FAQs for HCA

HCA Program Questions

What can I expect at the start of the school year?

  1. An invitation for you and your child to join their teacher or another staff member for a Written Student Learning Plan meeting. Because Home Choice Academy is an ALE (alternative learning environment) we are required to develop a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP) for each and every student each year!

  1. For students in (K-5), you will recieve materials at your home or an email with tracking information. If you are a new student you will also receive K12 login account information.

  1. Please make note that some of the physical materials are on backorder due to a higher volume of purchasing and will arrive as soon as possible. If by chance the physical materials have not arrived by 9/1 - you are able to access everything digitally for the short-term.

  2. Between 8/31 and 9/4 you will receive a digital orientation to review. This orientation will provide information on how to access the curriculum and other important details that will support you and your child in beginning the learning process together!

Blended Learning - Will students be learning the same thing in class as they are in at home with K12 or Apex?

How do I login to Classlink at home?

Students should always access K12 through their link in Classlink to get started working. On our website, go to the "Current Families" and click on the Classlink button. You will login with your student's login information. All students have a district issued username and PIN. You can get both of these from skyward. Log into Skyward Family Access and look for their student ID* and PIN (Instructions for PIN Here)

Make sure that your students can access classlink through chrome.

  • District issued devices: classlink is set as the homepage and will automatically login to classlink. Click the house icon in the navigation bar of chrome to go directly to classlink.

  • Home Devices: you will need to login to a Chrome Browser using your student’s login information. For directions on logging into the chrome browser, click here.

If your student is a Kindergartener, you will need to login to classlink with their student login credentials first (following the steps above) to set up the login process. Then, if you have the classlink quick card, you may scan the quick card to login to classlink.

*Student IDs are comprised of the first five letters of the last name, first three letters of their first name, followed by three numbers. For example: LLLLLFFF### or bradybob000

How do I talk to someone to get more information?

Click Here to join an in-person informational meeting to speak with one of our staff members here at Home Choice Academy.

Where can I find the PE & Art Log? And how do I complete it?

You will be asked what type of acitivities your student completed for the month. You will find the PE & Art Log in various locations on this website (Home, Current Families, Your Teacher's page) and here. PE & Art Log. Please complete the log before the last Friday of every month.

Do students at HCA participate in State Assessments?

Yes, as part of a Washington State Alternative Learning program, all students are expected to take all assigned assessments throughout the year.

Who do I contact if I am having trouble with my OLS? K12 or Apex

Contact your teacher or Home Choice Academy. Please do not contact K12 or Apex.

How are you different from other online programs?

We have been part of the EPS community since 2004. We are a blend of online and in-class instruction to meet the needs of our students. Our certificated teachers work closely with families to identify placement, evaluate progress and support student growth. In-class students work on collaborative activities, conceptual math work, literacy workshops and other EPS supported, standards aligned curriculum. At-home, K-5 students work on content rich materials through the K12 online learning system. 6-8 students work through grade level, standards based curriculum from Apex learning while completing enriching and collaborative activities created by their teacher and accessed through Google Classroom.

Is tutoring available? What if my child is below grade level academically?

Tutoring is not available through HCA or Evergreen Public Schools. You and your student will work together with our support staff and teacher to determine the best steps for meeting the needs of your student.

Are Google meets live? Are they recorded to watch later?

All Google Meets will be recorded live and will be available to watch later.

What if I need a chromebook?

Contact us here at Home Choice Academy. Anita Bingham or other support staff will be able to get a device checked out to your child.

How many hours per day do you feel is spent competing work? Do you think it is 5-6 hours?

Students are spending an hour to 1 1/2 hours in Language Arts, about the same in Math, and the time it takes for social studies and science. The amount of time that is listed on the written student learning plan is 27.75 hours per week of instruction. (Same as for any other public school program) With that being said, 2.75 hours each week is for recording the Art/PE activities via the log. Depending on the speed at which your child learns and completes assignments it might be anywhere from 3-5 hours per day.

Why do some things like soccer practices/games and piano lessons not count for PE and art?

Because we are still in the public school arena, the state does not allow us to count an activity that some parents pay for and others do not. What you can do though is count the soccer practices - not the games AND count the piano practice - not the actual lessons.

I know students would have weekly contact with the teacher? But will parents?

