News & Announcements

14 Mar 2017

NCHE Night with the Charlotte Hornets

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Enter Promo Code: HOMESCHOOL

*NCHE encourages you to purchase in-between Sections 228-231 so the families can sit on the same side of the arena!

  • *IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION*

Click on available seats (blue dots) to add to your cart, then log in or create a new account to proceed to checkout.  To print tickets, please visit myhornetsaccount.com and enter your login information within 14 days of the game.

NCHE Homeschool Night Highlights:

  • Fun, family-friendly school spirit night with fellow families and students.
  • Post-game free throw on the Hornets NBA court for everyone who attends with NCHE!
    *Details will be sent out at a later date
  • NCHE will receive recognition on the scoreboard.
  • Ticket savings off the face value and no per ticket fees
  • $25 200-Level – Curve Mid
  • $19 200-Level – Curve High
    (Prices above do not include applicable NC state taxes, Savings is vs. regularly priced tickets purchased online or by phone)

*Important Note: Special ticket offer and incentives are only available when you buy through the link provided above. Tickets purchased through other outlets will not be honored.

NCHE will be there to greet you! Looking forward to seeing you!  Questons?  Contact Evelyn Bickley at evelyn.bickley@nche.com.

14 Mar 2017

Tryon Palace Field Trip

 

 

Join NCHE on April 14 as we explore American history at Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina!  Once the capital of North Carolina, New Bern remained a bustling port into the 19th century and was one of the state's largest towns until the 1930s.  Tryon Palace was the Royal Governor's home during the colonial period. 

Costumed historical interpreters will lead our group through the Palace and the Palace Kitchen where demonstrations of 18th century cooking techniques bring the past to life.   Exploring the intricate and elaborate Palace gardens, stables, blacksmith shop and surrounding historic homes on your own is included in the price of admission.

Our special group admission fee is only $6/student and $15/adult (a saving of more than $4 and $6 per ticket respectively).  Student prices apply to 1st through 12th graders. Children younger than 1st grade are FREE.  Plan to check in with NCHE by 10 a.m. on April 14.   Advance reservations with payment are required by 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 12.  Reservations are transferable but non-refundable. 

 

Register Here

16 Feb 2017

Raleigh Museum Options for Capital Fest 2017

 

Photo by Alexisrael

Tuesday, March 7, will be an exciting day for Homeschool families in North Carolina.  In addition to the great line-up of activities at Capital Fest, here are some other educational opportunities in the downtown Raleigh area.  All are within walking distance of Capital Fest sessions and legislative visits. 

1.  North Carolina Legislative Building:  Opened in 1963, the Legislative Building is the current meeting place of the North Carolina General Assembly.  In addition to housing senate and house chambers and offices, the building features a 28 foot mosaic of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina and other architectural features. Self-guided tours are available, but NCHE has also arranged for a FREE, 30-minute docent led tour of the building at 2 pm.  Free; Space limited; advance registration required.  To be added to the list, please send an email to NCHE Activities Director Evelyn Bickley at evelyn.bickley@nche.com.

2.  North Carolina Museum of History (also houses the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame):  Free admission; open until 5 pm.  In addition to the Story of North Carolina exhibits and a reproduction of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer, special traveling exhibits are "Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote" and "The Photographs of Hugh Morton."  Click here for a link to activities to do with the kids before and during your visit:  http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/learning/kids

3.  North Carolina Museum of Natural Science:  Free admission to exhibit halls; open until 5 pm.  Admission to traveling exhibit of "The Secret World Inside You" discounted 50%, now only $5 for homeschoolers on March 7. Admission to 3D movies available for $3. Advance reservations NOT necessary.  Simply ask for the NCHE Capital Fest Homeschool Discount at the admission desk. 

The Old Capital Building and the Governor's Mansion will not be open for tours on March 7. 

Click here to register for Capital Fest.

 

6 Jan 2017

Field Trip: Discovery Place Science Museum

(Photo courtesy of Discovery Place)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017:  301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC; check-in between 10 and noon

Come and spend the day with NCHE at Discovery Place Science Museum, one of the top-rated science museums in the nation. Enrich your students' education with a trip to the Rain Forest, a hands-on encounter with out-of-the-ordinary animals, or an interactive visit with a chemist.  Be lifted high in the air by a vacuum powered Air Chair or lie on a bed of nails unharmed.  The youngest visitors (age 0-7) and their caregivers will enjoy the KidScience, a room full of hands-on learning.

Learn about 13th century Mongolia through the special, limited time exhibit of Genghis Khan.  With more than 200 items on exhibit, view the weaponry, musical instruments and everyday artifacts of life during the Mongol empire.  

