Who are the teachers?
At PHA we believe that parents are principally responsible for the education of their children. Our staff is comprised of parent volunteers using the curriculum outlined on this website. All parents are responsible for working with classroom teachers to ensure that their children complete homework.
Do I have to teach?
While the academy is run strictly by volunteers, not all parents are required to teach. There are varying levels of volunteer opportunities both at the school and from home.
I'm interested in teaching, but I have young children at home. Do I have any options?
There is a daycare/preschool available onsite to help provide childcare for teachers.
Can I afford PHA?
The tuition at PHA is $200 a month; however, parents who teach classes can earn credits to help cover the cost of tuition. Talk to the administrator to see if there are teaching opportunities available.
Is financial aid available?
A limited amount of financial aid may be available on a case-by-case basis.
Do I have to volunteer?
Yes. PHA is parent-run, and all families are expected to contribute. However, there are many different volunteer opportunities that you can choose from to accommodate your family’s lifestyle.
What is expected of parents?
Parents should be aware of what homework their child is expected to complete and support them in completing all assignments in a timely manner. Communication with teachers is important to the success of PHA students and encouraged. In addition, parents are expected to attend all mandatory parent meetings and volunteer. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that their students comply with all Oregon home school laws.
What is the homework load like?
PHA students will have more homework than traditional school students. The classroom time is limited to 12 hours per week and is primarily for instruction, while application work will need to be completed at home. Younger students should expect to complete around 3 to 5 hours of homework each week, increasing each year to around 8 to 10 hours per week in upper elementary. Junior high and high school age students may have between 10 to 15 hours of homework per week. Please keep in mind that these homework hours are an important part of your child's education since classes only meet for 12 hours each week.
What does my child do with the extra time every week since they are only in classes 12 hours a week?
Although PHA classes are only in session 12 hours a week, the school day doesn't end after those hours. Your child will have assignments that will need to be completed after school hours and during the weekend. In addition to the basic subjects offered at PHA, there are many home school classes in the area (music lessons, sports, and a variety of other extracurricular activities) that you can use to round out your child’s education. PHA's hours open up your schedule to facilitate this.
Where is PHA located?
PHA is currently renting space from a church located in Hillsboro, OR. For more details, please call and schedule a tour.
Where do most families live?
Most PHA families live in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area, although we have had families come from as far away as Salem.
What are the transportation options available for getting my child to PHA?
Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from PHA each day. The administrator will be able to provide you with a list of families in your area available for carpooling.