Frequently Asked Questions
Why another homeschool group? Aren’t there other groups in the area?
We felt the need for a smaller group that could focus on building relationships and discipling our kids together, while also meeting together for homeschooling support. We also wanted to build our group on a solid foundation of the supreme and final authority of God’s Word.
There are several other fine homeschooling groups in the area. If ACHF doesn’t meet your needs or isn’t a good fit, consider checking out:
Why do all my children have to be homeschooled to be eligible to join? Isn’t that excluding a lot of homeschoolers?
This question has several related variants:
I have one child in public school, what about my family?
One or all of my kids are virtual schooled, what’s wrong with that?
I’m part of program X or academy Y, am I eligible?
Our intent is not to exclude, but rather to focus. We are blessed to live in a time where there are many schooling alternatives from which Christian parents can choose -- more than ever before. ACHF’s overarching focus is to honor the Lord by supporting families who have chosen to homeschool all their children. Such families do not have access to the activities, the teachers, or the financial and academic support of many of these programs. We earnestly desire to help equip these families because, first, we believe the Lord is directing us to do so, and second, there is no other group or organization to do so.
What if I am already a member of another co-op, e.g. VHS, Classical Conversations, Tapestry of Grace, etc. Can I still join?
Of course! However, for the reasons cited above, recall that this group is focused on families where all the students are homeschooled (i.e. file a PI-1206) and not enrolled in a full-time virtual school.
Why do you require a testimony?
Baptism is a public ceremony showing the world that we identify and belong to Christ. In much the same way, sharing our personal story of how we came to faith in Jesus brings glory to God for what He has done. Sharing our testimony is our opportunity to brag on what God has done!
Why do we have to list a church?
There are two reasons for this. First, as believers we are commanded to “not give up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25), and we hold that every believer should be a regular attender of a local body of the Church. Second, a church gives other members another point of reference and contact. This could begin a new conversation or a new friendship.
Why is your Statement Of Faith (SOF) so long? Your group isn’t a church, is it?
We are not a church, but foundationally, we must be in accord in several very specific areas. To quote the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) in regards to the length of their own statement of faith, “It is necessary because the more assaults there are against the Christian faith, the more precise we need to be”. We hope that you will be encouraged by it.
What is involved in being a member of ACHF?
Involvement in ACHF requires annual dues (currently $15) and an annual commitment to lead or coordinate something (field trips, family parties, spelling/geography bee, science/talent fair, sports classes, etc.). Participation in the optional weekly co-op classes requires an additional teaching commitment and class fees.
Is there a deadline for joining ACHF or the weekly co-op?
You are free to apply to ACHF at anytime during the year to participate in our many activities. If you would like to be involved in the optional weekly co-op, your membership application must be received by *July 20th* for the fall semester or *November 20th* for the winter semester.
Where can I find other resources for homeschooling?
Although we cannot endorse the following sites or organizations, they may help you find helpful information.