Centerville Homeschool Academy:
A gospel-centered academic enrichment program for Hampton Roads homeschoolers.
At Centerville Homeschool Academy, we believe that it's good to know stuff.
That's not as silly as it sounds, either. We think knowledge is worth pursuing. We think it's better to be wise than foolish, better to be intelligent than stupid, and better to be knowledgeable than ignorant.
"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." Proverbs 18:15
Of course, we also believe that "the beginning of wisdom" is "the fear of the Lord," and that knowledge apart from godliness produces only intelligent sinners.
And that's why we have always been committed to high academic standards in the context of a biblical, Christ-centered worldview. Our teachers are not only talented, experienced educators, but godly role models who are as passionate about the spiritual growth of our students as their intellectual growth.
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 1997, Fred and his family moved to Colorado to plant a new church and leadership of the HSEP was turned over the Brian Wasko, who has served as Program Director ever since. In 2001, Janet Marie Gidley officially became the Assistant Director and now handles much of the administrative responsibilities. In 2015 responsibilies and administration is collectively handled by all the teachers.
In 2013, the HSEP changed its name to Centerville Homeschool Academy. We now 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.
/ OUR PURPOSE
/ 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 the CHA into their total home school 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 the 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 home school.
/ ACADEMIC AUTHORITY
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. Please see CHA as it was designed—as a supplemental part of your home school. See the section titled “Expectation of Parental Involvement” for more on this topic.