The purpose of the Hope Academy Umbrella Program is to fulfill a need within Hope Bible Church by providing a supervised home education program (“umbrella program”) which meets current state regulations. The program is designed to give parents as much freedom as possible in determining their children’s education.
It is the philosophy of the Elders of Hope Bible Church that the parents are responsible for the education of their children. Within Hope Academy, the parents maintain the primary responsibility for the education of their children. Therefore, it is up to parents to choose and purchase the curricula and teaching materials to best suit their needs.
The Hope Academy Umbrella Administration can show parents: (1) how to maintain a portfolio, (2) how to monitor each child’s progress, and (3) how to maintain all necessary student records.
The Hope Academy Umbrella Program requires that applicants meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the program: (a) be a member of Hope Bible Church or (b) complete the application process and be enrolled in the Hope Academy Tutorial Program.
The fee for the school year is $50 per family per year for the General Umbrella Program for students in grades K-8. This will include a pre-enrollment conference for new families and two portfolio reviews per school year, one at the end of each semester. The pre-enrollment conference may be conducted via phone, email, and/or in person. Portfolio reviews will be conducted primarily by experienced home school parents or, if needed, by professional educators. All portfolio evaluators are members of Hope Bible Church.
A High School Umbrella Program is also available for students in grades 9-12. The fee is $100 per family per year. This will include a pre-enrollment conference, information and advisement regarding high school credit requirements and curricula, two portfolio reviews per school year, transcript preparation and maintenance, sending official transcripts to the institutions of the student’s choice, and awarding a “diploma” upon completion of the high school requirements as prescribed by Hope Academy Umbrella. Students may only be admitted to the high school program at the beginning of ninth grade, expect by special permission of the Hope Academy Umbrella Administrator. A parent orientation may be held as needed to prepare parents for the High School Umbrella Program.