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  • Where are you located?
    After 5 years at Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale, Choice Education is now offering workshops and classes in various locations in Northwest Arkansas. We tend to stay in the southern cities of Springdale and Fayetteville. Check the location of each class and remember t use our BAND APP to follow the details more closely.
  • How do I enroll? Do I have to be a "member" to participate?"
    Anyone is welcome to participate in classes, clubs, services, and events/field trips. We have guidelines and policies found at the bottom of our FAQs page. We have tuition based classes and free events. We have a "Registration Fee" that acts as our "member fee." Once this fee is paid, families qualify to enroll and participate in activities. These fees directly support our insurance and facility costs. Participating in Public Events: If our events are posted under our events tab, simply RSVP and follow instructions for those activities. No "enrollment or registration" fee is necessary for public events enrolled directly from our events site. Events such as summer camps and one-off workshops are advertised and enrolled directly from our EVENTS page. Participating in Classes: We have an online enrollment form for participation in reoccuring/ongoing courses. Registration/Membership Fees are charged in addition to the class tuition fees. Paying for Classes/Events: Choice Education Network, Inc. currently accepts payments via our parent portal and cash and checks at our reception desk. Summer sessions and workshop style courses are expected to be paid in full at the time of enrollment. Reoccuring courses are billed for the semester or school year depending on the program and payments/installments are accepted.
  • How do I pay for classes? When are fees due?
    t this time, we accept payments via PayPal, cash and checks made to Choice Education Network, Inc. Use our ENROLL page to find active enrollment links. Fees are due at the time of registration for workshops and registration fees. Network Days allows for monthly installments (3-pay) via the parent portal.
  • How do I contact the administrators?
    Email Info@ChoiceEd.org to reach administrators.
  • What are the current participation agreements and policies
    Policies and Guidelines Revised 12-16-2023 SECTION I: Overview OUR MISSION Our mission is to connect homeschool families with local educational resources, businesses and services to support their goals and needs. In the event local services are not available, or easily accessible, Choice Education Network, Inc. (“CEN, Inc.”) will work to build quality programming in the form of workshops, classes, and special events to help fulfill the educational needs of the homeschool community. Our Beliefs We believe that knowledge and skills training are essential to empowering individuals to be their best selves, to be active participants within their community and provide opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment. All are welcome to enroll in our courses and activities; however, Choice Education Network, Inc. is not a forum for discussion of political or social justice issues. We refrain from classroom conversations/discussion around politics, sexuality, sexual orientation, and religious doctrine. It is our belief that these conversations are best left out of the context of the classroom setting. TYPES OF SERVICES: CEN, Inc. offers many types of services including, but not limited to: 1) Free Classes and “Meet-Ups”, 2) Co-Op Days, 3) Community Partner Courses. Class descriptions will clearly state any applicable fees, supply costs and whether financial aid, multi-student or multi-class discounts apply, and other details regarding curriculum, prerequisites and expectations. While CEN, Inc. does not require long term commitments/annual participation, it is expected that families will complete their financial obligations for the classes for which they are enrolled and meet any prerequisites for these classes. Classes are offered on an a le carte basis, meaning families sign up for each individual program desired. Please contact our Director at info@ChoiceEd.org regarding financial aid, family packages and discount availability. Meet-Ups, Co-Ops, Community Partners and More Meetups: Meet-ups are generally casual gatherings set up by families within our organization. They are NOT considered “Choice Education” sanctioned events, but rather an opportunity for families to connect outside of CEN’s scheduled events and activities. Clubs, moms night, tween/teen meetups, etc are all part of the meet up category. Families wishing to start up “clubs” may do so at will as a “Meetup” type activity. These gatherings occur at participants OWN RISK as Choice Education Network, Inc does not monitor activities of individual families or meet ups that naturally occur from friendships forming within our organization. Calendars will clearly indicate “meetup” status or “Choice Education General Activities.” Most meet-ups are free. Co-op Day (Formally “Network Day”): Volunteer teachers come forward to offer classes and training in fields of interest and expertise. Our Co-Op program runs for 12-week each fall and spring over a 13-week period and are intended to run as closely to typical co-op as possible. All positions are voluntary and offered as a response to community surveys indicating desired classes. Network Partners are our local businesses that agree to offer classes at reduced tuition prices during our co-op programming. Participants pay Choice Education Network, Inc their fees (which pay for