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Agreement

Schedule

Dates

 

FAQs

General

Q:

Is HTS a school?

A:

HTS is not a school; HTS is a ministry of Harvester Presbyterian Church in America and offers academic and elective instruction to homeschool students. HTS does not take the place of the home educating parents, but comes alongside parents to help them meet their family’s educational goals.

Q:

How do I become a member of Harvester Teaching Services?

A:

Click on the JOIN tab at the top right corner of any page to get started!

Q:

I have been a member of HTS for many years, why must I now renew my membership?

A:

Harvester Teaching Services' enrollment system requires renewing membership every academic year after the first year of membership. Part of the renewal process prior to enrolling children in classes is updating critical information such as allergies and emergency contacts, as well as paying the $95 Family Registration Fee. 

Q:

I would like to visit classes to see if HTS would be a good fit for our family. Is that possible?

A:

Due to the limited instructional time in each class, we cannot accommodate visitors. However, if you have additional questions about HTS that you do not see answered on this website, please get in touch with us by phone or email.

Q:

What is the difference between Open House, HTS101, and Orientation?

A:

Open House occurs toward the end of the Academic Year and is intended to showcase student work from the year. It is also an opportunity for families (returning and those considering HTS) to meet instructors and ask questions about the classes being offered next year. Open House is just what it sounds like--come, mingle, and stay a short time or until the end of the evening.

HTS101 is intended to inform parents of the vision of HTS (who we are, why we do what we do, what we do and what we do not do) in a short presentation followed by a time of Q&A with our director. Our Safety & Security procedures will also be presented to parents to provide peace of mind that their children will be well cared for in case of an emergency situation. Attendance at HTS101 is required for all families participating in HTS. A $35 credit will be applied to your tuition bill upon attendance at HTS101.

Orientation occurs the Tuesday prior to the first class of the new Academic Year. Weather permitting, we begin with a Root Beer Float Social on the front lawn (street side) of the Harvester Church Building at 6:45pm. We then move indoors at 7:30pm to the Sanctuary for a time of worship in song and a "brief" of what to expect in a typical day. Topics covered include Traffic Pattern, Parking Lot Safety, Required Forms, Lunch Procedures, Dress Guidelines, and more. After the briefing, there is time for parents and students to meet instructors and staff, and to pick up any information needed prior to the first class meeting time.

Q:

I am looking forward to joining the Ladies Bible study. How do I do that?

A:

Enroll in Ladies Bible Study (Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs). There is no charge; we just want to ensure we have a way to communicate Bible study information as needed.

Q:

Where will my children be while I am in Ladies Bible study?

A:

Child care is provided for children aged birth through 4 years old for moms during the Ladies Bible study. Children in grades K-12 are to be enrolled in the appropriate Bible class. 4 year old children who are enrolled in the K4/K5 class at 9:50am will be taken to their classroom by the moms who are caring for the infants and toddlers during Bible study.

Q:

I have a question that I didn’t see answered in the Family Agreement on-line and don’t see answered here.

A:

Please email Corinne Hayes at htsadmin@harvesterpca.org with your question. Chances are you are not the only one with the question.

Enrollment and Payment

Q:

Do I need to enroll my child(ren) for all of the classes that HTS offers?

A:

No. HTS classes are offered “a la carte.” You may enroll your child(ren) in the number of classes that accommodate your family schedule and your educational goals for your child(ren).

Q:

I see the list of classes and their days and times under Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs, but I don't see the course descriptions and tuition.

A:

Click on the title of the class in which you are interested. The full course description will appear; the tuition and any associated supply fee is in the upper right corner.

Q:

Do we enroll for the full year or by semester?

A:

Enrollment is for the full year except in specifically-noted, single-semester classes.

Q:

How do I enroll my child in classes?

A:

We recommend that you have your highlighted schedule in front of you to avoid enrolling your child in two classes that meet at the same time.

Log in to your account

Click on Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs

Scroll down the list of Course Descriptions to the class in which you are interested

Click on the class name

The full course description will appear

On the right side of the screen you will see your child's name with a box next to it

Click on the box beside the name of the child you wish to enroll in the class

Click on the Register button

Repeat the steps above until you have completed enrolling your child(ren)

Q:

How can I verify my children's class enrollments?

