Q: What is HERO?
Q: Where does HERO meet, and how do I get there?
HERO is a nonprofit 501(c)3, Christian, non-denominational organization. Classes meet during the school year every Monday and Tuesday at Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church, in Forest Lake. The organization has served the Twin Cities area home schooling community since 1996.
A: Home Educators Resource Organization (HERO) meets at Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church, 17445 Notre Dame Street, Forest Lake, MN.
Q: How do I get information about HERO?
Q: What volunteer time commitment is required of HERO members?
A: The parent or guardian is responsible for three volunteer hours for every one-hour semester class that their student is registered for. There is a "buyout" option available, for the cost of $25 for every required volunteer hour (example: 1 class hour x 3 volunteer hours x $25 per volunteer hour = $75 per class hour). All of the class hours from a family will be added up to determine the total number of volunteer hours required of that family. The maximum number of volunteer hours required of one family is 24 ($600). Block classes, such as 3-hour preschool, kindergarten, etc. are considered 3-hour classes.
B: All members must sign up for Membership Volunteer Hours in the HERO Parent Volunteer Binder within 30 days after the first day of classes. You will need to signed up for your total required parent volunteer hours for that semester or you will be charged the $25 per volunteer hour required. The Parent Volunteer Sign up book is located by the Parent/Teacher mailboxes in the Activity Building. Parents choosing to “buy out” their hours must indicate it on this registration form. I have read and gone over with my children the HERO Student Code of Conduct and the dress code. I understand that failure to adhere to it can result in immediate dismissal with no refunds.
Q: What are the financial responsibilities of HERO members?
A: A $50 fee per student is due at the time of your first registration of that specific school year. This fee covers facility rentals, insurance, and other support related costs. This is a one-time per student, per school year fee.
All classes offered at HERO have a class fee associated with them. These fees are collected by HERO and distributed to the teachers, who are independent contractors for the organization.
Some classes may have additional costs to cover supplies. These classes are not limited to science and art classes. Many of the classes have additional charges due to the number of photocopies the class requires. These additional fees are payable directly to the individual class teachers.
Q: Is HERO affiliated with any religious denomination?
A: HERO is a non-denominational 501(c)3 organization. HERO is not a ministry of Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church. We do not endorse any specific denomination. We do however practice Biblical Christian principles and conduct during meetings, class time, and activities offered by HERO. Christian teachings are also incorporated into the fabric of most of the classes offered by HERO. Families of all religions and denomiations are welcome, as long as they are willing to operate within these stated parameters.
Q: What is the student age range supported by HERO?
A: HERO offers classes for Preschool (age 3 to 5), Kindergarten, and first through twelfth grades. Nursery is provided on Monday and Tuesday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, while parents are working their volunteer hours for the organization.
Q: Does HERO have a room available for students to eat snacks or lunch? Do families bring bag lunches?
A: Lunch/snack items are available for families to purchase at a reasonable price. We have both a snack bar area in the activity building and a lunchroom in the main church building. This is our largest ongoing fundraiser.
Lunch cards (valued at $10) may be purchased in advance at the lunchroom area.
Families are also welcome to bring their own lunches to the facility, to be eaten during official lunch hours. All food items are to be eaten in a designated lunchroom.
Q: Does HERO offer band, orchestra, and other music programs?
A: Instrumental, strings, guitar, piano, and voice lessons are available Monday and Tuesday at HERO. We offer an Instrumental and a Strings Ensemble on Monday, as well as a Jazz Band. On Tuesday, we offer choir for grades 3-6 and 7-12. There is an all-girls choir ensemble that also meets on Tuesdays. Our Directors invite you to see the class descriptions for more details. All musical instructors are highly qualified, with years of experience in their field.
Q: Does HERO offer socialization opportunities for senior high students, outside of formal classroom settings?
A: Under the guidance of a teacher/chaperone, several additional activities are planned for students in 7th-12th grades. These activities are planned by the parents and students. All activities are parent chaperoned. See the "Calendar" page for more details.
Q: Does HERO have a dress/behavior code for its' students?
- Student attire should be clean, neat, and reflect modesty.
- All hats must be removed when entering the facility, and remain off while inside the facility. This includes "hoodies."
- No T-shirts should be worn that conflict with Christian values. No "Muscle" T-shirts are allowed.
- No "Gothic" dress, makeup, or jewelry should be worn on girls or boys.
- Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
- Shorts must be modest in length (approx. no shorter than 4 inches above the knee. Tank-top straps must be at least one-inch wide, with no bra straps showing.
- No short tops or low riding pants on girls, that show belly buttons, stomachs, or hip bones.
- No Yoga pants or tight athletic body forming pants.
- No excessively low-cut or tight tops on girls. Rule of thumb, no lower than three fingers below your neck bone. Dress modestly.
- No gum, pop, food, or candy is allowed outside the designated lunchroom area.
- No student is to leave the HERO site during the school day, unless they are leaving with their parent or guardian.
- If students drive themselves to school, they must not take other students with them in the car for lunch, errands, or any other reason.
- No electronic devices allowed in the classroom (cell phones, IPods, mp3 players, CD players, video gaming device, etc.)
- No weapons or illegal drugs of any kind.
- No skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or bicycles in the parking lot.
- No swearing, bathroom talk, or foul language.
- Students are not allowed to sit in cars and listen to music, socialize, etc. unless they are by themselves in their own car.
- Students must show respect and Judeo-Christian conduct in their speech and demeanor toward administrative staff, teachers, parents, and fellow students. No bullying of students or adults will be tolerated.
- No sexual/physical affection (ie. holding hands, kissing, tight hugging, "making out", etc.) is allowed on the HERO grounds or at HERO functions.
- "Hacking" into the HERO internet or church internet systems is illegal. This will result in the student being immediately dismissed. No refunds will be given.
- Remember to reflect Christian modesty and respect for others in your dress, language, and actions.
- "Anyone who visits HERO should be able to see, by the students appearance and example, that we are Christians." This is a quote from a HERO student.
The HERO Administrative staff will use their discretion to enforce the dress and behavior codes.
Q: Could you direct me to other websites that could be helpful with homeschool issues?
A: The following links are informative resources and sites.
- MHA (Minnesota Home school Alliance) - http://www.homeschoolers.org/
- MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) -
- HEPPNER'S LEGACY Homeschool Resources, 369 Jackson Ave NW, Elk River - (763) 241-4663, www.legacyhomeschool.com
- Rainbow Resource Center - (888) 841-3456
- A Beka Book, Inc. - http://www.abeka.org/
- HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) - (540) 338-5600
- HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has a website that can help you with your child's highschool transcript. http://www.FastTranscripts.com Fast Transcripts gives homeschool parents the ability to create professional high school transcripts with error-free GPA calculation. Cost is only $16 ($12 for HSLDA members)