FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is PHA located?
PHA is currently renting space from a church located in Hillsboro, OR. For more details, please call and schedule a tour.
Who are the teachers?
Our staff is comprised of volunteers, usually parents of students, using mainstream Christian curriculum. At PHA we believe that parents are divinely responsible for the education of their children and our teachers are dedicated to assisting in that responsibility.
Do I have to teach?
No. While the academy is run strictly by volunteers, not all parents are required to teach.
I'm interested in teaching, but I have young children at home. Do I have any options?
Not currently. In the past we have offered a daycare/preschool available onsite to help provide childcare for teachers as needed.
Can I afford PHA?
The tuition at PHA is $200 a month; however, parents who teach classes can earn credits to help cover the cost of tuition. Talk to the administrator to see if there are teaching opportunities available. Each student is also expected to purchase their own curriculum each year. The average cost is $75- $150 per student, depending on the class.
Is financial aid available?
A limited amount of financial aid may be available to returning students on a case-by-case basis.
Do I have to volunteer?
Yes. PHA is parent-run and all families are expected to be involved. There are many different volunteer opportunities that you can choose from to accommodate your family’s lifestyle. Some of those opportunities include teaching, field trip organization, recess/hall monitor duty, volunteer coordination, student council mentor, yearbook supervisor, facilities committee, teacher appreciation specialist, events committee, technology specialist, and teacher’s aid.
What is expected of parents?
In addition to volunteer responsibilities, parents are expected to support their students in completing all assignments in a timely manner. They are encouraged to communicate regularly with teachers to facilitate the success of their child.
What is the homework load like?
PHA students will have more homework than traditional school students. Our model is based on university-style teaching. The classroom time is limited to 12 hours per week and is primarily for instruction, while application work will need to be completed at home.
-Younger students should expect to complete around 3 to 5 hours of homework each week.
-Upper elementary students average 8 to 10 hours per week.
-Junior high and high school age students may have between 10 to 15 hours of homework per week.
What does my child do with the extra time every week since they are only in classes 12 hours a week? Homework and the rest is up to you! The Academy's hours open up your family’s schedule to participate in the many classes available in the area (music lessons, sports, and a variety of other extracurricular activities) that you can use to supplement your child’s education.
What are the transportation options available for getting my child to PHA?
Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from PHA each day. Many of our families carpool together.
Are there restrictions on faith at the school?
Pioneer Heritage Academy is not sponsored or affiliated with any specific church or religion. However, we do promote Christian values and standards as taught by the Bible and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Families of all faiths are welcome.
How do I register?
Contact our administrator, Erika Blanchard, to schedule a time to observe our school to make sure it is a good fit. Then submit a $25 registration fee per student, along the online student application form or print, fill out and mail this application form.