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Q:

How did WEST begin?

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In 2009, a number of home school parents gathered to design a corporate, Christian, educational setting that assists home educated junior/senior high school students and families. WEST desires to help facilitate home education with a range of core and supplemental courses. Students must be registered with their school district as a home educated student. WEST is a 501( c ) 3 non-profit organization.

Q:

Who is the WEST Staff?

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Robin Fraser, Director

Robin desires to support homeschoolers as they seek to teach and influence as well as love and empower their children.   As a homeschooler herself, Robin sees the need for homeschooling families to have options within schooling at home.  Opening the doors of WEST has been a long time vision of Robin’s.  She is excited to use her leadership experience and skill set at WEST.

Robin holds a degree in education – has taught in the inner-city public schools at the middle/junior high level.  In 1993 Robin won the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year Award for Wisconsin.  She has also served as an inner-city youth director, has worked in the corporate world and has served in church:  council member/teacher/ministry lead and more.

Robin is a home educator of 12 years.  She is the founder of a homeschool coop, co-founder of WEST and has recently finished two years of schooling to earn certification as a Spiritual Director.

Robin’s heart is to engage, encourage and empower parents and students in a variety of ways – one being WEST.

Julie Monseth, Registrar

Julie Monseth has been homeschooling her boys for the past 12 years.   She loves being part of the WEST team and believes strongly in the mission of WEST to support families in their homeschool journey.

Julie graduated from Northwestern College in Roseville,  MN with a degree in Elementary Education.  She spent 5 years as a Program Director for adults with Developmental disabilities.  In 1998, Julie and her husband Nathan moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to help start up an international school.  After three years of the expat life and the birth of their third son, they moved back to the US and have been settled in the community of St. Michael for the past 12 years.   Julie has owned her own piano studio for 12 years and enjoys sharing her love of music.

Julie has been in a variety of leadership roles in her homeschool coop, and has also remained active in her local church with a passion for seeing woman come to know Jesus more intimately through the study of His Word.   Julie and her husband live in St. Michael (only 2 blocks away from WEST) with their five boys.

Sheri Simmer, Treasurer

Sheri Simmer has been a part of the homeschool community for over 10 years.  She is pleased to be a part of WEST and desires to help parents be successful in their homeschool journey.

After her time at Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, Sheri was a legal secretary for three years and spent eight years as an executive assistant at US Bancorp.  She and her husband started a home business in which Sheri has helped in various roles, including finance, for over 15 years.

Sheri has served in a variety of teaching roles with her homeschool co-op.  She and her family enjoy serving together in church and community settings.  Sheri and her husband, Jack, live in Greenfield with their five children.

Q:

Who are the WEST Board Of Directors?

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Carla Hausladen, Karen Heuer, Tammy Sundby

Q:

Why should I attend WEST?

A:
  • Enrolling in WEST allows your student more interaction in a caring, Christian academic setting with WEST staff, tutors and other learners
  • WEST offers students quality instruction and excellent tutors in a classroom situation
  • Attending classes at WEST provides your student the opportunity to learn a subject in an engaging, hands-on group situation
  • Junior and senior high home school students receive community in and out of the classroom at WEST
  • Student’s work and effort is highlighted each semester in a WEST Showcase experience
  • On campus events are planned for and by WEST students
  • Registration and payment is made easy at WEST with on-line registration
  • Workshops, testing, curriculum sale and other special events occur at WEST

 

Q:

How do I register my student?

A:

1. Go to www.westclasses.com
2. Request membership
3. Complete required fields of registration
4. Pay $45.00 annual registration fee
5. Wait for WEST confirmation email
6. Log in to website with username and password
7. Click on Class Registration tab
8. Begin registration process following prompts
9. Pay on-line for classes
    (If need to pay by check, payment must be received within 72 hours via mail or registration will be deleted)
    (If paying by check, write one check out for total tuition fees. 
     Note in memo which classes and what students are being registered)

Q:

Where do I mail in my registration?

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If paying by check, not on-line, mail to:  223 Cherrywood Ave NW St. Michael, MN 55376.

Q:

May I Register the First Day of Classes?

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Yes. Any first day walk-ins are welcome! Walk-ins will complete on-line registration forms and payments. However, students will attend classes the second week due to administrative processing and tutor notification.

Q:

Why can’t you process my registration without an email address?

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Email reduces our communication costs. It is also the most efficient form of communication, especially with time sensitive material and on-line registration and payment.

Q:

What are parents responsible for?

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Parents are primarily responsible for supervision of and assistance with coursework and final assignment of grades. This is necessary in order to qualify under the state guidelines as a home school. The parents and students are responsible to communicate with the tutor regarding any missed work or tests. Parents are responsible to have students arrive on time and be picked up promptly. Late pick up will be charged $15 due prior to next class day.

