OPTIONS & FEES
Families may enroll in the unique tutoring experiences at SHINE Together at any time if spots are available. The program is open to K-12th graders and is currently limited to a maximum enrollment of 10 learners per day. Here are the current enrollment options:
ONCE-A-WEEK OPTION: Many homeschooling families choose to enroll in SHINE Together for a weekly drop-off day. The program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and families may sign up for a particular day of the week for the school year (September through May), summer (June through August), or continuing contract (ongoing, all year). For the continuing contract, this program costs $200 per month; a 10% discount is offered for additional children from the same family ($180 per month). The fee for families who choose to sign up for only the school year or summer is slightly more ($220 per month for one child, $200 per month for additional children).
EVERY-OTHER-WEEK OPTION: By parent request, there is currently an every-other-week option for the weekly drop-off days as well, though priority will be given to weekly families. The same times and options apply, and the program costs $100 per month per child for the continuing contract or $110 per month for the school year or summer only.
FULL-TIME OPTION: This option is for families who want their children to be homeschooled full-time by a private tutor. The program runs year-round Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or at such times/days arranged by the individual family. There is flexibility for families selecting this option to make it work with your personal schedules, and it can be nice for the full-time kids to have extra time in the morning to focus on math/reading/writing before other kids arrive at 10:00. The base price is $800 per month, which may be adjusted based on the hours needed. A 10% discount is offered for additional children from the same family ($720 per month).
TRIAL DAYS: Prospective students may attend up to five trial days, subject to availability, before signing a contract. Each trial day costs $60.
ONLINE GROUP OPTION: There is currently a two-hour group Zoom option, specifically created to support families who need extended sheltering due personal risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, but available to anyone. Specific terms are worked out on an individual basis.
INDIVIDUAL TUTORING: One-on-one tutoring is available for families who would like targeted help in a specific subject area (such as math, reading, writing, etc.). This may be scheduled before or after SHINE Together group sessions for convenience if a child is enrolled in the group program. This option is also available at the St. Cloud Public Library (when open) or via Zoom. Fees are hourly, and specific terms are worked out on an individual basis.
EDUCATIONAL COACHING: This option is available for families who would like guidance on creating and implementing personalized homeschooling plans, maintaining homeschooling records, selecting materials, supporting a child’s unique learning style/needs (including giftedness, special needs, multiple intelligences, etc.), monitoring progress, interpreting documents/test results, parenting techniques, etc. This may be scheduled before or after SHINE Together group sessions for convenience if a child is enrolled in the group program. This option is also available at the St. Cloud Public Library (when open) or via Zoom/phone. Fees are hourly, and specific terms are worked out on an individual basis, ranging from occasional support for the parent/guardian to a complete learning guide overseeing an interest-led education from a distance, regularly coaching both children and adults in a family.
Fees include all in-person tutoring supplies such as paper, pencils, markers, colored pencils, rulers, scissors, craft supplies, etc. Children may check out books from the SHINE Together library and should return them in a timely manner. Families will be asked to replace or pay for books that are lost or damaged.
Each family must provide:
a lunch, snacks, and water bottle (fridge space and microwave are available)
spare set of clothes (in case they get dirty or wet)
appropriate outdoor gear/supplies for the season/weather, such as:
raincoat/pants/boots for rainy days
waterproof winter coat/pants/mittens/hat/boots for snowy days
sunscreen/insect repellent/sunhat/sunglasses if needed for the summer
sturdy footwear in summer (tennis shoes/sandals suitable for hiking—no flip flops)
Children will be outside at least part of every day, except during severe weather such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, rainstorm that includes lightning/thunder, tornado, very strong winds, hail, etc. Full-time families may leave a spare set of clothing and outdoor gear/supplies at SHINE Together if desired.