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Tuition Options

You have options when it comes to Homeschool Connections’ class fees!

Option 1: Private Payment (Self-Pay)

Families that opt to pay out of pocket for their students’ tuition and fees may take as few or as many classes as you wish. Always ensure you are selecting classes designated for your child’s grade level.

Option 2: Public School District

Available through Clarkston Community Schools (Renaissance Virtual)

Homeschool Connections has been approved as a virtual vendor for Clarkston Community Schools (CCS). You may have the option of enrolling in Clarkston Community School’s School of Choice Virtual School (Renaissance Virtual) if you live in Oakland County or any contiguous county. Please read their website for more information.

If you choose to enroll in Clarkston Community Schools, you must also complete the enrollment process for both their program and Homeschool Connections. Registering for one does not ensure your enrollment in the other.

About the Program:

Do I have to enroll in a public school in order to participate in Homeschool Connections classes?

Absolutely not! We want to provide families with as much information and as many options as possible! YOU choose what is best for your family!

What are the benefits of joining a public school program?

*Part-time students may receive funding for non-core classes only – each from a different department. Full-time students may receive funding for each of the four core classes plus two non-core classes – each from a different department.

If your child graduates while enrolled with a public school, they may also receive a high school diploma and transcript from the public school.

Public school districts will pay for qualifying* class tuition only. They will not pay registration, lunch, study hall or material fees. You will need to talk with a district funding representative if you have any questions.

What is required by the public schools for those opting into their program?

Districts must follow state guidelines and those are subject to change at any time. We can provide general information, but the district has the right to change their requirements, so please contact the district directly for their guidelines. Requirements will be different for full-time and part-time students. The type of student classifications (full or part-time) may dictate which classes your child may take. All district students must participate in mentor communication and full-time students must participate in state testing as well.

Communication requirements include submitting your child’s schedule to CCS prior to each semester, weekly check-ins with a CCS-appointed mentor, and fulfilling Count requirements.

How to Apply:

How do I apply for Clarkston Schools Tuition Assistance?

In addition to registering for our classes through Orbund, you must fill out an application to the public school program. In most cases, you will enroll as a “virtual student” even though our classes meet in person. Because of the online components of our classes, we have been approved as a virtual vendor for Clarkston Community Schools. Failure to complete their enrollment fully will result in your responsibility for those class fees. District Credits earned are applied in November (fall) and March (winter).

Apply for funding before their deadline in the FALL semester only. New students are not accepted mid-year.
Enroll in Clarkston’s Synergy program using the link they will email you once your application is approved.
Follow the guidelines for creating schedules and enroll in Orbund
EACH SEMESTER – Submit only the enrolled classes you wish to have covered to CCS (you will be emailed this link in Aug & Dec).
Remain full- or part-time for both semesters, and meet all of the district’s qualification requirements.

Schedule Requirements:

Do I need to enroll my child in a minimum number of classes?

If you’re part of a public school district, they require a minimum. At the time of this posting, public school programs require your child to be enrolled in 3 to 5 classes for part-time students and 6 classes for full-time students (at least one must be at a Homeschool Connections campus. The others may be dual enrollment). Also, you are always welcome to pay for classes in addition to classes paid for by public schools.

What does “part-time” mean?

Part-time students participate in 3 to 5 elective classes. All part-time students must participate in non-core classes. These are clearly indicated in our schedules. Please see your campus’ schedule for specific class choices.

High School students may participate in only one class in each department category (for example, one technology class, one fine arts class). Part-time students are not required to take state-mandated tests.

What does “full-time” mean?

Clarkston Community Schools (CCS) requires “full-time” students to be enrolled in 4 core classes plus 2 non-core classes. Core classes must include science, math, language arts, and social studies. CCS also requires full-time students to take state-mandated testing once a year. CCS may have additional requirements to receive tuition payment. (If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact CCS directly. This information may change at any time.)

Which classes are considered core or elective classes?

All core and elective classes are indicated in the “Classification” column on the class schedules.

How do I send my schedule to Clarkston Schools?

If your students are enrolled with Clarkston Community Schools, you must turn a copy of your schedule into the school district. Log into Orbund with your parent login. In the left side menu, click “Reports & Transcripts”. Then choose “Semester Reports”. There you can choose which child’s and which semester’s schedule to view.

In early August, we will email you a form link to submit your child’s classes for funding, and our weekly newsletters will also have the form link to submit your list of classes.

If I participate in the public school program, can I still self-pay for additional classes?

Yes, you are always welcome to sign up for additional classes.

Dual Enrollment:

Who do I ask about dual-enrollment and how it works with the school district?

You must contact your public school district with your questions directly.

Do college classes count as core classes (for students enrolled with CCS for dual-enrollment)?

Please contact the school district for specific information.

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