We encourage our parents to connect with the teacher often. And if you would like a bi-weekly check-in and/or for specific academic areas, we welcome the opportunity to work right alongside you and with a consistent frequency if that is what you would prefer! It again is personalized to support you the learning coach as well as the learner!

Middle School & Apex Questions

What if I don’t remember my password?

Please go to Evergreen Public Schools website and go to Tech Support. K-5 students will follow the directions on how to find their PIN number that students use as their password. 6-8 students follow the directions to reset their password and log in to set a new password. Click here for District Tech Support

I am in Middle School and my password isn't working, what do I do?

All middle school student's Chromebook/login passwords were reset over the summer. They will need to login and create a new password. Click here for directions.

K12 Questions

Set up your accounts in K12

Go to the yhK12 online learning system parent portal login page to set up your account following the instructions in the getting started email from K12 (if you cannot find it, check your spam, junk or trash folders in your email account. Then be sure to add K12 to your safe senders list.) Once you have completed the account set up process you may need to wait until the next day for the changes to take place and be updated within the K12 system. Once you can login as a learning coach, you will need to add your students to your account following the instructions provided in the email.

What do I do if I don’t have the K12 materials yet?

There are a few things that you can do when you don’t have the print materials yet. You can get started working right away. All of the materials that you will receive in print are in the Online Learning System in a digital format. For most activities you will not need to print out the materials but use them as guides or reference materials. Families using an online learning system should remember to have a lined notebook handy to complete work and take notes. For younger students, most of the digital work is directed toward the learning coach for preparation and guidance. Upper elementary students should be able to complete activities and follow the instructions online with guidance from their Learning Coach.

What do I do if I can’t log into K12?

If your K12 materials have already been delivered, open all materials. Plan for success by finding a convenient location for all of the materials. Look through the books and discover your learning for the year. You can also get started doing lessons by reading the learning coach materials on getting started and how to complete the first few lessons. Then, when you do have access to the online learning system, you can mark those lessons as complete

If I am experiencing problems with K12, who do I contact?

Contact Home Choice Academy for assisstance with the K12 system. Please DO NOT contact K12.

Do you have any samples of the K12 curriculum?

We do have samples of the K12 curriculum at HCA.

If my child is enrolled in K12, how much time will they spend online vs. print materials?

This is what K12 has to say about time spent - "Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials. We expect that K–8 students will spend no more than 20–25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades." To find out more, click here.

How many hours do you think kids that are in kindergarten are spending on the computer with K12.

  1. Students in K/1 usually spend up to 30% of the time on the computer. More of their learning time is engaging with the physical materials.

Are there any subjects that you do not use K12 for?

Social Studies is Studies weekly. K12 is for Math, ELA, and Science. Art and PE have standards as well as district information about grade-level expectations for families to choose what they want to provide the child.

Since K12 is designed to be a 5 day a week curriculum, how does that work with in-person days?

For students who are enrolled in the full remote program, the K12 curriculum is scheduled for 5 days. For students who are enrolled in the Blended 2 day per week onsite program, the curriculum is modified and there are lessons scheduled to complete at home on the other 3 days per week. When students are here on campus, the teachers are engaging them in Reading and writing activities, math problem-solving and fluency work as well as aligning the science activities being completed in class with the science units you are doing at home.

Would we all be following along together day by day- so you couldn't slow down or speed up?

We intentionally are engaging students in group activities as well as independent ones to deepen the academic learning that is expected in each grade level. We want students to be able to move forward in the K12 at their own pace - with the minimum being completed within each month's timeframe!

The learning experiences at school are to deepen the learning in the area of literacy (reading and writing), math, and science by engaging students in learning opportunities that are group-oriented, collaborative, and more hands-on than what can occur in the absence of their classroom peer group in the home setting.

We do not specifically teach the same lessons as that of the K12 curriculum. However, the process of learning literacy through responsive instructional practices for both reading and writing only enhance the lessons the families are completing in K12.

In math - we focus the 2 days that students are on-site to the mathematical routines and problem-solving that again are more group-oriented, conversational and collaborative expanding their mathematical concepts through peer investigation and activities.

Science will have alignment between what is expected at home in K12 and the hands-on inquiry process the teachers will provide at school.

To summarize, we do not teach the exact lessons that are in K12 – instead we support, enhance, and deepen the learning alongside our classmates within our classroom communities.