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FAQs

Q:

What is the membership fee for Agape?

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The annual membership fee for a school year is $30 per household/family.  Our school year begins August 1st, and ends July 31st.  The membership fee is non-refundable.  The membership fee gives access to participate in all of Agape's activities as well as individual, customizable, and secure portals for each family in the Agape network.  Want to pay now? Click here.

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What are "Sections" in the Directory?

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Sections are the community groups within the Agape family. If you live in Sneads Ferry, for example, you would select that Section in order to stay up to date on events held in that community--playdates, smaller field trips, community service projects, etc. The Sections are intended to facilitate more intimate friendships and networking within your immediate community.

Q:

Where and how often does Agape meet?

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Agape Leadership Development hosts a variety of events for a variety of age groups all over Onslow and surrounding counties. The support group nature of our organization provides us the flexibilty to meet on different days and locations. Visit our calendar to find activities to enhance your own homeshool.  

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What ages of children can participate in Agape events?

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All homeschoolers are welcome to participate in Agape events. Our events are designed to meet the interests and needs of students ages five to eighteen (school-aged). Certain age groups have unique social needs and we have created events with them in mind.  

Primary Pals (K-2nd): Look for events on the calendar with this label in order to keep your little ones active and engaged.

FLOC--Future Leaders of Our Communities (Middle/High School): These activities are geared for students ages 12 and up. Teens love our activities, which focus on fun, teambuilding, and healthy social interaction. FLOC events are all adult supervised.

Q:

Is my information in the Agape Directory secure?

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The Directory is accessible by Agape members only and is not open to the public.  It is against Agape policy to use the information in the Directory for any purposes other than for reasons relating to homeschooling or the facilitation of group functions.  The sharing of information with the rest of the Agape membership increases the ease of connectivity with each other, but you do have complete control of how much information you share with others in the group.  The settings in your member profile are controlled by you and should be set at your comfort level.

Q:

I'm considering homeschooling. Where do I start?

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  1. Consider your level of commitment. Avoid "ping-ponging" back and forth between schools as it can be detrimental to your student's continued growth.
  2. Learn your rights and responsibilities. Read the full "Homeschool Handbook" (link on the homepage).  This information will be vital in making your decision.
  3. Select a curriculum that aligns with your educational philosophy and desired methods.
  4. Build a support system. This can be through family, church, or your local support group like Agape Leadership Development.
  5. Seek guidance from homeschool veterans.

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What are the Classifieds?

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Members are welcome to buy, trade, or sell their gently used curricula and homeschool tools using our Classifieds page. From your member home page, you can list your items for sale or browse the searchable list for treasures. So, find what you need and sell what you don't.  Transactions between members for Classified items are just that--between those two members.  Agape will not serve as a mediator for Classified transactions other than offer the capacity for the listings through the website.  We trust that all transactions will be handled appropriately and in good order.  It will be the responsibility of the "poster" to maintain their listings, however, all listings will automatically purge after 60 days.

Q:

I want to join Agape for a partial year.  Is there a prorated membership fee?

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There is an alternative to the full-year membership price.  We have a partial year membership that runs from January 1st-July 31st.  The prorated membership fee is $25 per household/family.  All the same benefits will apply as the full-year membership except the time period is shorter.  Having this option lets us accommodate homeschoolers that have recently relocated to our area or perhaps have begun homeschooling later in the year.

Q:

Why is there a membership fee to join Agape?

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A support group with a structure like Agape incurs expenses just like any other non-profit organization.  For many years, these expenses were covered by donation alone.  The size of Agape's membership has grown beyond what those donation amounts could handle.  By charging a membership fee per family, our expenses can be covered as well as opening the doors to events and activities that would typically be too expense.  For venues that may ordinarily be too pricey, Agape could cover a portion of the cost and reduce the cost of admission per family member making the event affordable.  The membership fee also allows Agape to offer special events internally that focus on the welfare of our members, which would otherwise be impossible.  Agape is run by volunteers and no salaries are paid with Agape membership fees.  Some examples of operating expenses associated with Agape:  website domain name/hosting, craft supplies, office supplies, food/ingredients, supplies for the graduation ceremony, etc. 

 

Q:

How can I learn more about homeschooling?  I feel overwhelmed.

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Some suggestions:

  1. Join a support group and network with experienced homeschool moms.
  2. Be sure to read all information in the Homeschool Handbook (link on side menu on the home page).
  3. Attend the seminars offered by Agape.  Check the Agape calendar for dates.
  4. Take advantage and make an appointment for one-on-one advising (new this year within Agape).

Q:

I want to withdraw my student from public/private school.  What do I do?

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In order to comply with NC laws for children 7 and older, you must have an open homeshool BEFORE you withdraw your student from traditional school.  Once your homeschool is open, then you can withdraw your student and transfer them as a registered student in your homeschool.  Be prepared:  the traditional school may not be very accepting of your decision to homeschool.  Know your rights before you go so you won't be intimidated by their rhetoric. Visit the Homeschool Handbook to arm yourself with the facts you'll need to know.

For students under the age of 7, you can withdraw the student without having an open homeschool.  NC law states that students under the age of 7 are not required to be enrolled in school.

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What is FLOC?

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Future Leaders of Our Communities (Middle/High Schoolers) is a social club for homeschooled students in the upper grades. Agape offers field trips, teambuilding, and special events wth the unique needs of this age group in mind.  All FLOC activities are adult supervised.

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What is Primary Pals?

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Primary Pals (K-2nd) are students with typically less demanding academic schedules (and attention spans) and energy to spare. Agape offers more frequent social activities and specialized field trips for this age group to keep your little ones active and engaged.  Stay tuned to the Calendar for Primary Pals events!

Q:

What is Agape's returned check (NSF) policy?

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Since Agape accepts personal checks as a method of payment, we must, therefore, have a policy in place in the event of a returned check.  Should a check be returned to Agape, the check writer must satisfy, in cash, the original amount of the check plus a $25 NSF fee.  A returned check could potentially cause the loss of a position on a field trip list if capacity is limited.  This would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for determination.  Failure to satisfy a returned check within 15 days of notification will result in a suspension of Agape membership.  If the check is still not satisfied within 30 days of notification, the result will be the forfeiture of Agape membership.

Q:

Is a homeschool diploma acceptable for college entrance and employment?

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A homeschool diploma is the same as a private/public school diploma, since your homeschool is a legally registered school within the state of North Carolina.  In many cases it is more respected due to the dedication and advanced studies that homeschoolers typically utilize.  The problem will happen if your TRANSCRIPT doesn't reflect a solid educational record.  The diploma CAN stand alone, but is more powerful when substantiated with a strong transcript.  Let the transcript do the "talking" for you and your student when/if the diploma comes into question.  A well-planned high school strategy is the best defense against a weak transcript.  Don't let those high school years creep up and catch you unprepared.  We advise that you compare your high school strategy with several states' college entrance requirements so that you're not caught "surprised" and your college-bound student lacks a credit in a particular subject.

Q:

I see an event on the calendar that I'd like to attend.  How do I sign up?

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Signing up for the first time? Familiarize yourself with the process by visiting the link for Event Registration.

From the home page, there is a place on the right side of the screen named "Upcoming Events."  If an event requires registration, you will see the words "Sign Up" beside it.  Simply click there and it will take you through the sign up process. You can also sign up for events through the Agape Calendar by clicking on the event.

If you do not see a place to "Sign Up" on an event, then registration is not required or necessary and you can just come join us.