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FAQs - Grade Auditing Questions / Answers

In summary, what is Grade Auditing?
What is the basis of the definition of Grade Auditing?
What are the application requirements?
What are the benefits of enrolling in CHC's Grade Auditing?
What is the cost for Grade Auditing?
What are the procedures for Grade Auditing?
Is Grade Auditing available for International Families?
What are the requirements for a CHC high school diploma?
What is Covenant Home's statement on certification?
May we start the next grade before finishing the last?
How do I award credit for extra-curricular work?
How do I seek pre-approval for subjects apart from Covenant Home?
 

In summary, what is Grade Auditing?
This unique service is designed to be a support for the family, not a dictatorial master. We bring to your home many years of education experience with professional advice and reflection. The grade report evaluations encourage artistic sensitivity and family business pursuits, while making other suggestions.

A specific teacher is assigned to each family that enrolls in the service. This person may be called during the times designated and will issue all the report cards during the academic year. Of particular value to the family are the comments and helpful suggestions the auditor will make on your student's written work. An account is maintained of what our families are doing in every area of the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities. At the end of each school year the transcript is begun/updated.

Another feature of grade auditing and tutorial is the implicit power back-up it affords mother and father. Children are clever and sometimes learn very early that there are ways to finesse mom and dad. A bad case of "studyitis" or "procrastinitis" can set in during the doldrums of winter months, and the fever associated with spring, coming inconveniently during the 4th quarter, may prove hard to shake with home remedies. In this situation parents can point to the tutorial service schedule as the deciding factor. Appointments must be kept! This is a secret, unadvertised benefit.

We think this is yet another Covenant Home distinctive which is unique in the homeschooling field. Grade Auditing is an optional service available to families enrolled in the full Covenant Home Curriculum.

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What is the basis of the definition of Grade Auditing?
Grade Auditing is an option service of Covenant Home Curriculum and is available only to students actively enrolled in CHC.

The Agreement

Covenant Home Grade Auditing is organized on a contractual basis. The agreement is based, in large part, on the enrolled family providing sufficient evidence of student work accomplished to enable the auditorto verify the grades already awarded. It is also based on work being performed within the time allotted. Thus, sending in completed and averaged grade sheets, sufficient work samples, graded tests, notebook page examples, graded book reports or essays, etc. on time is theway to take full advantage of the auditing relationship.

Insufficient evidence for grades awarded makes it difficult for the conscientious auditor. Tardy mailings or the work of multiple quarters arriving simultaneously will create a burdensome situation, possibly requiring reassignment and/or additional fees. A diploma is not implied by or based on enrollment into the Grade Auditing Service but is issued solely on the basis of the successful completion of a prescribed course of study. (See Requirements for CHC High School Diploma for further information.)

All incoming high school students (new to CHC) must provide transcripts and/or proof of earlier completed work prior to acceptance to the High School Grade Auditing Service. To be eligible for the Grade Auditing Service,a student must be enrolled in it by his Junior Year of study.

The great majority of our auditing relationships have been, and continue to be, very encouraging, cordial and fulfilling for the student, parents and auditors alike. Our auditors desire to support parents in their god-ordained role. They do not try to dictate requirements or impose unduly on the family's chosen educational techniques. This leaves them quite dependent on the faithfulness of the family. Their appeals in upholding high standards must be taken with all of this in mind.

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What are the application requirements?

  • Enroll in Covenant Home's full-curriculum program. A student must be enrolled in a CHC Full Curriculum (or a minimum of three core curriculum subject modules) for the current year in order to have the Grade Auditing Service available.
  • If student is enrolling for the High School program for the first time, transcripts and/or proof of earlier completed work must be furnished prior to acceptance into the program. An updated transcript is necessary in order to re-enroll in the high school auditing program. All previous work must be complete and turned into your auditor before proceeding to the next level.
  • Pay the Enrollment and Grade Auditing Fee(s). (See below for details on auditing costs.)
  • Expect to receive your auditing guidelines, grading and mailing instructions and other helpful information within a few weeks of enrollment.

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What are the benefits of enrolling in CHC's Grade Auditing?
The Grade Auditing program available with the full Covenant Home Curriculum provides four primary benefits. 1) Quarterly profile/evaluation 2) Quarterly report cards 3) Parental support helps to counter procrastination 4) Highschool transcripts and 8th/12th grade diplomas. Here's more:

  • Quarterly profiles are sent back to the parent. These evaluations give you valuable feedback and appropriate suggestions about your progress and procedures. New strategies and recommendations are given and a record of your work is established.
  • A report card is issued which sets forth the grades you have awarded in each major subject. Certain extra-curricular activities are also recorded for credit. Transcripts are issued in grades 9-12 where needed. (This is available only to students in the Grade Auditing program.)
  • Accountability is maintained. Hundreds of families have been helped and encouraged by the considerate, but stipulated requirements that make up the auditing agreement. This aspect of the service also furnishes the family with proper evidence to meet various county or state requirements.
  • Auditing service is a noteworthy procrastination fighter. Busy families often appreciate the gentle reminder to send in their completed work examples, grade sheets, book reports and so forth. They are urged to stay within the two-week target periods. Parents value the help it gives in maintaining their standards. Students prize the recognition and the sense of accomplishment that comes with having their own auditor.