Choose from two optional IMAX film experiences:  The Mysteries of China or Secret Ocean

REGISTER NOW

Advance Registration and payment required to guarantee our discounted rates.  Tickets will be held for your pick-up at Discovery Place on February 21. 

Admission for everyone 2 and older is $9 (regular prices are $13.94/student and $18.23/adult).  Children under 2 are free.  Discounted tickets for IMAX shows may be purchased on-site for $5.36 each (regular price of $9/student, $10/adult). 

12 Dec 2016

Ski Beech with NCHE!

Join other homeschoolers January 23 at Beech Mountain, NC!
Learn more about Beech Mountain Resort at http://www.beechmountainresort.com/

$30 per person fee (a $90 value) includes:

  • lift ticket (either DAY 9-5 or TWILIGHT 1-9);
  • rental equipment;
  • 1 hour group lesson

$20 per person fee includes:

  • lift ticket only (for those who have their own equipment)

A tubing option exists: $25 per person (pay when you arrive; no need to pre-register for tubing); Runs scheduled for 10, noon, 2 and 4.  Register in person 2 hours before desired run. Minimum height requirement: 42".

REGISTRATION

PRE-REGISTRATION BY 6 p.m. JANUARY 20 IS MANDATORY TO GUARANTEE THE SPECIAL RATE.

To register, email the following information to ski trip registrar, Glenna Toney, at riderschoicewnc@bellsouth.net with JANUARY 23 in the subject line:

  • Name of EACH participating individual who will ski or snowboard
  • What type of SKI or SNOWBOARD equipment will be needed?
  • Will person(s) be participating in group ski or snowboard lesson? (Children under 8 may not be part of the group ski lesson.)
  • DAY or TWILIGHT lift ticket
  • Number of optional hot lunches desired ($8/meal)
  • Phone number where you can be reached on ski day

Expect a confirmation email with additional details from Riderschoice.  If you do NOT receive a confirmation, you are not on the list for January 23. 

PAYMENT

Payment is made on-site at Ski Beech.  PLEASE NOTE:  Homeschool families will be expected to show current, appropriate proof of homeschooling (such as a print-out of your NC DNPE registration).  Adults attending must be accompanying their legally homeschooled  (19 or younger and not yet graduated from high school) children, grandchildren, or younger siblings. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation can be made to riderschoicewnc@bellsouth.net until 6 pm on January 20.
Cancellation after that time will need to be arranged directly with Ski Beech.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Ski Beech only closes for ice storms or high winds.

QUESTIONS? 

Please contact either Evelyn Bickley, NCHE Activities Director at evelyn.bickley@nche.com or Glenna Toney, ski trip registrar at riderschoicewnc@bellsouth.net.

26 Sep 2016

Field Trip: Old Salem Tour & Candle Tea

Old Salem

Friday, December 2, 2016, Old Salem Visitor's Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC.

The Footsteps Through History tour is a self-guided town visit and includes an educational video on the history of Old Salem at the Visitors Center, admission to town buildings and gardens, and admission to three self-guided galleries in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). 

Old Salem Tour

Candle Tea

Hosted by the Home Moravian Church of Winston-Salem, the Candle Tea is a Christmas tradition.  This abbreviated version includes a 40 minute tour of the Single Brothers house with special emphasis on the kitchen, candlemaking, the Nativity story, the Moravian putz (miniature replica of Old Salem), and a Moravian sugar cookie. 

Tours group size is strictly limited due to fire codes.  If you want to be with your friends, please have one person order all the tickets for your group. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.  Every effort will be made to give you your preferred time.    

Register Now

Register Now! Registration must be made by October 31 to insure the discounted admission price.  Tickets will be held at the NCHE desk in the Old Salem Visitors Center for pick up on December 2. 

You will receive an email confirming your reservations, with admission time, details, and further information. 

10 Jul 2016

NC Homeschooling Growth Continues

The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) just published the NC homeschool statistics for the 2015-2016 school year on their website. The number of state recognized homeschools grew by more than 10% to 74,653. DNPE estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 118,268 students ages 6 through 17. NCHE believes that a more realistic estimate is 2.5 students per homeschool for a total student population of 186,633. Also, since most homeschools with students only below the age of 7 do not officially open a school (because the law does not require it), there are actually more homeschools than this number represents. 

