Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT NGA

Is NGA accredited?


Absolutely! New Generation Academy is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and has earned their highest classification: "Accredited with Quality."




Is it a real school with real classes?


Yes, our classes are real. We offer courses for Pre-K through high school and adhere to the Georgia requirements for math, science, social studies, and language arts. Our teachers are highly qualified, with the majority having degrees and/or teaching experience. Be assured, students work hard at NGA. During their time at NGA, students are assigned homework regularly, write papers, create hands-on projects, study diligently, and complete the courses of rigor necessary to enter the college of your choice.




Is NGA a Christian (Faith Based) school?


New Generation Academy is a Christian School. For all our students, we dedicate a few minutes each day covering subjects that help us focus on the Word of God. Our elementary students have hands-on activities, and our middle and high school students take part in devotions. Our Statement of Faith (found in our Parent/Student Handbook) lists our beliefs, including that the Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.




What makes your co-op different from others?


New Generation Academy (NGA) offers an affordable and enriching two-day per week college preparatory program which emphasizes sound study skills and habits. Our goal is to provide a solid educational platform for our students at a reasonable price. We offer classes for PreK through high school in math, language arts, science, social studies, as well as foreign language. Small classes and close association with supportive teachers help contribute to an academic environment in which a student can gain subject knowledge as well as academic confidence and self-esteem in a positive environment.




Does NGA follow a public school calendar?


Though local public schools usually begin in August and end in May, at NGA, a typical school year consists of meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 8-month school calendar from September through April. Classes are typically offered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. During the school year, our break days, which often fall in line with the Fayette County School System, include days off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. At the beginning of each school year, NGA families are given a copy of the school calendar, which include school breaks, townhall meeting days, special events days, and other important calendar days.




Does NGA offer vacation days throughout the school year?


NGA follows an eight-month school year schedule. Classes begin the first week of September and end the last week of April. Having four-month summers allows families time to explore other educational goals such as student electives and community service. Additionally, our school calendar includes breaks days for holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Spring Break in April.




What about school closings? What do we do in the case of inclement weather?


As stated in our Parent/Student Handbook, as a general rule, New Generation Academy follows the open/delayed - start/closure status of the Fayette County and Clayton County School Systems. In the event of inclement weather, members of our leadership team will check the appropriate weather sources for school closure information. If schools in Fayette County or Clayton County are closed or delayed, we will follow accordingly. Parents will be notified as soon as possible for school meeting/closing updates.




Does NGA have special events throughout the year?


Though we meet only two days per week, at NGA we try to incorporate events and times that allow us to come together to celebrate as a family. For example, at Thanksgiving, we have our Annual Potluck Dinner where each family brings a holiday dish or two to share with other families. On this day, we have a half day of classes prior to our dinner and the remainder of the day is filled with food, fun, and fellowship. Families are allowed to invite immediate family members, such as grandparents to join us. At Christmas, we enjoy a holiday brunch and allow the students to participate in a gift exchange. Other days include Pajama Day, Valentine’s Day, and our Annual End of the Year Pizza Party Award Ceremony.





FINANCIAL

How much does it cost for students to attend NGA?


New Generation Academy (NGA) believes that a good education should be attainable and affordable. Our goal is to provide a solid education for our students at a reasonable price. The total for attendance at NGA includes the registration fee, an admin fee, the monthly tuition (paid 8 times per year), course fees, as well as books and supplies. The cost of books may vary depending on your child's grade level and courses. Additionally, as a community of Christian teaching homes working together to educate our children, part of what we pay as participating families includes sweat equity. On average, a typical participating family at NGA spends less per year to educate their children than at other schools. For a detailed breakdown of the costs and fees, as well as a comparison to other educational platforms, please visit our tuition and fees page.




Does NGA offer tuition scholarships?


New Generation Academy (NGA) believes that a good education should be attainable and affordable. Because we strive to keep the costs for our families on the lower end, we do not offer scholarships. However, for families with multiple children, we do offer a sibling discount for our Tier II and Tier III families. The fees we charge our families are based on the needs of the co-op to cover expenses, such as rent, equipment, teacher costs (if applicable for high school classes), volunteer love offerings, etc. For a breakdown of the costs, please visit our tuition and fees page.