Q:

Why do I have to pay an annual family registration fee?

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The WEST annual registration fee helps to pay for rent, insurance, marketing, administrative and other costs.

Q:

If paying by check, how long do you hold my check before cashing it?

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The check for class payment, written out to WEST, will not be cashed until 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes.  
The WESTAnnual Registration Fee check ($45.00) may be cashed as early as August 1st.

Q:

Does WEST have a payment plan?

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Yes. Tuition can be paid in full on-line/check or in two payments via check only.

Option 1: Pay in full at time of registration either via on-line payment or check.

Option 2: Pay $100 down payment per class via check . Remaining balance due three weeks prior to first class.

Please contact WEST Staff to discuss other arrangements at billing.west@gmail.com or 763-227-6700.

Q:

Is there a late fee when registering for classes?

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Yes.
If you register after the deadline there is a $10 per class late fee.
The deadline is approximately two to three weeks prior to the start of classes.
Please check website registration for detailed dates per semester.
The registration process will communicate the exact date of late registration.

Q:

Do I get money back if I withdraw my student?

A:

General Registration up to Late Registration Date:

  1. One time annual registration fee of $45 is non-refundable
  2. WEST families registered for classes and drop a class, pay a $25 fee per class dropped.

Late Registration and Before Classes Begin:

  1. One time annual registration fee of $45 is non-refundable
  2. $80 non-refundable fee per class registration.

After Classes Begin:

  1. $50.00 refund to WEST students who withdraw within 24 hours after the second day of classes.
  2. Withdrawal later than above requires no refund.
Q:

Is there is a wait list ?  Do I pay if on a wait list?

A:

Yes.

If your student is on a wait list no payment is required at this time.
If paying with check - don't include amount of wait list class tuition in check.
To avoid wait list payment if using on-line payment: Add to cart all classes except the wait list class then pay via Paypal. Next, log back in to register for classes, register for wait list class and make no payment for that class.

Q:

Are my expenses at WEST tax deductible?

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Yes on Minnesota. No on Federal.

See: “Take Credit for Education” in your Minnesota Dept. of Revenue Booklet. Minnesota allows a subtraction or credit for certain educational expenses. If your student meets Minnesota’s requirements, and depending on your family’s income level, the tutoring expenses at WEST might qualify for a credit or subtraction on your Minnesota Return.

The tutor must be a qualified instructor by Minnesota Department of Revenue definition. That would include a licensed teacher or a person with any baccalaureate. Review the biographies to see if your tutor qualifies. Even is the class qualifies as an educational expense, the actual deductibility or eligibility for credit will depend on your individual tax circumstances.

THIS GENERAL INFORMATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE TAX OR LEGAL ADVICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OR YOUR PERSONAL CPA.

Q:

What is a 501 ( c ) 3 Non-Profit?

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This classification allows any donations (not tuition) you want to make to WEST tax deductible. WEST is always excited to receive any donations for the betterment of students.

Q:

Where are the classes held?

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22 North Main Street, St, Michael, MN – next to the Catholic school

9251 Elm Creek Blvd N Maple Grove, MN 55369 - Maple Grove Lutheran Church

Please DO NOT call the churches regarding WEST.  WEST contact information is thedirector.west@gmail.com or 763-227-6700.

 

Q:

What time do the classes run?

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Wednesday in St. Michael

Session 1: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Session 2: 10:00-11:30
Lunch: 11:30-12:00.
Session 3: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Session 4: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Session 5: 3:00-4:15 p.m.

 

Mondays in Maple Grove
Session 1:  9-10:30 a.m.
Session 2:  10:30-noon
Session 3:  Noon-1:30 p.m.

 

 

Q:

What are the class sizes?

A:

WEST class sizes range between 5 and 25 students. This is determined between the tutors and WEST staff.

Q:

Are WEST classes accredited?

A:

No.
WEST is not a school or an accrediting organization. Most courses earn a half or full high school credit. The parent’s are responsible for determining credits earned and then placing them on a transcript.

Q:

Does WEST provide transcripts?

A:

No.
Transcripts are the responsibility of the primary educational institution. This is the parent’s responsibility in the home school setting.

Q:

Will my student receive a report card?

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No.
WEST is not a school. Each tutor decides on how they will communicate student progress. These usually come in the form of a progress update/evaluation. The parents are the ultimate authority in grade assignment.

Q:

Can WEST guarantee my child’s educational success?

A:

No.
WEST is not a school or individualized tutoring service. Parents of home schooled children are the final authority in their success. WEST comes alongside and supports the home educated process.

Q:

How do I choose which class(es) are best for my student?

