Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome your questions and those of your students. We expect you will have many questions. Please contact us with questions. There are no dumb questions. We have 28 years of experience to share with you. When you visit, you will see us working busily. That’s just the kind of people the staff is; they don’t like doing nothing. You are NOT interrupting us when you visit. You are our purpose.

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1990 W. New Haven Ave
STE 306/307
Melbourne, FL 32904-3924

Current Families

  1. When and what are the mandatory events that I, or my student, need to attend?
  2. Why do High School students have to do so much composition?
  3. Why does NCS not encourage the use of Math-U-See?
  4. Does Apologia or A Beka Physical Science count as Physical Science?
  5. How do I join the site class Facebook groups so I can keep in touch with site class teachers and get the most up to date information on what is going on in the class?

1. When and what are the mandatory events that I, or my student, need to attend?

  • You can find a list of our mandatory events and their dates, times, and locations on the Mandatory Events page here in the Calendar tab of our website.

2. Why do High School students have to do so much composition?

  • Our goal is to prepare students to establish a firm foundation for communication in writing in any future activity.  We highly recommend that those planning on attending college do honors work in composition by meeting the 18,000 word minimum.

  • Every college alumnus has reported to us their sincere appreciation for the written requirements of NCS.  They are usually amazed to hear their fellow college students complain for having to write 2 five-page essays for a particular class and because those same students often have no idea how to write an essay.

  • Those not expecting to attend college can work on the standard level of composition of 9,000 works.  Those planning on vocational careers should see the office for topics that may be of more interest to their students.  Students in vocational careers can do much of their work on topics that will enhance their career, including how-to's, letters to customers, letters to businesses, business proposals, bio's of famous people in their career field, equipment differentiations in their career field, etc.

  • Composition can come from English, history, science, mathematics, the arts, health, theater, practical arts, and vocational courses.  Creative writing for the English credit should be limited to no more than 10% of the total world count.  There is a creative writing credit course available.  It's word count would be on top of the English course credit.   No journaling work can be included in composition.

  • All compositions, except poems, must be at least 300 words.  For poetry, a collection of poems written totaling at least 300 words is necessary. 

3. Why does NCS not encourage the use of Math-U-See?

  • Math -U-See is written by non-mathematicians who use mathematical terminology to mean different things than it actually means.  It will keep students from progressing to higher levels of math without terrible struggles to relearn the vocabulary and practice of mathematics.  For more information contact the school office for a written paper on these issues.

4. Do Apologia or A Beka Physical Science count as Physical Science?

  1. No, both Apologia and A Beka have books they list as Physical Science that are actually not Physical Science. Both cover a variety of topics that have more to do with the Physical World, that is, Geology, Meteorology, Space Science, Evolution, Oceanography etc.
  2. A Physical Science book covers a half year of light Chemistry and a half year of light Physics and no Earth Science.  This light coverage is designed to cover the broad general topics that the student will be assumed to have knowledge of before taking Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  3. All of those 3 courses assume the student has the knowledge covered in a Physical Science text. Missing that information could make the 3 more advanced courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science) much more difficult.
  4. Physical Science is also a great course for the student who doesn't like science and will not wish to take Chemistry and Physics later on.  Then it can be followed by Biology, and two half year courses (such as Meteorology, Marine Biology, Anatomy, Oceanography, etc.). However, those planning on attending college should complete Physical Science, Biology, and either Chemistry or Physics.  Having taken the Physical Science first, Chemistry and Physics will be easier.

5. How do I join the site class Facebook groups so I can keep in touch with site class teachers and get the most up to date information on what is going on in the class?

  • Visit the group tab on the school's Facebook page.
  • Find the site class group that you wish to join. (You should have already sent in the class registration paperwork).
  • Click on the "Join Group" button.
  • A member of the school staff will approve your request to join the group.  We have set up the groups to require a staff members approval on all requests to join so that everything posted within the group is private.  All that anyone not in the group would be able to see is the header image, the group description, and who's in the group. 

 

Inquiring Families

  1. Will my child fit in and be successful?
  2. How are records kept?
  3. What about transcripts, diplomas, and Bright Futures scholarships?
  4. How will I know what books and materials to use?
  5. How will I get books?
  6. There are subjects I don’t know myself as a parent. What happens when I don’t know what to do?
  7. Will there be things besides classes?
  8. Do the site class teachers care?
  9. Will this education be an education for their own life?
  10. How are sports available?  

