincerely interested in learning the subject matter
2) Actively participate in class. (This means no electronic devices unless being used for class-related reasons.)
3) Have respectful, age-appropriate interaction with others.
4) Meet knowledge and skill prerequisites.
5) Complete required work in class and homework, if required.

Village Home reserves the right to make decisions regarding the suitability of a learner for its programs. Village Home teachers and staff have the right to remove a learner from a class for a class period or permanently if the learner is behaving inappropriately, or is not developmentally or academically ready for the class . If a child is unable to contribute productively to class, the parent may be required to attend and actively assist their child.

Not for Credit

Village Home classes are not-for-credit. If transferring to a traditional school, please note, academic work at Village Home will not transfer in most cases.

No Grading, No Testing

Students are not graded or tested, so we can focus on learning together. However, in “Homework Required” classes, teachers do review student work, and provide input when appropriate.  Feedback is designed for the learner’s benefit. In some cases, the learner can define the style of feedback they would like to receive.

Choosing Classes

We recommend letting your kids choose their classes — allowing them to drive their own education maximizes class buy-in, and positive learning for the group.

Making Changes to Your Class Schedule – Add/Drop Periods

There is a two week Add/Drop period at the beginning of the FALL term. Tuition refunds are available when classes are dropped before 5 pm the day of the second class meeting. After the Add/Drop period, there are no tuition refunds. (Book, material, and lab fees may not be refundable.) If your student misses a class, or is asked to leave a class because of disciplinary reasons, there is no refund. If a class is cancelled, you receive a refund. In the Winter and Spring Terms, the Add/Drop period is ONE week; classes must be dropped before 5 pm the day of the first class meeting.

Cancelled Classes

Due to low enrollment, or unforeseen changes in instructor availability, Village Home may cancel classes at any time. If we cancel a class, you get a refund for remaining class meetings. 

Waitlists

If a class is full, add your student to the waitlist. Many times the waitlists are accommodated, so don’t loose hope! Waitlisted students may not attend class. You are not charged tuition until you are enrolled.

Attendance

Teachers take attendance in class, but if  your learner is absent from class, we do not notify you.

Getting in Touch with Your Teachers

We encourage you to communicate with your instructors regularly. To reach your instructor, email using the format is firstname.lastname@villagehome.org.  Please be sure to read your emails from your child’s teacher.  At the end of every course description is a link to your teacher’s bio and email. 

Schedule GAPS

A GAP is when a student is enrolled in two or more classes that do not occur consecutively. During a gap, a parent or parent designee must be on campus actively supervising their child(ren). If your child has a GAP in their schedule, and is at least ten years old, you may apply for a Gap Exception to be on campus when not enrolled in a class or club.  Learner’s parents may request one one-hour GAP per week per term here.

Paying for Classes

We strive to keep classes affordable and accessible. Payment plans that allow a term payments to be divided into four payments are available. Please note, those who register on or after the date of the first payment of the term will pay a deposit at the time of enrollment. Financial aid is available; applications are due in July.  More information about tuition.

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