Academic standards: bRainmaker courses are designed to be academically rigorous, while providing students of all ability levels the opportunity to be successful and competent in their study. Upon registration, new students may be provided with a pre-course assessment to determine their level of preparedness. Students who are not fully prepared for the course will be encouraged to complete a review program prior to beginning the regular semester.
Calendar: The fall semester will start in late August and run through the second week in December. The spring semester begins in early January and continues through mid May. There will be 32 scheduled meetings. In the event of excess weather cancellation, extra sessions may be added to the end of the spring semester at the instructors discretion. Specific start and vacation dates will be released in late summer.
Homework and grading policies: Successfully completing a core course such as math on a homeschool model requires strong commitment from both the parents and the student. Homework averaging 4 to 6 hours per week will be assigned. Failure to complete all work in a timely fashion will greatly impede progress and making mastery of the material difficult. To fully utilize meeting time, tests will be proctored by the parent at home. A short quiz related to the previous week’s homework will typically be administered by the instructor each week and returned the following week.
Parents are responsible for supervising the work done outside of bRainmaker sessions. Each week parents will look over their student’s written homework assignments for completeness, legibility, and accuracy. For grading purposes, parents will be provided with solutions to the homework assignments. The instructors will collect and review the homework each week and compile a homework grade. Late homework submission is frowned upon.
Weekly homework will also include a specific focus on the materials returned the week before, where students can review and correct their mistakes.
While our grade recommendations are not binding, we will assign a suggested grade at the end of each semester. A grade composition of 15% homework grade, 15% quiz grade, and 70% test grade will be typical.
Attendance: No attendance will be taken, but absences are strongly discouraged. If for some reason you must miss a session, you are responsible for making up the missed material as soon as reasonably possible. Your instructor will attempt to make himself available for a make-up session for an additional fee, if schedules allow.
Weather Cancellations: In the event of inclement weather, we will follow the lead set by Buncombe County Schools. If they close, we will close. If BCSC operates on a two hour delay, check your email for a message from your instructor. And in all situations, if travel conditions are treacherous, we completely respect your decision to stay home, regardless. Be safe, and we will make up the work as needed.
Cost: The cost of each bRainmaker course is $800 ($400 for prealgebra), which consists of the $100 registration fee and two $350 ($150 for prealgebra) semester fees. The $100 annual fee is due upon registration and required to hold your space in the class. This registration fee will only be refunded if the course is cancelled due to under-enrollment or if it fills before your student is enrolled. The semester fees are due prior to the first class at the beginning of each semester, and are non-refundable. Payment should be made in cash or in check made to bRainmaker Inc.
Registration: There are no firm deadlines for registration, but student registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to returning students and their siblings. Enrollment size will be capped at 16 students per course. If a section is full you may opt to be added to our wait-list and contacted as an opening becomes available or a new section is opened. If a course enrollment does not reach 6 students, we reserve the right to cancel the course or alter the structure significantly.