Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I pay a fee instead of completing work hours?

  • We hope you won’t. World House CSE is built on the idea that our children learn better within an engaged and engaging community.  But, if life’s demands are such that you can’t complete your hours at this time, then yes, you may choose to pay a fee of $20 per required CSE hour instead.

Is World House a school?

  • No, World House CSE is not a school. We are an educational community that offers alternative educational opportunities to traditional schooling. Monday through Thursday several programs are offered in which students in grades K-8 can be dropped off for full or half days to be taught by trained teachers. Parent volunteers assist these days in the classroom, serve as free play monitors and lunch room coordinators, help with cooking, and support office staff.  On Fridays clubs and private lessons can be enjoyed, but parents or childcare providers are responsible for children and must stay on campus (parents can also stay all other days). Some Friday clubs are taught by teachers; others by parents.  Per Maryland state law, students not enrolled in a traditional school program must be registered as home schoolers with their county; all World House participants are expected to be registered home shoolers.

What are the CSE support hours requirements?

  • Parental involvement is essential to World House.  Sharing the workload enables World House to keep operating costs low and tuition affordable.  Each parent will contribute volunteer hours depending on program enrollment. Hours are per year and average 1-2 hours per week, but vary based on the role. 1 program = 20 hours per parent; 2 programs  = 30 hours per parent; 3 programs  = 40 hours per parent.

What is Community Supported Education?

  • Community supported education (CSE) means all members are engaged, active participants in the learning community, whether that is through classroom volunteering, working in the garden, help with marketing, etc. World House is CSE in action; we are a model of a new learning paradigm made up of families, teachers, staff, volunteers, and community members committed to connecting with students throughout their learning process, a process in which nature takes center-stage.

What is place-based education?

  • Place-based education uses the local community and environment as a vehicle for learning core skills and exploring questions that are relevant to the greater Baltimore area and to students’ lives. Place-based education increases student motivation and performance, helps students develop stronger ties to their local environment, and allows the school to make positive change in the community. Place-based education is experience-based, and in kindergarten, play-based. Students learn about the built environment, infrastructure, residents, businesses, culture, resources, challenges and the history of the land, city and towns around them.

What is the expectation regarding enrollment duration?

  • Families sign-up for World House programs for the full academic calendar (September through May) and are obligated to full payment as scheduled starting at the time of admission.  If a member withdrawals or is dismissed from the program for any reason, payment remains due in full as scheduled for the remainder of the program year.

What is the tuition at World House?

  • The specific tuition amount depends on the program(s) your child(ren) is/are enrolled in. Timely payment of program tuition is the responsibility of each family and must be strictly adhered to. Monthly payments are due on the 1st. World House also depends on each family completing CSE hours to keep program costs as low as possible.  Parent support through timely payments and completion of required CSE hours are essential for the viability of World House.

Why home school?

  • There is a misconception that homeschooling refers only to education that happens inside the home. The reality is that homeschooling takes advantage of the world as our classroom, building on the desire to learn that is innate in human beings. Please take a few minutes to watch this trailer for “Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom,” where people eloquently explain the philosophy of education behind a progressive homeschooling approach – “We are never out of school, because we are never out of life!”