LOCAL MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL HANDBOOK

HEED is a Christian K-12 home education hybrid learning program, where qualified instructors teach small, local classes, prepare lesson plans for students to master content throughout the week at home, and provide feedback and evaluation of student’s work.

 

Mission Statement:

To serve God by assisting families as they educate their children at home. 

Philosophy of HEED

HEED is not a school but instead a hybrid learning program to assist home educating parents to fulfill their responsibility by locating and securing qualified independent instructors to enrich their home education program. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to train the minds of their own children to think rationally and biblically, to discern truth, and express thoughts clearly and persuasively. HEED assists parents by providing the opportunity to join with other families to offer the best possible educational experiences for their children. The parent ultimately remains the teacher. The HEED local instructor is a facilitator, instructing the student in class, while the parent oversees and leads the student throughout the week. HEED local classes provide community for middle and high school aged students in an environment where they are encouraged to seek God first as well as pursue academic excellence. 

HEED local students require a level self-discipline and accountability. Students must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction to benefit from this type of educational opportunity. Parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their students accountable and their assignments up to date.

 

Responsibilities and Commitments:

 

HEED Directors commit to:

  • Provide a schedule of classes for students to enrich their educational goals and prepare them with future ready skills for the next steps in their education.

  • Seek to match available instructors and courses with the academic needs of students. Criteria for instructors will include educational experience, mastery of material, ability to teach, personal integrity, and a love for the Lord.

  • Require that instructor candidates undergo a criminal background check. HEED directors reserve the right to replace instructors if the circumstances become necessary.

  • Attempt to maximize learning by maintaining a class size between 8 and 24 students per class depending on class structure and number of instructors.

  • Provide an active website and updates to inform HEED families of all pertinent information and announcements.

  • Provide a LMS system for students to access their assignments, submit work, receive work back and communicate with instructors.

  • Communicate regularly with parents through email and/or text

  • Serve as a liaison with our host facility.

 

HEED Instructors Commit to:

  • Provide quality instruction in a Christian environment.

  • Provide parents with course description, textbook list, class syllabus and schedules to specify expectations and assignments for each class.

  • Maintain and utilize an online LMS, learning management system that keeps families informed of all course material and assignments.

  • Communicate with parents and directors about any difficulties with a student’s behavior or assignments.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

 

HEED Parents Commit to: 

  • Sign the release of liability waver and the statement of faith on the registration form online.

  • Purchase books and materials for all courses.

  • Pay tuition and fees timely. All final tuition payments will be collected on August 1st. No students are permitted to attend classes with a tuition balance unless otherwise agreed to by the directors. All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. 

  • Attend the Fall Back to HEED/School Night to meet with their student’s instructors the HEED directors.

  • Log in to HEED’s learning management system to monitor assignments, post grades, get instruction from, communicate with instructors and mark that weekly assignments are completed.

  • Submit any online grades in the LMS in a timely manner as required by the instructor.

  • Oversee their student’s HEED classes to provide their students with proper accountability to ensure that all assignments are completed on time with integrity, and that their student is fully prepared to participate in class. Some courses will require the parent to correct work at home.

  • Communicate with HEED instructors, to inform them ahead of time of planned absences, make arrangements for missed lessons, or regarding any changes or concerns about their student’s work.

  • Make sure students arrive on time for class (5 minutes before class begins, do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes prior to class) dressed appropriately and ensure that they are picked up promptly after class. (See Dress Policy.)

  • HEED parents must pick up or supervise their students if the students have more than one free period between classes. Students may stay for one free period at HEED if it is between two classes. Students are only permitted to stay during lunch if they have a class period before lunch in the morning and a class in the afternoon.

  • Support and help enforce the HEED policy regarding no cell phones, tablets, smart watches, or electronic devices with internet access on campus. Phones found on campus will be given to the directors for a parent to retrieve. If a student is caught with a phone, they will be fined $40. If a student is caught a second time, the student is subject to dismissal from HEED. 

