THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
This program is specially designed for the home schooling student. We feel our program surpasses other programs due to the unique nature that is encompassed in our curriculum. Our students achieve many educational objectives, including an academic, moral and spiritual education.
We meet the "State Department of Education" requirements in all of the states that we service, and we encourage those who enroll with us to view this as the standard to use for their home school. Although many students enroll in correspondence programs of various kinds, most do not meet the "State Department of Education" requirements and therefore may not be legally recognized by the state authorities.
One of the benefits of home schooling is the encouraging environment that the student can enjoy while pursuing his or her studies. Without the anxiety of physical, moral and spiritual endangerment, the student can concentrate on the importance of securing a quality education.
Our curriculum is organized using "Course Outlines" that weekly guide the student through the year's study requirements. These are clear and easy to follow. The student may accelerate if they are capable of working beyond the minimum required course work.
The courses contain no obscene material that the parent/instructor has to worry about when covering subjects such as Literature, English, Health, etc.
The whole family benefits in many ways from this program. First, the physical environment is safe and provides security for the learning environment. Second, the moral and spiritual environment is encouraging and upbuilding which lends to a desire to learn.Third, families can adjust their affairs at extraordinary times so that schooling can be completed at alternative times. Fourth, family time together is increased which builds family unity and happiness.There are many other benefits that each familywill experience with this outstanding program.
And apart from the reasonable cost factor, we encourage parent/instructors and students to share creative ideas with us so that our program can respond to the needs of those taking schooling at home.
Our program has been developed over many years by experienced and credentialed teachers who are aware of student needs, and who want to meet those needs.
Kindergarten through Grade 12 are the grade levels serviced by our program. All subjects required by the State Department of Education are provided for in our curriculum.
Students with special education needs are accommodated by adjusting their particular grade levels in each subject to what they can currently master in relation to specific skills.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1.School starts in September and ends in June. Summer School is available each summer, from July to August.
2 There are four quarters in each school year (not counting Summer School). The first and second quarters make up the "First Semester". The third and fourth quarters make up the "Second Semester".
3. All of the "Course Outlines" for each course for the school year are issued when the student enrolls.
4. The textbooks used are those common to the public school system.
5. Career courses (Job Skill Courses) are sometimes authorized through the local school district and are usually taken at public campuses. We can act as the "Counselor" for
any who make this type of arrangement with the public school system.
6. Certificates for completion of grades six and eight are issued each year Graduating senior receive their "High School Diplomas" . All certificates and diplomas are mailed at the end of the school year.
7.Our services have been providing students with a quality education for 15 years.
8. We have credentialed teachers and assistants on our staff. All have experience in the field
9. Our program is even being recommended to individuals by some school districts.
10. "Driver's Education and Training" can receive credit .You may want to check with your local "Department of Motor Vehicles" to verify if this is provided for in your state or county. 11. All of our staff hold "moral values", "spiritual values", and "academic achievement" asvaluable for a quality education. 12. All of the "Course Outlines" and "consumables" (workbooks) may be kept as personal property at the end of the year, however, all textbooks and tapes are to be returned.
13.There are two "Options" available:
"Option 1" provides a personal instructor for the student. The instructor grades the work weekly and is on call for the student (at predetermined times). The instructor completes the report cards quarterly, and notifies the parent/instructor if there are any difficulties that the student is encountering. There is a $50 book fee charged for use of the textbooks for the year.
"Option 2" is chosen if the parent/instructor wants to do the grading and the report cards themselves. Textbooks and the Teacher's Editions are supplied.
14."CTBS" (Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills) is given yearly.
15.Our office may be reached by phone (916-362-7940) or FAX (916-362-7826).
16.The general guide for grades given is the standard: 17. You must establish a name for your home school. The name cannot be "Osbeck" since we are not your school. We are an educational service that services your school.
18. If the current "Cumulative Record" file for your student is in a public school, it may be wise to leave it there for safe keeping unless you decide otherwise. But you will need a copy of any transcript of grades in that file. 19. Blue or black ink is recommended for most homework, not other colors. Pencil is preferred for mathematics and map drawing. 20. All of the courses on the program are "one year" courses except for "Economics," "American Government and Civics" and "State History and Government". These latter three courses are only one semester long.
