The Extension Services Division exists primarily to provide educational support for International Christian workers so that they can remain close to their field of service while educating their children at home.
The goal of ESD is to try to prevent the need for Christian worker’s families to leave the field due to their children’s educational needs. We are committed to walking alongside the teaching parent and networking in the community for home education needs.
How do we do that?
We will meet in person, by phone, or by video conference with parents to hear their needs and concerns, then talk about possible…
Special needs testing
Planning and record keeping
Complete curriculum for all grades and subject areas in a variety of educational styles (traditional, classical, literature-based, etc.), which can be checked out a semester at a time
Curriculum-related books – we have many of the books suggested or required by Sonlight, My Father’s World, and other literature-based curricula as well as other quality readers
Ancillary materials – we have science kits, manipulatives like Unifix cubes, gram-centimeter cubes, scales, microscopes, flashcards, posters, games, puzzles, and many other items
Library events such as story/activity hour.
General reading books – the ESD library has a good collection of fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. Members also have access to the elementary and secondary libraries at GIS.
For out-of-town families, ESD will mail library materials at no additional cost
Links to GIS community
Sports – students in all grades have the opportunity to participate in GIS sports. ESD students will have to go through the same tryout process as all other GIS students. Additional participation fees and requirements may apply, and the sports offered for each age group may vary from year to year. Please note that students must be enrolled before trying out for teams.
Extra-curricular activities – students in all grades will have access to school activities. This includes drama auditions, after-school music groups, clubs, community service groups, etc. Additional fees may apply, and some activities and/or clubs may be open to ESD only on a space-available basis.
Spiritual life – students may audition and/or apply for chapel teams and attend on-campus student chapels. Students can also join the Timothy Project Bible study/peer mentoring groups which meet on Wednesday nights. Ages eligible for Timothy Project depend on volunteers, but generally includes all secondary grades and some upper elementary grades.
Educational Support – ESD families have access to services provided by the Educational Support (ES) department, contingent on staff availability. Additional fees may apply.
Classes – students in grades 7-12 may request up to three classes per semester on campus at Grace. Acceptance is contingent on available space and academic readiness. Additional fees apply.
Homeroom – students in grades 7-12 can enroll in a weekly grade-specific homeroom for no additional charge (and without counting against the three-class limit), providing an ongoing connection to campus life and activities. Homeroom meets right before chapel every week, making it convenient for ESD students to be on campus for both.
Other services offered
Standardized testing – Students in all grades are given the opportunity to take MAP tests twice each year for no additional fee, either on campus or remotely. High school students also have access to AP, ACT, and PSAT testing on the GIS campus. Additional fees may apply. Other tests may also be available by request.
Training for parents and students on a variety of topics such as curriculum information and use, special needs education, campus integration, study skills, college preparation, etc.
Communication – The ESD office keeps families informed about on-campus activities and opportunities as well as in-office news and upcoming ESD events.
Conferences – We provide opportunities for families to participate in regional homeschooling conferences.
Socialization – Field trips, parent/family gatherings, and other activities are offered based on member interest and staff availability. We will also arrange to visit remote families at their request.