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 request membership?

A:

Harvester Teaching Services' new enrollment system requires requesting membership (also called joining) every academic year. Rest assured, "joining" and awaiting membership approval is merely a step in the registration process before families can enroll their children in classes.

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:

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

A:

Enroll in Ladies Bible Study (Course Descriptions & Enrollment). 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:

I see the list of classes and their days and times under Course Descriptions & Enrollment, 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:

How can I verify my children's class enrollments?

A:

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

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:

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 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 Course Descriptions & Enrollment

Click on the Course Descriptions & Enrollment 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. During the academic year, we accept cash payments on-site.

Send checks or money orders to:

HTS

7800 Rolling Road

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), 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. By searching the internet, parents can find a template or templates that meet the requirements of colleges and universities. 

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).

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 is the most popular choice for moms who have children too young to be enrolled in classes. Moms may bring their children to play in the nursery 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.

Q:

How do I sign up for Volunteer Hours?

A:

Volunteer Hours sign up will open at 6:00pm on Monday, July 31.

To sign up for Volunteer Hours:

Log in to your account

Click on Course Descriptions & Enrollments

Scroll down the page to find the dates/times/positions for which you wish to volunteer

Open the full "course description"

Click on Register

Repeat the last 3 steps to sign up for your total commitment for the full year. Sign up to fulfill ~1/2 of your commitment during Q1 & Q2 and ~1/2 during Q3 and Q4.

 

Day-to-Day Operations

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:

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, particularly before lunch. 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 their 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, 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.