LEAD FAQs

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Q:

Is LEAD a school?

A:

No, LEAD is not a school. We are an inclusive, secular, volunteer-run homeschool group offering a la carte classes, parties, field trip opportunites, and more to homeschooling families throughout metro Atlanta.

We do not have a paid staff; we have a Board of Oversight, made up of homeschooling parents. Board members serve for about two years, and then new Board members come in. Our teachers are independent contractors, working with LEAD to provide quality academic and enrichment classes to homeschoolers from K through Adult. 

Q:

Can we sign up for classes if we aren't LEAD members?

A:

Unfortunately, no. Anyone taking classes at LEAD must be a current member and sign a member participation agreement (terms of service) for liability reasons.

Q:

How much does it cost to join LEAD and take classes?

A:

Membership in LEAD is $35 per year. Memberships are renewed every summer (in June/July). Families can join LEAD at any time during the year, but the membership fee is not prorated, and they will have to renew in summer.

If you also want to sign up for the classes, there is a LEAD class registration fee of $40 per class. (That rate is discounted to $30 for class if you sign up between June 1 and August 1!) Those fees should be paid online to LEAD to complete your class registration.

The final fee is the teacher's class fee. This amount varies by class and can be found (in red) at the top of each class description. This fee is paid directly to teachers the first week of classes.

 

Q:

If I join LEAD in April, will I still have to renew my membership in June or July?

A:

Yes. LEAD membership renewals are handled every summer (June/July), regardless of when you join. Families can become members at any time during the year, but the $35 membership fee is not prorated.

Q:

If I change my mind about a class, or if a class gets canceled, will I get a refund?

A:

If you drop a class prior to the first week of classes, you can log into your account and remove it from your registration list, and LEAD will refund you the $30 per-class fee.

If you drop a class after classes have started, you will NOT receive a refund of the per-class LEAD fee.

If, for some reason, a class you have signed up for is cancelled (either before or after the start of classes), you will have the option of receiving a refund of your LEAD per-class fee or applying it to another class.

LEAD is only responsible for collecting or refunding LEAD fees.

Any class fees that are owed directly to teachers, or any refunds required from teachers, should be handled directly between parent and teacher. Please note: if you drop a class after the semester has started, you must notify the instructor immediately, and you may still be required to pay the teacher fee for the semester in full.

 

Q:

Can I drop my child off for classes?

A:

LEAD is not a drop-off program. Parents of children under age 13 MUST stay on-site while their children are attending LEAD classes or events. We offer a comfortable waiting area inside the class building, picnic tables and benches outside, and a "LEAD Lounge" with tables and chairs, for parents waiting during class time. We also provide free Wi-Fi, and many parents choose to bring their laptops and work while they're there.

Teenagers may be dropped off for class as long as they have a way to immediately contact a parent if there is an emergency, they follow all LEAD rules and behavior expectations (both in and between classes), and a parent is there before the end of the class day to pick them up.

(Students 16 and over may drive themselves to classes, of course, but must still have a way to contact a parent in case of emergency, and will still be expected to follow LEAD rules while onsite.)

Q:

Are LEAD members required to volunteer?

A:

LEAD members are not required to volunteer. But we welcome any parents or students who want to volunteer! There are always ways to pitch in -- help tidy up after classes, help organize a fundraiser, field trips, or party, start a club for LEAD students, join the Board, etc.

Q:

How do I know when semesters start and end or when LEAD is on break?

A:

LEAD has posted a calendar for the entire year, with all breaks and important dates highlighted. Please click here to view it and/or print out a copy for yourself.

Q:

Are LEAD classes cancelled for inclement weather?

A:

LEAD follows the Dekalb County School System for all class cancellations due to inclement weather or other unforseen events. If the Dekalb Schools are closed, LEAD will close as well. Teachers will then have the option of offering refunds or make up days for their missed classes.