FAQs 2020-05-17T19:23:09+00:00
How do I know when to sign up for an assessment? 2020-05-14T05:47:56+00:00

All students will be assessed the week of Aug 18th, 19th, and 20th in our Brain Boot Camp from 10am -1pm.  If you are unable to attend, you will be assessed the first week of school!

Why does my child have to participate in an assessment? 2020-05-14T07:09:19+00:00

We need to place your child in his/her appropriate reading and math groups and assessments help to identify current levels of comprehension.  Each new student must meet with our teachers for a 15-minute assessment to assess reading and math skills.

We have an IEP for our child – can this be accommodated? 2020-05-14T06:08:44+00:00

An IEP is legally a district program so it is valid within the public school district.  We are happy to look at the IEP to help with small group placement and small group tutoring, but we do not execute an IEP.

My student is very advanced and reading well beyond his years. How will this be accommodated? 2020-05-14T06:16:28+00:00

Students are placed in reading and math small groups by level, not by grade.  Therefore, your student will be in the group most appropriate for his reading level.

Will my 1st grader be with 6th graders in class? 2020-05-14T06:27:54+00:00

No. Classes are paired closer together in age. However, there are some cross-grade project collaborations that may pair younger students with older students for 30-45 minutes of the day. This is by design, as we have found that students of all ages mutually benefit from these interactions.

What can my child expect a typical day to be like?* 2020-05-17T18:44:03+00:00

Each day will include three 30-45 minute learning periods where students will be doing their work in a small group of six with their teacher or aide.  Recess, lunch, and an elective (PE, art, or STEM) will be scheduled around these periods.  And finally, each grade will have an assigned reading list for the year that its students will work towards completing regularly.  Booklists will be available in August.  Our teachers will read out loud from these books for 10-20 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and children will be expected to keep up with the reading at home.  Students can complete book activity by reading silently to themselves, having a parent read out loud to them, or using a program such as Audible to listen to the book.

*Subject to change based on educational needs.



My 3rd grader doesn’t read at a 3rd grade level. Will s/he have to be in a different classroom? 2020-05-14T07:03:20+00:00

For homeroom, morning meeting, lunch, recess, and physical education, learners will be with their peer-age group. For academic success in our small groups, learners may be moved up and down to different level groups to ensure mastery of a particular subject.  Groups are not labeled, as some ARE higher and lower, but some may be just using a different learning style to help that group master the concepts and subject.

Here are some of the different learning styles:

  • Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aura (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands, and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning, and systems.
Is there homework? 2020-05-17T20:50:07+00:00

As a homeschooling parent, you are ultimately responsible for the full and complete education of your child.  SOCHH’s role is to teach the material and provide the tools and resources necessary to facilitate each student’s success in learning the material.

What makes this program different from other programs available? 2020-05-18T00:39:46+00:00

Here are some primary differences (and advantages) with our program:  1) we offer on-site, teacher-led instruction, 2) parents do not have to volunteer 3) we are a non-profit 501(c)(3), 4) we focus on small group learning and individualized education.  We teach and follow California state standards from the beginning to the end of the year.

Is this a secular program? 2019-03-19T22:55:37+00:00

Yes, this is a secular program.

Is this a school? 2020-05-14T07:21:10+00:00

We’re not an accredited school; we are a learning center.  The South OC Hybrid Homeschool is a homeschool hybrid program.  As the parent, you are the primary teacher for your homeschooled child.  However, we provide instruction in math, language arts and social studies.  Please be sure you have filed with a homeschool charter (we accept Excel, Ilead, Inspire and Scale) OR file a PSA with the state.

What grades do you accommodate? 2020-05-14T07:29:29+00:00

We offer a Kinder program.  It is a 2-day option of 9 am – 1 pm or you may combine both sessions.  Please contact mstoni@southochybridhomeschool.com for more information.

We offer 1st-6th grade.  Please contact admin@southochybridhomeschool.com if you have questions.

We offer a 7 /8 junior high program that includes science, math, language arts, and history.  It is an academically rigorous program designed to prepare students for high school.  Please contact MsJenna@southochybridhomeschool.com for more information.


How do you divide the classes? 2020-05-14T07:30:41+00:00

Classes are divided into a first and second-grade combo class, a third and fourth-grade combo class and a fifth and sixth-grade combo class.*

*Please note, this is subject to change based on enrollment. 

Will students change classes during the program? 2020-05-14T07:32:18+00:00

No, students in our program will not change classes.  They will still participate in a classroom as they would in a traditional setting.  The main difference in our program is that, during our learning periods, we’ll break the students up into small groups of six and teach them math, language arts, and reading.

Is this a new program? 2020-05-17T18:57:38+00:00

Yes and no.  For the 2018-2019 school year, we had our lead teacher, Ms. Brooke, teaching 14 enrolled students once a week.  Our program for the 2019-2020 school year was an expanded version of the 2018-1019 program.  We are currently entering our third year for 2020/2021 school year.

