Re-enrollments as well as new registrations for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted for both the K-8 and the High School Programs. Register by June 1 to receive the early bird price!
The annual Orientation Meeting for the K-8 Program will held on Tuesday, August 15, 7:30pm, at Faith Community Church (modular building A) in Palmdale. Anyone who would like more information about our program is welcome to attend. Any families enrolling after the meeting will receive an audio recording.
Please contact us for an information / enrollment packet for the K-8 Program and/or High School Program.
1. Register with Shepherd Christian School
Call the school office to request a brochure and application for the K-8 Program and/or the High School Program. Fill out the application completely and send it to SCS along with the proper registration fee (as outlined in the brochure).
2. Select and purchase curriculum
Obtain curriculum catalogs by requesting them from various suppliers. Browse homeschooling resource sites on the Internet to become familiar with the options available. Ask homeschooling friends for ideas, and ask to see their curriculum. Attend curriculum sales and displays if possible. You may want to purchase a book that explains the different types of curriculum and assists homeschoolers in making curriculum choices. These books may be found in most catalogs that carry a variety of resource materials specifically for homeschoolers. More information about resources will gladly be provided to you by SCS upon your request. Optional curriculum counseling is also available, if necessary.
3. Obtain a membership in Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
As a member of SCS, you are entitled to receive a $20 discount off the regular HSLDA membership price of $120 per year per family. The school will provide you with an application, or you can apply online at www.hslda.org. You will need the SCS group discount number in order to receive the $100 discounted rate.
4. Join a local homeschooling support group
SCS members are free to choose any of the local support groups available. SCS offers Shepherd Christian Home Educators (SCHE) as a support group option. A list of groups as well as more information about SCHE is available at your request. Contact the group(s) you are interested in to request a sample newsletter and subscription/membership form.
5. Complete your SCS Enrollment Packet
After your Registration Application has been received, SCS will send you an Enrollment Packet containing all the forms, including complete instructions and sample forms, necessary to complete the enrollment process. Return the completed forms to SCS by the date indicated. Please don’t hesitate to call the school office if additional help is needed.
6. Plan daily schedules to get you started
Consult with other homeschoolers, or obtain a homeschooling “how to” book to get ideas. Create a tentative daily schedule, keeping it light and flexible in the beginning. It can be modified later as you become more familiar with the needs of your family. Optional organizational consultation is available through SCS if necessary.
7. Meet with the SCS Administrator to obtain your Parent Teacher Manual and all your necessary recordkeeping forms
For the K-8 Program, a group Orientation Meeting is held in mid-August each year. Those enrolling later in the school year will receive their materials in the mail as well as an audio recording of the Orientation Meeting during which complete explanations of all paperwork and procedures are given. There is only one meeting during the school year for grades K-8. For the High School Program, parents meet with the SCS Administrator three times during each school year, as outlined in the high school information packet.
8. Set up a Daily Record Book
This is a notebook where you will keep a log of your daily school activities / accomplishments. A large, three-ringed binder works best. Your child(ren)’s Attendance Record, your Yearly Calendar, support group newsletters, etc., may also be kept in the binder. Remember, all necessary forms are provided by SCS.
9. Remove your child(ren) from the previous school (if applicable)
Simply inform the previous school that you have enrolled your child(ren) in a private school and that they will be receiving a request for student records from the new school shortly. This step may not be necessary if you are enrolling in SCS during the break between school years.
Remember to start out slowly and consistently, modifying as necessary when you start to feel more comfortable. Follow the Schedule of Due Dates and instructions for monthly reporting in your Parent Teacher Manual. Feel free to call the school office with any questions that aren’t answered in the Manual.