use of the building, etc) and then pay the Network Partner directly for tuition fees. CEN, Inc does not collect tuition on behalf of Network Partners, these additional fees are listed in class descriptions. Community Partner Courses. Community Partner Courses are single-subject classes offered a le carte by highly qualified, professionals in their field. The purpose of these courses are to introduce 7th-12th grade students and their families to career options and provide experience under the direction of knowledgeable mentors dedicated to improving alternative education models to our community. Workshops, Summer Camps and Specialty Clinics arise from time to time and are a le carte based. These courses generally enroll directly from our website as a “ticketed event” and cater to a more causal audience. SECTION II: Fees and Payments At this time, online enrollment requires payment of NON REFUNDABLE registration fees. This process enrolls your child and reserves their place on our roster allowing time for promotional classes to be manually adjusted by our administrators. Tuition fees are not due until classes have begun. Families may choose to begin making installments or pay in full prior to class start dates as desired. All programs are billed and posted “in full” for the entire session/semester. Families may choose to pay in full or arrange for monthly installments. Monthly installments are offered as service to our community and should not be misinterpreted as a month-to-month payment agreement. Families are expected to complete their financial obligation regardless or attendance or dropping classes. Payments in full: Families wishing to pay in full are asked to pay any applicable registration, supply, and facility fees by their student’s first scheduled class date and remaining tuition/fees within 30 days of their first class. Monthly installments: Installments are accepted and may be made in person or in the parent portal. All registration, facility and supply fees are due on or before the student’s first scheduled class. Tuition payments are due by the 15th of each month. Late accounts will incur a $10 late fee on the 16th of each month. The Director reserves the right to waive late fees and/or approve later due dates on a case by case basis. Automatic payments are currently unavailable. Returned Check / NSF Automatic Payment Alert: All returned checks will incur a $40 service fee. After the second returned check, payment via cash, money order, cashier’s check or credit card to bring their account current is required and a “hot check” alert will be placed on the account. No checks will be accepted on flagged accounts. All flagged accounts reset after 1 year at the discretion of the Network Director. REFUND POLICY: CEN, Inc, works to keep our rates affordable to as many families as possible. By taking part in our activities we are depending on your fees to cover facilities, insurance and supplies. Generally, refunds cannot be granted after the class/session has begun. Registration, supply and facility fees are non-refundable.. In the event CEN, Inc. must cancel a class all reasonable efforts will be made to refund any pre-paid tuition fees. Facility and supply fees are non refundable. In the event refunds cannot be made, credits will be applied to family accounts. Except in extenuating circumstances, families are expected to fulfill their tuition obligation for the session. No refund/credit will be issued for completed/past classes and no credit or refund will be issued for classes missed by the student. Holidays and inclement weather have been considered in determining the pricing structure. Tuition is not prorated for “short months” nor for the occasional closing due to inclement weather. In the event of a closing or class cancellation, every reasonable effort will be made to schedule make-up sessions or extend session dates to complete projects. SECTION III: Attendance Policy Attendance is taken during each class. Generally, classes do not enforce a participation or minimum attendance policy to remain on the roster if accounts are current. However, production classes and competitive teams depend on active and steady participation and attendance for the overall success and performance of the program. Students accepted into programs such as production classes or competitive teams risk losing their place and being transferred to another project or class requiring less commitment. Re-enrollment to advanced courses/competitive teams is at the discretion of the director, teacher or coach after completing a re-entry interview. Accounts with no payment activity and a “no-show” at the time of the first scheduled class will result in an automatic “drop” from the roster unless prior arrangements have been made with the director. Some classes have limited space and enrollment deadlines. As a courtesy to those on the waitlist, please contact CEN, Inc. as soon as possible if you will not be able to keep your place in the class. Students “dropped” from a class roster due to a “no show” and no payment will require first month’s tuition payment to enroll again. SECTION IV: Financial Aid, Scholarships, Donations, Sponsorships In order to make services as widely available as possible, we accept many forms of donations and work with local entities interested in sponsoring CEN, Inc. programs. Gift Certificates: Gift certificates may be purchased for a specific student or family, but are not considered donations and do not qualify for tax-deductions. Sponsorships: Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact our Director for more information. Donations: Donations to our organization