Family Partnership Program
The Alpena Family Partnership has begun registration for the 2018-2019 school year and will continue with registration throughout the spring/summer. We would love to partner with your family as you homeschool your students.
We are a resource for those who feel our offerings enhance their child's educational journey. We are excited for the opportunity to extend a welcome to all students who live in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Otsego, Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, and Iosco counties to join our program.
Our Partnership offers all non-essential courses (which are like electives) to help enhance your homeschooling journey. All of our courses are free of charge and available for students in grades K-12 as well as an optional 13th year with early college.
The Alpena Partnership is a collaboration between parents, Alpena Public Schools and the community. We have hired the best community experts and certified teachers to instruct your students. These instructors love the homeschooling community and our students.
Classes will begin in September (exact dates to be determined), and will meet weekly every Tuesday throughout the school year with holiday breaks in between. All classes will be held at a facility in Alpena (yet to be determined) as well as various businesses around the community.
Next Partnership Meeting
Join us for our next parent meeting about the Partnership on Wednesday, May 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Alpena County Library. The Fun Learning Company will be presenting on the robotics and tinkering classes that we will be offering this fall at the partnership and they will have the sample lego building kits that your kids will be working with along with sample robots. We will also be discussing class offerings and a projected schedule for Fall classes to begin. You can also bring your enrollment forms filled out to register if you have them ready along with a copy of a birth certificate for each student you are enrolling and their immunization record or waiver form.
The mission of this Family Partnership Program (FPP) is to provide innovative and cutting edge educational opportunities that will service all learners in our community. All opportunities in the FPP will be free of charge and offered to all. It will bring together community leaders, business leaders, parents, educators and students. We will encourage and help facilitate cooperative partnerships. Through careful listening, observation and reflection on how learning takes place, we will create pathways of individualized learning through project-based and virtual learning.
The FPP will promote a learning environment that will offer the opportunity for students, parents, community leaders, business owners and others in our community to come together to offer real world opportunities.
The FPP will offer an opportunity for students to learn freely, exploring what they are interested in and connecting with those in the community that have expertise in their area of interest. It will be a place for them to share knowledge with others.
The students will learn in real life situations, experiencing hands-on opportunities mentored by experts in their area of study. What students know and learn will not be measured or graded, but observed through active engagement.
The atmosphere of this FPP will be warm and welcoming to community leaders, business leaders, parents, educators, students and other participants.
What is the residency requirement for enrollment?
K-12 students living in the ESD counties contiguous to our ESD --including Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle, Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, and Iosco.
What paperwork is required for homeschool students to enroll?
Enrollment requires a one page registration application, birth certificate and vaccination records/immunization waiver form.
When would classes run?
The online module work would run from September through May and could be completed anytime during the week at home. The weekly classes would run on Tuesdays during the day from mid September to mid December as well as mid January to mid May (not all classes would meet all of these weeks).
Where would classes meet?
Some classes would meet at our Family Partnership facility while other classes would take place at local businesses around the Alpena area.
How many classes could each student take?
Students may sign up for one to four non-essential classes under the Partnership or enroll as a full-time student and blend core classes online with non-essential partnership classes. (non-essential classes are elective classes in the areas of music, art, physical activity, robotics, and other supplemental subjects that are not in the core subjects of reading, math, science or social studies).
Who will be teaching the classes?
Instructors will be hired who are experts from the community and skilled in their area - they are not required to have a teaching degree. There will be a teacher of record that holds a teaching degree that will oversee the classes and collaborate with the community expert.
Will parents need to remain at the Partnership facility during their children’s class times?
Every elementary student must have a parent, or an adult designated by the parent (referred to as a proctor), on site and ready to assist the student if a need arises. Junior high and high school students may be dropped off.
What is available for siblings under the age of five?
Supplemental optional programming provided by parents could be made available for preschoolers or the younger siblings could stay with their parent in the open family room.
How is the Partnership funded?
The per pupil foundation grant received by the school district from the State for students attending Partnership classes funds the expenses incurred in the Partnership.
What additional opportunities will there be for high school age students enrolled in the partnership?
Students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity, if they choose, to enroll in early college classes to receive an Associate's Degree or CTE classes to earn a trade skill certificate. They also will be able to participate on the school’s sports teams and afterschool clubs.
For more information, contact us!