Frequently asked questions
When and where do you meet?
We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at Oconee Heights Baptist Church, located at 4180 Jefferson Rd. Athens.
What classes do you offer?
We offer a variety of classes for children grades K4-12. Most of our academic classes are on Mondays while Wednesdays focus on more enrichment and elective courses. Please view our class descriptions for a complete list.
What if my child just wants to take one class?
That's fine. All of our classes are offered "a la carte," so students can sign up to take anywhere from 1 to 6 classes during the day. Monday classes are offered a la carte or as a package for a discount price.
Can I drop off my child?
Yes. Many parents leave the campus after signing their child in for their classes.
Can I stay on campus?
Yes. Parents are welcome to stay on campus, either in their cars, on the porch, or in an empty classroom depending on available space. At certain periods of the day, we use all available space for classes and may not be able to accommodate parents on campus looking for a quiet work space.
What are the teachers' qualifications?
Please see page About the Teachers for a specific teacher's background. Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide variety of experience to our classrooms. All teachers at Compass have passed background screenings.
Do you offer more than classes?
Yes. Throughout the year, we will offer field trips, park days, and other opportunities for the students and parents to spend time together outside of Compass.
If I take classes on one day, do I have to take classes on both days?
No! Compass exists to offer parents the support they need in homeschooling their children, and that looks different for every family. Some parents are only interested in one or two classes to supplement their at-home curriculum; other parents are looking for the structure and support provided by the academic classes we offer. Families are encouraged to pick and choose the parts of Compass that best fit their needs.
What are my legal responsibilities as a homeschool parent in Georgia?
All parents who homeschool their children in the state of Georgia are required to submit a Home Study Program Declaration of Intent annually. The easiest way to do that is to file online through the DOE website. Additionally, parents must keep the following records in their files: an annual attendance record, an annual assessment report for reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science, and test results from standardized testing (administered every 3 years starting in 3rd grade). GHEA is a great resource for homeschooling parents.
How do I keep track of credits from classes at Compass?
Compass does not offer a transcript service at this time. If you have a high school student, you are responsible for maintaining accurate records of your child's classes and grades. If your child is enrolled in a high school level class at Compass, you are encouraged to use that class on your transcripts, and teachers will provide you with the grade that the student received based on his or her quality of work. Please refer to the GHEA website and the GADOE website to know your responsibilities as a homeschool parent and standard GA graduation requirements.
Is Compass accredited?
Do I have to go through an accredited program?
No, there are many homeschoolers who graduate from a home study program that do not have the benefit of an accredited program. Colleges today recognize the value and strength of homeschooled students and do not deny admission to a qualified applicant. Please review the application procedures for the university you are interested in as they vary from college to college.
I am interested in teaching at Compass. Whom should I contact?
Use the contact form at the top of the page or email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.