A:

Log in to your account. Select Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs from the tool bar. Click on the View Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs Summary link on the right side of the screen. You will see each child and each class in which they are enrolled.

Once you, the parent, have signed up for your Volunteer Hours, you will also see the dates and times for which you signed up.

Q:

I accidentally enrolled my child in an incorrect class. How do I drop that class?

A:

You may drop a class through your Family Account at any time prior to June 15 by following these steps:

 

Log in to your account

Select Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs

Click on the Courses, Enrollment & Tuition Costs Summary link on the right side of your screen

Scroll down to find the student and the class you wish to drop

Click on the "Remove" box next to the class you wish to drop

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the black "Remove" button

 

Please refer to the Family Agreement for information on dropping classes after June 15.

Q:

What is the cost of classes?

A:

Each class lists the tuition and any materials fees in its course description. Click on the title of the class to see the full description and associated fees.

Q:

What forms of payment does HTS accept? Where do I send my payment?

A:

HTS accepts checks or money orders via mail and by hand delivery. During the academic year, we accept cash payments on-site.

If you don't write checks, did you know you can set up a payment-by-check through your bank? Check with your financial institution to see if there is a charge for "Web Bill Pay". 

Send checks or money orders to:

HTS

7800 Rolling Road

Springfield, VA 22153

Q:

When are my tuition payments due?

A:

A Family Registration Fee of $95 is due within 10 days of invoicing. Families NEW to HTS: include the $20 Background Investigation Fee with your Family Registration Fee. Families are welcome to enroll their children in classes when we have received the Family Registration Fee (and Background Investigation Fee if applicable).

A minimum of 10% deposit of the tuition plus all supply fees is due within 10 days of enrolling in classes.  You may view the details of your fees and payments by clicking on your Balance after you have logged in to your account.

Aug. 1 -- 1st Semester Balance due 

Oct. 1 -- One half of 2nd Semester balance

Dec. 1 --Balance  Due

Make your check payable to HTS and send to:

HARVESTER TEACHING SERVICES

7800 Rolling Rd

Springfield, VA 22153

 

Q:

Who provides the books for classes?

A:

Parents purchase the books needed for each class; textbook titles and ISBNs are listed in the course description. In cases where textbooks are available for purchase only to "schools", HTS buys the books and adds the cost as a supply fee. In cases where purchasing the books in bulk (such as for Bible classes) is more cost effective than each family purchasing individually, HTS buys the books and adds the cost as a supply fee. 

Q:

How can I find the books needed for my child's class? Are there used books out there somewhere?

A:

Each course description lists the ISBN of any book needed so that families can use their own sources to find a new or used book that meets their budget. Some sources include Christian Book Distributors, Rainbow Resources, Amazon, ABE books. In the case of books that are restricted to “schools”, are hard to find, are very course specific, or are less expensive to buy in bulk, HTS purchases those books and adds the cost to the class as a materials fee.

Q:

I see that the Family Agreement talks about Core classes and Elective classes. What differentiates a Core class from an Elective class?

A:

A combination of criteria is the determining factor: time, subject matter, and target grade level are the primary criteria. For instance, we consider language/writing to be a core subject and the classroom instruction and level of homework will reflect that, as will the class length and tuition. If you have questions about a particular class, please contact the instructor.

Q:

How will I know what homework is assigned?

A:

Core academic instructors provide a syllabus at the beginning of the year and send out weekly emails. If you are unsure of a particular assignment, email your child’s instructor. It is each family’s responsibility to maintain valid family and student email addresses in their Family Profile—please update your Family Profile and inform instructors when you have an email address addition/change so they can update their records.

Q:

How is student progress monitored?

A:

Quarterly evaluations (semi-annual for Elective classes) and a final year-end evaluation for Grades 6-12 are issued to parents in sealed envelopes or sent to parents via email at the discretion of the instructor. An end-of-year Certificate of Completion, suitable for framing or keeping in a notebook, is issued for Grades K-5.

