Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I register my home school with the state?
Go to North Carolina Department of Non-public Education website and look for the Notice of Intent to Operate and Home School form. Please note carefully what is required by NC law and what is simply recommended.

Bird Clip ArtHow do I get my child up to grade level?
There is no quick answer to this question. We would first encourage you to consider why you want your child at grade level. If your plan is to return your child to an external school system, there is understandably more social pressure and urgency in your situation. But if you plan instead to keep him or her home for the long term, you have considerably more freedom from the somewhat superficial box of "grade levels." Fortunately, as a CCHSA member, you don't have to walk this road alone. Rather, you can ask questions such as this of other CCHSA members, and explore how they have managed this scenario with their own children. That's the primary value of homeschooling in community with others!

What do I do about testing?
There are many options available to meet the NC requirement to do annual nationally standardized testing. While CCHSA does not offer group testing, members often share with each other information about local qualified testing options.

How do I join CCHSA? What does membership cost?
There is no cost to join, but membership must be renewed yearly.  Simply fill out our online membership request form, and a CCHSA representative will review your registration request and use the information therein to add you to our (otherwise closed) Google Group. Please allow a few days for your request to be processed.

How does CCHSA operate?
In the past, CCHSA had membership tiers for "working" and "non-working" members, where working members were those who committed to serving the association and its members in some specific capacity for a given school year (planning events, teaching an elective class, organizing social gatherings, etc.). Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, there is no longer a distinction between working and non-working members. However, we encourage you to attend the association-wide planning meetings each semester and consider what you can do to help us provide activities, events, and information to the home school community. CCHSA is run completely by volunteers and things will happen only when people step up to help.

Dragonfly Clip ArtDoes CCHSA have tutoring?
Since CCHSA is simply an association of home schooling families, we do not offer services like tutoring. However, members may share information or send requests for help or information from other members on our electronic mailing lists.

What are the benefits of CCHSA membership?
We hope we've already answered that question by way of our answers to the other questions, but we also hope that you will consider how you might benefit the CCHSA!