21. Report cards are issued quarterly.
22. Books and materials are usually shipped "UPS".
23.Transcripts are issued upon request.
24. Courses, and the curriculum in general are specially arranged for any "Special Education" needs.
25. Summer School Information:
Summer School begins July 1 and ends August 31.
For students on Option 1 continuing into the summer, the regular monthly fee continues to be paid. Summer School allows only six weeks of work per month to be done for these students. For students on Option 2 continuing into the summer, Summer School ends July 31 so that books can be returned. There is no extra fee for this one month’s work. For students on Option 1 or Option 2 that request new courses for the summer (the limit is two courses), the charge is $50 per month per course for Option 1, and $50 per course for Option 2.
- First, review lesson plans and instructions for each course when receiving the materials. Make sure your student understands what is required for each subject.
- Keep track weekly of all assignments completed for grading. Make an entry on the "Grade Chart" each week when the weekly assignment is done.
- Make sure that the study environment is neat and quiet.
- Enter the attendance daily on the "Attendance Record".
- Have the proper equipment available, such as pens, pencils, compasses, coloring pencils, ruler, etc.
- Review the report card with your student quarterly, or more often if necessary.
- Respond to the instructor's request for a conference or communication on any matter relating to your student.
- Set a daily schedule for the student so that a specific amount of time is allocated each
day for school work.
- Recognize the commitment of being a full-time teacher or administrator, which means being in control of the student's time and progress.
- Communicate daily with the student about the progress completed.
- Use the "School Calendar" as a guide throughout the year to make sure your student is progressing according to the required curriculum.
- Recognize that education is a high priority and work to ensure that your school is an example to others.
- Comply with the "Superintendent of Education" requirements about certificates or affidavits demanded, orientation classes required, amount of hours required per day, what records must be available, etc.,(check with your local county of education).
- Be aware of the graduation requirements for your state.
- Have a copy of the transcript or report card for at least the last grade completed.
- Be sure that all of the textbooks and cassette tapes are returned at the end of the year.
- Read carefully the financial arrangements agreed upon (see page 9, "Costs and Fees").
- Any work sent in later than two weeks beyond the due date, unless for special circumstances, may not be graded, or may receive a failing grade.
- Home schooling is a privilege, and if you view it this way you will be successful.
- Be sure to use your "Grade Chart" to keep track of your completed assignments.
Do this weekly.
- Read over carefully the "Directions" for each of your courses in the "Course Outline" that you receive for each of your subjects.
- Read the instructions carefully for each week's assignments in the "Course Outline".
- Keep your study environment neat and quiet. Distractions will hamper your ability to concentrate and reason.
- Have the necessary equipment available, such as pens, pencils, compasses, protractors, coloring pencils, ruler, etc.
- Set a schedule for your daily work and stick to it. The minimum time required each
day is usually four hours.
- Communicate daily with your instructor/parent about your progress. Be sure everyone is aware of your progress or of your possible problems.
- Be sure you know what the graduation requirements are for your state and county.
- Accept that education is a priority, so recognize that you should be a good model for others when it comes to home schooling.
- Use the school calendar as your weekly guide throughout the year. This will tell you what weeks you should be working on in your course work in relation to the regular calendar.
- Completing work on time is a priority and your grade is dependent on your daily schedule, so be diligent about completing your assignments weekly as outlined in the "Course Outline".
- Unless special circumstances arise, any work sent in more than two weeks late may
be sent back ungraded, or be given a failing grade.
- File all of your completed and graded work in subject order so that it may be reviewed
by others at any time.
STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
1.There is usually a four hour school day set as a minimum standard. 2.Supervision is required for all students. 3.Tests such as the "CTBS" are usually mandatory. 4.All records must be available to the Superintendent's Office at all times. 5.The daily attendance must be entered daily on the "DAILY ATTENDANCE" sheet. 6.The school year is usually from September to June. 7.All graduates from high school must complete an established number of credits. 8.Some states require affidavits, certificates or other types of forms to be filed with the state for home schooling instruction. 9.The "Superintendent of Education" office is available for inquiries