| HOME SCHOOL SUPPORT
The New School believes that home schooling is an
excellent way for many young people to learn. We offer a variety of
services to assist home schoolers with their education.
schooled students are welcome to take courses at The New School to
augment their home school work, or to interact with other students. They
may take as many courses in the Community Learning time (3:30 to 5:00)
and up to 2 courses during the core day (9:00 a.m. to 3:30).
Senior Seminar: This is an advisory time when seniors prepare for college or the world
of work, prepare to meet graduation requirements, develop their
portfolios, and generally prepare for their next steps in life in the
company of their peers and their advisor.
All learning done outside the school is
evaluated for quality and assigned appropriate credit for transcripts.
||Undergraduate Credential Management: Home schoolers and their
families consult with a certified teacher/advisor to apply credit to
their learning and organize that credit into a transcript that is
acceptable to colleges and the world of work. Credential Management
includes 2 yearly interviews where the student's learning plan is
reviewed and suggestions given for improvement. Work in progress is
reviewed and completed work is evaluated for credit.
Credit is not
given lightly at The New School. Home schooled students must present
ample evidence of accomplishment and progress and a log of time spent in
any area of study they wish to have certified for credit. The New School
uses Maine Learning Results standards as a guide. Work done with and/or
certified by a state of Maine certified teacher or another approved high
school is automatically accepted as credit.
Graduation Year Credential Management: This final year of home
high school is much like the Undergraduate Credential Management, except
there are 4 interviews and much closer contact between the student and
his/her family and The New School advisor. Since home schoolers must
meet state standards and credits to receive a diploma, this is a
critical year. Home schoolers sometimes opt to join the Senior Seminar
in order to take advantage of a broader range of services and be with
Diplomas are awarded when the 24 credits required by The New School
are met, with satisfactory evidence of accomplishment. The state of
Maine requires 18 1/2 credit hours for graduation, but to receive a Home
School Diploma for The New School, 24 credit hours are required.
What does The New School
Accept as Credit?
We see a wide
variety of learning approaches as worthy of credit:
school curriculum approved by a mentor teacher.
- Apprenticeships with narratives by student and mentor.
study experiences with narratives by student or mentor.
tests (tests given at colleges to exempt students from basic
with narratives and documentation by the student.
work at colleges, high schools or adult education.
- Independent studies with evidence and/or demonstration.
- Work with
regional institutions such as Wells Reserve, a local library,
town government, etc... Such work would include narratives by
the student and a mentor.
inventive means of excellent learning presented to us by
students for our evaluation.
Home School Support Fees:
Courses -For high school students the cost per hour is $11.00
For 8th Graders the cost is $5.50
Senior Seminar - 3 hours per week (in a group) - $11 per
Transcript Preparation only - $80
Tutoring - $30 per hour
Undergraduate Credential Management - $200 per year
-1 consultation for planning
-2 consultations to
review learning completed and in progress
Graduation Year Credential Management - $300 per year
-4 consultations for planning and to review completed learning
-Annual review, with transcript ready for
Diploma Fee - $100
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