DigiPen Homeschool Academy

DigiPen appreciates that homeschooling is a unique journey for every family and the primary goal of the DigiPen Homeschool Academy is to offer an educational experience that meets each family’s academic needs. Directly supported by DigiPen, the Academy provides students in grades K-12 with quality opportunities to learn in an engaging student-centered environment, where teachers work to challenge students individually to take their learning to the next level.

The experience at DigiPen Homeschool Academy can be best described as being between a traditional homeschool co-op and a comprehensive school. Our exploratory and preparatory level classes run for over four days each week, and families may choose to take as few or as many courses as needed to meet their student’s learning goals. In addition to offering core general educational courses in math, reading, writing, and science, DigiPen Homeschool Academy offers a wide variety of its well-known technology courses in video game programming, art and animation, game design, engineering, and music and sound.

From a structural perspective, there are three basic levels of classes that are based on the following grade ranges:

  • Explorer for K-3
  • Junior for grades 4-7
  • Teen for grades 8-12

It is important to note that DigiPen celebrates the multi-age aspect of our courses and places students based on their current knowledge and skill. Grade ranges are used as a guideline. If you feel that your child would do best in a class outside of the typical grade range for their age, please contact one of our coordinators. They can help you place your student in the appropriate class. Many courses do not require prerequisites, but in the event that a course has prerequisites, DigiPen will assess student knowledge and ability to ensure the best placement. 

The courses at the DigiPen Homeschool Academy are taught in 2.5 hour blocks, with some time allotted for a recess break. This allows adequate time for the teachers to present material and, more importantly, allows enough meaningful time for students to work on exercises and projects. We believe that this approach provides the instructor with direct evidence of a given student’s understanding, allowing the teacher to pivot to the needs of the student.

Other highlights of DigiPen Homeschool Academy include:

  • DigiPen Homeschool Academy is a drop-off program, so parents are not required to stay onsite while students are in classes.
  • Field trips are offered throughout the academic year.
  • Beyond the specific content covered in each course, students will also develop age-appropriate study skills in each course including research, annotating, notetaking, organizational skills, and writing.
  • Parents are not required to volunteer and there are no fundraising expectations.

Tours are held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-1:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10:00-10:30 a.m. We invite you to come learn more about how DigiPen Homeschool Academy can become part of your homeschool journey, and look forward to answering any questions you may have as you plan for the next year. To schedule a time to speak with a coordinator, or to arrange a tour, please contact homeschool@digipen.edu

Game Development Academy

In addition to the many varied classes held throughout the school year, the DigiPen Homeschool Academy also holds a two year program for students in grades 8-12. The two year Game Development Academy is a multidisciplinary exploration of creating games. The class incorporates instruction in game design and theory, computer science and programming, art and animation, and sound and music.

Successful completion of the first year class is required to take the second year class. For more details visit the Game Development Academy page.

Each year of the Game Development Academy is independent for registration, but intended as a continuous two year experience. First year students will create several introductory projects as they learn the fundamental skills of game development. Then they will join into teams to culminate their year in a group game project. Second year students will be given more challenging and wholistic individual and team projects, including creating development tools, promotional marketing, and installation media.

Location

DigiPen utilizes classrooms at Overlake Church, which is located directly across the street from DigiPen’s campus at 9900 Willows Road NE, Redmond. This location allows for spacious classroom space, convenient drop off and pickup (with less traffic and more parking!), and better suited activity space.

Schedules

Schedules for 2018 - 2019

 

Fall Semester 2018  

Registration is closed for Fall 2018 and All Year classes.  Students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Monday, December 17, 2018.

  • There will be no classes on Friday, November 2nd or Monday, November 5th. 
  • There will be no classes on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Thanksgiving break: Tuesday, November 20th - Friday, November 23rd.

 

Spring Semester 2019

Registration open!
Monday, January 7, 2019 - Monday, April 29, 2019

  • There will no classes on January 21st, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Mid-winter break: Monday, February 18th - Friday, February 22nd.
  • Spring break: Monday, March 11th - Friday, March 15th.

 

(Last updated 9/12/18)

Downloadable Timetables

The following timetables show the subjects and courses that are available to DigiPen Homeschool Academy Students during the 2018-2019 Sessions:

 

About Waitlists
Courses indicated as "Full" on the schedule below all have a waitlist available.  This waitlist operates on a first-come, first-served basis:  if space should open in the class, an email will automatically go out to all families on the waitlist, and the first to register will claim the space.  DHA also considers courses waitlists when evaluating the need to add classes, teaches, and TAs.

About Course Sections
In order to provide some scheduling flexibility to families for popular courses, DigiPen offers multiple sections of those courses, typically designated as "Section A" and "Section B". Each section covers the same content of the course but is simply offered on a different day and time. For example, families can choose to enroll their child in one of two sections of Exploring Art & Animation, with Section A offered on Friday afternoons, and Section B on Tuesday afternoons.

