Frequently Asked Questions
  • Question 1: Where does HERO meet, and how do I get there?
Answer: HERO meets at Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church, 17455 Notre Dame Street, Forest Lake, MN.
  •  Question 2: How do I get information about HERO?
 Answer: Jayne Wahlberg is the Administrator of HERO.  If you want information about HERO, you can reach her by phone at (651) 485-2572, or by email at
  • Question 3: What volunteer time commitment is required of HERO members?
Answer: The parent or guardian is responsible for three volunteer hours for every one-hour semester class that their student is registered for.  However, there is a "buyout" option available, for the cost of $18 for every one-hour semester class ( number of hours times 3, i.e.  a one hour class buy-out would be 3 x $18 or $54); with a maximum of 24 hours or $432 per family per semester.  All of the class hours from a family will be added up to determine the total volunteer hours required of that family.  Block classes, such as 3-hour preschool, kindergarten, etc. are considered 3-hour classes.
  • Question 4: What are the financial responsibilities of HERO members?
Answer: A $50 fee per student is due at the time of your first registration of that specific school year.  This fee covers facility rentals, insurance, and other support related costs.  This is a one-time per school year fee.
All classes offered have class fees associated with them.  These fees are collected by HERO, and distributed to the teachers, who are independent contractors for the organization.
Some classes may have additional costs to cover supplies.  These classes are not limited to science and art classes.  Many of the classes have additional charges due to the volume of photocopies the class requires.
  • Question 5: Is HERO affiliated with any religious denomination?
Answer: HERO is a non-denominational 501(c)3 organization.  HERO is not a ministry of Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church.  We do not endorse any specific denomination.  We do however practice Biblical Christian principles and conduct during meetings, class time, and activities offered by HERO.  Christian teachings are also incorporated into the fabric of most of the classes offered by HERO.  Families of all religions and denomiations are welcome, as long as they are willing to operate within these stated parameters.
  • Question 6: What is the student age range supported by HERO?
Answer: HERO offers classes for Preschool (age 3 to 5), Kindergarten, and 1st through 12th grades.  Nursery is provided on Monday and Tuesday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, while parents are working their volunteer hours for the organization.
  • Question 7: Does Hero offer a lunch program?
Answer: Lunch/snack items are available for families to purchase at a very reasonable price.  We have both a snack bar area in the activity building and a lunch room in the main church building.  This is our largest on going fundraisser. 
Lunch cards (valued at $10) may be purchased in advance at the concession area.
Families are also welcome to bring their own lunches to the facility to be eaten during official lunch hours.  All food items are to be eaten in the designated lunchroom.
  • Question 8: Does Hero offer band, orchestra, and other music programs?
Answer: Instrumental, strings, guitar, piano, and voice lessons are available Monday and Tuesday.  We offer an Instrumental and a Strings Ensemble on Monday, as well as a Jazz Band.  On Tuesday, we offer choir for grades 3-6 and 7-12.  There is an all girls choir ensemble that also meets on Tuesdays.  Our Directors invite you to see the class descriptions for more details.  All musical instructors are highly qualified, with years of experience in their field.
  • Question 9: Does HERO offer socialization opportunities for Senior high students, outside of formal classroom settings?
Answer: Under the guidance of a teacher/chaperone, several additional activities are planned for students in 7th-12th grades.  These activities are planned by the parents and students.  All activities are parent chaperoned.  See the "Events" page for more details.
  • Question 10: Does HERO have a dress/behavior code for its' students?
Answer: Yes
  1. Student attire should be clean, neat, and reflect modesty.
  2. All hats must be removed when entering the facility, and remain off while inside the facility.
  3. No T-shirts should be worn that conflict with Christian ideals.  No muscle T-shirts are allowed.
  4. No "Gothic" dress, makeup, or jewelry on girls or boys.
  5. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
  6. Shorts must be modest in length.  Tank-top straps must be at least one-inch wide, with no bra straps showing.
  7. No short tops or low riding pants on girls, that show belly buttons, stomachs, or hip bones.
  8. No excessively low-cut or tight tops on girls.  Rule of thumb, no lower than three fingers below your neck bone.  Dress modestly.
  9. No gum, pop, food, or candy is allowed outside the designated lunchroom area.
  10. No student is to leave the HERO site during the school day, unless they are leaving with their parent or guardian.
  11. If students drive themselves to school, they must not take other students with them in the car for lunch, errands, or any other reason.
  12. No electronic devices allowed in the classroom (cell phones, IPods, mp3 players, CD players, video gaming device, etc.)
  13. No weapons or illegal drugs of any kind.
  14. No skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or bicycles in the parking lot.
  15. No swearing, bathroom talk, or foul language.
  16. Students are not allowed to sit in cars and listen to music, socialize, etc. unless they are by themselves in their own car.
  17. Students must show respect and Judeo-Christian conduct in their speech and demeanor toward administrative staff, teachers, parents, and fellow students.
  18. No sexual/physical affection toward the opposite sex (ie. holding hands, kissing, tight hugging, "making out", etc.) on the HERO grounds or at HERO functions.
  19. Remember to reflect Christian modesty and respect for others in your dress, language, and actions.
  20. "Anyone who visits HERO should be able to see, by the students appearance and example, that we are Christians."  This is a quote from a HERO student.
The HERO Administrative staff will use their discretion to enforce the dress and behavior codes.
  • Question 11: Could you direct me to other websites that could be helpful with homeschool issues?
Answer: The following links are informative resources and sites.


  • Question 12: Could you give me a contact for a drivers education program?
Answer:  Contact TEENS, INC, 1080 W. County Rd. E, Shoreview, MN   55126
Phone (761) 237-0311, website:
  • Question 13:  What are some websites that I can use to help my child prepare for the ACT and SAT?
           Answer: The following links will help you prepare for the ACT and SAT.
If you have other unanswered questions, feel free to contact email your questions to, or call Jayne Wahlberg at (651) 485-2572.

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