We are here to serve all our families. Please let us know how else we can help you! Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions:
1. How does your program work?
Let us think about MHA as a college preparatory kind of program. Parents will simply choose the course(s) they would like for their child(ren) to take for a particular year. You can choose one or all the courses we offer for your child's academic level. College students learn to choose their courses per semester; however, we choose per year.
2. How do I register?
Simply click on our "Registration Form" tab and print off a registration form, fill it out, and mail it in with the registration fee(s) to: 6001 Morning Glory Drive, Harrison, TN 37341 (address is on the form as well). Your registration fee(s) will ensure your child has a space in the classroom.
3. What are my paying options? How many months is the school year?
Your options are: You may pay by the month, by the semester, or by the year. We take cash, money order, or checks only. The school year runs for 10 months, from the month of August through the month of May.
4. Does each class have a separate charge? What happens if I am overdue on my payments?
Yes, each class has a separate charge because our teachers are all paid professional employees. Again, think about it as preparing your child for college with an outstanding education and quality teachers. If you are overdue on your payments, we make every effort to work with you. However, MHA reserves the right to withhold your child's grades until each semester is fully paid. Furthermore, MHA also reserves the right to inform your umbrella school of your child's incomplete grades, if deemed necessary.
5. How often do the classes meet?
Each class meets once or twice a week depending on the subject. (See "Courses" tab above for those details).
6. Do we have to take all the classes offered?
No. You choose the class(es) you would like your child(ren) to take for that particular year. You can choose one or all the classes we offer for your child's academic level.
7. Do we need to follow your grade level system?
No. We use our grade level system only as a standard guideline. We understand that not all our children are at the same academic level and work with each parent and student in providing them with their academic needs.
8. What about homework? How does that work?
Teachers will review the previous week's assignments and instruct their students in the next 3-4 days of homework. The length of our classes allow our teachers for such instructions.
9. What happens if my child forgets what he/she has been taught in the classroom?
In the case your child needs extra instruction, all our teachers are available one extra day during the week for questions/answers via phone, text, or email. Personal appointments can be made available and scheduled in our campus area, if necessary. Each teacher will give their students his/her personal information and availability on the first week of classes. However, we encourage each child to get together with another student in the class first to learn how to solve these challenges together. This will also help students grow relationships among each other.
10. Do you hand out grades?
Yes. All grades are handed out by December 31st, for the first semester and by May 31st, for the second semester. Parents are responsible to relay that information to their umbrella schools. However, before grades are handed out all semester fees must be first paid in full.
NOTE: Elementary and middle school PE students do not receive a grade. However, high school PE students do received a grade because it counts as credit.
11. If for some reason, I have to withdraw from your program, are the fees pro-rated?
Our tuition fees are not pro-rated because we do not pro-rate our teacher's pay. We believe our teachers provide an excellent education and are worth every cent and much more for their time and dedication . Your children, their education, and our teachers are all priceless.
12. My child has longer than 1 hour in between classes. Is there a designated place he/she can wait and do his/her homework? Is there an extra charge for that service?
Yes, we have a study hall room they can sit and do their homework while they wait on their next class to begin.
There is an extra charge for this service for middle school through high school students. A small charge of $10 per month for every 30 minutes your child is waiting for their next class to commence. In other words, if your child has a 1 1/2 hours per week wait between classes, the charge would be an extra $30 per month. (Elementary students do not have this option at this time).
13. Can my child try a class before making a decision to make sure it is a good fit for our family?
Yes, new families are welcome to join a class for up to 2 weeks to see if it is a good fit for you and your family. However, registration fees and half of the month's tuition fees are charged to cover a small portion of the teacher's salary for those trial week(s) your child is being taught in the classroom. Registration fees are non-refundable.
14. How can my child(ren) qualify for the college scholarship?
There are only two qualifications required to receive our scholarship. To receive our $200 College Scholarship, your child must be a student of Michaels Homeschool Academy for two full years (any two years) and be a graduating Senior. Once these two qualifications are met, we will send a check on your child's behalf to the college of their choice.
15. How are we notified during bad weather?
In the case of inclement weather, we will first post it on our private FB page as well as our public FB page. We will also do our best to notify everyone of any closings via email, if at all possible. However, if you are registered with MHA and for the best and quickest response, be sure to be a part of our private "Michaels Homeschool Academy Families" FB page (highly recommended). When you "Like" our FB pages, it will give you automatic notifications.
16. Do we have to sign a statement of faith?
Families are not required to sign a statement of faith, but we expect everyone to conduct themselves in a matter worthy of the gospel of Christ. We want everyone to have a wonderful experience with us, and we do not want to exclude anyone from our educational programs. However, because we are a Christian organization, we do require our teachers/leaders to sign a statement of faith and conduct themselves accordingly.
17. Can a student from a different state attend your academy?
Absolutely! At MHA, we have had the privilege of serving families/students who live in other states.
18. How many days a week are you open?
We are open 4 days a week (Mondays-Thursdays), starting in the fall of 2021.
NOTE: If anyone would like to review our Teacher's Statement of Faith Agreement, simply point at the "Faculty" tab and click on the drop down window that says "Statement of Faith" tab on the top of the page.