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The parent and student need to choose classes based on family need. For example, if you desire a corporate learning environment in science then WEST is the place for you! Choir would be another option to register for as that can only occur with a group of students. Depending on your student’s and families interests and needs – you will find plenty of classes to choose from at WEST.

Q:

How many classes should I choose?

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WEST has five sessions in a day. You may register for a class each session of the day or pick one, two, three, four or five classes for the day. Review the schedule and see what fits your needs. We are happy to host your student at any point in the day.

Q:

Do classes cancel?

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WEST strives for every class to fill and run each semester. It is our goal to provide a quality educational experience for your student/s. WEST is be able to run classes when families/students register themselves and share WEST with others who register. WEST reserves the right to cancel classes if student numbers are low. Cancellation date will be approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the WEST start date. Families/student/s will be notified by email.

Q:

Can I enroll my student in a class that is outside of his/her grade level?

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Choosing a class outside of your child’s grade level is possible. Tutor approval is required prior to registration.

Q:

Can I withdraw my student from a class?

A:

Yes. It is up to the parents to register and withdraw their students as they are the final authority.

Q:

Will WEST add classes to the schedule?

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Possibly. WEST is always looking for potential tutors and subject areas. If you or you know of someone who might be interested in tutoring at WEST, please submit a request for application at applications.west@gmail.com

Q:

Is there a study hall?

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WEST does not have a study hall at this time. If the need arises we will be happy to provide such a service for a minimal fee. However, there are quiet rooms available for students and families on first come first serve basis.  These rooms are to remain quiet.

Q:

Are some classes taken in a succession that can help in planning out classes at WEST?

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Yes!  There are a number of classes at WEST that follow a track.  This is a guideline and a most common order but some classes can be taken in any sequence at any time as well.
Class Progressions at WEST include:

SCIENCE: (Each class can be counted as a full year for one full credit)

Answers in Genesis Earth Science
Apologia General Science
Apologia Physical Science
Apologia Biology
Environmental Science/Biology
*This course is an excellent choice for the student who needs high school science credits but is not
necessarily interested in science.  This course counts as a Biology credit as well and can be taken at any
point in sequence.
Apologia Chemistry
Total Health with First Aid
*This course serves as a health credit and can be taken at any point in the seqeunce

ART: (Each class runs for one semester and can be counted as a half credit for each semester class)

Drawing Basics
Beginning Pastels
Advanced Pastel

WRITING/LANGUAGE ARTS: (Each class can be counted as a full year for one full credit)

Writing Foundations ½
Writing Foundations 1
Writing Foundations 2
Essay Writing
Introduction to Communications and Speech – this course can be taken at any point in time.  However, WEST suggests not to spilt up Writing Foundations 1 and 2 but to take those two courses sequentially.

SOCIAL SCIENCES:  (Each class runs for one semester and can be counted as a half credit for each semester)

The classes below can go in any order but they are a series of classes.  Note:  Personal Finance can be added to Economics for potentially one full credit.

American Government
Economics
Personal Finance

MATH: (Each class can be counted as a full year for one full credit)

Middle School Math
Algebra ½
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Geometry

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: (Each class can be counted as a full year for one full credit)

Explore Spanish
This is an excellent course on a two year rotation, preparing students for success in the high school
courses.  Students can take this class to receive a firm foundation of the language before entering the
upper level courses.
Spanish 1
Spanish 2

Q:

How does WEST choose tutors for parents to hire?

A:

WEST conducts multiple interviews with each possible tutor reviews credentials and seek tutors who are supportive of home education. WEST also makes reference calls and background checks on all tutors. Because the tutors are not employees of WEST, we cannot guarantee their performance. WEST and the tutors desire a positive working relationship with each other and WEST families.

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Does WEST have substitute tutors?

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Yes. Your tutor may hire a substitute. Each substitute goes through a background check, interview and reference check. If a class must be cancelled, the tutors will communicate all necessary information effectively.

Q:

How do I contact my tutor?

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You will need to ask your tutor for their contact information either at the Open House or at some point on a WEST class day.

Q:

What are tutors responsible for?

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The tutors at WEST are responsible for teaching concepts in a classroom setting. All content taught will be within the framework of Biblical worldview. Tutors will communicate with parents regarding lesson plans. Tutors will assign all homework necessary for the courses to be complete. Tutors will provide in-class tests for subjects where content needs to be mastered through memory rather than performance and a final evaluation at the end of the semester.

Q:

How do I notify WEST that my student/s will not be in class on a certain day?

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The first step is to simply contact your student’s tutor/s via email or phone and let them know.
You may also contact WEST at thedirector.west@gmail.com or 763-227-6700 if need be

Q:

What happens when my student misses a class?