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What is the cost for Grade Auditing?
Grade Auditing is only available to students who have enrolled in the full CHC program or who have purchased three subject modules from the core curriculum. It is an optional service which lasts for the time it takes to complete four quarters of work, or twelve months, which ever is shorter.

The cost for auditing is:

  • $175.00 per student, per year for Kindergarten
  • $200.00 per student, per year for Grades 1-4
  • $250.00 per student, per year for Grades 5-8
  • $335.00 per student, per year for Grades 9-12

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What are the procedures for Grade Auditing?
On acceptance into the Grade Auditing Service, your auditor will contact you by letter, giving a brief personal history, recounting educational experience and stating the times that are acceptable for possible telephone consultation. Address and phoning information will also be sent.

Included with the auditing letter will be a list of requirements and suggestions as to what should be mailed in at the conclusion of each 9-week quarter.

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Is Grade Auditing available for International Families?
Addresses outside of the Continental US are required to pay additional shipping expenses. This applies to the return of audited student materials as well as initial curriculum shipment. A one-time postage fee will be added to your order. Amounts vary and may be billed at a later date.

Please send us an email (educate@covenanthome.com) if you have any questions concerning this matter.

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What are the requirements for a CHC high school diploma?
Learn about the Requirements for a High School diploma.

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What is Covenant Home's statement on certification?
Students who have persevered in a controlled, challenging academic program such as Covenant Home Curriculum, have learned to work diligently and are more likely to be well prepared for successful college performance.

Our academic board has deemed it not appropriate to seek certification by ordinary state agencies or like associations. This is primarily because civil government cannot be a guarantor of educational quality. This is manifestly true in our country today. Valid and reliable certification rests in several categories which might be summarized under the heading: strength of curriculum. All Covenant Home programs employ challenging text books, engage the student in outlining and note-taking skills, regularly scheduled tests that call for essay answers, instruction in composition, reading and analysis of classical literature, all supervised under a rigorous grade auditing service.

Certification also finds its potency in the positive and long term acceptance of the Covenant Home program and transcripts at all colleges and universities throughout our country. The able staff of our tutorial program superintends the student’s work and academic progress and produces a written profile each nine-week grading period. Grade reports are issued every nine weeks and transcripts when appropriate.

For those not acquainted with the increasing breadth of the homeschooling movement it should be noted that many colleges and universities are now sponsoring recruitment booths and other enrollment efforts at homeschooling curriculum and book fairs. Students who have persevered in a controlled, challenging academic program such as Covenant Home Curriculum, have learned to work diligently and are more likely to be well prepared for successful college performance.

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May we start the next grade before finishing the last?
If you are not using our auditing services, you may begin and end your school year at any time.

If you are using grade auditing, your school year must be complete before beginning the next year's work. This is especially important for high school students. Grades must be turned in and transcripts updated before we ship the next grade level.

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How do I award credit for extra-curricular work?
In addition to teaching the core academic subjects which we supply...

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How do I seek pre-approval for subjects apart from Covenant Home?
Awarding Credit for Extra-Curricular Work: In addition to teaching the core academic subjects which we supply, many Covenant Home families have found creative ways to provide their students instruction in extra-curricular activities such as physical education, home economics, shop (or apprenticeship in some other skill), art or music.

In many instances, these learning experiences represent a significant amount of time and involvement and should be included in the transcript. College entrance officials look for key signs of accomplishment. We help them find the things that will present your child effectively.

Seeking Pre-Approval for Subjects Apart from Covenant Home: If a high school student wishes to add a subject for credit or to use a text other than one provided by Covenant Home, pre-approval must be secured before the school year is begun. Submit a letter to Covenant Home Course Approval, N63 W23421 Main Street, Sussex, WI 53089, including the following information:

  • Provide the name of the text and give a catalog description including the level, number of pages and other pertinent information.
  • Indicate the number of hours per week to be devoted to the course, as well as its duration, generally either 18 or 36 weeks.
  • Provide a written course overview with a brief outline of the objectives and information to be covered.
  • Indicate the amount of credit (half or full) you are seeking.

Tutors, Cooperative Instruction, Community College Courses: For those of you who have enlisted the help of private tutors or who have enrolled your child in a homeschool co-op or other means, please arrange for the instructor to provide documentation. Your auditor will include all such pre-approved classes if the correct information is reported to her with the quarterly work.

Likewise, community college courses which earn high school credit may be included in the student’s course listing and contribute toward the GPA. Those earning college credit are usually listed in the remarks section of the transcript. A minimum of three CHC core subjects is required to qualify for grade auditing. An additional fee may be added if a student exceeds seven subjects.

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