Homeschool FAQ

Homeschool FAQ

If you don't find your answer here, please send an email to homeschool@ncmls.org for more information

What do I need to make a reservation?

When can I register for homeschool classes?

Is there a waitlist for full classes?

Is there a cancellation policy?

Do I pay in full or can I pay a deposit?

Are you able to accommodate my child with medical allergies and/or special needs?

Which age group should I register my child for?

What should my child bring to class?

Is there a way for me to know what my child will do in their class?

What should I expect on my first day of class?

Where do I park?

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early from class?

Can I stay at the museum while my child is in class?

 

 


 

 

What do I need to make a reservation?
To register for class, you need an UltraCamp class account. Please visit Create An Account. We recommend setting up your profile ahead of the registration date so you can sign up for class as quickly and easily as possible. Once your registration is complete, add details for every student in your household. Just choose "Add a person..." It’s that easy! On the day of registration click the Purchase button below and start a reservation to purchase classes for each of your students.

If you are experiencing trouble with registering or do not have access to a computer, please call our Reservations Staff at (919) 220-5420 ext. 313.

When can I register for homeschool classes?
Registration for Fall 2018 classes opens on Tuesday, April 10.
Registration closes the weekend before classes begin.

Is there a waitlist for full classes?
Yes, a waitlist will become available once a class has filled.  To sign up for the waitlist, first sign into your UltraCamp account and then go to “Make a Reservation.” You will find the waitlist sign-up at the bottom of the list of available classes. If a space becomes available, you’ll receive an email from UltraCamp with further registration instructions.  You will have two days to make the reservation or the spot will move on to the next person.

Is there a cancellation policy?
The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received three weeks before the class begins. There is a $50 cancellation fee for each class and a $30 fee for session changes. After the dates above we are not able to process any changes or refunds.

Are you able to accommodate my child with medical allergies and/or special needs?
Yes! The Museum is committed to full and equal opportunity for children to enjoy the class experience and reasonable modifications will be considered. If your child has serious behavioral, physical, or psychological considerations, please discuss student readiness with the Program Coordinator directly at homeschool@ncmls.org. We are also happy to work with you to accommodate food allergies/intolerances.

Which age group should I register my child for?
Register for the class that corresponds to your child’s age on September 1, 2018. We recommend the following ages for each grade. Exceptions must be approved by the Program Coordinator and the class teacher and can be requested by emailinghomeschool@ncmls.org.

Grade Age
K-2nd 5-8
3rd-5th 8-11
6th-8th 11-13
9th-11th 14-16

Five-year-olds must reach their 5th birthday by September 1, 2018. Proof of age may be required. All students must be potty-trained prior to starting class.

We understand and expect that many of our students have extensive knowledge of particular subjects and may be intellectually gifted. We design our curricula with a wide range of abilities in mind for each developmental stage. Our curricula are also designed so that educators can vary their lesson plans based on the interests and levels of student and class.

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What should my child bring to class?
We recommend your child bring a water bottle and an extra change of clothes. All classes have a snack time, which will also be indicated in your welcome email the week before class starts. Please label all items. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for indoor and outdoor Museum exploration.

Is there a way for me to know what my child will do in their class?
The week before class, you will receive an email with your class name, location, and other information about the class. During the semester you will have access to a Wiki page that provides information on the content covered in class and homework, if applicable.

What should I expect on my first day of class?
Doors will open 5 minutes prior to your class start time. Parents are expected to walk their student to the classroom. When checking in, you will have a chance to review your child’s roster information and add any additional people for pickup. All adults are required to show an ID to sign out their student, every day of class, so please have your ID ready to show a staff member when you arrive.

You will receive a Welcome email at least a week before class starts which will give you more information about your specific class.

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Where do I park?
For classes taking place in the Main Building, you may park in the main parking lot. For classes taking place in Woodlands or Creekside, you may park on the South Side parking lot (across Murray Avenue from the Main Lot) and go directly to your classroom - there is no need to come to the main museum building in the morning. During the Spring and late Fall, the Museum is very busy with field trips and school busses, and parking can be difficult, so please allow extra time in your schedule.

All adults are required to show an ID to sign out their student, every day of class, so please have your ID ready to show a staff member when you arrive.

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early from class?
If possible, please let your student’s teacher or the Program Coordinator know ahead of time so they can have your student ready to go. However, we understand that plans sometimes change. You can also call our main Museum phone number, 919-220-5429 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. When arriving outside normal pickup times, please go to the front admission desk and have them radio your class since they may be in the exhibits or out learning in the Museum. What do I do if I need someone else to pick up my child from class?

Authorized pickups are entered through your UltraCamp account and can be adjusted up to the week proceeding class. After that time, authorized pick ups can be entered manually into our class rosters. On the first day of class, please be sure to check your child’s roster for the names of individuals authorized for pick up and add anyone else. You can also speak with or contact staff with changes during the week.

Can I stay at the museum while my child is in class?
While your child is in class, you are welcome to stay in our picnic area. If you have a museum membership, you and any number of guests allowed with your membership level may explore the museum and Sprout Cafe.

Do I pay in full or can I pay a deposit?
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Payment in-full is due six weeks prior to the first day of class.

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!