Q:

Does HTS provide a transcript for my high school student?

A:

HTS does not provide a transcript. There are numerous resources available to parents to make a transcript. Home School Legal Defense Association has launched a Transcript Service here: Homeschool Transcripts. By searching the internet, parents can find a template or templates that meet the requirements of colleges and universities. 

Q:

I received an email from connect@clearstar.net requesting that I fill out information for a background check. Is this a legitimate request?

A:

Yes. We start the background check process by entering parent first name, last name, and email address. ClearStar, the screening company we contract with, sends an email with a unique link for each parent to complete the background check process. 

Volunteer Hours

Q:

What are Family Volunteer Hours?

A:

Family Volunteer Hours are a requirement of participating in HTS classes, and they provide an opportunity for everyone in the HTS community to serve one another in Study Hall, at lunch, or in Child Care during the Ladies Bible study. See the Family Agreement for the number of hours to which every family must commit each year. Assistance in a classroom is separate and in addition to Family Volunteer Hours.

Full details of each volunteer position can be found in the Volunteer Hours Descriptions section of the Publications page after you have joined HTS (click on Publications in the tool bar beneath the HTS banner on any page).

Volunteer Positions are listed just like classes, so you can see the dates, time, and number of parents needed to fill the positions. Volunteer hours are listed by Quarter for ease of signing up. When signup opens on August 15, please have your personal calendar/schedule in mind so that you do not create conflicts for yourself. frown Please sign up (register) to serve appproximately 1/2 of your full commitment during Q1 and Q2, and the remaining 1/2 during Q3 and Q4. We enjoy seeing and chatting with you throughout the entire year!

Q:

How can I verify my Volunteer Hours dates and times?

A:

Log in to your account. Select Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs from the tool bar. Click on the View Courses, Enrollment, & Tuition Costs Summary link on the right side of the screen. You will see each date and time for which you volunteered, as well as each child and each class in which they are enrolled.

Q:

I have a toddler and an infant. How do I fulfill my Family Volunteer Hours commitment?

A:

Providing child care during the Ladies Bible study on Tuesday mornings is the most popular choice for moms who have children too young to be enrolled in classes. Moms may bring their children to play while they serve with other moms in the nurseries. Many moms also bring their young ones for Lunch Monitor duty--helping to empty trash cans, wiping down tables, etc.

Day-to-Day Operations

Q:

Do I have to stay on-site with my children when they are in classes?

A:

No. You may drop off your children for their classes and return to pick them up when their classes are finished. We recommend that parents of younger elementary children stay on-site for the first 2-3 weeks to assist their children in moving from classroom to classroom. Younger children are more comfortable when they have spent time with you learning where to go next. We also recommend that you place a copy of the schedule, with your child's classes highlighted, in an outside pocket of his bookbag in case your child needs help if you are not on-site. Please note that we are not in a position to offer child care before classes begin for the day or after classes end for the day, so arranging rides with other families may be a good option if you have other obligations at those times of the day.

Q:

How is lunch handled?

A:

NOTE: Due to life-threatening allergies in some of our students, do not bring products containing peanuts into the building during HTS. Please plan your lunches and snacks accordingly.

HTS schedules 30 minutes for lunch. Children may bring COLD lunches from home. There are a few fast-food restaurants and delis close to HTS for parents to purchase lunches to bring to their children. Parents are encouraged to eat lunch with their younger children. Many families use the lunch period as a time to get to know other families and meet new friends from their children’s classes. HTS does not supply paper products, utensils, hot water, microwave, refrigerator, etc. As time and volunteer interest permits, we periodically sell hot lunches (pizza, Chick-Fil-A, etc.) on-site by pre-order only to raise funds for our Resource Center or special events.

Q:

What if I’m not there at lunch to supervise my child?

A:

Staff members and adult Lunch Monitors are on-site to supervise students when their parents are not in the building.

Q:

How does Study Hall work?

