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FAQs



Q:

Is Firefly Homeschool Community a school?

A:

No, Firefly Homeschool Community is not a school. FHC is a nonprofit organization providing enrichment classes and social events for homeschoolers from pre-k through high school. The directors of FHC are not compensated. Our teachers are parents and community members who design their own classes and are paid directly by parents/guardians for the classes their children choose to take. Teachers pay a small fraction of this tuition to Firefly to cover rent and other costs. 

Q:

What is the age range for students at Fireflly? 

A:

Firefly will serve students in pre-K through high school.

Q:

What do you mean by full-day student and partial-day student?

A:

Firefly offers six class periods a day, with mulitple classes offered per period. A full-day student is a child who is registering for all six periods. A partial-day student is a child who is registering for fewer than six periods. You are free to choose whichever classes you like, whether you're registering for a full-day or partial-day. PLEASE NOTE: If you have at least one full-day child, you may register all of your children at the same time, even if the others are taking fewer than six classes. 

Q:

When and where do you meet?

A:

Classes are offered on Thursdays at the Winterville Center for Community and Culture (371 North Church Street
Winterville, GA 30683) and The Winterville Auditorium. The buildings are adjacent to each other. 

There are 16 weeks of classes per semester.

Q:

How much does it cost to register and take classes?

A:

Please refer to our Payment Info.

Q:

How do I register for classes?

A:

In order to register for classes, you must first register your family with Firefly: 

  1. Click on "Join" in the upper-right-hand corner of the website 

  2. Create a login and submit the registration form

  3. Pay the $35 registration fee via PayPal

  4. Fill out the additional electronic forms linked at the bottom of the page after you submit your payment

Once your registration is approved, you'll receive an email and you may log in and register your child(ren) for classes. You will not pay tuition at this time, but you must select the appropriate Facility Fees and Volunteer Opt-out (if applicable) on the bottom of the registration page, and pay these via PayPal to process your class registration.

Q:

Do I drop my child off for classes?

A:

Yes. If you'd like to stay in the area, please check out the Firefly Trail, The Winterville Library and Pittard Park.

Q:

Will I get a refund if I change my mind about a class or decide not to attend at all?

A:

Please view our Payment Policy

Q:

Can my student change classes once the year has started? 

A:

In general, classes are designed as two-semester classes, building upon skills acquired in the previous semester. However, some classes will admit new students at the start of the second semester. Mid-semester class changes may be made at the discretion of the individual teachers. Please contact us if you would like to make a change to your child's schedule mid-semester or mid-year. 

Q:

What are your COVID-19 Policies and Precautions? 

A:

Our updated COVID-19 Policies and Precautions can be found here: https://www.fireflyhomeschoolcommunity.org/covid

Q:

Are Firefly Homeschool Community parents required to volunteer?

A:

In order to help Firefly run smoothly and safely, caregivers are asked to volunteer their time each semester. We will have multiple volunteer opportunities available, including both daytime and evening events, so you may select the times that best fit your schedule. Volunteers may be asked to monitor the changing of classes and lunch, assist with recess, help with cleaning tasks, keep tabs on the check-in area, assist in a classroom, or aid in supervising events. Volunteer time slots range from two to three hours in length and we ask each family to sign up for 2-3 time slots per semester. Caregivers will be notified by email when the volunteer sign-up schedule becomes available as we near the start of the semester. 

If you are unable to fulfill this requirement, please pay the volunteer opt out fee ($40 per semester). You will add this charge as an additional fee from the "Fees" section during registration. Please see the bottom of the Class Registration page and click "Volunteer Opt Out" for more information. 

Q:

How do I know when semesters start and end or when Firefly Homeschool Community is on on break?

A:

Please refer to our monthly calendar on the homepage or our full calender here.

Q:

Are Firefly Homeschool Community classes cancelled for inclement weather?

A:

Firefly Homeschool Community follows the Clarke County School System for all class cancellations due to inclement weather or other unforeseen events. If Clarke County Schools are closed, FHC will likely close as well.

Q:

Is tuition assistance available? 

A:

We are committed to making FHC affordable for all families. We regret that we're unable to offer tuition assistance during this first year of operation due to the amount of startup costs. Creating a robust scholarship fund and creating positions for parents/caregivers to fill in trade for tuition are primary goals for subsequent years. FHC is a nonprofit organization (501c3 application pending.) Our directors receive no compensation, and any excess funds will be earmarked for the community and scholarship funds.