Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN JOIN?
All families are welcome to join even if you are not yet certain that Leadership Education will be your home school method of choice, with the understanding that these principles will be followed in the school.
WHAT DOES FREEDOM- BASED EDUCATION MEAN?
It simply means we do not force the students to participate or require them to get a great education. Instead, we encourage and inspire them to take ownership of their own education and work hard to obtain it of their own free will and choice. The student’s interests and phase of learning are honored, as well as their freedom to choose.
DOES FILA REQUIRE A STATEMENT OF FAITH? IS FILA RELIGIOUS?
No. We do not require participants to sign a statement of faith. All religions and beliefs are accepted and honored. The majority of FILA’s members are Christian, we do open our school day with prayer, and we do promote an allegiance to God. We do not leave God out of education. For example, students may be told that George Washington was protected by God when the opposing armies tried to take him down. Mentors will present their lectures in a way which encourages open discussion of all views, allowing all members to feel included and honored.
WHAT DOES IT COST FOR MY FAMILY?
Families register each semester, and are asked to contribute to operating costs and class tuition.
$110 registration fee per family, per semester $12* tuition per student, ages 3-11 $35-$75* tuition per scholar project *(cost varies depending on class project)
ARE PARENTS REQUIRED TO TEACH?
Because this is a co-op, all parents are expected to contribute to our community in some way – whether by teaching a class, assisting a teacher, or helping with administrative responsibilities.
WHAT IS A THOMAS JEFFERSON EDUCATION?
A Thomas Jefferson education fosters a love of learning and personal pursuit of knowledge vs. a conveyor-belt education and excessive testing. The focus is on learning through classics of literature, the arts, math and science as well as encouraging students to follow their own mission in life through modeling and mentoring. You can read more at http://www.TJED.org
WHAT IS A COMMONWEALTH SCHOOL, or LIBER COMMUNITY?
Commonwealth schools often look like homeschool co-ops, but they are organized with governing documents (a Constitution) and are run with an Administrative Board. Our commonwealth school is a one-a-week school for home-educating families, and are volunteer-based and focused completely on supporting families and a great education. They are not-for-profit organizations. A liber community is a community that exists to educate families and help support freedom. You can read more at http://www.libercommunities.co
MAY I VISIT BEFORE I COMMIT?
Certainly! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs. We are always happy to have families visit us up to three weeks before committing for the whole semester. If you plan to do this during the first two weeks in the fall, we encourage you to make an effort to also attend our Fall Business Meeting and Orientation, as well.