are allocated at the discretion of the board to provide services to our network members and community. Financial Aid / Scholarships: Families requesting aid must contact the Director and indicate a need for assistance. All scholarships and financial aid are awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors or the Director based on the needs of individual students and available resources. SECTION V: Participation Agreements & Behavior Standard A participant is defined as any individual enrolled into CEN, Inc. programs and any family members or guests on-site during CEN, Inc. activities. CEN, Inc. strives to build a community of trust and cooperation as we work to include all families in their efforts to provide quality programs to their unique educational goals. All participants are expected to abide by "The Golden Rule" to treat others as they wish to be treated. Acceptance or denial of any applicant to any class, club or event is at the complete discretion of the Director. The following policies and standards apply to each participant: CEN, Inc. has two basic rules regarding behavior and interaction with one another: Be Respectful; Be Safe. Grace, courtesy and respect towards one another is always expected. We do not need to agree on everything in order to cooperate civilly within the classroom setting. Keep yourself, those around you and any property/materials safe. Reckless or dangerous behavior is not tolerated. CEN, Inc. has a ZERO BULLYING policy. This applies to students, parents, staff and volunteers participating in any activity or event. This also applies to interaction on official electronic media controlled by CEN, Inc., including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Band App, and its official website. By participating in our services, participants and their families agree to refrain from vulgar language and swearing. Help our children and youth build meaningful vocabulary and learn to express their needs with respectful language. Vulgar gestures and innuendos are never acceptable and grounds for immediate dismissal from any activity. A repeat offense will result in removal from our programs without refund. Participants and their families understand and acknowledge that CEN, Inc.’s Board of Directors reserves the right to regulate the scope of its services and curriculum as it deems appropriate. CEN, Inc. requires participants to enroll in its programs using the gender indicated on their legal birth certificate. Gender pronoun preferences may be included on the application, if desired, under “other” on the application. CEN does not discriminate or restrict participation based on race, gender, religion, political affiliation, etc. HOWEVER, our policies state that the topics of sexual preference/orientation, political stances and religious doctrine are not appropriate conversations within the context of our services and classrooms. Though students may make their gender preference known, CEN, Inc. does not require staff, volunteers, students or the network community to honor the requests. In the event of a legal gender change, court documentation and legal birth certificate changes must be presented in order to modify gender identity on applications. CEN, Inc.’s policies comply with applicable Arkansas law. For more information, consult Ark. Code Ann. §§ 20-18-307, 20-18-304, 20-18-305. Bathroom policy: Some facilities used by CEN, Inc’s have segregated “adult” and “student/minor” restrooms. Please be sure to note the locations of both. Every reasonable effort should be made to avoid occupying restroom facilities with minor-adults not of the same household; however, use of public spaces do not always allow for this segregation. Medical/Allergy concerns: CEN, Inc. uses publicly available space and venues and cannot guarantee an "allergy free" environment at all times and is not responsible for incidents resulting from exposure to said spaces or venues. Please communicate only medical conditions or allergies, not "dietary preferences" in your allergy comments. Use the “other” area to communicate non-emergency requests, dietary preferences or other information you feel is important for our staff to know. CEN will not “ban” a food item unless a medical emergency is present. CEN, Inc. requires each household to be illness/symptom free for at least 48 hours before attending events/classes. With the addition of Covid-19, please follow the most current quarantine protocols. We ask families to follow the Golden Rule when trying to decide if they should attend. If another family was presenting with similar symptoms, what would you want them to do? All participants are to adhere to the policies and standards of our host venues. CEN, Inc. intends to network throughout the region. It is the responsibility of participants to follow all posted and verbal instructions, safety procedures and facility policies. CEN, Inc. is not responsible for injuries resulting from the failure to abide by the policies and standards of these venues. Our staff will do their best to communicate any known “special” venue policies in advance. Under 501(c)(3) requirements, it is inappropriate for CEN, Inc. to engage in political lobbying and activist activity. CEN, Inc. encourages its members to be active participants in their communities and to stay abreast of current affairs, but does not support/endorse any particular candidate.. Any expression of personal opinions by teachers, staff, volunteers, board members and/or hosts should not be considered an official representation or viewpoint of CEN, Inc. It is inappropriate for teachers, staff, volunteers or participants to allow