Home School

Monthly Home School Enrichment Lessons

Bring history and science to life, right here in Huntsville!

 

Burritt on the Mountain is excited to offer another great year of home school classes!  Whether your student loves experiencing history, expressing themselves in art, or discovering more about the science around us, you can find an enriching opportunity here at our mountaintop campus.  Each lesson includes an oral presentation, a hands-on learning experience, and a handout featuring information and follow-up activities related to that month’s topic. We are looking forward to a year of lessons that will give you a chance to explore life in our historic homes or the wonder of nature on our forest trails. Our home school classes are open to children from kindergarten to 8th grade. This fall, we are offering Wednesday morning classes that are geared for lower elementary students and Wednesday afternoon classes that are designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Morning classes run 9:30-11:00, and afternoon classes run 12:00-1:30. Exceptions may be made to these age designations so that siblings may attend class at the same time, so choose the class that best suits your family’s needs. If a class you’re interested in is already full, please send an email to alice.kirsch@huntsvilleal.gov to be placed on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, we may open another class.

September 9th:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00 & Upper Elementary 12:00-1:30

*Added* September 10th:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00

October 14th:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00 & Upper Elementary 12:00-1:30

*Added* October 15th:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00

November 4th:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00 & Upper Elementary 12:00-1:30

*Added* November 5th:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00

December 2nd:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00 & Upper Elementary 12:00-1:30

*Added* December 3rd:  Lower Elementary 9:30-11:00

Some classes fill up quickly, so send in your registration today! Students must be registered and paid at least one week in advance to ensure that ample supplies are available. The cost for each class is $11, or $10 for members. Due to limited space parents who choose to attend with their child must register and pay also.  Sorry, no younger siblings may attend with parents; we have found this can cause both space issues and distractions.  Please note that during our winter hours (October-March) the gift shop is not open until 10:00, and our morning class will begin before the grounds and welcome center are open to the public.

Registration for fall will open August 4th, 2020. Registration for the spring semester will open November 20, 2020 Burritt reserves the right to cancel or combine classes that do not meet our minimum required enrollment. Contact Alice Kirsch at alice.kirsch@huntsvilleal.gov or 256-512-0148 with any questions. If you are working with a small group (or ‘pod’) of families and are interested in your own session, please contact us at alice.kirsch@huntsvilleal.gov, and include a phone number in your message.

We will also be offering a virtual field trip each month that you may register your student to participate in – without leaving the comfort of your own home. More information about these field trips will be posted on our website each month and shared on our social media accounts. Reservations are required for virtual field trips. Pods of families may also request to schedule virtual and onsite field trips.

Registration is required and must be received a week in advance.

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Home School FAQs

Will I drop off my child or stay with them?
Most parents drop their students off for the hour and a half class. A small number of parents do choose to stay with their students. However, due to limited space parents who choose to attend with their child must register and pay also. Sorry, no younger siblings may attend with parents; we have found this can cause both space issues and distractions.

Is there a place I can wait during the class?
Burritt on the Mountain has a large green with a restroom and some picnic tables that you are welcome to use if you choose to stay onsite. We also have our trails which circle the mountain and take just over an hour to hike. You can also pay admission and have full access to our facilities, including our playground, historic park with barnyard and animals, and the Burritt Mansion and exhibits.

I have both elementary and middle school students. Will they need two different classes?
We are happy to allow siblings to attend together.  The class material is the same, just presented at slightly different levels, which can be tailored based on the ages we have enrolled. If you have multiple students, choose whichever class suits your schedule best. If you have any concerns, we would be happy to advise you about which session would be ideal.

Should we sign up for all the classes in that week?
Each month’s lesson is a single class session, offered at four different times. Unless you would like additional reinforcement of the lesson, please choose one class.

My students have some home-schooled friends who would like to attend.  Can I sign them up?Only a parent or guardian may register a student for classes. If you are attending with another family, please make sure they are listed as one of your emergency contacts. We can only release children to and share registration information with the contacts listed on your registration form.

What if I need to cancel or change my enrollment?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel a class reservation.  We will do our best to fit you in to another class when space is available.  We will issue a refund if the student withdraws at least one week before the class.

I have a large study group/co-op that would like to come for this month’s topic.
If you have a group of 12 or more who would like to attend, we would be happy to look into setting up an individual class for you. Please contact Alice Kirsch at 256-518-3931 or alice.kirsch@huntsvilleal.gov to discuss the details of the trip.

For more information, please contact:

Alice Kirsch, Education Assistant
256-518-3931
Alice.Kirsch@huntsvilleal.gov

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