Does NGA offer sibling discounts?


For families with multiple children, we do offer a sibling discount for our Tier II and Tier III families. The fees we charge our families are based on the needs of the co-op to cover expenses, such as rent, equipment, teacher costs (if applicable for high school classes), volunteer love offerings, etc. For a breakdown of the costs, please visit our tuition and fees page.




What is the refund policy?


A partial refund of the admin fee may be given based on the amount paid and the date of withdrawal. Our registration fee and course fees are nonrefundable. Course fees, which include copy fees or lab kit fees, are used to purchase class supplies and once purchased the items can not be returned or refunded.





FAMILIES

As a co-op, what is the parent/family involvement?


A homeschool co-op is a group of like-minded families who meet and work cooperatively to achieve the educational goals for their children. At NGA, classes and activities are led by parents or paid high school teachers. Our model follows what’s called a university model, meeting twice a week with a full slate of classes to cover typical academic credits. Participating parents are required to teach or co-teach. Class teaching options are based on the needs of the co-op and teachers are encouraged to teach to their expertise and experience. Because we are all gifted in unique and various ways, we each have something that we can offer our children to enhance their education. Though some support roles exist, our primary objective at NGA is to provide a college preparatory education utilizing a platform that supports strong academic achievement.




What are participating famillies?


Families at NGA are divided into three tiers. Tier I families (or drop-off families) are families that do not teach or co-teach in any of our classes. The drop-off option is available for families with upper middle and high school students ONLY. Parents of other students are asked to remain on campus while their children are on campus. Tier II and Tier III families (or participating families) are those where the parents help teach or co-teach in our classes. Tier II familes are asked to teach in one class. Tier III familes are asked to teach in at least two classes. Classes selected for assisting are based on need and parent experience. Parents of other students are asked to remain on campus while their children are on campus. Because participating families help in classes, their costs of attending NGA is usually lower. Participating families are the backbone of our homeschool co-op as we join forces to fulfill the educational needs of our families.




As a participating family how do I balance my co-op responsibilities while trying to teach multiple children at home?


One of the advantages of participating in an homeschool co-op is that your children have other teachers, outside of Mom and Dad, to help understand class information. At the co-op, students are taught course information and then utilize time at home for the completion of class homework. For teachers, while at co-op, there is time during each teacher’s day that can be dedicated to completing co-op responsibilities, such as grading papers and posting homework. If properly planned, a teacher can complete their co-op responsibilities during the day at co-op and utilize time at home to help their children. If families have older students, they may be able to assist with math, reading and the like for their younger siblings. Remember to be flexible, open-minded, and creative. As homeschoolers, we do not have to conform to the typical “public school” schedule or way of doing things. Homework can be completed outside on the patio, with grandma, or while listening to music. Create an environment and system that works for YOUR family.




Does NGA accept students/families that reside outside of Fayette county?


New Generation Academy (NGA) is a community of Christian teaching homes working together to educate and to build and develop Christ-like character for the next generation. We are not bound by a specific district. Our families have resided in various metro Atlanta counties including Fayette, Coweta, Dekalb, Fulton and Henry.




May I enroll a child with special needs?


At NGA, we understand that families face varying challenges. These challenges at times may include educating a child with special needs. Though we love every child, we know that we are not able to address the needs of every homeschool family. Special needs can include physical disabilities, behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, and severe environmental and food allergies. Due to certain limitations, we understand that we are not equipped to give each family the level of care needed to address certain challenges. Families needing special education and related services should contact the co-op prior to enrollment in order to discuss the specific needs of your child.




What are the homeschool requirements for the state of Georgia?


