In order to make Christian education accessible to a wider grouping of Bitterroot families, HCA has always charged lower tuition rates than the cost of operation. Families with multiple children also receive an automatic multi-child discount. These discounts are in addition to the tuition assistance we provide for families in need and for staff. As they are direct benefits to parents and students, HCA does expect that each family participates in our main fundraising efforts annually.
Children whose parents are involved in their schools do better. Research has shown that children of a school volunteer make better grades and perform better on tests. They’re also better behaved, have better attendance, and are more likely to graduate and continue their education. The more parents participate at school, the more successful their children will be.
(Tan & Goldberg,2009: Sheldon & Jung, 2015:Dearing et al, 2006)
The purpose of volunteering or parent service hours is to build community, reduce the cost of education, and enhance learning environments for our students. Each hour of volunteer time advances our mission and is a great way to meet other families.
Yes. All Hamilton Christian Academy parents, or guardians, are required to raise $750 (over tuition and fees per student, discount for multi children apply. Example ) in fundraising participation/hours of service or pay a fee of $750 each year. To meet volunteer objectives, we would prefer your service to your money.
Grandparents or other extended family members and friends may complete hours, too. It is important that the office knows if someone else is completing hours for you. All hours must be logged in your family portal. These hours are then checked quarterly by our Office Administrator.
Upon your student's approval and enrollment into HCA, you sign our handbook that has opportunities and requirements listed. This is not a comprehensive list and we encourage parents to let the office know if they have a super skill or fundraising idea to contribute to their family's service hours. We also encourage parents to check our weekly newsletter for service hour opportunities. Also, pay attention to our Sign-Up Genius (SUG) emails sent periodically requesting parent help.
How long do I have to fulfill my service hours?
July 1st – June 30th of the current school year.
Families commit to completing their fundraising contributions in at least two (2) of the following ways: Document HERE
More examples of parent service hours HERE
What if I have a good idea that seems a good fit for parent service hours?
If parents have ideas for service, we encourage them to submit those via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The diversity of opportunities throughout the year typically allow for service hours to be completed by all families, especially if the full year is used to fulfill fundraising and service hours. The flexibility to have family and friends volunteer as well can be utilized. For those who cannot isolate the time to fulfill service hours, we encourage you to pay the fee.
We are dependent on our parent volunteers so when something changes and you are unable to fulfill a commitment to HCA it is imperative that you find your replacement.
If a family does not complete their fundraising contribution their student's re-enrollment will be suspended.
Volunteering your time and God-given talents is a great way to meet other families and get connected.
- Sign up for approved volunteer opportunities.
- Join us for our fine arts and musical nights.
- Join us at school events.
- Attend sporting events.
Contact our office staff Kristen Schultz (email@example.com), or Trisha Kinsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help you find a way to connect that fits your schedule and passion!