Churches interested in developing a ministry to families with school-age children have several starting points and options:
- Host an evening or Saturday seminar on Christian Home Education for families in your congregation and community and have Family Academy do a presentation
- Host an Able to Teach course or refer interested families to Able to Teach on-line
- Establish a support group and/or homeschool co-op. Note: These services are not provided by Family Academy or Academy NW.
- Refer interested families to Academy Northwest for enrollment via a currently established Learning Center / Teacher Consultant for interested families
- Refer teachers within your congregation for training to become Family Academy Teacher Consultants who could provide educational services at or through your church as a service to families in your congregation and your local community.
These services could range from individual one-on-one tutoring, to weekly or semi-weekly classes via the “Learning Center” or “Extension Campus”, or an “Affiliate Academy”. Instruction could range from 1-12 hours of classes and learning activities each week. (Twelve hours is the maximum number of hours so the parent remains the primary instructor for more than 50% of the week’s school hours.)
Learning Center [LC]: This refers to a weekly gathering of students and parents for a class or classes taught by the Teacher Consultant [TC]. This format, however, is flexible for meeting the necessary contact time between student and teacher. LCs may be virtual, a “classroom without walls” serviced by one TC, or they may be in a sizeable facility providing live classes with several TCs. LCs may be located at your church or in local meeting halls, commercial spaces, homes, etc.
Extension Campus [EC]: This is a relatively new development within The Family Academy Way where a church or Christian educational corporation contracts with the Affiliate School to provide services to their congregation(s) or to a larger community. As an Extension Campus, the Affiliate School and Family Academy contract with the church to provide Family-Directed Education services. The Extension Campus of the church typically assumes greater control over the TCs working there, and may choose to hire the TCs as employees or have them work as independent contractors. However, to help the EC become successful and to maintain program standards, the EC relies on the AffiliateSchool for specific services such as registrar and accreditation and on FA for parent, TC, and staff inservice training.
Affiliate Academy: Churches and Christian educational corporations wanting to offer Family-Directed Education following the Family Academy Way, may adopt our approach, adapting our methods and resources to fit the local needs. Family Academy will assist the Affiliate Academy in developing their own registrar and support services for TCs, Academy development, as well as accreditation.