Frequently Asked Questions
We've put together a list of commonly asked questions about H.E.A.R.T.
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Where does H.E.A.R.T. meet?
H.E.A.R.T. meets at Village Church of Barrington at 1600 East Main Street in Barrington, IL. on Thursdays. School days begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:15 pm. All of our classes run during the traditional school year - September - May.
What grades does H.E.A.R.T. serve?
We offer classes for pre-kindergarten - 8th-grade students. If you have a high school student who is interested in joining us, please contact us at HEARTHSEnrichment@gmail.com.
Do I need to stay on campus while my child attends H.E.A.R.T.?
One of the unique aspects of H.E.A.R.T. is that it is a "drop off" program. Unless you are scheduled to volunteer, you are not required to stay on campus.
We don't live in Barrington. Are there any families who are a part of H.E.A.R.T. who do not live in Barrington?
Yes! Our families come from all over: Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Carpentersville, Chicago, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, East Dundee, Fox River Grove, Gilberts, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hampshire, Hawthorne Woods, Hoffman Estes, Huntley, Inverness, Itasca, Kildeer, Lake Bluff, Lake in the Hills, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, McHenry, Mundelein, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville, Round Lake, Schaumburg, Village of Lakewood, Wauconda, Wheeling, and Wonder Lake.
My child is not academically the same as his peers. Where will he be placed at H.E.A.R.T.?
H.E.A.R.T. is a place where students can learn alongside their agemates without worrying about the differences in their academic abilities. Our focus is on helping students connect with their peers on a social and emotional level.
How do the volunteer hours work?
Parents with students Pre-K-3rd grade are required to serve 14 hours per child over the course of the entire year. Parents with students in 4th-8th grade are required to serve 7 hours per child over the course of the entire year. For example, if a parent has a 2nd grader and a 7th grader, the parent serves 21 volunteer hours over the course of the school year. Volunteers help keep our program running smoothly!
What if I can't volunteer?
We understand that some parents aren't able to fulfill their volunteer hour commitment. No worries! Those parents can choose to pay $15/volunteer hour that they can't serve. The money collected goes toward a scholarship to help families who are able to volunteer more and benefit from a reduced tuition.
Does my child have to attend the Classical Consortium Academy to attend H.E.A.R.T.?
No, families don't need to also participate in our sister program, Classical Consortium Academy, but there are students who choose to take part in both programs.
"Why homeschool?" is a question we are often asked by parents researching the best schooling options for their children. "It seems like a lot of work!", "Is it worth it?", "I can't do this!". The short answer is, "Yes!" Yes, homeschooling is a lot of work - the best kind of work. Yes, it is worth it - you won't regret the sacrifice you've made for your children. Yes, you CAN do this! There are many resources, support groups, and excellent enrichment programs (H.E.A.R.T.) and academic programs (C.C.A.) to help you succeed. You've got this!
We've asked some of our veteran parents to share some advice for parents beginning their homeschooling journey...
"Don't give up if you have truly decided that homeschooling is what is BEST for your family and your child. Always remember your end goal, and the reasons why you decided to homeschool. We've all wanted to give up at one time or another because it is difficult and often lacks instant reward. But hard work produces fruit! Decisions about education for your children are important. Make your decisions carefully and be confident in what you have decided."
"Homeschooling is such a blessing. To be intentionally invested in your children's schooling, which includes Biblical training, is fantastic. At times, it requires perseverance (Romans 5:4), but it's so worth it, especially when they are young and God is developing their hearts and worldview."