List of Questions
- What is the educational philosophy of Sycamore Academy?
- How long have you been in business?
- What are the system requirements?
- How does the online school work?
- What grades are offered in the online school?|
- What is covered in each subject in the online school?
- Does my student need to be connected to the internet at all times?
- What curriculum is used for the online school?
- How long does the student work take?
- Is all work done on the computer?
- Can students work on materials at their own pace? What is the minimum enrollment period?
- When may my student enroll?
- What does my student get when we enroll?
- What kind of help will my student get online?
- How do enrolled families contact Sycamore Academy for technical help?
- How are grades assigned?
- Who maintains my students cumulative records?
- Does Sycamore Academy offer foreign language?
- What about laboratory sciences?
- What other added benefits will my student get by enrolling in Sycamore Academy?
- What costs are involved in enrolling and tuition?
- What if I need Legal Insurance?
- Will you mediate with the local school officials if they have objections to our students' enrollment in your school?
- Will I get a high school diploma?
- >What about high school transcripts?
- Do you give credit for work experience, whether paid or volunteer?
- How do you assign credit for previously completed high school work?
- What extra services do you provide for high school students?
- Are there enrollment requirements for high school?
- Are you accredited?
- What about socialization?
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Online Homeschool
What is the educational philosophy of Sycamore
Our purpose is to provide an alternative educational program, enabling parents to teach their children at home. This allows parents greater control over the development of the characters of their children as well as the building of a firm foundation of basic skills. We believe parents should have the option to teach their children at home. No one cares as much about a child as his or her own parents. No traditional classroom can provide as much individual attention as the parent. We believe that the combination of parental love and professional guidance by credentialed educators will result in the most effective educational program. We believe the best educational program is based on the Bible.
How does the online school work?
The online school is a web-based program that can be used with any Internet connection on any personal computer (PC) or Macintosh. No installation is required and a student can be ready to work immediately.
What is covered in each subject in the online school?
Click here to view the class list and scope and sequence of the courses offered in the online school.
What curriculum is used for the online school?
We use the Switched-On Schoolhouse multimedia curriculum. It is a highly motivating and challenging multimedia-enhanced program offers a wide variety of interactive problems to keep students actively involved in learning. Material is thoroughly taught and reinforced with the "Focus Learning" system. Quizzes and test then give students the opportunity to prove what they have learned.
What kind of help will my student get online?
Highly qualified teachers who are specialists in their fields personally review all work and reports. All teachers in our academy have either a Master's Degree or a credential in the subject they are teaching. Our teachers work with your students monitoring their progress, addressing student concerns and questions, and making comments on student work. A message system is built right into the program so students and teachers can easily communicate. Students can attach questions or comments directly to specific problems. Similarly, teachers leave notes for the students.
How do enrolled families contact Sycamore
When enrolled, you contact us by mail at PO Box 565, Keene, TX 76059, E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 817 645-0895.
Who maintains my student's cumulative records?
Family files are kept in our office for progress reports, materials lists, health records, report cards, test results, parent/teacher comments, etc. We will send for records from your child's previous school (optional for elementary students), and upon request, send them on with your accumulated Sycamore Academy records as your child moves into another school environment.
Does the Sycamore Academy Online
Program offer foreign language programs?
Spanish and French are available online. Other languages would be taken under the combination enrollment. Any language, including sign language, will meet our high school program requirement.
What other added benefits will my student get by enrolling in
- Student Body Cards
Each student receives a nice photo ID student body card identifying him/her as a student in Sycamore Academy private school. This is useful for obtaining student discounts, and also gives the child a feeling of "belonging." In addition, we send birthday cards to all our students!
- Catalog Discount
All enrolled families receive a 10% discount on all catalog items that begin with a letter.
What costs are involved in enrolling and tuition?
See our complete fee schedule for costs of enrollment and tuition for the online or combination programs.
What if we need Legal Insurance?
A group plan with a discount group rate is provided through Home School Legal Defense Association. This organization provides support and legal aid when public personnel question your homeschooling. It is strongly recommended that you join this group although it is not required.
Will you mediate with the local school officials if they
have objections to our student's enrollment in your school?
Yes. Since we have been in business since 1981, many schools and school districts are familiar with our program.
Will my student get a high school diploma?
Upon completion of the high school program and demonstrated performance on proficiency tests, the student receives a diploma, printed in gold. Students with Sycamore Academy diploma have attended many colleges, universities, and entered the armed forces. All high school classes must be documented, either by us or by the previous school. Credit for classes taken at local Junior Colleges may also be applied to the high school graduation requirements. We also give credit for work experience.
What about high school transcripts?
Upon graduation or transfer, Sycamore Academy will provide a transcript. This transcript has been recognized by public and private schools as well as many colleges and universities around the nation. They include subject, grade, and year each course is taken.
Do you give credit for work experience, whether paid or
We give credit for work experience, whether paid or volunteer. Sports will be part of the PE grade. Music fulfills a requirement for fine arts.
What extra services do you provide for high
We will write letters of recommendation to your insurance for good student discount qualification.
We will help you obtain work permits.
We will help your child enroll in a local Junior College to take classes.
We will supply high school students with our ID Code for proficiency tests and college exams.
Are there enrollment requirements for high
For students enrolling in our high school program, you must either begin in the 9th grade or transfer from another school in order to receive a diploma from us. We cannot give credit for classes taken in homeschool unless they are backed by another program.
What about Socialization?
Many parents are concerned about socialization for their homeschooled children. When you put your child into a classroom, they will unfortunately learn as much from their peers as from their teacher.
You have no control over what the other children are allowed to do, the television programs and movies they are allowed to watch, or the language they use. Are they being taught to be compassionate? to be kind? to be honest? Like it or not, the peer group has a great deal of influence over your child. Is this the kind of socialization you want for your child? When you are homeschooling, you can choose the groups you want your children to associate with through outside activities. Just be cautious in over scheduling.
Another advantage that takes place when your children are not peer-dependent is that they will become the leaders in a social situation. Last of all, it's more important for your child to feel comfortable around adults. When your child grows up, he will have a head start in dealing with the world.