In January 1988, there were about 1046 homeschools in North Carolina. When NCHE convinced the NC General Assembly to pass a favorable homeschool law that was ratified on June 20, 1988, the number of homeschools began to grow rapidly. By the end of the 1988-89 school year the NC homeschool community had experienced a phenomenal 32% increase in numbers to 1,385 homeschools. In 1991 the number of NC homeschools had jumped to 4,127. Many authorities said that home education was just a passing fad, and they predicted that in a few years the interest in homeschooling would dwindle. Those authorities were wrong. Twenty-eight years later, growth in the number of NC homeschools continues at an unparalleled rate. 

74,653 North Carolina Homeschools by County After 2015-2016 School Year

Alamance  

1,078

Cumberland 

1,888

Johnston  

1,769

Randolph  

1,454

Alexander  

384

Currituck  

245

Jones  

111

Richmond  

226

Alleghany  

71

Dare  

279

Lee  

387

Robeson  

797

Anson  

150

Davidson  

1,519

Lenoir  

279

Rockingham  

804

Ashe  

315

Davie  

403

Lincoln  

598

Rowan  

1,399

Avery  

169

Duplin  

243

Macon  

463

Rutherford  

566

Beaufort  

328

Durham  

1,226

Madison  

353

Sampson  

303

Bertie  

89

Edgecombe  

263

Martin  

141

Scotland  

140

Bladen  

248

Forsyth  

2,402

McDowell  

523

Stanly  

573

Brunswick  

904

Franklin  

765

Mecklenburg  

5,607

Stokes  

426

Buncombe  

2,730

Gaston  

1,579

Mitchell  

142

Surry  

743

Burke  

744

Gates  

103

Montgomery 

210

Swain  

136

Cabarrus  

1,838

Graham  

140

Moore  

773

Transylvania  

434

Caldwell  

657

Granville  

487

Nash  

714

Tyrell  

26

Camden  

82

Greene 

87

New Hanover  

1,269

Union  

2,609

Carteret  

753

Guilford 

2,764

Northampton  

98

Vance  

342

Caswell  

203

Halifax  

276

Onslow  

1,477

Wake  

6,982

Catawba  

1.142

Harnett  

1,411

Orange  

676

Warren  

94

Chatham  

482

Haywood  

649

Pamlico  

95

Washington  

100

Cherokee  

275

Henderson  

1,331

Pasquotank  

416

Watauga  

403

Chowan  

100

Hertford  

79

Pender  

526

Wayne  

721

Clay  

85

Hoke  

502

Perquimans  

96

Wilkes  

784

Cleveland  

852

Hyde  

52

Person  

346

Wilson  

476

Columbus  

354

Iredell  

1,520

Pitt  

917

Yadkin  

316

Craven  

790

Jackson  

295

Polk  

240

Yancey 

242

1 Dec 2015

Facebook Groups for Four Areas of Special Needs

Born out of the desire for on-going connections among parents who attended our recent Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children, NCHE Support Groups are here for you to ask questions, share advice and arrange meet-ups. The privacy settings are "closed" so that what you share will not appear in anyone's Facebook feed unless they are a member of that support group. As of now, we have created four groups: autism, down syndrome, learning differences and physical disabilities. You may join as many as are appropriate for your family, and please let us know if you think we should create additional groups.

 

Autism
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHESummitAutismSupport/
Down Syndrome

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHEDownSyndromeSupportGroup/
Learning Differences

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHELearningDifferencesSupportGroup/
Physical Disabilities

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHEPhysicalDisabilitiesSupportGroup/

8 Jul 2015

Homeschool Numbers Grow Again

The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) just announced that there were 67,804 NC homeschools at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. This is an 11% growth over last year. DNPE estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 106,853 students ages 6 through 17. NCHE believes that a more realistic estimate is that there are 2.5 students per homeschool for a total student population of almost 170,000. Also, since most homeschools with students only below the age of 7 do not officially open a school (because the law does not require it), there are actually more homeschools than this number represents. 

When NCHE convinced the NC General Assembly to pass a good homeschool law in 1988, there were only 381 homeschools in North Carolina. In 1991 the number of NC homeschools had jumped to 4,127. Many authorities said that home education was just a passing fad, and they predicted that in a few years the interest in homeschooling would dwindle. Those authorities were wrong. Twenty-seven years later, growth in the number of NC homeschools continues at a unparalleled rate. 

