1. Who or what IS HERC?
Home Educators’ Resource Center was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation to help homeschooling families bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Its founder, the late Peggy Turner, worked with other veteran homeschool parents to formulate the vision and philosophy of the organization, and invited these couples to sit on its board to ensure that the corporation maintained the values and focus as originally intended. Current board members have worked with Peggy and the original members to maintain this focus. This board oversees the HERC offerings and finances, with the help of many dedicated volunteers. These dedicated servant-leaders are committed to glorifying God through these acts of service.
2. What services does HERC provide?
HERC maintains a list of trained counselors who can help answer homeschooling and college prep questions and give academic advice. Parents may make an appointment to consult with one of these counselors by contacting HERC. The first consultation is always free, but there is a $25/hour charge after that.
HERC facilitates classes that are offered by gifted tutors. These tutors are available as independent contractors. Parents may hire these tutors to assist them in teaching various subjects via these classes. Classes are held at HERC’s campus one or two days per week during the school term.
HERC makes available various testing instruments at different times of the year, including, but not limited to, TerraNova, Pre-ACT (ACT prep), ASVAB, and PSAT (SAT prep).
HERC sponsors various student clubs which meet on campus monthly. These clubs may also participate in off-campus activities and events, and sponsor group activities for HERC students.
HERC sponsors a graduation ceremony the first Friday of June every year for homeschooled senior and eighth grade graduates.
HERC publishes a yearbook each year, whereby homeschoolers can document their attendance and memorialize activities.
HERC puts on two Showcases of talent representing various classes and clubs, in December and May of each year.
HERC provides an annual $1,000 scholarship to a qualified homeschool graduate.
3. Is HERC a school?
It is NOT a school. It is a resource center dedicated to coming alongside parents whose children are enrolled in small schools which have few resources on their own.
4. How much does it cost?
HERC membership, renewable every August, is $75 per family per year.
HERC testing costs vary per test.
You may hire a HERC counselor for $25 per hour after the free initial consultation.
All courses have been priced at a minimum of $10 per class period (some courses which demand more preparation and expense from teachers may be higher). All payments for classes are made directly to HERC tutors. Please contact the tutors directly if you have any questions about payments or payment plans.
Each tutor charges a small HERC fee depending on length of class, which is passed through to HERC to help cover overhead expenses.
HERC-sponsored clubs, which are advised by HERC tutors or volunteers, cost $25 per year. Some may have various other dues and expenses. See individual club advisors for information.
5. How does HERC decide which tutors and staff to hire? How may I apply to work at HERC?
HERC does not hire tutors or staff. Qualified tutors who would like to offer classes as independent contractors to homeschoolers through HERC may submit their applications and class proposals each spring for the following school year. Please contact us a list of qualifications, for forms and for any other information you need. If you would like to volunteer for a staff position at HERC, we would really appreciate your service! Please contact us and let us know!
6. Are HERC tutors and classes screened?
HERC tutor applicants fill out paperwork which includes their statements of Christian faith and their agreements to abide by stated HERC policies and procedures. New tutors are subject to a background check before their class offerings are approved by the HERC board. Generally, HERC-approved tutors use curriculum from known Christian publishers for subjects which contain subject matter that may affect worldview issues.
7. Does HERC staff supervise my children while they are on campus?
HERC does not have funds to hire any staff. Tutors can supervise students during the class for which you have hired them; however, EACH PARENT WHO HIRES HERC TUTORS AGREES TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER OWN CHILDREN at all times. HERC parent volunteers may be on campus to perform various functions such as coordinating and supervising clubs and other activities, performing library and secretarial duties, etc.; however, they cannot be responsible for the welfare of your children. For safety reasons, HERC does not recommend that parents leave their children on campus unattended, or that the children be allowed to leave campus unattended. Please read the HERC handbook and enrollment forms for complete details.
8. But doesn’t HERC schedule classes like a school? What if my student needs to stay on campus for a class later in the day?
Sorry! HERC is not a school–it merely provides a campus and an organized means for tutors to offer their services to parents. There is no provision for unsupervised students to remain on campus before or after classes. HERC does not have staff to monitor these students, and therefore cannot be responsible for their safety. If parents are not able to pick them up, they should make arrangements with a responsible adult to supervise their children. Students should not be on campus unless they are in a class or club, or with a parent/guardian.
9. My children will be taking classes all day. Is there a provision for them to eat lunch?
There will be a longer passing period between 3rd and 4th periods. This will give students time to get their sack lunches or grab something from the food truck or the Snack Bar in the HERC office. Students are allowed to eat in class, especially during the beginning of 4th period.
10. Where is the HERC office and campus located?
The HERC office and classes are held on the campus of Calvary Chapel Bakersfield, 6501 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313, in Building 400. The office telephone is (661) 633-4545.
DIRECTIONS TO CALVARY CHAPEL WESTBROOK From the North or South:
Take Hwy 99 to Bakersfield. Exit on White Lane westbound to Ashe Road. Turn left on Ashe, then take first right onto Schirra Court. Turn into the first driveway on your left. HERC occupies the 400 building.
From the Northwest:
Take Hwy 43 to Bakersfield. Continue south as the road changes to Allen Road until it dead-ends into White Lane. Turn left on White Lane eastbound to Ashe Road. Turn right on Ashe, then take the first right onto Schirra Court. Turn into the first driveway on your left. HERC occupies the 400 building.
11. How can I sign up for these classes and clubs?
HERC holds an Orientation and Registration during June and again the last week of August each year. At these times you may meet the tutors and club advisors, join HERC, and register for classes and clubs. Look for complete information on the HERC website: www.hercbakersfield.org and on the HERC e-mail announcement chain (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the chain).
12. How can I receive updated HERC information and announcements?
HERC volunteers send out regular e-mail announcements on Mondays during weeks classes are in session. To get on this list, sign up at HERC registration or e-mail HERE . The HERC website, www.hercbakersfield.org is also updated frequently, thanks to faithful volunteers.
13. What is HERC’s Contact Information?
Home Educators’ Resource Center
PHYSICAL LOCATION: 6501 Schirra Court, Suite 400, Bakersfield, CA 93313
MAILING ADDRESS: 6501 Schirra Court, Suite 200, Bakersfield, CA 93313
PHONE: (661) 633-4545
EMAIL: Visit our contact page