Originally known as the Home School Enrichment Program, CHA was the brainchild of homeschooling dad and educator Fred Shaw. Early in the 1990s, Fred began sharing his knowledge of science in a small coop. Thrilled at the success of the class, he envisioned a more comprehensive program for the many homeschoolers at Redeemer Church and the Hampton Roads area.
Launched in 1994 with just a handful of teachers and courses, the HSEP quickly grew into a full-service academic enrichment program for middle and high school aged students.
In 2013, the HSEP changes its name to Centerville Homeschool Academy. We continue to welcome enrollment from outside Redeemer Church.
Our purpose is to encourage and support homeschooling families by providing a variety of supplemental courses for grades 6-12, which meet once or twice per week. We recognize the demands of home education and the sacrifice parents make in choosing to homeschool. Our desire is that participation in this program will yield academic, social, and spiritual growth in participating students as we support families in this challenging task.
WHAT WE ARE:
Our program is designed to be a meeting place for homeschooling parents and independent teachers interested in supplementing home education with their classroom expertise. Our teachers are independent contractors supporting families with their services. Parents are encouraged to incorporate CHA into their total homeschool program.
WHAT WE ARE NOT:
Our program is not a school, and does not provide legal covering for homeschooling, nor do we guarantee that participation in the program will ensure any measurable academic results. Parents and/or legal guardians of students in our program remain wholly responsible for the academic progress of their children. The program is not designed to provide a complete educational experience, nor to substitute for home instruction, but to supplement the work being done at home by parents.
It is important for all parents to remember that CHA was not designed as a replacement for home education. We do not recommend that families simply enroll students in our courses and consider that a complete education. Please see CHA as it was designed—as a supplemental part of your homeschool.
Because we are not an accredited institution, and because all CHA students are legally considered homeschoolers, our authority is limited and dependent on the support and cooperation of parents. What that means is that parents, not CHA teachers are legally empowered to assign course grades, grant credits and determine graduation requirements. It is customary and greatly encouraged, however, that parents accept the grades and credits earned in CHA classrooms.