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Homeschool Initiative

Welcome, let's work together!

Homeschoolers and DCS Students Working Together for Success
Academic Courses
Extracurricular Activities
During School Day
and After School Involvement

Partnering with Homeschool Families

We desire to align with homeschool students by offering courses to complement the family's educational plan.

 

We are excited to encourage a shared extra-curricular experience for all students.

 

We value fostering healthy relationships with homeschool families to grow as a  school community and develop richer opportunities for friendships.

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Elementary Field Trip

Homeschool Initiative Options

We offer choices for homeschool students in elementary, middle school, and high school.

 

The Homeschool Initiative is designed for students taking up to four classes at Decatur Christian School.

For middle and high school students, there are two additional options available beyond the Homeschool Initiative:
1) Part-time enrollment with 5 classes
2) Full-time enrollment

To qualify for a high school diploma from DCS, students must maintain enrollment in at least 5 classes throughout their senior year.

Elementary

K-5th

Classes offered 1 time per week for 18 weeks
1st Semester - Aug-Dec
2nd Semester - Jan-May

Art Class, Music Class, PE

Extracurricular Options

Mini-Cheer, Basketball, Volleyball

Middle School

6th-8th

Classes offered daily for 18 weeks
1st Semester - Aug-Dec
2nd Semester - Jan-May

All classes and electives

Extracurricular Options

Basketball, Volleyball, Cheer

High School

9th-12th

Classes offered daily for 18 weeks
1st Semester - Aug-Dec
2nd Semester - Jan-May

All classes and electives

Extracurricular Options

Basketball, Cheer, Other
Co-op Sports Options

Guiding Students to Learn Well, Live Well and Lead Well

We are committed to offering solid academic instruction within a framework of strong biblical Christian values to all students. We welcome homeschool students to join with Decatur Christian School students. Our aim is for your son or daughter to thrive within a nurturing Christian community, supported by dedicated teachers and staff, where they can develop personally, academically, spiritually, and socially. By selecting Decatur Christian School to partner with homeschool educational and extracurricular activities, you are opting for an established educational environment with a rich history of serving the Decatur area for over 50 years.

Mrs. Lane

Elementary Principal

Mr. Reynolds

Middle School Principal

Pastor Hohm

High School Principal and Administrator

Quick, Personal Response to Your Inquiry

To start your partnership as a homeschool family with Decatur Christian School, we have made the process easy.

Just follow our 3-step enrollment process to onramp your student for success in learning.

1

Complete Application

Complete an online application.

2

Take a Tour

Upon receipt of your application, our team will schedule a tour of the school and an interview with one of our principals.

3

It's a Wrap

Complete enrollment forms and pay enrollment fee.