A:

There may be a gap of time between a student's classes at HTS. Study Hall is a privilege offered to parents and students for the purpose of students working on homework during that gap time. There is no registration required for Study Hall, neither is there a charge. There are, however, responsibilities associated with Study Hall:

  • Parents are expected to send their children with productive work to be accomplished during the ONE period at a time their child will be in Study Hall. We have found that students who have little to no work to focus on are a disruption to the quiet environment we strive to provide. 
  • Students are expected to engage in the productive work their parents send with them. 
  • Students are expected to sign in when they arrive, and sign out WHEN they leave for their next class.

Study Hall monitors are available to help younger students with the productive work their parents send with them. 

Students may check out books from the Resource Center only after they have finished all of the work sent with them--yes, we do ask that question. wink

Any student who is, by determination of the Study Hall monitor or an HTS Administrative Team member, disruptive to the purpose of Study Hall will be escorted to the office to enjoy the comings and goings of the HTS staff until his/her next class. 

Please refer to the Family Agreement for more information. Once you have become an HTS member family, you may also access the description for Study Hall Monitor in the Publications & Articles section of the website.

Q:

What is the Resource Center?

A:

The Resource Center is a “library”, coffee room, and moms’ “hangout.” Families may check out 6 resources (books, CDs, DVDs, curriculum) per day per family. Resources are checked out for a period of three weeks, after which overdue fines of $.10/day begin accruing. We do not have the ability for automatic “Resources Due Soon” and “Resources Overdue” emails, so it is up to you to mark your calendars with the due dates.

Q:

When may I check out and check in resources?

A:

The Resource Center is open on Tuesdays from 9:45am-4:00pm and Thursdays from 8:45am-4:00pm.

Q:

May I leave my children in the Resource Center while I am elsewhere in the building such as volunteering in my older child's classroom?

A:

Children must be actively supervised by an adult who is engaging in reading to or quietly playing with your child. If you need to step out of the RC for a few moments (not for an off-site errand), please ask another adult in the RC if they would be willing to watch your child for those few moments. Please help us to make the Resource Center an “inside voice” area so that moms can visit, encourage one another, and pray together, and so that Harvester’s church staff can focus on their work—noise carries through the walls and ceilings.

Q:

I have children in classes and younger children with me who are not in classes. Where can I work with my younger children?

A:

While we recognize the desire to redeem the time spent at HTS while waiting for children to finish classes, our primary focus at HTS is classroom instruction. Because of seemingly unlimited class offerings and limited physical space, quiet space is a hot commodity throughout the day. Please check the posted classroom assignment schedule to see if there is an empty room (nurseries are not available for parent/child study time). If a classroom is available, you are welcome to work with your child, keeping in mind that other families may be sharing the room for the same purpose. Other on-site possibilities are: the chairs in the foyer (blue tiled floor area outside of the Sanctuary), picnic tables, and playground—weather permitting. Your car/van is also another possibility if there is no empty room and the weather is less than ideal. An off-site possibility is Lorton Library (less than 10 minutes away).

Q:

My child's class requires that I volunteer in the classroom on occasion and I have younger children. Is babysitting provided?

A:

HTS does not provide babysitting. We encourage moms new to HTS to spend some time getting to know other moms the first few weeks of the year for the purpose of trading child care as needed. During pleasant weather, parents may take each other's children out to the playground. In less pleasant weather, the Resource Center may be used to care for each other's children. Please remember that the Resource Center operates much like a library--sssshhhh. smiley

Extracurricular

Q:

Does HTS schedule field trips or outings away from HTS?

A:

Any field trips are class specific. Parents and, sometimes, siblings accompany the class and make it a family event. HTS does not arrange program-wide field trips. Outside of HTS, many families get together for outings or field trips that they arrange among themselves.

Q:

Does HTS offer clubs or extra-curricular activities?

A:

Clubs and extra-curricular activities are parent-driven and are carried out with the guidance of the HTS Director. In the past, HTS parents have led LEGO Club, Chess Club, American Girl Doll Club (to name a few), and have organized a CPR class, Scripps Spelling Bee competition, $5 movie nights, and a homecoming dance. Have an idea for a club/activity? Talk to Joan Silver! We will help to publicize your event within the HTS community.