- What are the legal requirements I must meet to homeschool my child?
- Will HBA provide curriculum or oversight for my child’s education?
- Who will help me plan my curriculum?
- Will I have to use the same curriculum as HBA?
- Will homeschoolers have access to HBA's Online courses?
- Are the courses with a live teacher?
- Are the online courses open throughout the year?
- Can I see online courses that are being offered?
- What is grade and record keeping?
- Will we need to follow HBA’s school schedule?
- What is transcript development?
- How often will grades need to be turned in?
- Will a final record of grades be given at the end of my school year?
- What is the commencement ceremony membership service?
- Is the Homeschool Support community a co-op?
- Is college and career counseling available?
- What is Naviance?
- What are Student Workshops?
- What topics will the Parent Seminars cover?
- Why take the PSAT?
- When is the PSAT test given at HBA?
- What is the ACT?
- When is the ACT test given at HBA?
- Does HBA offer test prep classes?
The state of Hawaii requires that a notice of intent be submitted to the local public school your child would have attended. This needs to be filed only once if your child stays within that district. A parent will need to keep a record of books used, grades or progress made per child per year. A progress report, in the form of a standardized test score (required grades of standardized testing: 3, 5, 8 and 10), evaluation by a certified teacher or a narrative report, will need to be turned in to the local school at the end of your school year.
The course content is fully online, self-paced and facilitated by ACSI certified teachers. Teachers will guide students and are available for questions during the weekdays within 24 hours. This gives students complete flexibility to study at any time and anywhere since they are not locked into a weekly meeting. Students can move ahead as quickly as desired. Courses can also be accessed on many types of devices.
Naviance is a college and career readiness web-based software that helps provide students with college planning and career assessment tools. Students will have access to a variety of features, including college research and matching tools, course planning, career assessment and personality tests, and surveys to help students connect what they are doing in school to what they would like to do once they complete their education.
The PSAT is the practice SAT test as well as the qualifying test for the National Merit Competition. Many homeschoolers participate in hopes of earning scholarship awards. Scholarships are awarded in the 11th grade but some students take the test for additional practice in 9th and/or 10th grade. The test consists of three sections – Math, Critical Reading, and Writing Skills.
The ACT is an alternative to the SAT. Most college bound students will take one or the other. The ACT features four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. On each of these sections students can earn a score from one to 36. The four section scores are averaged to give a composite score. The ACT also includes an optional 30 minute essay given at the end of the test, which is factored into the English score.
The scoring process and the optional essay are currently being revised. Students are advised to prepare for the exam by using up-to-date materials.
Yes, there are three HBA Online Test Preparation courses available for a fee:
- Middle School Thinking and Learning Strategies
- ACT Preparation
- SAT Critical Thinking and Study
On-campus test preparation classes are available for an affordable cost and are conducted several times during the school year. Contact the Supplemental Programs office at (808) 545-4485 for more information.