This map above and the list below show the number of homeschools in each county.
Here is the link to an article with more details: 
http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=12187

67,804 North Carolina Homeschools by County after 2014-2015 school year
                     
Alamance   983            Cumberland  1855            Johnston   1,575   Randolph   1,309
Alexander   337   Currituck   223   Jones   98   Richmond   196
Alleghany   64   Dare   251   Lee   337   Robeson   734
Anson   134   Davidson   1,380   Lenoir   263   Rockingham   723
Ashe   288   Davie   354   Lincoln   558   Rowan   1,242
Avery   159   Duplin   226   Macon   414   Rutherford   513
Beaufort   295   Durham   1,098   Madison   335   Sampson   283
Bertie   84   Edgecombe   236   Martin   133   Scotland   130
Bladen   214   Forsyth   2,149   McDowell   475   Stanly   520
Brunswick   808   Franklin   692   Mecklenburg   5,101   Stokes   483
Buncombe   2,499   Gaston   1,427   Mitchell   136   Surry   667
Burke   674   Gates   99   Montgomery  188   Swain   128
Cabarrus   1,641   Graham   126   Moore   665   Transylvania   402
Caldwell   603   Granville   461   Nash   659   Tyrell   28
Camden   72   Greene  85   New Hanover   1,131   Union   2,403
Carteret   620   Guilford  2,513   Northampton   90   Vance   311
Caswell   182   Halifax   256   Onslow   1,271   Wake   6,359
Catawba   1032   Harnett   1,222   Orange   611   Warren   112
Chatham   444   Haywood   608   Pamlico   88   Washington   90
Cherokee   249   Henderson   1186   Pasquotank   380   Watauga   363
Chowan   90   Hertford   73   Pender   477   Wayne   664
Clay  75   Hoke   445   Perquimans   93   Wilkes   729
Cleveland   770   Hyde   48   Person   317   Wilson   441
Columbus   341   Iredell   1,381   Pitt   831   Yadkin   284
Craven   716   Jackson   260   Polk   216   Yancey  220
26 Jun 2015
Law & Policy, High School

Homeschoolers and Public School Virtual Classes

There has been a lot of confusion about the status of homeschool students who take public school virtual classes. The confusion began when Iredell County began to offer NC virtual classes to homeschool students in 2012, and the confusion increased when NC virtual charter schools began recruiting students for this fall. After consulting with Katie Cornetto (Staff Attorney, State Board of Education), Bill Peaslee (General Counsel, NC Department of Administration) and Connie Joiner (NC Virtual Public School), I have an answer to the question, “Can a student participate in these programs and still be considered a homeschool student?”

NC Virtual Charter Schools
These schools are like brick and mortar charter schools, except all classes are taken online via the Internet. They are chartered by the NC State Board of Education, have a non-profit board of directors independent of the local school district, and they are public schools. NC approved the North Carolina Virtual Academy (with curriculum supplied by the for-profit K-12, Inc) and the North Carolina Connections Academy (with curriculum provided by the for-profit Connections Education, LLC, which is owned by the UK-based Pearson PLC). While K-12, Inc also provides virtual homeschool curriculum, there is no connection between the North Carolina Virtual Academy and homeschooling. Even though they are taking all their classes at home, students in these schools are public school students and can’t be homeschool students for three reasons.

  1. The state provides funding for every student in the virtual charter school. The qualification that allows homeschools to operate as nonpublic schools is stated in Part 2 of article 39 Chapter 115C of the NC statutes. “It receives no funding from the State of North Carolina. (1979, c. 506; 1981, c. 423, s. 1.)”
  2. The scope and sequence of academic instruction is not determined by the student’s parents, legal guardians or member of the household as required by the state definition of homeschool contained in Part 3 of article 39 Chapter 115C of the NC statutes.
  3. There is no provision in NC statutes allowing a student to be dually enrolled as a public school student and as a nonpublic school student.

NC Virtual Public School Classes
These classes were designed for NC public school students, but there is a provision in the statute that allows nonpublic school students to take these courses. Enrollment can be through local school districts that opt to allow for nonpublic school students to enroll for classes, or it can be through the NC Virtual Public School website.

Through Local School Districts
If a homeschool student enrolls in a class through the local school district and wants to maintain his homeschool status, he is limited to one class per semester, and the homeschool must pay the tuition for the class. If the student enrolls in two or more classes through the school district, the tuition for those classes will be paid for by the school district using state per-pupil funds. By receiving funding from the state, the student is enrolled as a public school student.

Through NC Virtual Public School Website
By enrolling for classes via the NC Virtual Public School website, the student can sign up for as many classes as he can handle (normally four classes is considered a full load). The homeschool will pay the tuition for each class the student takes. The new 2013 definition of homeschool now allows the student to take core curriculum.

Community College Dual Enrollment
The question often arises about how homeschool students are allowed to take community college classes tuition free since they are then taking money from the state. Dual enrolment statutes were passed after the nonpublic school statutes were passed, and the dual enrollment funding was specifically designated for all high school juniors and seniors, public and nonpublic students, who qualified for the program.