topics/subject matter to stray outside the context and purpose of the class or club. Three subjects that are NOT to be initiated by the teacher and are not to be encouraged in the classroom are: Sexuality. While our campus allows ANYONE to enroll in our programs, CEN supports conservative, traditional family values. It is inappropriate to discuss sexuality/sexual orientation in the classroom setting. Religious Doctrines. CEN is not affiliated with any religious sector. While some courses may select a “religious curriculum” as its core subject matter, conversation may not extend beyond the points made in the manuals. Teachers are to direct all further questions and discussion back to the home on matters pertaining to religious doctrine. Courses using religious materials indicate this in the course descriptions found when enrolling into courses. It is expected that world culture classes will discuss religion and belief systems of the countries studied. Political Debate. It is inappropriate to divert classroom topics to political discussion. Current affairs are often at the forefront of our minds. Teachers are to keep classroom content relevant to the subject at hand. General Behavior: Our teachers, volunteers and hosts reserve the right to manage classrooms or activities as they deem appropriate, and in accordance with CEN, Inc. policies and guidelines. CEN. Inc. will not tolerate reckless behavior, disrespect toward or behavior that could result in physical harm to others. Anyone exhibiting said behavior may be dismissed from the current activities without refund. The Director and host venues reserve the right to remove disruptive individuals from a class/premises without refund. Parents or responsible parties will be informed if their students are causing disruptions to the classroom. Continued disturbances may result in dismissal from CEN, Inc. programs. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend any classes or events with their students. Parents of students with known behavioral needs are required to remain on-site, or, in some cases, in class at all times, or until their student has acclimated to their classes. Please speak with our director with any concerns. Technology in the classroom is prohibited unless specifically invited by the teacher to use phones/tablets/laptops. Please instruct your students to keep these items put away. Teachers reserve the right to collect electronics until the end of the class period. Please let administration know if your child has an emergency situation that requires their phone be on/out. Participants are asked to clearly and visibly wear their name tag or uniform (as applicable) during events and classes. During activities, participants are required to remain in areas designated for the activity in which they are participating. Children are not to be left unattended at any time. Minors participating in drop-off programs must remain with their group at all times. Participants are required to check-in and out for each day’s activities for participant safety and for admin-use to know who is or is not on campus at any given time. Children under age 10 must have an older sibling or guardian sign on their behalf. Please advise staff if someone other than the parent or legal guardian will be picking up your child. Please do not contact host venues directly for any reason pertaining to CEN, Inc. activities. If there are questions or concerns you may contact our Director, instructor, club leaders or event leads. Complaints, concerns and other suggestions should be brought to CEN, Inc.'s Director. CEN, Inc. will provide anonymous surveys at the conclusion of each event/semester in an effort to improve our participants’ experience. We encourage honest feedback as well as suggestions for improvement, development and offerings. Email info@ChoiceEd.org to contact our Director. By submitting an application for enrollment, participants agree to abide by all policies and standards. Participants also understand that policies may be changed/updated at any time. Additionally, course specific or club policies may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Director. Changes to policies will be communicated via EMAIL. Current policies are viewable on the parent portal and on our website at www.ChoiceEdNetwork.org under FAQ’s. Families may request a digital or hard copy of the latest policies by emailing Info@ChoiceEd.org Behavior Consequences When working with youth, there is an expected level of “misbehavior” and testing of limits within the classroom, however, any teacher may at any time request a student be removed from their class in the case of excessive disruptions and rude/disrespectful behavior and especially for reckless/dangerous/bully behavior.. The first offense results in a verbal warning to the student and a chance to “try again” in the next week. A call home generally isn’t necessary and children and youth are given the opportunity to try again without “cause of alarm” to the families. If the offense is a dangerous/reckless action, parents will be called for immediate pick up. On the second offense, the student will be removed from the classroom to be with a member of administration where the student will call their parent/guardian to let them know what has occurred. The parent and teacher will be put in touch with one another to continue the conversation as needed. At CEN, Inc. YOU are your student’s “principle” and will be expected to speak with your student and inform CEN, Inc’s director of how you’re choosing to handle the behavior. If this is the second dangerous/reckless action, parents will be required to attend classes with