What about Socialization?
Socialization is the process of routinely sharing common experiences, preferably in a positive and friendly manner. In the Christian home, socializing begins with kindness, cooperation, mutual trust and an adherence to the Golden Rule - fitting children for a companionship with others.
Studies have shown that a strong sense of identity and good basic education skills are much more important to children for long-term success than undirected mixing with many other same-age children. In fact, such peer interaction tends more often to be negative than positive, resulting in peer pressure, selfishness, ridicule and rivalry, all of which are so prevalent in society today.
That said, WCFS offers many opportunities for productive socialization. These include numerous yearly field trips, six annual workshops, the Student Council, the Family Heritage Expo, the Family Leadership Conference, and the Midyear Teacher's Conference.
Do I need to obtain homeschooling permission from the state?
No. WCFS operates under Maryland's laws for private Christian schools, and families enrolled with us satisfy the school attendance requirements of the State of Maryland.
Families enrolled in our Academy program are actually enrolled in a private school. Families enrolled in our Review program are enrolled in an umbrella oversight program. As part of the Review registration process, we inform your county of your enrollment. No further interaction is necessary.
Do homeschool parents need to be certified teachers?
No. Just like most states, parents do not need teaching degrees in Maryland.
Parental devotion and love for their children and the children's willingness to learn are the most important factors for a child's successful education.
How can a parent teach unfamiliar subjects?
Most parents are better equipped to teach from a good textbook than they think.
For those who desire more assistance, educational workshops, counsel from our staff, discussions with other parents, and special events are available.
What does WCFS curriculum include?
WCFS does not have a canned curriculum.
Upon enrollment, every child is tested and recommendations are made. The parents choose the course of study for their child. WCFS administration and supervision encourages and ensures that parents follow through with what they have decided to do.
WCFS sells curriculum from several different vendors. Curriculum from other vendors can be requested. Unit study or project oriented curriculum is encouraged. Home instructors have more resources available to them than "traditional" school choices.
At the elementary school level, (K-6), subjects include: Bible, Language Arts, (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Composition and Grammar), Math, Science, Social Studies, (History and Geography), and Physical Education. Other studies, such as Music, Health and Home Ec., etc., can be combined with units of study as appropriate or taught separately. At the high school level, there are 6 courses of study from which to choose with course requirements for each.
Does WCFS Tutor?
Generally, we do not offer tutoring. However, we can help connect you with a tutor, or coach you in tutoring your student yourself.
Can High School students learn a trade?
WCFS has a work-study apprenticeship program. Many opportunities are available to home-schooled students which provide valuable training toward a career trade.
What about college?
Most colleges accept our diploma along with the scores for the ACT and SAT. Students who score well on these tests are willingly accepted by colleges. More
What is the Cost?
We offer three enrollment programs, each with a different tuition rate. Follow the links on our Enrollment page to learn more about the different rates, and our tuition reduction policy.
What about record-keeping?
We will request transcripts to be sent to us from your children's previous schools which we will then maintain throughout their enrollment.
We provide record-keeping books or you can use your own forms. Several grading methods are available to use. Simple instructions are included in our manual.
What is the school year schedule?
Our record keeping system is based on the standard 2-semester, September-May school year.
However, homeschooling is meant to be flexible. Our families are welcome school year-round, on Saturdays, in the evenings or whatever is necessary to accomplish their educational goals.
What payment options do you offer?
We accept cash, checks, digital bill pay through you bank's online banking services, and wire transfers.
Though we do have PayPal, we us it only for donations.
Can I get tax credit through tuition paid to WCFS?
No. We are not legally set up to offer tax credit, or tax advice.
If you are seeking assistance of that sort, we suggest you talk to your state's tax accountant.
Does WCFS offer Individual Study Plans?
Yes. God gives every child different talents and needs. We recommend curriculum based on each child's individual needs. We test each student and discuss with you the results of the tests. We develop each child's recommended program of instruction based on the test results and discernment of the child's nature, talents and needs.
Record Keeping Assistance
Parents are advised concerning the appropriate record keeping required to provide a framework of accountability to the Lord and to each other. Individual records are kept in the students' files so that transcripts can be provided.
What to do when not finished with courses by the end of the School Year?
If you are not taking the course for credit, you are not required to adhere to a strict schedule. You may complete the course, drop it, or continue it the next school year. If you are taking the course for credit, please refer to section 4.6 of the High School Handbook.
What happens when records are late?
June 30 is the deadline for 2nd Semester and Year End Reports. If you submit your Reports by June 30, there are no fees.
If you have not finished a course by June 30 but are hoping to finish it before July 31, you may ‘file for an extension.’ This simply means that if you turn your reports in after June 30, the extended deadline is July 31, and you will be charged the $35 records extension fee automatically.
If you fail to submit your Year-End Reports with proper grades by July 31, WCFS will close out the student’s record for that year and grade all courses as ‘I’; Incomplete. A $10 fee per course is charged to change any grade after July 31.