White Lake Area Community Education (WLACE) is excited to announce their partnership with the home school community! WLACE is reaching out by offering unique learning opportunities through the WLACE Home School Partnership to continue fulfilling our mission statement. This free partnership program is available to families who home school within Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa County. The Partnership services students who are in grades 1st-12th as part-time WLACE students by providing unique, beneficial and fun elective classes for home school students. The fantastic thing about our program is that families generate what they want to explore through our Partnership; suggestions and ideas for new classes are always welcome. All classes of the WLACE Home School Partnership are open to all non-home school students. However, transportation is not provided.
- For more information, registration and program requirements please call Kathleen English, Home School Liaison at (231) 893-0515 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fall/Spring, 2016-2017 registration is open. For a list of available classes and times, please contact Kathleen English, Home School Liaison. Registration deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016 for Fall classes and Friday, February 3, 2017 for Spring classes.
Seated Classes for Fall/Spring School Year 2016-2017
- Art for all grades
- American Sign Language for Elementary and Middle/High
- Multi-media for all grades
- Music for Elementary through High
- Health for Elementary and Middle/High
- Digital Art, Photo and Web Design for Elementary and Middle/High School
- Physical Education for Elementary
- Life Skills for Elementary through Middle/High
- Theatre for Elementary and Middle/High
Virtual Classes for Fall and Spring School Year 2015-2016
- All of our virtual classes are educational, but engaging at the same time.
- Each class can be custom made to meet the individual needs of the student.
- Virtual classes can be taken at any time, any place or at any pace.
- For a listing of all of our virtual classes please call Kathleen English, Home School Liaison at (231) 893-0515 or email her at: email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions 1. What does WLACE require of me in this program? It is easy! 2 virtual classes and 1 seated class are required per semester with optional Community Enrichment Classes. Each student will receive $200 (each semester) to put towards Community Enrichment Classes of their choice. Community Enrichment Classes are classes within your community that our program has partnered with to enhance your students’ education. 2. When do classes begin? Our classes start on Tuesday, September 2 (Middle/High) and Wednesday, September 3 (Elementary), 2014. 3. Where are the seated classes held? Seated classes are held at our Community Services Building. 4. How are these classes offered for free? Your tax dollars pay for these classes! 5. What are the state’s requirements? In order for these classes to be paid for by the State of Michigan all students must attend their chosen classes on Count Day. Count Day is a special day when all public schools in Michigan receive funding for students in attendance on this day. If a student does not attend their classes on Count Day the State of Michigan will not consider them a legal student. Compliance with Count Day is very important as we will not get funding if your student is not in attendance on this day. Parents may be required to pay for fees associated with their students’ enrollment and classes if the student does not attend Count Day. Count Day for our Spring semester is February 10, 2016. 6. Will my student receive a grade for their classes? Yes, in the form of pass/fail. 7. Will I still retain my home school status if I enroll my student part-time through WLACE? Yes, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) students sign up as part-time students of WLACE and retain their home school status providing their parents are responsible for teaching 51% of their total education. Parents are responsible for teaching the following essential core subjects: mathematics, reading, English, social studies, science, writing, the constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Michigan, the history and present form of civil government of the United States, the State of Michigan and the political subdivisions and municipalities of the State of Michigan. Therefore, all courses offered by WLACE Home School Partnership (which are considered electives, including advanced placement level courses) are eligible for your student to enroll in. 8. Does the Partnership follow WLACE for school closings? Yes, if Whitehall District Schools is closed then partnership classes will not meet. If there is a delay, the Home School Partnership classes will still meet. Please check radio and local news stations for announcements. 9. Can we participate in the Michigan Educational Assessment program (MEAP) or Michigan Merit Examination (MME)? Yes. Please contact the school district in which you reside in to make arrangements for either exam. 10. How will I be notified if a class or field trip has been cancelled which is not weather related? You will be notified by phone. Therefore, please have a current phone number on file. 11. If I join, am I committed for the year? No, registration is on a semester basis. You may change any or all classes at the start of a new semester. 12. I am interested in home schooling my children, but I’m not sure; where can I get more information? Please call Kathleen, Home School Liaison at (231) 893-0515 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in home schooling, but worried about doing it all on your own; you can enroll your student(s) in our 100 % Virtual On Line Academy. We serve students in grades 6th to 12th . For more information, please contact our Central Services Office at (231) 893-0515. 13. Do parents have to stay with their student during class? No, parents are always welcome to stay and participate, but they may also leave. 14. My student has an IEP (Individualized Education Program), can they still participate? Yes, however, we do not offer Special Education services at the Community Services Building located in Whitehall. 15. If I have more questions regarding WLACE’s Home School Partnership, who can I contact? Kathleen English, our Home School Liaison at: (231) 893-0515 or you can email her at: email@example.com