their student or asked to withdraw from courses. The third offense results in permanent removal from the program/course/activity without refund. Parents and the Director will work for resolution, reparations, and possible reinstatement on a case by case basis. CEN does not staff or make a space for “in school suspension” or other disciplinary actions. This is the role of the parent. We are not staffed for “special education” needs and cannot accommodate many “special needs” children in a classroom environment. It is expected that parents will communicate learning needs to the teachers and attend classes with their child if extra attention or supervision is required. It is unfair and disrespectful of our instructors' time and lesson planning to omit pertinent “learning difference needs” on applications as this directly influences how our teachers plan, prepare and present their lessons. The rising percentage of children with learning needs such as ADD, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Audio Processing disorders, and more are rising each year. CEN, Inc understands and recognizes that these learning needs may be the reason your family chooses alternative education methods. If your student finds it difficult to function/participate in a classroom setting, please do not enroll your student in our classroom settings without disclosing needs AND planning to attend/stay on site. We want to give all students an opportunity to develop these skills, but not at the expense of the classroom experience for the rest of the community. If students are found to have undisclosed behavioral or learning needs that are negatively impacting the classroom experience, parents will be contacted and decisions regarding continued participation will be discussed with the director, with the ultimate goal of providing a way for the student to continue. It is expected that students and adults will demonstrate grace and courtesy with one another, and most especially during “courageous conversations” when discussing difficult topics. I acknowledge receipt of these policies and standards and agree to abide by the rules of conduct. Student Signature: _____________________________________________________________________ Parent/Legal Guardian Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________________ SECTION VI: Dress Code We wish to present our best self and represent our community well. Below are general dress standards while participating in CEN, Inc. activities and events. Please be advised that some clubs/classes/programs may enforce a different dress code as outlined in their policies. Additionally, there may be special circumstances where specific attire is requested. These instances will be clearly communicated in advance. In general, the following standards apply: NO crop tops/bare midriffs or going shirtless. NO pants/shorts/skirts waistlines below the natural hip (no sagging!) NO shorts/skirt hemline above mid-thigh.. NO vulgar saying or graphic pictures on any attire, accessories or other merchandise. Athletic wear is appropriate for sports, dance and some community service projects but not to wear about campus. Please change accordingly out of respect for our venues and community. I acknowledge receipt of these policies and standards and agree to abide by the rules of conduct. Student Signature: _____________________________________________________________________ Parent/Legal Guardian Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________________ SECTION VII: Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement This HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT (this "Agreement") is made effective at the time of my enrollment at Choice Education Network, Inc. by and between Choice Education Network, Inc. (hereinafter, "CEN, Inc."), and The Legal Parents/Guardians of The Participant(s) (hereinafter, "The Legal Guardian"). CEN, Inc. and Participant and Parents/Guardians of Participant are sometimes individually referred to as "Party" and collectively referred to as the "Parties." WHEREAS, The Legal Guardian desires to hold harmless CEN, Inc. from any claims and/or litigation arising out of The Legal Guardian and/or participating family member's actions in connection with CEN, Inc. events, classes, workshops, clubs, field trips or other organized activities including activities and/or classes with inherent known and unknown risks. NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and conditions contained herein, CEN, Inc. and The Legal Guardian hereby agree as follows: TERMS 1. Hold Harmless. The Legal Guardian shall fully defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CEN, Inc. from any and all claims, lawsuits, demands, causes of action, liability, loss, damage and/or injury, of any kind whatsoever (including without limitation all claims for monetary loss, property damage, equitable relief, personal injury and/or wrongful death), whether brought by an individual or other entity, or imposed by a court of law or by administrative action of any federal, state, or local governmental body or agency, arising out of, in any way whatsoever, any acts, omissions, negligence, or willful misconduct on the part of The Legal Guardian and/or family members, its officers, owners, personnel, employees, agents, contractors, invitees, or volunteers . This indemnification applies to and includes, without limitation, the payment of all penalties, fines, judgments, awards, decrees, attorneys' fees, and related costs or expenses, and any reimbursements to CEN, Inc. for all legal fees, expenses, and costs incurred by it. 2. Authority to Enter Agreement. Each Party warrants that the individuals who have signed this Agreement have the actual legal power, right, and authority to make this Agreement and bind each respective Party. 