Are discounts available for taking more than 1 class?
Yes, for Middle and High School, there is a discount for full day and half day students from the a la carte prices. Also, we have positions available for families that would like to lower their tuition fees. Please see our tuition page for details.
Are there family discounts for more than 1 student?
Unfortunately we are unable to offer a family discount for class fees but we have done our very best to keep our classes as affordable as possible. Registration fees are capped at $750/family. Application fees are also discounted after the first student.
Do students attend from all areas of town?
Yes our students live in all different parts of the Kansas City area. We have many families that carpool and coordinators that volunteer in each major area to help interested families find each other. Once families are registered they can contact a coordinator in there area and get added to the list.
How do I schedule a visit? Can my student shadow for a day?
Each year we offer School Tours a couple times in the spring. Please fill out our inquiry form if you would like to be informed of those dates. Unfortunately, our classes are too full to allow students to shadow. During the summer months there are no shadow or visit opportunities as school isn't in session.
Can we only take 1 or 2 classes or do we have to schedule the whole day?
You can take one class or a full load of six classes. Whatever your student needs. Please note that preference in class placement will be given to all day students, then half day students then a la carte students.
There is a gap between the classes we want to take. What does my student do in between?
We offer study halls, paid for per study hall period. Your student will need to bring enough work to remain busy during any study hall periods they join as they will not be allowed to visit during this time. Study Halls are not available to Elementary Students.
I have a student who drives. Can they leave the building in between their classes?
Yes. With a signed permission slip, a student who drives may leave campus and then return.
I am not able to get to Red Bridge by pick-up time. What provision do you have available?
We have a (for fee) before and afters school program students can be enrolled in. Parents may also work with other parents in order to obtain carpool information or help with pick-up. If a student is late for pick up a late charge will be added every 15 minutes.
Can my student bring a microwaveable lunch?
All students need to bring meals that are ready to eat and do not need to be refrigerated. There is no time or space for microwave use.
We have scheduled times that we will not be in town. How do you handle that and will that impact their grade?
Students must plan ahead for absences due to family trips, extra curricular activities by informing their teachers and asking for their homework in advance. They must keep up with class work while they are gone. All assignments will be due the day they return. If students are absent due to an illness, a grace period of two school days is given to catch up on homework and any missed assignments.
How do you notify parents when there is an unscheduled closing i.e. inclement weather?
We use a texting system called Remind. You can receive messages from the system to as many text-capable phones as needed. We also post closings on the website as well.
How many hours of homework can a student expect each week?
Generally we expect students to plan to complete class work for each class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at home. For core classes an average amount of time to plan is about one hour per class per day. This really depends on the student’s grade level and type of class. In the class descriptions, we estimate the time required for homework. Please take into consideration your student’s speed. It important to balance your student’s school load with enough elective classes so as to not overload their homeschool day.
Will I be required to teach my children material at home?
Depending on age the answers vary:
For High school-
All material is taught at school on Mondays and Thursdays. Parents may need to provide some teaching and guidance if a student misses a class or needs additional help to understand the material at home. If your student has any difficulty learning, processing information, or retaining what a teacher has taught them; they will need strong support at home. For most of our high school students, especially if they are veteran home school students, they can handle the homework on their own. Our teachers are available via phone or email to answer reasonable questions or help a student on the days at home. You will need to help your student manage the organization of their days at home and help ensure all work is completed.
For Middle school-
All material is taught at school on Mondays and Thursdays. Parents may need to provide some teaching and guidance if a student misses a class or needs additional help to understand the material at home. If your student has any difficulty learning, processing information, or retaining what a teacher has taught them; they will need strong support at home. Parents will need to stay involved with their student as most of them will need supervision to ensure that their work is complete. We use an online grading system which acts as a parent/teacher check point- parents need to check engrade, which will communicate if an assignment is missing. Most middle school students need help weekly taking assignments and organizing them in such a way so that each day that work on each subject for an hour. It is best if a student turns their homework in to a parent to check before it is turned in at school.
For Grade school-
All material is taught at school on Mondays and Thursdays.The teachers for this age group are committed to offering lessons in a varied and enjoyable atmosphere engaging multi-sensory learning. Parents will need to provide supervision, support and guidance at home 3 days a week. Our core classes will take one hour per day at home to complete. We encourage parents to only sign up for those classes that they have time to manage at home. For example: if your student takes math from RBA, he/she will need to sit down for an hour Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on math. A parent will need to make them sit down t math and then answer questions as they come up. Some weeks the material may be difficult and when that happens, a parent will need to work the problems with the student. The younger the student, the more their mother will need to supervise. If your student has any difficulty learning, processing information, or retaining what a teacher has taught them, they might need a parent sitting with them the entire schooling session. However, in our elective classes, minimal to no homework is required. So parental involvement is minimal. See the class descriptions for an explanation of parental involvement as well as homework expectations.