Pursuant to Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690), the following are requirements for home study programs: 1. Parents or guardians who wish to teach their children at home in a home study program must annually submit to the Georgia Department of Education a Declaration of Intent to utilize a Home Study Program by September 1 or within 30 days after a program is established. The Georgia Department of Education will provide for electronic submittal of the Declaration of Intent. 2. The declaration must include the names and ages of the students, the address where the program is located, and the dates of the school year. 3. Parents or guardians may teach only their own children in the home study program provided the teaching parent or guardian possesses at least a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED). Parents or guardians may also employ a tutor who holds at least a high school diploma or a GED to teach such children. 4. The home study program must include, but is not limited to, instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. 5. The school year must include the equivalent of 180 days of at least 4-1/2 hours of instruction per day unless the child is physically unable to comply with this requirement. 6. As of July 1, 2013, you are no longer required to submit attendance to the Georgia Department of Education. For driving permits or licenses all that is needed is the Declaration of Intent with a 36-character parent signature. This document replaces the Certificate of Attendance and should be submitted with all other Driver Service's required documents to obtain a driving permit or license. 7. Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained. 8. The instructor shall write an annual progress assessment report in each required subject area for each student. These reports shall be retained for at least three years.




I want my child(ren) to attend NGA, what should I do first?


Once a family has made the decision to homeschool, they must first make sure they are adhering to the Georgia requirements for homeschool. Families should check the guidelines presented on the Georgia Department of Education’s website. The next step for attending NGA is registration and the selection of classes. Click here for our 2021-2022 registration form. Families may also attend an Open House event if one is coming up on our school calendar.




What is a teaching home?


New Generation Academy (NGA) is a community of Christian teaching homes working together to educate and to build and develop Christ-like character for the next generation. A Teaching Home is an environment that provides the tools necessary to successfully teach children. Though families are different, the key elements of a teaching home are similar for each homeschooling family. These include a heart to teach, a desire to invest in your child’s education, a distraction free teaching and learning area, dedicated teaching time, and dedicated distraction free homework/study time. Children should also be able to obey on command and to follow directions. Students perform best when given the tools to achieve their goals and reach the highest levels of their potential. When creating a teaching home, a level of consideration should be given to a family’s schedule and the number of children. Teaching styles, the teacher’s knowledge and experience, as well as students’ developmental levels, learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses all play a part as well. Homeschooling is a big commitment! Your family’s success will depend in large part on the focus, time, and effort you give to it.




Is homeschool/NGA for me?


Check out our Yellow School Bus comparison to get an idea of which teaching method may best suit you and your family.





SCHOOL DAY

What are the school meeting days and hours?


New Generation Academy (NGA) offers an enriching two-day per week college preparatory program which emphasizes sound study skills and habits. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Following a two day per week versus a one day per week schedule allows more time for our instructors to cover material relating to math, science, social studies and language arts. Small classes and close association with supportive teachers help contribute to an academic environment in which a student can gain subject knowledge as well as academic confidence and self-esteem in a positive environment. Our students like having more time to fellowship with their classmates.




Where do you meet?


Currently, New Generation Academy meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Fayetteville Christian Church in Fayetteville, Georgia.




My family needs a school that meets more often, do you offer classes outside of Tuesdays and Thursdays?


As much as we would like to accommodate the many various schedules that homeschool families follow, we will not be able to meet the meeting day and time needs of everyone. NGA has found that the Tuesday and Thursday meeting schedule works well for many of our families. A Tuesday/Thursday schedule allows our high school students to adjust to a similar “university model” allowing time in their journey to work on time management and class priority skills. Meeting twice per week also allows our families to take part in activities outside of co-op. Many of our students play football, participate in dance, or take music lessons on days we do not meet for class.




Is my child required to take a full day of classes?


The short answer is “No.” Families that are categorized as Tier I (or drop-off) (for upper middle and high school students ONLY) can register for as many or as few classes as desired. If taking more than one class with a break in between, students will be required to attend study hall until their next class begins. Tier II and Tier III families (or participating families) may also register their children for the number of desired classes.




What about socialization?


At NGA, students are given the opportunity to socialize with other students (of varying ages) throughout the day. Students not only spend time together in class, they also have time during the day to eat together and play together during their hour-long lunch break. At NGA, students learn together, play together, and form other relationships. Additionally, many of our students are involved in their communities and with extracurricular activities, such as tennis, swimming, dance, track, football, art, and community service.





CLASSES/CURRICULUM

Which curriculum do you currently use?


