Online Class FAQs

Do you allow students to join once a class has begun?

We would be happy to talk with you about your request! We take late enrollment on a case by case basis, and generally instructors prefer to speak with parents over the phone to explore if adding your student after the first class meeting is workable. Many of our classes read livings books, and we want to make sure the desired date of entry will coincide with a place in the semester where a student does not have much “catch up” to do.

What are the options for payment?

Families can use California charter school funds, or can pay privately. When paying privately, families often enjoy a discount on class fees!

Families can pay either as a lump sum while completing the registration form, or by way of 3 semester payment “installments.” Families who elect to pay with a lump sum will receive an invoice by way of email for spring fees, sent in November. Spring fees must be paid by the payment deadline to avoid being removed from a class roster.

For families who elect to pay with installments, the first payment is due upon registration, and the rest are automatically scheduled according to the schedule found on this page. If a family decides to drop a spring 2025 class, notice must be given by November 30, 2024. Once the fees are billed on December 1, class fees are subject to the refund/cancellation schedule found on this page.

What is needed to hold my student’s spot in a class?

Enrollment consists of two parts: Filling out the registration form and paying the lump sum, installment, or placing a deposit on the class (charter families). Once both of these parts are completed, you will receive a confirmation email.

I registered with private pay and have decided I will pay with a purchase order. Are you able to refund class tuition?

Yes, we can refund tuition (subject to our refund policy), with a caveat. Our payment processor will not refund any fees associated with the original transaction. Thus, we will only be able to refund approximately 95% of tuition paid. It’s worth carefully considering how you will initially pay to avoid this loss. A better option might be to order a purchase order for the following semester.

I see you have a variety of history classes, some with overlapping age groups. What is the suggested order?

In homeschooling, we know it’s not uncommon for families to touch on subjects in grades different from public school. However, families often ask what order we recommend taking certain courses. For history, the order we suggest is:

  • California Out of the Box (4th-5th grade state study)
  • Early American History (5th-6th grade)
  • World History Out of Your Window (6th-8th grade)

I have a question about the proper level for my student in your writing classes. What if my student is either a different grade or ability than the class they “should” sign-up for?

We offer the following writing classes:

  • Writing to Discover: Elementary Writing (4th-5th grade)
  • Adventures in Writing: Middle School Writing (6th-7th grade)
  • Writers of the Lost Art: Crafting Persuasion: Advanced Writing (8th-9th grade)

Prior to signing up, reach out to the registrar, to enquire with your specific situation. We want to make sure your student is enrolled in the right class! In addition, we suggest parents holding off on purchasing materials until the proper class level is ascertained.

Once enrolled, do you allow students to switch sections?

If there is a schedule change on your end which impacts a course you have signed up for, please let us know as soon as possible. If we have space to accommodate your student in another section or class, we will move your student’s enrollment. If the class you wish to move your student into is full, the tuition you have paid will be refunded subject to our refund schedule.

I have looked at many pages on your site and still have questions. Is there a way I can speak to someone?

Yes! There are 2 options: Either contact us at our What’s App address, or email this address with your phone number and we will call you back. We know sometimes there are questions that are unique to each family and we want to make sure you get answers to your questions.

Do you background check your instructors?

Yes! We run a background check with the Department of Justice.

Do you record your classes?

In the interest of having a truly socially cohesive environment where all students are in attendance, we do not record classes. However, we are happy to update students who miss class due to traveling, etc., about what was covered. Additionally, coursework will always be posted in Google Classroom.

Is it possible to sit in on a class on a trial basis?

Please email this address if you are interested and we can reach out to the instructor to explore your request.

We will be away for some time during the semester. Is it possible to prorate the class or join late?

Unfortunately we are not able to prorate the class if a student joins late or give a refund for time when the student is not in the class. We take longer absences on a case by case basis working with both the instructor and family to evaluate each student’s situation. Please email Christine with specific questions on this issue.

I do not see my charter on your Charters page. Are you open to adding new charters?

Yes, we are! Please fill out this form to initiate the onboarding process. During late summer, we begin renewing with our organizations. We keep the previous year’s list on our page, so families have a record of who we have been on with in the prior year. Continue checking this list, as it will be updated frequently in July through September.

If I have 2 students in this age range, do I need to pay and enroll both?

Yes, our classes are active and engaging environments. Every student who attends class will need to be enrolled as instructors review and look over work for each student.

Do you give sibling discounts?

For families that pay out of pocket, if two or more students from the same family are enrolled in the same course section, we give a 10% discount on the second student’s enrollment fees. This discount is given in the form of a refund towards the second student’s enrollment, once both students have enrolled.

We have joined one of your classes and after the first week we realized that we will need to drop it. What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy can be found on this page.

We are with a charter school and we paid the deposit over the summer. In September we realized that the time of the class will not work for our family, after all. Can we get a refund on the deposit?

See this page for more information on this situation.

Do you have a policy on harassment?

Yes, we do! Explore it on this page.