Are your teachers accredited? 2020-05-14T07:38:52+00:00

Yes, all of our homeroom teachers are accredited and have public school teaching experience.  However, our teacher aides are not accredited.

How many students will be in the program? 2020-05-17T18:58:44+00:00

We do not allow more than 16 students per combo class in a room with 1 teacher.  We prefer to keep class size closer to 14 students.  Our total program can accommodate 70 kids on campus. 

Where is South OC Hybrid Homeschool?* 2020-05-17T19:03:28+00:00

We’ll be renting space from Temple Judea in Laguna Woods, CA.  We’ll have no less than 4 classrooms, a large social hall, and a fenced-in place space and a lunch area for our students.

*This information is based on the 2019-2020 school year and is accurate through June 30, 2020.

When will classes be held? 2020-05-14T07:42:58+00:00

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 2:30 pm.  On Wednesdays, 9 am – 1 pm is our project and lab day.  Students in some charters are unable to attend this day due to limitations on hours in class. 

Do I have to enroll for the entire year? 2020-05-17T19:08:22+00:00

Yes, we ask that all students who are looking to join our program commit to a full year.  This commitment is only for Tuesday and Thursday classes and a Wednesday option if desired.  However, you may unenroll from the program with a 30-day written notice.  Registration deposits will not be refunded to those who leave before the end of the year.

Do I have to enroll in both Tuesday and Thursday classes? 2019-03-19T22:16:36+00:00

Yes, classes for the main program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday is the only optional day to add.

What happens if I can’t commit to the entire year? 2020-05-17T19:11:11+00:00

We require that you submit a 30-day written notice of your intent to withdraw.  If you choose to withdraw, you will also lose your registration deposit.

How much is the program? 2020-06-25T21:39:00+00:00

There is a $300 registration fee due upon receipt of your South OC Hybrid Homeschool application.  This fee is non-refundable but will be used as a credit for the final May/June 2021 payment.  The program is $2,800 for classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

What do program fees include? 2020-05-18T00:56:15+00:00

Program fees include the main educational program, physical education, art, and STEM electives. All textbooks and workbooks are included.   Individual novels can be purchased separately or rented from the public library.

Why is the registration fee so high and per person, not per family? 2020-05-17T19:25:25+00:00

South OC Hybrid Homeschool, unlike other centers and programs, does not keep this fee. It is used as a deposit and is applied to your last month’s program fees.

Can I use charter funds? 2020-05-17T19:38:34+00:00

 Yes, we accept charter funds.  Please click here to read the most current update on the use of charter funds as of May 17, 2020.   If you have a charter that you would like us to become a vendor for, please email us at admin@southochybridhomeschool.com.

Is this a co-op? 2020-05-17T19:46:43+00:00

No, this is not a co-op in the sense that parents have to teach classes or do volunteer hours.   It is, however, a co-op in the sense that we have very small classes with one teacher and that we limit the number of classes available.

Are there mandatory volunteer hours? 2020-05-17T19:47:29+00:00

No, there are not mandatory volunteer hours.

I want to volunteer. What do I need to do? 2020-05-17T19:50:56+00:00

Great!   Please email admin@southochybridhomeschool.com to notify us of your interest and we will reach out to you with more information. 

How do I pay my registration fee? 2020-05-17T20:11:24+00:00

To pay your registration fee, click here and then click on the blue ‘register now’ link below the red text.  You will be taken into our registration form.

The $300 non-refundable registration fee must be paid via credit or debit card.  Charter funds cannot be used for this fee; however, this fee will be applied to the May/June program fee payment as a credit.  The fee will not be refunded if you change your mind about enrollment. Also, the fee will not be refunded if you leave mid-year. No student will be officially enrolled until this fee has been paid and you have received a confirmation email regarding the payment.

Do I have to enroll in the half-day portion? 2020-05-17T20:20:08+00:00

No, this is a two-day program with an OPTION to sign up for the half-day portion offered on Wednesday.  Please note that the Wednesday time is only an option for grades 1-6.  Kindergarten has its own schedule and does not apply to this half-day schedule.  NOTE: If you are with iLead, please contact your educational facilitator (EF) regarding eligibility for Wednesday’s.

Why is there an extra half-day option? 2020-05-17T20:23:55+00:00

The half-day option is provided for students who may need additional help with concepts taught in class.

May I enroll in the Wednesday mid-year or drop it mid-year? 2019-03-19T22:53:43+00:00

Yes, the Wednesday option you may add on at any time throughout the year or drop throughout the year.

What is the curriculum? 2020-05-17T20:38:21+00:00

All of SOCHH’s curriculum is always reviewed and approved by the various charters. During the 2019-2020 program year, we used a curriculum that included Singapore Math, Math Mammoth, Lucy Calkins Units of Study, and Sadlier-Oxford Grammar.  For the upcoming 2020-2021 program year, the curriculum will be finalized prior to the first day of classes and may include any or all of the previous curriculum and any newly incorporated curriculum.