COVID-19 Contingency Plans
In response to the conditions created by the current COVID-19 pandemic, bRainmaker math classes and clubs will all be taught through a hybrid format, with a limited number of students in our physical classroom and the rest joining us through Zoom. This will allow proper distancing, while at the same time permitting participation from those who prefer to join us from home. The exact split of on-line versus in-person students will depend on the conditions in our area in August, and we may shift this balance as conditions change. But we will definitely have an online option for the entire year, while allowing as many students in the classroom as conditions permit.
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.
Fall semester begins in late August and runs through the second week in December. Spring semester begins in early January and continues through mid-May. There are 32 scheduled class meetings per school year. In the event of excess weather cancellations, extra sessions may be added to the end of the spring semester at the instructor's discretion. Specific start and vacation dates will be released in late summer.
The cost of each bRAINMAKER, Algebra 1 and above, is $400 per semester. The semester fees for the Pre-algebra class are $250. There is a $150 registration fee per class per year, which is due upon submission of initial paperwork and is required to hold your student's space in the class. The registration fee is only refunded if the course is cancelled due to under-enrollment or it fills before your student is enrolled. Semester fees are due prior to the first class each semester, and are non-refundable. Payment should be made in cash or in check made to bRainmaker Inc. Electronic payment can also be made with Venmo.
Homework & Grading
Successfully completing a core course such as math on a homeschool model requires strong commitment from both the parents and the student. Students can expect homework averaging four to six hours per week. Failure to complete all work in a timely fashion will greatly impede progress and make mastery of the material difficult. To fully utilize meeting time, tests are proctored by the parent at home. A short quiz related to the previous week’s homework is typically administered by the instructor each week and returned the following week.
Parents are responsible for supervising the work done outside of bRAINMAKER class sessions. Each week parents should review their student’s written homework assignments for completeness, legibility, and accuracy. For homework grading purposes, parents are provided with solutions to the assignments. The instructor collects and reviews homework each week and compiles a homework grade. Late homework submission is frowned upon.
While our grade recommendations are not binding, we assign a suggested grade at the end of each semester. Grades are calculated based on the following: 15% homework, 15% quizzes, and 70% tests.
No attendance is taken, but absences are strongly discouraged. If for some reason your student must miss a session, he or she is responsible for making up the missed material as soon as reasonably possible. Schedule permitting, Dr. Swann offers make-up sessions for an additional fee.
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 20 students per course section. 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 six students, we reserve the right to cancel the course or alter the structure significantly.
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.