  • My child is in middle school (6th-8th), and I want to enroll my student in a regularly scheduled class or classes that meet each school day and have my child present in the classroom for instruction and interaction. What are my options and what are the requirements for this to take place?
    Middle school homeschool students may enroll in core academic courses at Decatur Christian School including Bible, English, Math, History, Science, PE. Electives courses are also available like computer coding, computer keyboarding, art, drama, Arduino (micro-processor programming and electronics projects). Schedules for classes are determined by grade level and personal placement with courses meeting 5 days per week (subject to normal school calendar). Homeschool students must attend that class during the regularly scheduled time(s) for the course or courses desired. Enrollment fees and tuition fees apply.
  • My son or daughter is in high school (9th-12th), and I want to enroll my student in a regularly scheduled class or classes that meet each school day and have my child present in the classroom for instruction and interaction. What are my options and what are the requirements for this to take place?
    High school homeschool students may enroll in core academic courses at Decatur Christian School including Bible, English, Math, History, Science, PE. Electives courses are also available like computer coding, 3-D CAD (Computer Aided Design), 3-D printing, art, drama, robotics (First Tech Challenge), JAVA programming, Entrepreneurship (business) class with hands on coffee shop (Blü Brew), etc. Homeschool students must attend class during the regularly scheduled time(s) for the course or courses desired. If the student desires to graduate with a DCS diploma, the student must be enrolled in 5 or more classes at DCS for the entire 12th grade year. If the student wants to only enroll so they can play on our sports team(s), IHSA (Illinois High School Association) rules require the student to be enrolled in at least 1 class. Schedules for classes are determined by grade level as well as personal placement, with courses meeting daily (subject to normal school calendar). Enrollment fees and tuition fees apply. If in sports, athletic and team fees apply.
  • My child is in middle school (6th-8th), and I want my student to participate in extracurricular activities like cheer or sports.
    Middle school homeschool students are welcome to join our after school extracurricular activities. We offer cheer, volleyball, basketball, and Lego League. No enrollment is necessary, but athletic fees and team fees apply.
  • My child is in an elementary grade (K-5th), and I want to enroll my child in a music or art class. What are the options and requirements?
    Fine arts offerings and other options for personal growth for elementary students include music, art, PE, etc. The specific schedule for class is determined by grade level with courses meeting 1 time per week. Tuition fees apply.
  • My student is in high school (9th-12th), and I want my son or daughter to participate in extracurricular activities like cheer or sports.
    High school homeschool students are welcome to join our after school extracurricular teams. We offer cheer, volleyball, basketball, and First Tech Challenge robotics. If the student wants to enroll so they can play on our sports team(s), IHSA (Illinois High School Association) rules require the student to be enrolled at the member high school; this includes taking and passing at least one course at the member school each semester. If the student desires to graduate with a DCS diploma, he or she must be enrolled in at least 5 classes at DCS for the entire 12th grade year. Enrollment fees, tuition fees, athletic and team fees apply.
  • My child is in an elementary grade (K-5th), and I want to have my child participate in mini-cheer, volleyball, or another after-school activity or club. What are the options and requirements?
    Extracurricular activities for elementary grades (K-5th) include mini-cheer, volleyball, etc. We also offer Lego League for students in 4th through 8th grades. Enrollment as a DCS student is not necessary for these activities. Please note that athletic and team fees apply.
  • What are the school's college acceptance and alumni success stories?
    Decatur Christian School graduates attend a variety of high educational institutions including Richland Community College, Millikin University, Greenville University, University of Illinois, Taylor University, Olivet Nazarene University, Rhema School of Ministry, and many other colleges and universities. Our graduates have careers including business owners, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, teachers, and missionaries.
  • What is the school's policy on homework and set reasonable academic expectations?
    DCS has a balanced approach to homework and set reasonable academic expectations, promoting a healthy work-life balance for students. Wednesday evenings are protected from homework assignments by design to allow for students to participate in their local church midweek youth or children's ministries.
  • How qualified and experienced are the teachers and staff members?
    Decatur Christian School employs quality teachers and staff who are committed to both academic excellence and nurturing students' spiritual growth. Many of our teachers have taught here for more than two decades which provides good stability for our school.
  • What is the curriculum like at Decatur Christian School?
    Decatur Christian School offers a well-rounded curriculum that combines strong academics with a biblical worldview, emphasizing character development and spiritual growth. Students learn to read in Kindergarten and First Grade using a phonics based reading program. Our curriculum publishers include Bob Jones University Press, Abeka, Summit Ministries, Glencoe/McGraw Hill and other publishing companies.
  • Are there extracurricular activities, such as sports, music, or clubs, available for students?
    Decatur Christian School offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including sports teams, music, theatre, robotics clubs for 4th-8th grades (LEGO League) and for 8th-12th grades (FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics), and community service opportunities.
  • Is the school accredited by any educational organizations or associations?
    Decatur Christian School is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, and is affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International. In both the recognition and affiliation, we ensure quality standards in academics and school operations.
  • How does the school integrate Christian values and teachings into daily academic life?
    Christian values and teachings are woven into all aspects of school life, including classroom instruction, character education, prayer, chapel services, and extracurricular activities.
  • What is the tuition cost, and are there any financial aid or scholarship options available?
    Tuition costs vary based on grade level. First year families qualify for a scholarship up to $650 per new student in that family in grades K-12. Additional discounts apply to multi-child families.
  • How does the school address special needs and learning differences?
    DCS strives to provide students with diverse learning needs with the robust support and accommodations they need in order to be successful. Through a collaborative approach with parents, professionals, DCS works under a liaison to review current educational documentation to determine an accommodation plan that addresses the needs of the individual student. After reviewing any IEP or 504 plans, DCS clearly communicates if they are able to serve the needs of that child. DCS reserves the right to not accept students whose needs exceed existing resources.
  • Are there any specific religious requirements or expectations for students and families?