One of the wonderful benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility in scheduling and teaching. One of the toughest decisions that families have to make when homeschooling is deciding which curriculum to use. The curriculum chosen for use at NGA has a proven track record of success, such as Rod and Staff, Abeka, Saxon Math, Apologia, and others. Students taken classes at NGA utilize the same curriculum as their classmates. Once a family registers, NGA provides a list of all materials needed for each class.




If I prefer to use a different curriculum for my children, can they still participate in the classes?


Curriculum published from various sources have varying approaches to different subjects. For instance, some math curriculum utilizes a spiral approach to learning, while others do not. On the other hand, when comparing curriculum, grammar concepts can be introduced at different times in the school year. Since various sources approach subjects differently, it would be a challenge for a teacher to instruct students from more than one source for each class. For this reason, all students taking classes at NGA will need to utilize the same material as assigned by the co-op.




Does NGA supply books and supplies for the students?


As for the books needed in class, parents will need to secure textbooks for their child(ren). The co-op does not keep a supply of books on hand for students. However, all books and teaching supplies are provided for our teachers to use for their classes. Parents typically use various resources to find books for their students. Some examples of good resources are: Ebay.com - good source for used books Amazon.com - good source for new and used books christianbook.com - good source for new books (sometimes they have sales) rainbowresource.com - good source for new books Other parents - sometimes families borrow from each other The New Hope Library - books can be checked out for use for the entire school year. The telephone number to the New Hope Library is 770-460-4857. It's a good idea to check early.




Can NGA transcribe courses taken outside of the co-op?


Classes taken outside of our co-op can be transcribed on a case by case basis. Typically, families requesting courses to be transcribed will need to provide proper documentation to verify that the courses were taken by the student. Additionally, at the discretion of NGA, testing may be required to verify grades that are provided. An exception to this may include courses taken through online sources, such as Georgia Virtual Homeschool. Report cards and other documentation will need to be provided for the courses to be included on the transcript. Electives taken by students outside of the co-op may be transcribed as well – depending on the documentation provided for verification.




How do you monitor student progress?


At NGA we utilize a program called ThinkWave, a cloud-based school management software and online gradebook. ThinkWave is used to compile progress reports and report cards and includes teacher gradebooks and allows student & parent access. All teachers and parents receive training at the beginning of the school year to learn how to use the platform. Teachers will use the platform to post the homework assignments and grades. Parents will have access to monitor their student's progress. All students will have access to their registered classes and will be able to pull up their assignments. Parents should check their child’s account on a regular basis in order to check the assignments and keep up with how their child is performing in their classes.




Does NGA administer standardized tests such as Georgia Milestones?


As of 2019, taken from the GA Department of Education website, the Georgia testing requirements for homeschool students states the following … “Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained by the parent/guardian. Please note that the Georgia Milestones, End-of-Grade and End-of-Courses Assessments are not nationally standardized tests. You can search “nationally standardized tests” on the Internet and contact the testing vendor directly or you can contact a home school association in your area to obtain information on test times and test locations.” NGA does not dedicate days during the school year to the administration of standardized tests. However, many of our teachers are registered with BJU Press Testing & Evaluation as test administrators and are qualified and approved to administer Stanford/OLSAT and Iowa Assessments™/CogAT®. Families may contact these teachers on an individual basis to schedule testing at a time suitable for both parties. New Generation can provide a list of these teachers upon request.




May I visit the campus to observe classes?


Typically, throughout the second semester of our school year, we host Open House events. During these events, which typically take place in the evening, interested families can come out and meet our leadership team, as well as a few parents. During the meeting, we share information about the co-op and answer any questions that attendees may have. Afterwards, we invite interested families to attend a campus tour on one of our regular co-op meeting days. Families attending a campus tour will have the option of sitting in on a class as well as touring the school.




For teaching classes, will I need to complete a backgroud check?


Yes. All teachers at New Generation Academy will need to have a background check completed yearly. To ensure our students are safe and are under the best possible care, we ask all teachers, volunteers, and substitutes to submit a background check each year. Many of our families complete the process through the local sheriff's office. New Generation Academy provides the documentation and will deliver the forms as a group. However, an individual may deliver the form on their own. A copy of the background check must be given to the co-op in order to have on file.





HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

What about the ACT and SAT?


Though some universities recognize that a student's potential is measured by more than a test score and have, therefore, become SAT-optional schools, NGA recommends that students explore different colleges, find the right fit, and understand what it will take to earn admission. Our goal is to equip our students with the tools needed to do well when taking tests, such as the ACT and SAT. Working hard throughout the high school years is a good foundation for success during testing. The curriculum utilized at New Generation Academy, along with dedication and hard work, is one of the factors needed to achieve the goal of attending college after high school.




What are the graduation requirements for Georgia?


Currently, in order to graduate in the state of Georgia, a high school student must earn a total of at least 23 credits in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)/World Language/Fine Arts, health/physical education, and electives. Additionally, grades earned in ALL core courses will be calculated for awarding of HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships. The current requirements are: English/Language Arts 4 credits Math 4 credits Science 4 credits Social Studies 3 credits CTAE / World Language / Fine arts 3 credits Health and Physical education 1 credit Electives 4 credits TOTAL UNITS 23 credits Families of high school students will have a discussion with our director to create a graduation plan. The goal of the plan is to ensure that students have taken all the necessary classes in order to graduate. Students should focus and work hard to avoid possibly having to repeat courses due to low grades. Repeating classes may interfere with projected graduation dates and lead to a lower grade point average.




Does NGA offer all the classes needed for a student to obtain a high school diploma?


New Generation Academy is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and has earned their highest classification: "Accredited with Quality." We offer courses for kindergarten through high school and adhere to the Georgia requirements for math, science, social studies, and language arts. Apart from electives, NGA offers the rigor and the classes needed for a high school student to obtain an official high school diploma. Many of our students graduate with not only the necessary credit hours, but additional hours. Additionally, many of our 11th and 12th grade students have had the option of taking classes at local colleges under the Dual Enrollment Program. Many of these classes can be used to satisfy the elective requirements. To meet the electives requirement for the state of Georgia, we encourage our students to take part in classes outside of co-op that speak to their own personal special interests. Possible electives include (but are not limited to) the following: Business, including personal finance and accounting Communications, including public speaking and speech Computer Science/Information Technology, including computer programming, graphic design, and web design Family and Consumer Science, including nutrition and home economics Foreign Language, including Korean and French Language and Writing, including advanced composition and humanities Math, including computer math and probability and statistics Fine/Performing Arts, including art appreciation / history and photography Physical Education/Health, including CPR Training, swimming, and health Science, including forensic science and agriculture Social Studies, including African studies, psychology and sociology Visual Arts, including drawing and jewelry design Vocational Education/Life Skills, including auto mechanics, JROTC, and interior design




Does NGA offer transcript services?


Yes, families interested in transcript services may contact us via email at ngacoopgroup@gmail.com for an initial consultation. New Generation Academy is an accredited center that is recognized by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and has earned their highest classification: "Accredited with Quality." High school students who graduate through our program may enter Georgia colleges (and most national colleges) without the usual homeschool mandates. Students may be eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program and eligible for Hope and Zell Miller grants and scholarships upon graduation. Additionally, students with an accredited transcript can typically enter/re-enter the public or private school sector more easily.




Do students graduating from NGA receive a high school diploma?


Yes. NGA offers high school courses for an accredited high school diploma in compliance with the Georgia Standards and the Georgia Accrediting Commission policies. We help students become successful in high school with a graduation plan based on specific academic history, strengths, and interests.




For high school students who are graduating, will there be a ceremony?


Absolutely!!! One of the proudest moments in a teenager’s life is graduating from high school. This time is filled with joy for the accomplishment and excitement for what the future holds. For our graduating seniors, we hold a graduation ceremony to honor those who have met all of the requirements for obtaining an official high school diploma in the state of Georgia. Graduates meeting specified qualifications can obtain the Hope or Zell Miller Scholarships. Graduates from NGA have been accepted to many colleges and universities in the state of Georgia and beyond, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University, Berry College, University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Kennesaw State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University to name a few.





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