The Student Experience
HCS students attend school on campus Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. They enjoy all the benefits of a private Christian school such as advanced academic curriculum, classroom structure, positive peer socialization, and a staff that goes the extra mile. Students have resource classes daily and occasionally participate in a larger group production or event. But they also benefit from another whole aspect of the school: their parents.
It’s true that parents can be involved in their children’s educational experience in any school they choose. But at Harvest, the parents are not only accountable to be involved, they are part of the curriculum. Students are taught by their parents on Thursdays and Fridays from a lesson plan prepared by the student’s teacher at HCS. This way, the school and the parents are working together and understand where the student is in their instruction.
At Harvest, education is not just a “compartment” of the student’s life but a very real experience that is reinforced by the many adults who care for them. The result is students who enjoy the benefits of a private Christian school along with the benefits of a personalized home school education.
The Parent Experience
At Harvest Community School, parents are involved in their children’s education in a very real way. They teach their children from a prepared lesson plan two days a week, and are responsible for making sure all homeschool assignments are turned in on time.
In addition to homeschooling, we also expect parents to volunteer in the classroom as a “Parent Partner” once a month for a few hours. This helps parents become familiar with the other students in their children’s classrooms and our staff. It also helps the students understand the value of community, where everyone is a part of making things work.
We ask that parents attend a parenting class during their first year at Harvest called Growing Kids God’s Way. This class helps to communicate basic Biblical principles for raising children and offers support and encouragement to parents. It also communicates principles that we are regularly instilling in our students at Harvest, such as first time obedience and respect for authority, peers and property. Parents are also required to attend a Community Fellowship meeting four times a year where important information about our community is shared.
We offer a number of special events throughout the year to provide opportunities for fellowship within the community. We begin the school year with an Open House. This is a time for the parents and student to come to the classroom and visit with their teacher about the upcoming year. We have a school program each year, which is a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform and demonstrate all that they are learning. Each grade has several class field trips during the year and class park days for fun and fellowship. Chapel services are held once a month for Lower School.
Fine Arts and Physical Education
Our students experience a wonderful exposure to the world of music, art and physical education each week with our dedicated Fine Arts and P.E. teachers!