At Rocky Bayou Christian School, we believe in partnering with parents to provide the best Christian education possible. This partnership includes homeschooling opportunities for families who choose to educate their children outside of the traditional classroom setting. We respect each family’s decisions and stand ready to assist in any way we can. RBCS has two categories of homeschool programs to ensure we can meet your needs.
Once enrolled in one of the two RBCS Homeschool Assistance Programs, academic opportunities are available on a space available basis. Elementary students (K-6th) may purchase consecutive 3 hour blocks in a RBCS classroom. 7th-12th grade students may purchase individual classes in the RBCS Academy. Educational Therapy may also be purchased. Online Academy options are available to students grades 3-12. All classes are taught from a Biblical Worldview.
In addition to Academic offerings, students in our Homeschool Assistance Programs have access to many of our Student Life activities including drama productions, athletics, and clubs – all of which maintain Christian discipleship as the primary focus.
Returning Homeschool Students
Students that participated in any of the RBCS Homeschool Programs for the 2017-2018 school year may fill out a Returning Homeschool Student Reenrollment HERE.
Homeschool Program Options
Umbrella Students are considered to be RBCS Private School Students and are not registered with their county school district to homeschool. The umbrella program includes:
- annual group testing (K-8 required, CAT or SAT-10), (9th-11th required, PSAT or CAT), (12th not required nor offered)
- maintenance of academic records
- transcripts for 9-12th grades
- unlimited guidance
- senior activities including the RBCS graduation ceremony
- participation in on-campus activities/sports
These students may participate in campus activities at the same rate charged to full-time RBCS students. Half day blocks may be purchased by Elementary age students and up to 5 classes may be purchased in grades 7-12 on a space available basis. Educational Therapy may also be purchased if space is available. All curriculum choices are made and purchased by the parent under the guidance of the Homeschool Assistance Program.
Participation Only Program
Students in the Participation Only program are registered with their local county school district to homeschool. These students may participate in activities and sports on the RBCS campus, and 7-12th grade students may purchase up to 3 classes. These students may be charged a homeschool fee in addition to any regular fees to participate in campus activities. Educational Therapy may also be purchased if space is available.
RBCS welcomes local homeschool athletes into their Christ-centered athletics program. In the 7-12th grades, the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletics Association) rules and regulations apply including the submission of some forms specific to students who are non-umbrella and registered with their local county to homeschool. All FHSAA forms can be found on the FHSAA website. RBCS offers recreational cheerleading (fall), basketball (winter), and soccer (winter) to elementary aged students.
FHSAA Required Forms
|EL2||EL3||EL7||Current Transcript||EL7V||EL9 (2nd Sem returning athletes only)|
|All Umbrella athletes||Yes||Yes||n/a||Yes (maintained by homeschool office)||n/a||n/a|
|Participation Only (County registered athletes)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
*All forms and fees must be submitted prior to athletics participation
2018-2019 FHSAA Official Start Dates
|Boys Football||July 30|
|Girls Volleyball||July 30|
|Cross Country||July 30|
|Girls Weightlifting||Oct 8
|Girls Soccer||Oct 22
|Boys Soccer||Oct 22|
|Girls Basketball||Oct 29
|Boys Basketball||Nov 5
|Boys Wrestling||Nov 12
|Boys Weightlifting||Jan 7
|Girls Softball||Jan 22|
|Track and Field||Jan 22|
|Boys Baseball||Jan 29|
- Boys Football does not participate in the FHSAA system but does start on the same date
- Non-competitive Cheerleading is offered starting with the Football season
- Sports with Middle School teams have slightly different start dates
- RBCS offers recreational football in the April/May timeframe
- Most RBCS sports offer summer conditioning programs that are open to all RBCS athletes
As a service to local homeschool community, RBCS offers 2 standardized tests time-proven that both currently fulfill the compliance requirement for county registered students as well as the RBCS umbrella programs requirement. Students do not need to be in an RBCS Homeschool Assistance Program to take these tests. Once submitted to parents, test scores will be kept on file in the Homeschool Assistance Program office for a period of 6 months for students not in an RBCS umbrella program.
California Achievement Test (CAT)
This test is offered in a group setting at regular intervals during the spring and summer timeframe ($60). Individualized testing is available by appointment ($95). The CAT is a 3-4 hour test that covers core subjects only:
- Mathematics (computation, concepts & problems)
- Language Arts (mechanics, usage & structure, spelling)
- Reading (vocabulary and comprehension)
Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) with OLSAT
This test is offered once annually in the spring in a group setting ($100). This is a 2 morning test that covers several subject areas and includes the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) which is an aptitude test. No individualized testing is available for this test. (Please note: this is not the same test as the College Board SAT college entrance exam. Please go to https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat for that non-RBCS affiliated test information.)
The subject areas covered by the Stanford Achievement Test are:
- Language (mechanics and expression)
- Reading (vocabulary and comprehension)
- Social Science
- Thinking skills
- OLSAT score (verbal and non-verbal)