grades

K-3

Young Explorers

Course Name

Spring Year-round
Exploring Art and Animation Level 1 Register Spring   
Exploring Art and Animation Level 2 Register Spring  
Exploring Art Fundamentals Level 2 Register Spring  
Exploring Art: Adventures in 3D Register Spring  
Exploring Art: Drawing and Rendering Register Spring  
Exploring Chemistry (Section A) Register Spring  
Exploring Chemistry (Section B) Register Spring  
Exploring Creature Design and Sculpting Level 2 Register Spring  
Exploring Electronics Register Spring  
Exploring Engineering Level 2 (Section A) Register Spring  
Exploring Engineering Level 2 (Section B) Register Spring  
Exploring Fundamentals of Sound Register Spring  
Exploring Geography (Section A) Register Spring  
Exploring Geography (Section B) Register Spring  
Exploring Grammar and Writing Grades 3-4   Register All-year
Exploring Math Basics Grades 1-2   Register All-year
Exploring Math Basics Grades 3-4   Register All-year
Exploring Reading Adventures Register Spring  
Exploring Robotics Level 1 (Section A) Register Spring  
Exploring Robotics Level 1 (Section B) Register Spring  
Exploring Robotics Level 2: Robot Olympics Register Spring  
Exploring Science: Chemistry (Section A) Register Spring  
Exploring the Story of the World: Middle Ages (Section A)   Register All-year

*Registration is closed for Fall 2018 and All Year classes.  Students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

grades

4-7

Juniors

Course Name

Spring Year-round*
Junior 2D Game Design Register Spring  
Junior 3D Game Design Register Spring  
Junior Art and Animation Level 1 Register Spring  
Junior Art: Drawing and Rendering Register Spring  
Junior Art: Studying with the Masters Register Spring  
Junior Cinematography   Register All-year
Junior Cosplay: Costume Design and Creation Register Spring  
Junior Creating Visual Effects Register Spring  
Junior Creature Design and Sculpting Level 1 Register Spring   
Junior Debate   Register All-year
Junior Digital Sculpting Register Spring  
Junior Dungeon Master Skills and Techniques Register Spring  
Junior Electronics Level 1 Register Spring  
Junior Electronics Level 2: Toys and Games Register Spring  
Junior Engineering Register Spring  
Junior History: Middle Ages   Register All-year
Junior Interactive Storytelling   Register All-year
Junior Intermediate Writing Grades 5-7   Register All-year
Junior Introduction to Web Design and Development Register Spring  
Junior Math Grades 5-6   Register All-year
Junior Minecraft Modding Register Spring  
Junior Physical Science Register Spring  
Junior Programming   Register All-year
Junior Robotics Level 2: Robot Olympics Register Spring  
Junior Robotics Level 1 (Section A) Register Spring  
Junior Robotics Level 1 (Section B) Register Spring  
Junior Sound Design for Games Register Spring  

*Registration is closed for Fall 2018 and All Year classes.  Students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

grades

8-12

Teens

Course Name

Spring Year-round*
Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus   Register All-year
Applied Math for Games   Register All-year
Art and Animation Production Register Spring  
Art of Argument   Register All-year
Art: Drawing and Rendering Register Spring  
Art: Watercolor Painting Register Spring  
Artificial Intelligence for Games Register Spring  
Cinematography   Register All-year
Creating Visual Effects Register Spring  
Engineering Register Spring  
Game Development Academy Year 1   Register All-year
Game Development Academy Year 2   Register All-year
Introduction to Web Design and Development Register Spring  
Physics of Ballistics    
Physics of Flight Register Spring  
Robotics Register Spring  
Sound Design for Games Register Spring  
Understanding the Hero's Journey   Register All-year
Writing Fundamentals   Register All-year

*Registration is closed for Fall 2018 and All Year classes.  Students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

Next Steps

We want all students to be successful here! For your student to make the most out of their time at the DigiPen Homeschool Academy, families new to the program are required to speak with a DigiPen Homeschool Academy Coordinator before enrolling in courses. We can assist you in placing your student into the appropriate courses. Prerequisites for courses, as well as the general grade range that a given course is suitable for, are listed with the specific course descriptions. DigiPen understands that the abilities of homeschooled students do not always fit traditional standards and you are encouraged to contact us should you feel there are factors that should be considered.   

To schedule a time to speak with a coordinator, or to arrange a tour, please contact homeschool@digipen.edu

Tuition & Payment

Tuition, Payment, & Refund Policies

Tuition for DigiPen Homeschool Academy courses is varied. This is based on the number of days per week that a course is held and whether the course is semester-long or a full academic year. Please note that material fees are calculated separately and vary by class.  

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the semester. The non-refundable $100 deposit and material fees are due upon registration, with the full balance due two weeks prior to the start of class. For the fall semester, payment is due by August 21, 2018.

Scholarships and Flexible Payment Plans

DigiPen Homeschool Academy wants to meet the needs of as many families as possible. Scholarships are available and families are encouraged to apply. Please note that need-based scholarships are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Flexible payment plans are available upon request.

Class Cancellations

If a DigiPen Homeschool Academy course or program is canceled before its scheduled start date for any reason, you will be notified no later than 14 days before the start of the course and refunded the full amount.

Refund Deadlines

Parents can withdraw their student from a DigiPen Homeschool course or program by August 21, 2018 (for Fall 2018 classes and Year-long classes) or by December 26, 2018 (for Spring classes) to receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit and material fees. Parents who withdraw their student from DigiPen Homeschool Academy after August 21, 2018 (for Fall 2018 and year-long classes) receive no refund for fees paid.

If you have any questions about DigiPen Homeschool Academy tuition, discounts, scholarships, or cancellation policies, email homeschool@digipen.edu or call (425) 629-5007.

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