    Our desire is that all people of all ages come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior and to serve Him in every aspect of life. While not a requirement for admission, it should be understood that the entire fabric of Decatur Christian School is woven together upon the conviction that trusting Jesus Christ for salvation is fundamental and will be encouraged in all areas of the school by every faculty and staff member. Decatur Christian School requires that students and families support and respect the school's Christian mission and values as found in the Parent/Student handbook. The following information comes from our philosophy of Christian Education at Decatur Christian School. Decatur Christian School is a caring community of parents, faculty, staff, and students dedicated to living lives that are pleasing to Jesus Christ. We exist to serve the Lord by providing quality Christian education to the youth of Decatur and the surrounding area. We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, provided for the redemption of sin through His resurrection and life; and that Jesus Christ is the Lord of every Christian believer. We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God with God as the Creator and Author of all life. We believe that the Bible, God's Holy Word, serves as an infallible reference for Christian living and must be incorporated into the curricula as well as into the learning experiences in which our students participate. We believe that the education of children is a process that occurs continuously within the home, the school, and the church. Our goal is to help children to become "kingdom of God" seekers and to realized the admonition of Romans 8:29, "that we should be conformed to the image of Christ." To accomplish this goal, we provide academic preparation and intellectual stimulation and promote personal initiative in the learning process. We believe it is our God-given mission to encourage and help each child who passes through the halls of DCS to develop the spiritual, academic, physical, and social gifts and talents God has given him or her. It is our goal to help each young person to develop a reverence for God and loyalty to American principles of democracy. Our desire to help young people develop sound morals, spiritual values, ethics, and attitudes that are necessary to having and maintaining a successful, meaningful, and growing Christian life. We believe that a sound, well-rounded education should be available to each child regardless of sex, creed, or race.
  • What are the admission requirements and the enrollment process?
    DCS admission requirements and enrollment process involved completing an application, providing relevant documents, an interview and possible assessment for academic placement.
  • What are the school's safety measures and protocols?
    Decatur Christian prioritizes the safety and well-being of students, implementing various safety measures, protocols, and emergency preparedness plans. Our emergency plans are also shared with our local law enforcement and fire departments.
  • How does the school handle controversial social issues like Critical Race Theory and gender identity?
    DCS Statements on Current Social Issues: Critical Race Theory Decatur Christian School is committed to the truth of Holy Scripture. We look at the issues of race and racism through the lens of a Christian worldview. Therefore, we view Critical Race Theory (CRT) as an inadequate social theory with a fundamentally flawed foundation, diagnosis, and prescription for the human condition. CRT is a post-Civil Rights social philosophy, legal theory, and strategy for addressing racism and our changing society. Its underlying framework –– critical theory –– was formed as an attempt to understand human brokenness and oppression to point a way toward liberation. It was formulated upon a neo-Marxist philosophy and worldview was developed by the Frankfurt School in Germany in the 1930s. A Christian worldview significantly differs from the popular, secular CRT narrative. Because of these distinct differences, DCS rejects and does not promote CRT or critical theory. We believe it is based on the fundamentally flaws ideas of neo-Maxist thought, and that it actually leads to more racial division and not less. While we do not shy away from teaching about the shameful aspects of American history or inhibit discussions about race or racism in the classroom or on campus, and while we promote the freedom to discuss any theory, idea, or worldview, we think there is a better way to understand race, define racism, and promote racial justice. We believe that way is through the gospel of Jesus Christ and a kingdom-based theology of righteousness and justice, built upon the truth of the Bible. Gender Identity and Sexuality "Gender" is your biological sex as God originally created you. DCS believes that all people must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. It will always be our intent as a school to reflect these qualities. Any behavior or attitudes not displaying these qualities should be corrected, as they are not in accord with scripture or the Spirit of Christ. (John 13:35) We believe that God wonderfully and immutably created each person distinctly male and female (Gen. 1:26-31, 2:18-25, 5:1, 2). These two distinct and divinely representative genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that the fullest, most rewarding experience of life includes the acceptance of a person's God-given biological gender. The rejection of one's biological gender diminishes the reflection of the image of God within a person. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Any form of sexual intimacy outside of such marriage is hurtful to God's heart, and harmful to the spiritual health of those involved. (1 Cor. 6:15-7:6; Eph. 5:3-7). Such activities include, but is not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexual conduct, and pornography. We believe that God offers redemption, transformation, and restoration to all who seek Him through Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 6:11)
  • What is the school's policy regarding technology and screen time?
    DCS has guidelines and policies regarding technology use and screen time, promoting balanced and responsible usage while integrating it into education. We have internet browsing filter software to protect students while online. Cell phones are to be store in the student's locker and powered off during the entire school day unless specifically directed otherwise for a short time under the direction of a supervising teacher.
  • What are the advantages of sending my child to Decatur Christian School?
    Decatur Christian School provides a nurturing environment that integrates faith-based values, academic excellence, and character development.
  • What is the school's approach to discipline and behavior management?
    Decatur Christian School has a balanced approach to discipline that focuses on teaching responsibility, accountability, and grace while promoting a positive and respectful learning environment. Often, resolving the issue of discipline will involve relationship repair and prayer with administrators and teachers to help realign behavior and expectations. DCS has a zero tolerance policy on bullying.
  • How is Decatur Christian School different from a public school experience?
    Decatur Christian School offers smaller, more individualized class sizes, personalized attention, a Biblical Christian values-based curriculum, and a supportive community.
  • Are there opportunities for parental involvement and engagement?
    DCS encourages parental involvement and provides opportunities for parents to participate in school activities, volunteer, and engage in their child's education.

Decatur Christian School

137 South Grant Street | Forsyth, Illinois 62535 | 217-877-5636

Serving families in the greater Decatur area and surrounding communities including Forsyth, Maroa, Warrensburg, Argenta, Oreana, Mt. Zion and others.

Decatur Christian School is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. ACSI promotes the cause of Christian education, protects the freedoms of Christian schools, and aids and strengthens schools.  DCS works with ACSI especially in the area of standardized student testing.Decatur Christian School is a fully recognized non-public school by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), providing for the transfer of all credits to qualified centers of higher education

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