Q: What is HERO?
Q: Where does HERO meet, and how do I get there?
HERO is a nonprofit 501(c)3, Christian, non-denominational organization. Classes meet during the school year every Monday and Tuesday at Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church, in Forest Lake. The organization has served the Twin Cities area home schooling community since 1996.
A: Home Educators Resource Organization (HERO) meets at Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church, 17445 Notre Dame Street, Forest Lake, MN.
Q: How do I get information about HERO?
Q: What volunteer time commitment is required of HERO members?
A: The parent or guardian is responsible for three volunteer hours for every one-hour semester class that their student is registered for. There is a "buyout" option available, for the cost of $25 for every required volunteer hour (example: 1 class hour x 3 volunteer hours x $25 per volunteer hour = $75 per class hour). All of the class hours from a family will be added up to determine the total number of volunteer hours required of that family. The maximum number of volunteer hours required of one family is 24 ($600). Block classes, such as 3-hour preschool, kindergarten, etc. are considered 3-hour classes.
B: All members must sign up for Membership Volunteer Hours in the HERO Parent Volunteer Binder within 30 days after the first day of classes. You will need to signed up for your total required parent volunteer hours for that semester or you will be charged the $25 per volunteer hour required. The Parent Volunteer Sign up book is located by the Parent/Teacher mailboxes in the Activity Building. Parents choosing to “buy out” their hours must indicate it on this registration form. I have read and gone over with my children the HERO Student Code of Conduct and the dress code. I understand that failure to adhere to it can result in immediate dismissal with no refunds.
Q: What are the financial responsibilities of HERO members?
A: A $50 fee per student is due at the time of your first registration of that specific school year. This fee covers facility rentals, insurance, and other support related costs. This is a one-time per student, per school year fee.
All classes offered at HERO have a class fee associated with them. These fees are collected by HERO and distributed to the teachers, who are independent contractors for the organization.
Some classes may have additional costs to cover supplies. These classes are not limited to science and art classes. Many of the classes have additional charges due to the number of photocopies the class requires. These additional fees are payable directly to the individual class teachers.
Q: Is HERO affiliated with any religious denomination?
A: HERO is a non-denominational 501(c)3 organization. HERO is not a ministry of Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church. We do not endorse any specific denomination. We do however practice Biblical Christian principles and conduct during meetings, class time, and activities offered by HERO. Christian teachings are also incorporated into the fabric of most of the classes offered by HERO. Families of all religions and denomiations are welcome, as long as they are willing to operate within these stated parameters.
Q: What is the student age range supported by HERO?
A: HERO offers classes for Preschool (age 3 to 5), Kindergarten, and first through twelfth grades. Nursery is provided on Monday and Tuesday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, while parents are working their volunteer hours for the organization.
Q: Does HERO have a room available for students to eat snacks or lunch? Do families bring bag lunches?
A: Lunch/snack items are available for families to purchase at a reasonable price. We have both a snack bar area in the activity building and a lunchroom in the main church building. This is our largest ongoing fundraiser.
Lunch cards (valued at $10) may be purchased in advance at the lunchroom area.
Families are also welcome to bring their own lunches to the facility, to be eaten during official lunch hours. All food items are to be eaten in a designated lunchroom.
Q: Does HERO offer band, orchestra, and other music programs?
A: Instrumental, strings, guitar, piano, and voice lessons are available Monday and Tuesday at HERO. We offer an Instrumental and a Strings Ensemble on Monday, as well as a Jazz Band. On Tuesday, we offer choir for grades 3-6 and 7-12. There is an all-girls choir ensemble that also meets on Tuesdays. Our Directors invite you to see the class descriptions for more details. All musical instructors are highly qualified, with years of experience in their field.
Q: Does HERO offer socialization opportunities for senior high students, outside of formal classroom settings?
A: Under the guidance of a teacher/chaperone, several additional activities are planned for students in 7th-12th grades. These activities are planned by the parents and students. All activities are parent chaperoned. See the "Calendar" page for more details.
