Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ

In addition to information below, we invite you to learn more about Live Oak Academy by reading our Philosophy and Confession of Faith. 


Q:  I have read the Educational Philosophy and the Confession of Faith. I’d like to investigate further. What shall I do next?

A:  Both parents will want to attend an Information Night where you will be fully informed about the following:

  • What a classical education means at Live Oak Academy and how it is integrated into the classroom.
  • In what sense Live Oak Academy is a Christian institution and how Christianity is integrated into the classroom.
  • How the Parent/Student/Academy partnership works.
  • And much more…

Q:  How many days would my student attend classes?

A:  Our K-12 full program is two days per week, but many high school classes also meet another half day. Kindergarten meets half a day, two days per week. Teachers assign and grade schoolwork, and it is posted online for parent/student access. Enrichment and elective classes meet one day per week.


Q:  I have not homeschooled in the past. How will I know if this will work for our family?

A:  Many of the families who join Live Oak Academy have not homeschooled in the past, yet with parental commitment and the  support of Live Oak Academy, they are successfully and happily homeschooling their children at any grade level. To determine if this is the best educational plan for your family, start with our Information Night, then plan to go through the entire admissions process which is designed to help you to determine if this would be a great plan for you and your children.


Q:  How large are the classes?

A:  We believe in small class sizes for optimum learning; therefore, the  number of students  per classroom is as follows: 8 per kindergarten classroom, 10 per first grade classroom, 12 students per other classrooms (numbers may be stretched slightly with board approval).


Q:  Can I visit classes or can my student shadow?

A:  Yes, parents and students entering K-6 may visit classes together by appointment only on our Class Visit Days. There are no Class Visit Days after April. Students entering 7th -12th grades may request to shadow one of our student hosts for half a day. However, prior to a class visit or shadowing, we require the following:

  1. At least one parent has attended an Information Night.
  2. Complete the Getting to Know You Form, which gives some basic information about the prospective family and the applying student(s). This form will be e-mailed to all attendees following Information Night.
  3. Complete a Class Visit Form or a Student Shadowing Form by the deadline announced at Information Night.

Q:  Do I need to enroll my students in the full program, or can they enroll in individual classes?

A:  Priority enrollment will be given to families who enroll in the full program. Students may enroll in selected classes as long as space is available.

Kindergarten is offered only as a full program.  Part-time enrollment in First or Second grades requires a consultation with the Department Head.

Full program means five non-enrichment classes. Students who are enrolled in two or more non-enrichment classes (grades K-8), may enroll in Choir or PE  at no additional charge; students enrolled in four or more non-enrichment classes may enroll in both Choir and PE at no additional charge. Choir materials fee will apply.


Q:  My student is in a different grade level for math than he is in language arts. Can you accommodate this?

A:  We value having students learn at the level of their proficiency rather than being confined to a particular grade level. Thus, we make every attempt to schedule our classes, particularly spelling, math and Latin, so that students can move up or down in grade levels to match their abilities. While we cannot guarantee 100% accommodation, our schedule provides this flexibility in the majority of cases.


Q:  How is an applying student’s grade level determined?

A:  We can sometimes determine placement if all requested materials are turned in with the student application, i.e., transcripts from the last two years; two essay samples, a reading list from the previous year, and a national test result from the previous two years. When more information is needed, we will conduct either a full or partial assessment test. All K-1 students must be fully assessed. An assessment fee will be charged.


Q:  Is there a deadline for applying?

A:  Early application is strongly encouraged to secure a spot at the academy. Once the classroom reaches our maximum number of students, that class is closed and applicants are put on the wait list. Also, please note that applications received on or after our regular application deadline require a higher application fee. A higher registration/enrollment fee also applies after the regular registration deadline. See Admissions Overview. (Families can only register and enroll after the admissions process is complete and acceptance has been offered.)


Q:  Are volunteer hours required?

A:   Yes, families are required to volunteer 15 hours per family each semester. Many varied opportunities are available, some on campus, some outside the campus, and others at special events. Let us know how we can match your valued time with your God-given talents. An opt-out fee can be paid in lieu of hours.


Q:  I have heard that Live Oak Academy is very challenging. Do you accept average students?

A:  It is true that we believe in challenging our students toward excellence. However, while a few of our students are exceptionally gifted, most of our students master the course material through diligent study and faithful completion of assignments. We find that all students, whether gifted, average, or struggling with a subject, are inspired by their teachers and fellow students to perform to the best of their ability. Central to their success is the support and commitment of the family at home.  When parents provide oversight, accountability, an environment conducive to study and loving support, their children thrive when challenged.


Q:  How can my high school student get into a good college if we homeschool through high school?

A:  Live Oak students have been accepted into the top UC’s, as well as other highly-ranked colleges and universities. See our College Acceptances page. Colleges and universities have come to recognize that homeschoolers are some of the best educated; they have a good academic track record for achieving high scores on standardized tests, plus they have had the time to passionately pursue their extra-curricular interests. To learn how Live Oak Academy’s academic program can effectively prepare your student for college, plan to attend our fall College Night. To receive notification, e-mail info@liveoakacademy.org or call 408-355-4787.