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Guilford Christian Academy is a private school that allows the students to be taught in their own homes by the parents. Parents maintain control – we do not tell you how to do it, we help you do it right. Parents choose the curriculum they will use or design their own course(s), the courses are parent directed and student centered.We will supervise your course of study and give you guidance and support throughout your home education. We take care of dealing with the government so you do not have to. This allows the family to focus on education not bureaucracy.
We have the authority and privileged to grant diplomas in the state of Maine, with that authority comes the responsibility for evaluating and issuing high school credits. Once we evaluate and document the validity of the work performed we will issue a real diploma, not a GED or certificate of completion.
We build an educational file for each student that contains student records, evaluations, external credits, transferred credits, and more. These records are confidential and will not be released without a signature from the parent, legal guardian, or adult student.
We do not require but do highly recommend becoming a member of HSLDA.
The law for Homeschooling in Maine.
GCA operates under the authority of Maine law. Guilford Christian Academy complies with the provisions of 20-A M.R.S.A. 5001 (a) which directs the Maine Department of Education to identify GCA as “a private school authorized by the department as providing equivalent instruction.” (20-A MRSA §5001-A, sub-§1 (b). You can view the analysis of the law from HSLDA . Option 2 is simple, non intrusive and less work for the homeschooling family.
In the primary grades it is expected by GCA that your commitment will be primarily on the fundamentals of academics, reading, writing and arithmetic. You should also be incorporating the preliminary studies of history, science and current events/social studies. This is taking into consideration that your primary responsibility is to raise your child in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Once your child reaches those intermediate years that the government schools call Jr. High, and on into High School your focus should shift to advanced studies. Including more in depths looks at math, science and literature and their research into social/political and economic policies and views that shape the way this world works.
The government’s requirements may change over the years and we must be diligent in staying in compliance, however, our goal should always surpass any that the government lays out for us.