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Q:

What is RHC? 

A:

RHC is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant homeschool community through the collaborative efforts of its members. It functions within a dynamically governed model, acting as a platform for parents to offer peer support and information, and collaborate to develop a diverse range of learning and social experiences. With activities available a la carte, RHC offers families maximum flexibility to customize their homeschooling experience according to their needs and interests. Independent class facilitators, compensated for their services, engage directly with enrolled families, creating an enriching and diverse learning environment. 

Q:

Where are your classes and activities typically held?

A:

Prioritizing the security and privacy of our members, we reveal our location after confirming vaccination and the family's decision to move forward post-Zoom interview. For your family's planning convenience, we are situated near Maymont Park in Richmond, VA

Q:

What does it mean to be inclusive secular? 

A:

 Integrating widely accepted scientific theories and cultural competence. Our values emphasize a learning environment that respects diversity, fosters understanding, aligns with the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, and is free from religious bias.

Q:

What sort of classes, clubs, and activities are offered?

A:

RHC class schedule includes traditional academic subjects, hands-on projects, Arts, movement, nature-based activities, and niche game and interest clubs. Families lead the class development process and cultivate community partnerships with tutors and professionals to lead classes that require specific knowledge or skills beyond their own.

Q:

Can RHC meet all of my child's academic needs?

A:

RHC serves as a supplement to home-based education and is not a school. Our focus is on providing additional academic and social opportunities for learners. Many upper-level courses follow a hybrid model, combining independent study at home with in-person class sessions dedicated to labs, material review, group activities, and discussions. It's crucial to highlight that homeschooling parents/caregivers are the main educators accountable for addressing their learners' academic needs and overseeing independent study on non-class days.

Q:

Can you offer accommodations for my child's learning/social needs? 

A:

RHC embraces and welcomes diverse learners, including those who identify as neurodivergent or disabled. However, it is important to understand that RHC does not operate as a support service and, therefore, does not employ support workers. As parents and caregivers, it is your responsibility to provide the necessary support and scaffolding to meet your children's learning, emotional, social, and sensory needs.

We encourage families to openly discuss areas where additional support and accommodations might be required with class facilitators and other community members, both during class/group sessions and outside of them.

Q:

What social offerings are there at RHC?

A:

RHC families organize social offerings throughout the year, including informal and spontaneous meetups, field trips, festive days, and various engaging activities such as theme days, apple picking, go-carts, and putt-putt. These activities foster connections, build friendships, and create a vibrant social community for all members.

 

Q:

How much does it cost to participate?  

A:

Family Contribution 

RHC has a yearly per-family membership contribution that covers the rent, insurance fees, website, and supplies.  The contribution may be paid all at once or in installments.  

To support being accessible to families regardless of their access to financial resources, we are using an equitable payment model: 

  • Equitable rate $342 helps ensure accessibility to all families, regardless of their access to financial resources.

  • Sustainable rate $274 covers the cost of space rental, insurance, website use, expo days

  • Accessible rate $204 is for families with less access to financial resources.

Class Fees 

 Class facilitators set fees for classes and clubs, ranging from $25 to $350 per semester.  Many class facilitators offer payment plans, sibling discounts, and their own tiered payments. 

 

Q:

What are my responsibilities as a member?

A:

  • contribute financially to support the collective (ie., facility fee);
  • complete community service hours as required. 
  • abide by the health and wellness policy;
  • be accountable for the safety and whereabouts of their children and considerate of other member families in our community,
  • assist all children to maintain  behavior standards for our mutually considerate community while participating in Richmond Homeschool Collectives activities and
  • utilize restorative practice strategies whenever possible.

     

 

 

Q:

Am I required to facilitate a class or volunteer in order to participate? 

A:

While members are not required to teach, each family is expected to contribute a minimum of 6 hrs of community service per semester.  

The community duties include: 

  • Building safety monitors

  • Building Set up

  • Building Clean up 

  • Special Event Days

Q:

I'm interested in joining, what do I need to do next? 

A:

There are a few steps to joining RHC:

Step 1: Submit an application. After we've had time to review your application we will contact you to set up a Zoom call with a few of our members to discuss RHC in detail.

Step 2: Show proof of  your Covid19 vaccination and  your family will be invited to attend an in-person Meet & Greet to make sure you feel we are the right fit for your family (at least one in-person meet and greet is required)

Step 3: Pay the community contribution, and then your family will have access to class registration, meet-ups, field trips, clubs, and other activities.