Q: Does HERO have a dress/behavior code for its' students?
1. Student attire should be clean, neat, and reﬂect modesty at all times.
2. All hats must be removed when entering the facility and remain off while inside the building.
3. No T-shirts are allowed that conﬂict with Christian ideals, including muscle T-shirts (boys and girls) tube tops, etc.
4. No excessively baggy clothing – pants and tops. No “sagging” ones’ pants is allowed.
5. No “gothic” dress, makeup or jewelry on girls or boys.
6. Shorts must be modest in length. GUIDELINE: standing straight with arms at side, tips of ﬁngers must touch bottom of shorts.
7. No mid-riff tops or low riding pants that show belly button, stomach or hip bones are allowed. Pants or shorts with suggestive writing on buttocks will not be permitted.
8. No yoga pants or leggings unless a shirt is worn where the tip of the fingers touches the bottom of shirt. This applies for students Grade 6 and up.
9. No excessively low cut or tight tops on girls that show cleavage. GUIDELINE: tops should be no lower than three ﬁngers below your neck bone. No spaghetti strap tops allowed without coverage. Tank top straps must be at least one-inch wide, with no bra straps showing.
1. No gum, pop, food, or candy are allowed outside the designated lunchroom area. NO gum at HERO.
2. No student is to leave the HERO site during the school day unless they are leaving with their parent or guardian.
3. If students drive themselves to school, they cannot take other students with them in the car for lunch, errands, or any other reason.
4. No electronic devices are to be used in the class rooms. (This includes: cell phones, iPod, MP3 players, CD players, gaming devices, head phones, etc.) Place cell phones in a basket or container provided by the instructor when you come in the door or put them in your backpack.
5. No weapons, illegal drugs, or vap devices of any kind. No pocket knives.
6. No skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or bicycles in the parking lot.
7. Students are not allowed to “hang out” in their cars with other students (i.e. listen to music, socialize, etc.) Students must be visible to adult monitors at all times.
8. Students must conduct themselves in accordance to Judeo-Christian standards in their speech, demeanor, and in their attitude toward administrative staff, teachers, parents and fellow students.
9. No sexual/physical affection toward peers or staff (i.e. holding hands, kissing, tight hugging, “making out”, etc. on HERO grounds or at HERO functions.
10. Students must show respect for adults, fellow students, church facilities and property at all times.
11. Students must have a good attitude toward their teachers, studies, and the HERO program.
All of the facilities, furniture, fixtures, computers, technology, or other resources provided by HERO for use by students while at HERO belong to HERO, are not private, and may be searched by HERO officials at any time without advance notice to the student.
In addition, when HERO has reasonable suspicion that a search may uncover a violation of the law or of HERO’s rules, HERO reserves the right to search a student’s person or personal possessions, including but not limited to a student’s clothing, purse, backpack, book bags, electronic devise, packages, and vehicles on HERO property. HERO will strive to ensure that any search is reasonable in scope and intrusiveness. In addition, where it is necessary to search a student’s person, HERO will consider the anatomical sex of the student when determining who will conduct the search and will arrange to have an observer present during the search. In some circumstances, HERO may decide to contact law enforcement to conduct or assist in a search.
The HERO Administrative staff will use their discretion to enforce the dress and behavior codes.
Q: Could you direct me to other websites that could be helpful with homeschool issues?
A: The following links are informative resources and sites.
- MHA (Minnesota Home school Alliance) - http://www.homeschoolers.org/
- MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) -
- HEPPNER'S LEGACY Homeschool Resources, 369 Jackson Ave NW, Elk River - (763) 241-4663, www.legacyhomeschool.com
- Rainbow Resource Center - (888) 841-3456
- A Beka Book, Inc. - http://www.abeka.org/
- HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) - (540) 338-5600
- HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has a website that can help you with your child's highschool transcript. http://www.FastTranscripts.com Fast Transcripts gives homeschool parents the ability to create professional high school transcripts with error-free GPA calculation. Cost is only $16 ($12 for HSLDA members)