  • Obey the HEED dress code themselves (parents) when on HEED’s campus

  • Obey traffic rules including driving very slowly in the parking lot.

  • Keep their student home if they have a fever. sore throat, congestion or cough not caused by allergies.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

  • Review this code of conduct with their student at the beginning of each year.

HEED Students commit to:

  • Abide by the rules of dress and conduct. (See Dress Code below)

  • Obey traffic rules including driving very slowly in the parking lot.

  • Participate in class without being disruptive, distracting, disrespectful, offensive, immoral, intimidating, flirtatious, or rude. Any form of bullying will not be tolerated. Poor attitude is grounds for immediate dismissal from HEED without refund.

  • Be in their seats and prepared for class at the start of the class period. Students are expected to go to the restroom during the breaks between classes, and not during the classes if possible.

  • Come prepared for class and complete all assignments on time. Students who fall significantly behind on assignments without legitimate reason, in the judgment of the instructor and the HEED board, will be dismissed from class with no refund.

  • Maintain a satisfactory grade point average in each class. A student who fails to maintain a C/70% average for a class, will be placed on academic probation. The student will have a period of 30 days to raise his/her grade to the satisfactory level. If, based on the instructor's appraisal, the student fails to raise the grade satisfactorily then the student may be dismissed from the class indefinitely. The instructor and the board will make the decision for dismissal, and no refund will be given.

  • Maintain personal and academic integrity (plagiarism or cheating) may be dismissed from HEED with no refund.

  • Leave all cell phones, tablets, smart watches, or any electronic devices with Internet access at home or in their car. If a student is caught with a phone they will be fined $40.  If a student is caught a second time, the student is subject to dismissal from HEED. (The director on duty will always have a cell phone available if a parent needs to contact a student or if a student needs to make a call) The volunteer on duty will have a cell phone for students to use during the day; parents will also have that number.

  • Stay during lunch only if they have a class before lunch and a class in the afternoon. Students may eat in the lunchroom or designated eating areas only. Stay on HEED campus between classes.

  • Respect church property. Students may not climb on any walls of the building. No chewing gum is permitted on the church campus. Students must keep the lunchroom and classes clean by picking up after themselves immediately.

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with biblical standards and in a manner, which will not be distracting to other students. Strive to exemplify excellence in their personal behavior, conducting themselves in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Philippians 1:27 "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” 

  • Avoid gossiping to or about others.

  • Respect the property of others by not touching anything that does not belong to them without permission.

  • Leave all pocket-knives, or any other object that could be used as a weapon at home.

  • Any damage caused by a student to the building, tables, or other church property is the financial responsibility of that student and his/her family.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.


 

Dress Code

Recognizing that different people have different standards of modesty; we are asking students to proactively take a conservative approach that reasonably avoids offense to anyone.
 

Middle School Students will be required to wear a HEED Middle School T-shirt, which will be provided to you. 

 

In Young Men: Out of respect for classmates and instructors, waistline of pants or shorts must be worn above the hips, so that underwear is not visible at the waist.

 
In Young Women: Out of respect for classmates and instructors, young ladies may not wear shorts, yoga style athletic pants or short skirts. Long pants, jeans or skirts or dresses to the knee are permitted; and waistline of pants may not be worn below the hips showing underwear or midriff.

 

Students who arrive at HEED dressed inappropriately (in the judgment of any HEED instructor or director) may be sent home.  Parents are responsible for their own children’s behavior to ensure they are acting in accordance with the HEED Code of Conduct and all HEED policies. Any student who does not abide by the HEED Code of Conduct and all policies set forth by HEED may be dismissed without refund. 

HEED STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God, and the final authority for faith and life.

 

WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.

 

WE BELIEVE in the biblical understanding of sexuality as a gift from God, expressed through purity in singleness and faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman.

 

WE BELIEVE that God the Father is the infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love;

 

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is both God and the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully human, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His death on the Cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.

 

WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and also fully divine. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

 

WE BELIEVE that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness of sin are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.