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Class Descriptions, Sign Ups and Drops

Class Registration Information

 

Our draft class schedule is now ready for the 17-18 fall semester! Please take a moment to review the class schedule and descriptions for your child's interest and grade. Current PACT families and any new families with a completed application on file will be able to register for classes and workshops in May. Our Registration FAQ has answers to many questions that you may have. 

 

Class Schedule Fall 2017

Workshop Descriptions Fall 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priority Placement in Workshops and Classes

Students are placed into workshops and classes in order below. Space may be limited and workshops and classes may have a waitlist. If your child is on a waitlist, we will notify you when a spot is open in the course. Within each priority, we use student rankings to determine which class lists to place a student in. For example, a student who ranks a course #1, who has priority #1 for registration is likely to get their first choice. A student who ranks a course #1 and has priority registration #4 may not get their first choice. 

 

Priority #1- Students who are in good standing with the school and have met the requirements of the master agreement and have met volunteer commitments.

Priority #2- Students who are in good standing with the school but have one or more strike letters in the school year, or have not fulfilled their volunteer commitments.

Priority #3- Students who are in good standing with the school but have not met one or more requirements of the master agreement for the spring semester.

Priority #4- Students who are not in good standing with the school and have not met the master agreement for spring semester.  

Within these priorities, staff reserves the right to make changes to age ranges, placement, levels and amount of students in the course depending on student and staff needs.

Why Workshop Format?

Most PACT workshops are either one quarter or a full semester. Depending on the course and content, a quarter workshop allows teachers to focus on a particular unit and topic of study and spend a full seven weeks in investigation, reenactment or thoughtful study. This model is set to inspire students and pique an interest to be explored more deeply at home. It also allows families to continue their own curriculum choices at home and add in an enrichment topic, without disrupting other studies. For example, a student can be studying earth science at home but take a seven week workshop in forensic science without being overloaded. Further, the quarter workshops allow for family vacations to take off an entire quarter and dramatically reduce absences in class that affect the teaching and learning for everyone. 
 

Many vendors and co-ops in the Sacramento area that cater to homeschoolers have chosen the unit study model to serve customers. PACT will continue to offer a variety of classes that are one quarter, one semester and yearlong, depending on the content and goals of each course. 

Other information regarding registration

  • Emergency contacts, Registration Packets and Handbook Acknowledgement forms are due before students can attend classes.
  • Students will register in their late spring adviser meetings for classes and workshops in the first semester. Registration for the second semester will happen in mid-fall. 
  • Additional enrollments after the start of classes will require an add form to be submitted to the front desk.
  • Rosters will be posted in June for the first semester and in November for the second semester.
  • Please consult the school calendar for the beginning dates of classes each quarter and semester's workshops.
  • PFAA or VLA class request forms (for eligible 6th-8th graders) are due to your Educational Adviser or Tracy Chatters by the June 5th. There is a 2 class max. Acceptance is based on space availability and Program Coordinator approval.
  • A current, signed Parent Acknowledgment Contract and Handbook Acknowledgment must be on file to attend classes.
  • If you have any questions, please see the front desk or call at (916) 419-3788.

PFAA Class Sign Up

Middle school PACT students (grades 6-8) may enroll in up to two PFAA classes. You may access the PFAA Course Description Book for details on the classes. Please complete the PFAA class request form (attached below) and turn it in by the June 5th, 2015 so that your student may be placed in the class requested and start on the August 10th.  Please use the PFAA High School (HS) Master Schedule to look for arts classes (Any classes in level 1, preview, grade 7, or labeled with MS) and use the PFAA Middle School schedule (attachment below) to look for academic classes (schedule will be posted on PFAA website in late summer). Priority registration is given to enrolled PFAA students. PACT students will be allowed to audit the classes for the first two weeks and then they will be notified if they are not going to be able to continue in the classes. Our goal is for all students to get the classes they request and we will do our best to assist you in this process.