FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
What can Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center do for you?
We are a free, public charter school designed to help families that are homeschooling their children. Located in eastern Visalia, we serve Tulare County and all contiguous counties. Each family is assigned a fully credentialed Education Coordinator to work with them to develop an appropriate program for their child. Monthly meetings are scheduled with the Education Coordinator to review past and future assignments and provide support. Additional meetings can be scheduled at any time. Parents have access to an extensive library and media center from which to choose appropriate course material. In addition, they can utilize the Educational Resource Center at the Tulare County Office of Education.
How can you take advantage of the multitude of enrichment classes at Eleanor Roosevelt?
While most schools have eliminated or greatly reduced their enrichment programs, ERCLC offers Choir and Band, plus one-on-one instrument instruction. Some of our other classes include: music, drama, art, crafts, gardening, PE, woodshop, and more. Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have special training or experience in their subject area. The electives are cross-age, and are offered for about 8-10 weeks in both the fall and spring on Tuesdays and Thursday for grades K-6, and on Mondays and Wednesdays for grades 6-12.
What kind of support can I expect in curriculum areas?
All of our full time teaching staff (called Education Coordinators since our parents are our teachers) are fully credentialed, with expertise in Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Science. The librarian has excellent knowledge of the materials that are available at ERCLC and TCOE. We work hard to meet individual student learning styles, needs and preferences in a safe, wholesome learning environment. There is lots of room for student and parent choice when working in curriculum areas.
Are there opportunities for socialization?
ABSOLUTELY! Students have the opportunity to interact with other students in a fun, warm and caring atmosphere. Lunchtime at ERCLC is a wonderful example of families and students of all ages interacting, having fun on the playground and enjoying lunch under the shade trees. Because parents are generally on campus when the students are taking elective classes they have the opportunity to network with other parents that are home-schooling their children.
What special activities are offered?
The school year opens with a potluck organized by the staff. We have a very supportive Parent Booster Club that provides a variety of family activities throughout the year. Field trips are offered throughout the year and may include a family camping trip, Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park, museums, the symphony and drama productions; to name just a few. Our students do very well in county-wide contests and may choose to enter the academic decathlon, science fair, Battle of the Books, or Lego robotics. Our sixth graders attend the Tulare County sponsored Scicon Camp with other students from small schools. Each year there are special events to celebrate a theme like our World’s Fair, show off student creativity at our Maker Faire, or just have fun like our Funschool day.