3. Amendment; Modification. No supplement, modification, or amendment of this Agreement shall be binding unless executed in writing and signed by both Parties. 4. Prior to initiation of any legal action, the Parties agree to attend a minimum of 2 hours of mediation and shall engage in good faith efforts to resolve the dispute. 5. Waiver. No waiver of any default shall constitute a waiver of any other default or breach, whether of the same or other covenant or condition. No waiver, benefit, privilege, or service voluntarily given or performed by a Party shall give the other Party any contractual right by custom, estoppel, or otherwise. 6. Attorneys' Fees and Costs. If any legal action or other proceeding is brought in connection with this Agreement, the successful or prevailing Party, if any, shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorneys' fees and other related costs, in addition to any other relief to which that Party is entitled. In the event that it is the subject of dispute, the court or trier of fact who presides over such legal action or proceeding is empowered to determine which Party, if any, is the prevailing party in accordance with this provision. 7. Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the Parties related to the matters specified herein and supersedes any prior oral or written statements or agreements between the Parties related to such matters. 8. Enforceability, Severability, and Reformation. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited. The intent of the Parties is to provide as broad an indemnification as possible under Arkansas law. In the event that any aspect of this Agreement is deemed unenforceable, the court is empowered to modify this Agreement to give the broadest possible interpretation permitted under Arkansas law. 9. Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed exclusively by the laws of Arkansas, without regard to conflict of law provisions. 10. Exclusive Venue and Jurisdiction. Any lawsuit or legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement in any way whatsoever shall be exclusively brought and litigated in the jurisdiction where the alleged offense occurred. Each Party expressly consents and submits to this exclusive jurisdiction and exclusive venue. Each Party expressly waives the right to challenge this jurisdiction and/or venue as improper or inconvenient. Each Party consent to the dismissal of any lawsuit that they bring in any other jurisdiction or venue. I understand & agree that by submitting this form it is a legal representation of my signature. I acknowledge receipt of this agreement and understand the releases and waivers. Parent/Legal Guardian Signature: __________________________________ Date: __________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ SECTION VIII: Media Agreements and General Release I agree that as a participant of CEN, Inc. I will respect the privacy of others by not posting pictures or recordings which contain images or other identifying properties of those outside of my immediate family on any public page without permission from those photographed/recorded. I agree to never post inappropriate photos, links or recordings to any CEN, Inc.’s social media or website forums. I understand that CEN, Inc. may use photos and recordings which have been publicly posted by it’s network members for educational and promotional use without notice. Compensation under such cases will not be given and I agree not to seek compensation under these circumstances. I understand that CEN, Inc. offers private pages on social media and websites for the purpose of sharing photos and recordings of our classes, events and activities between network members and away from the general public. I understand that by participating in any network activities photos and/or recordings of myself and my family may be posted on private network pages without notice or consent. CEN, Inc. directors, teachers and group leads may announce they are taking photos and or recordings for PUBLIC use at any time during class or activities. Families wishing to opt out may leave the area being photographed/recorded. FORMAL CHOIR AND CLUB PICTURES WILL BE SHARED ON PUBLIC PAGES for the purpose of advertising. CEN, Inc. DOES NOT tag minors or otherwise identify our youth by name on any public pages without prior consent. Families are asked to help keep the identities of our minors private. I understand that as a participant in CEN, Inc. any and all PUBLIC events, concerts, fundraisers, networking events, open houses, etc are not bound by the conditions of privacy. CEN, Inc. may use any and all photographs, videos and/or recordings obtained from public events for educational and promotional purposes without consent, notice or compensation. I understand that some classes, such as journalism and performance based classes, may require an additional signed media release to fully participate in all activities. I understand that participation in the network subjects me and my family to certain social media and public posting risks. While CEN, Inc. will do everything possible to help minimize unwanted postings and tags to the public, I understand complete control and auditing is not possible. Student Signature: _________________________________________ Date: _________________ Parent/Legal Guardian signature; _______________________________ Date __________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________________
  • How can I offset costs?