1. Will my child fit in and be successful?

  • You can review the statistics and data about the school. You can determine that its philosophy and educational mission align with your goals and objectives. But the real question is how will your child fit in. If you feel good about your answer to that question, you are all set.

  • We are honored to have each student with us, and that means we care about helping your student find common interests with other students. Our students are taught to value each person’s gifts, talents, and abilities as qualities decided by God, and, therefore, things to be valued by those around them.

  • We also care enough to help the parent and student work through weaknesses in academics and character.

2. How are records kept?

  • We keep records securely. We have been trained to use the standard practices for educational records. We attend ongoing training as well.
  • Many of our records are kept on computer, using a nationally known program acknowledged for its security. Also, our staff computers are not accessible by students, and student computers are on a separate network than staff computers.
  • We are required to collect social security numbers for our students and parents, but we do not input those into our computerized student records. They are kept in a secure location instead.

3. What about transcripts, diplomas, and Bright Futures scholarships?

  • We provide transcripts for our students and diplomas to those students who earn them. The transcripts and diplomas are accepted by public schools, private schools, the military, and colleges and universities. They also can be used for those going through security screenings.
  • We have an account with Bright Futures and will handle that for you. We will alert you when college entry exams should be taken and that the proper courses are being taken to qualify for these, and other, scholarships.

4. How will I know what books and materials to use?

  • Once you have enrolled and we have reliable placement testing results for your student, we will help you select the proper books and materials. The parent has the choice. Should those materials or texts not be working well, we can show you how to tweak your program to get better results without having to buy new books or materials.

5. How will I get books?

  • We have an extensive curricula library for all levels, as well as science equipment available for checkout or usage. You check those books and materials out for the week/semester/year needed. Of course, workbooks are consumable and may have to be bought.
  • If you prefer or need to buy your texts, books, or materials, we have experienced people who can help you find the best prices.
  • Computer software for your own computers must be purchased by the parent/student unless you are using FLVS courses, in which case, they will send you the programs.

6. There are subjects I don’t know myself as a parent. What happens when I don’t know what to do?

  • No one knows everything, except God. Let us know your areas so we can work with you. Sometimes, just an alternative view from a staff member is all that is needed to work through a difficult concept. Some curricula is designed for a student who will have no knowledgeable teacher.
  • We can also assist you in finding tutors. You would pay the tutor usually. Some tutors do volunteer work.
  • We also provide pep talks for parents any time by phone, email, Facebook messaging, or in person. We can also do principal talks to students who need those.

7. Will there be things besides classes?

  • Action Groups, Clubs, Contests, and Events: The truth is that extracurriculars like forensics, drama, chess and so many more activities, stimulate a young mind. They expose your child to options she perhaps hasn't thought about. Who knows! She may even have one of those 'Eureka!' moments when she discovers her true calling in life. In any case the depth and breadth of a school's extracurricular activities are part of what make it the right school.

8. Do the site class teachers care?

  • Private school are not hampered by unions that would require them to keep poor teachers. Our teachers teach well, or we don’t ask them to return. They teach because they love to teach and see students learn, not because it is their support pay check. They know their subjects well, often professionally or avocationally using the subject they are teaching.

9. Will this education be an education for their own life?

  • Because your student’s education will be tailored to meet his or her strengths and weaknesses, your goals and his or her own goals for life, and God’s destiny for that student, we believe your student will be ready to meet the life they face. Your child will hopefully emerge from her private school experience with that wonderful combination of creativity, confidence and accomplishment which will allow her to face whatever comes her way with equanimity, grace and aplomb.

10. How are sports available?

Students have several alternatives for sports:

  • Community leagues and groups, including crew (rowing), softball, cheerleading, etc.
  • Since we are a private school, students can participate at the public school of residence.
  • Form a team with a coach, and we’ll back you. See us for details. We already have our NCAA clearances!
  • Competition in individual or dual sports: Sports that do not require a whole team. We have had national level champions in several such sports including tennis, martial arts, and surfing.

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