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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Equip different from other homeschool programs?

Equip falls perfectly between the extremes of the traditional a-la-carte programs and the programs that require heavy parent involvement for the student to succeed. Equip provides a complete day of classes covering all core academic subjects (with the exception of foreign language) required for graduation. We intentionally focus on character development throughout the school year and seek to partner with families to raise disciples of Jesus.

Are students required to take all of the courses offered in their grade or may they choose some and not others?

Equip Education is available to students from 5th through 12th grade on an a la carte basis. This means any student can take as many or as few classes as they desire!

How many hours is a student expected to devote to Equip?

Students are typically assigned about 4 hours per week of homework outside of class for each core class.

How many students typically enroll?

Class size is limited to 15 students.

Where do you meet? What day of the week? What hours?

All classes are online.

How is Equip work handled if a student is traveling with their family during the academic year?

As home educators, we desire flexibility in our schedules. If a student misses class, the student is expected to do whatever is necessary to master those concepts so that the student may keep up in future classes. If a student does not turn in a homework assignment, there is no grade factored into the student's grade point average for that assignment. Therefore, the student's grade point average in the class is not affected. However, the student's percentage of work completed in the class is affected. If the student does not attend 80% of the classes and turn in 80% of the homework, the student will not receive a final grade for the class.

What are all of the costs involved?

Please see the tuition page here.

Do you require both parents to be Christians? Do you require a Statement of Faith in order to enroll?

There are no religious or spiritual requirements for participation of a student. However, we declare that this program has as its main objective the building of disciples for Jesus Christ. All classes are taught from a Christian worldview and there are numerous and non-negotiable behavior and dress-code requirements.

Does your policy of 80% completion mean that a student can miss a maximum of seven classes and still receive a grade?

That is correct.

Do students purchase texts through you? If not, how?

Students do not purchase texts through us. When a student enrolls, an email is sent out with links to the best prices we can find on the materials. As home educators, many families prefer to be on their own regarding materials since they may be able to find some items at better prices from friends, at curriculum sales, or other sources.

Must the student stay within the grade level (based on age) or are they allowed to be in a grade level based on ability?

We believe that God makes each child unique. Therefore, we do not agree with placing a student based on age. We believe that a student should matriculate at the level which allows the student to be successful and happy. As home educators, we are set free from society's idea that a certain age person should have achieved a certain academic goal.

What happens if my student struggles academically? Is there extra help during the week?

We have strategies to deal with this problem. Instructors are also available by email and telephone to answer questions during the week. If the student requires more assistance than the occasional answer to a question, an older student of the same gender might be assigned to the struggling student for assistance with the academic problem as well as mentoring in study habits, etc. Older student mentors are not paid for their tutoring but rather earn community service hours. Additionally, our students tend to make strong friendships in their class and students in the same class frequently team up to address each other's weaknesses.

Do I get a tax deduction if I donate to Equip?

You betcha! But tuition is not tax deductible. :(

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