    Scholarship applications will be available for the 24-25 school year by July15. CO-OP Style courses offer discounts based on work availability and need: ALL CEN employees, volunteers must pass criminal background checks, child maltreatment checks and participate in a teacher training briefing prior to entering the classroom setting and are subject to randomized drug testing. HSLDA COMPASSION GRANTS: Homeschool Legal Defense Association offers GRANTS to homeschool families who can show legitimate need for financial aid. The application process is LONG and DETAILED and requires multiple steps to completion. Families awarded grants may use funding to pay for SOME qualifying tuition fees (core classes), technology, curriculum purchases, specialized tutoring and more. Make certain to read the "Prepare to Apply" section to ensure applications are filled out correctly as incomplete applications are not processed. The customer service line with HSLDA is wonderful and they are happy to assist you. Please do not contact Choice Education Network regarding this process, however, our Network Director is happy to act as one of the references to previously enrolled families with Choice Education Network, Inc., or verify enrollment on the current semester rosters. References for the HSLDA grants are meticulously checked and verified.
  • Do all my children need to enrolled?
    We offer classes for youth grades K-12. It is preferred that all students be enrolled while on campus; however, we do allow parents to supervise their own children on campus while siblings are in classes. We have limited space where families/siblings can be during class times if not attending or assisting in classrooms. Please speak with our Director if financial assistance is needed to help all children attend classes or to arrange for a study hall space to work with your child(ren). Our receptionist will have a list of empty rooms each hour that are available for families to use as a study hall. It is inappropriate for families to "opt out" of class periods to meet up with others on campus to start their own "class." We have a few small study rooms available to bring your own homework. We do NOT consider tutoring/assisting each other with homework a "class" and DO encourage families to help one another thrive in homeschool. The gym is set up for classes in one half (stage side) and tables and chairs in the other half. Parents may be here but please be respectful of classes in session and keep noise to a minimum. ​ Parents with toddlers/littles ages four and under may come to the child care room (drop off child care is offered only to our teachers and class assistants). Toys and activities are available as well as a quiet room for nappers and/or nursing mothers looking for a quiet place. There are no enrollment fees for families using this space. Please work together to keep it tidy and help our child care workers as you can.
  • What are the teacher requirements?
    CEN prefers to partner with local businesses and professionals to offer quality programming for our youth. If you have a class, skill or trade you'd like to offer, contact our Director at Info@ChoiceEd.org to arrange a meeting. For Co-Op Programming: Our Network Days operate with 100% volunteer teachers and staff. Teachers/ Co-Teachers qualify for percentage off tuition rates on a sliding scale based on volunteer availability. Additional discounts are negotiable and approved case by case by the Network Director. Qualifications: Teachers must provide evidence of proficiency in the areas they wish to teach. We value experience over degrees, must pass criminal background checks, child maltreatment background checks, attend mandatory teacher training sessions each semester, complete child safety training annually and are subject to randomized drug testing. Teacher's must submit lesson plan outlines for approval by the Director prior to purchasing or using curriculum in the classroom. Teachers agree to refrain from discussions in the three "Hot Topic" categories while in the classroom setting: Sexuality, Politics, Religious Doctrine. These topics are to be directed back to the household and NOT discussed in the classroom setting. It is understood that in "social studies" and "world culture" classrooms, discussion on belief systems is expected and appropriate. Teachers are to use discretion as to age appropriateness on the subject. Teacher's receive FIRST ENROLLMENT benefits, FIRST to receive available scholarship funds for deeper discounts, FIRST considered for future teaching positions and permitted occasional drop-off benefits when needed from time to time without charge. Our teachers are our "VIP" members and are to be treated with utmost respect and courtesy from our families. They spend many hours per week preparing for classes and managing classrooms. To PAY teachers for the services our volunteers provide would result in triple tuition fees. Without our volunteers, there are NO co-op. Our teachers are NOT held to contract outside of the semester's commitment and hold the rights to all of their proprietary teaching materials and methods. Teachers are NOT held under "non compete" contracts and are encouraged to participate in other homeschool groups as desired. We believe in bettering the lives of ALL homeschool families and invest in our teacher's training and education. Teachers may NOT disclose proprietary information of Choice Education Network, Inc or those of other teachers on campus. ​ CONTACT THE DIRECTOR if you'd like to be considered for a teaching position at info@ChoiceEd.org
  • What membership fees, registration fees, or other fees are associated with taking classes?
    Our fee structure is currently undergoing revisions as we seek more economically friendly options to support our families. Please check back soon.
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