Services

Enrichment Classes

Enrichment classes are offered to supplement teaching provided at home and meet once a week for six weeks each quarter. These classes are intended to ignite a spark in the student to enjoy learning and pursue a deeper understanding of the content. Participation in enrichment classes is optional.

Here are the classes available for the 2021/2022 school year:
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  • If you wish to sign up your student for K-5 classes, contact Kathy Geis.
  • 6th – 12th
    • Choose two consecutive classes
    • Class SCHEDULE
    • Class DESCRIPTIONS
    • If you wish to sign up your student for Grades 6-12 classes, contact Kathy Geis.

If you wish to register for the program to gain access to class sign-up, please contact program director Kathy Geis at kathy.geis@ames.k12.ia.us.

Please help us reach you by keeping your contact information up-to-date.

Field Trips

The Ames HSAP offers a wide range of interesting field trips for specific age groups as well as the whole family.

The Field Trips for 2021/2022 will be announced near the start of the school year.

Supervising Teacher Assistance

Families enrolled in the Ames HSAP will be assigned a supervising teacher who will support, empower, and encourage them as needed. All fifteen of our teachers have homeschooled their own children and therefore have personal as well as professional experience with homeschooling to draw from to support each family.

The law requires four contacts per quarter. Two of those contacts are required to be face-to-face with the supervising teacher. As an HSAP, we have been granted permission from the state of Iowa for the second face-to-face contact to be met by a field trip or enrichment class if the student is enrolled in one of those. The other two contacts can take the form of a phone call or email.

Resource Library

Families enrolled in the Ames HSAP have access to the HSAP resource library. Literature, as well as a wide range of curricula, are available for loan. The library is open for perusing during enrichment class hours or by arrangement with a supervising teacher.

    • Here is specific information related to summer hours 8/16 – 9/10, access, and current COVID-19 procedures.

Assessments

Iowa Assessments (IA) are available and completely optional for students in grades 3-12. Here are some considerations when deciding whether or not your family could benefit from your student(s) taking Iowa Assessments.

Testing Schedule:
GROUP A: Week 1 MORNINGS will test Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, January 3, 5, & 6, 2022 from 9:00 – 12:00.

GROUP B: Week 1 AFTERNOONS will test Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, January 3, 5, & 6, 2022 from 12:30 – 3:00.

GROUP C: Week 2 MORNINGS will test Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, January 10, 12, & 13, 2022 from 9:00 – 12:00.

GROUP D: Week 2 AFTERNOONS will test Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, January 10, 12, & 13, 2022 from 12:30 – 3:00.

GROUP E: Most students in Grades 9-12 will test Monday and Thursday, January 3 & 6, 2021 from 12:30-3:00. (An alternate schedule can be made for Grades 9-12 students with schedule conflicts due to dual-enrollment, PSEO classes, etc.)

Snow dates:
Week 1: January 7
Week 2: January 14
Make-up Dates: ALL Grades: January 17 (and Jan. 19 only if needed)

Remote testing will also be available to all students at times and dates TBA.

Here are some test-taking tips to help settle your student’s nerves.