HBP enrolls 67 children from TK through 8th grade. This group is divided roughly in half, with each group attending an Open Day one day per week from 10:00 to 2:30. Each Open Day offers the children the chance to spend time with other children. All students participate in 20-minute circle times led by their lead teacher. Children are also given the opportunity during Open Day to work with specialists who lead activities in a variety of subject areas. Four certificated staff work with the children to administer the program, in collaboration with the parents.
HBP also offers three sessions of specialist-led classes throughout the year that allow for a wide array of activities, in-depth learning opportunities across all subject areas, and different social experiences. Classes may be designated for specific or mixed age groups, and are generally limited to 10 children.
At HBP each family establishes a unique approach and maintains parental flexibility in curriculum use, while demonstrating that each child is making progress toward grade-level. Every week, families are required to turn in weekly records and samples of the work they’ve done at home the previous week. HBP has many resources that families can borrow from lending library (including hands-on materials, kits, resource books, some textbooks, DVDs, etc.).
The HBP program provides support and oversight by certified supervising staffmembers who are responsible to make sure that the student’s educational program is fulfilled. They are available to offer suggestions and help you connect with other families who are taking an approach similar to yours, or who are familiar with things that you are interested in learning about.