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The student is responsible to communicate with the tutor and collect class information from the tutor and/or classmates. The tutor will not re-teach the lesson to your student.

Q:

How will WEST families be notified of a school day closing?

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WEST cancellation of classes due to bad weather will follow the St.Michael/Albertville school distrcit closing for St. Michael location and the Osseo/Maple Grove school district closing for the Maple Grove location. Check your radio and television postings. WEST will also send out an email notification. Our goal is to be open every class day if possible.

Q:

How will students make up missed classes due to inclement weather?

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There will be no make-up days due to weather-related problems. In the case of a class cancellation of your tutor, s/he will contact you with necessary assignments for making up the missed lesson. Typically, a substitute will be present.

Q:

What is the responsibility of the student?

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Students must arrive promptly and come prepared for class. Students are to complete the course work. Students must comply with WEST’s Code of Conduct. Students are to be attentive in class and understand that participation at WEST is a privilege, not a right. Students may be dismissed for disruptive behavior at any time.

Q:

How do I drop off my student(s)?

A:

Drive into the parking lot, go around the parkekd cars in the lot, pull off ot the side in front of the WEST building, pause, have your student(s) enter your vehicle and pull away – always watching for students and others in the parking lot for safety.

DO NOT block parked cars or school doors

DO NOT park in parking lot to wait for your student/s!

Q:

When do I pick up my student(s)?

A:

Pick up your student(s) no later than 10 minutes after their class/es is over. The last pickup time for the day is 4:25 p.m. Students that are not picked up at that time will incur a late pick up fee of $15 paid to WEST prior to attending the next class day. This fee will be due each and every time a student is picked up late.

Mail payment to 223 Cherrywood Ave NW St. Michael, MN 55376 or bring to WEST Office before attending class.

Late Pick Up Fee:

Students that are not picked up within 10 minutes of their class end time will incur a late pick up fee of $15 paid to WEST prior to attending the next class day. This fee will be due each and every time a student is picked up late.

Mail payment to 223 Cherrywood Ave NW St. Michael, MN 55376 or bring to WEST Office before attending class.

Q:

Where do I park?

A:

All students and families must park on the street – NOT in the parking lot. There is parking on Ash Street, First Street.

Q:

How do I get a hold of WEST Staff?

A:

thedirector.west@gmail.com or 763-227-6700. In an emergency situation use the phone number 763-227-6700.

Please DO NOT contact the Catholic Church or Catholic School.

Q:

Are visitors welcome at WEST?

A:

Yes. Parents and potential students/tutors are welcome to visit the campus and classrooms. Permission is required through thedirector.west@gmail.com or 763-227-6700 at least 3 days prior to visit with permission forms completed for minors. Visitors must first check in at the WEST office with the on-sire director before touring.

For the safety of those within our rented space:

  1. Unregistered friends or relatives are not welcome to attend with your student unless prior arrangements have been made with WEST Staff.
  2. Other unrecognized people in our rented space will be asked to leave immediately and reported to police if unwilling to depart.
  3. Parents must check in with the on-site director for the purpose of visiting a classroom or touring the building.
Q:

Where will miscellaneous lost and found items be kept between class days?

A:

Lost items will be kept in the WEST office. The student may check with the on-site director to retrieve lost items the next class day or by contacting thedirector.west@gmail.com or calling 763-227-6700. At the end of the year, any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Q:

WEST Advertising Policy and Procedure

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WEST desires to foster community within the northwestern suburbs of the Metro area as well as the homeschool population.  WEST supports the homeschool community through a classified section on our website, www.westclasses.com.

WEST will take into consideration all advertisements presented by outside resources.

WEST will make decisions on advertisements based on the following:

  • Appropriate content
  • Respectful presentation
  • Reliable organization
  • Applicable to WEST populace

To place an advertisement with WEST, the following will occur:

  • Submit advertisement to thedirector.west@gmail.com
  • Upon approval, the advertisement will be posted on the website www.westclasses.com and/or bulletin board for one school year
  • Review of advertisement will be done one time a year
  • Advertisements will be added periodically
  • WEST has the final authority and the right to approve/disapprove, accept or deny, add or remove any advertisement at any time
  • Any advertising approved by WEST is not necessarily endorsed by WEST but simply a venue for communications

WEST provides the www.westclasses.com as a service to homeschoolers.

WEST is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the site. While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this Web site is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

Although WEST’s Web site may include links providing direct access to other Internet resources, including Web sites, WEST is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in these sites.

Links from WEST to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by WEST of the parties or their products and services. The appearance on the Web site of advertisements and product or service information does not constitute an endorsement by WEST, and WEST has not investigated the claims made by any advertiser. Product information is based solely on material received from suppliers.