Stateline STEM Academy steps up to support the homeschool community


Parents today are looking for an alternative education program for their children. Many consider homeschooling, but aren’t comfortable teaching all of the subjects themselves.

They could use some support.

Well, help is on the way in the Roscoe area. STEM for Kids, located at 9461 N.2nd St. in Roscoe, has responded with programs supporting the homeschool community.

Beginning Sept. 1, Stateline STEM Academy’s certified teachers will offer academic and STEM curricula to children in first through sixth grade.

Donna Curtis, owner and president of Stateline STEM for Kids, recognized the need for homeschool support and decided to open Stateline STEM Academy.

STEM Academy is open to homeschooled children. It is not an accredited school, but will provide feedback and a “report card” but won’t be doing any state testing.

“Our goal is to best utilize our education, skills and resources to provide an excellent alternative education.” Curtis said.

Curtis said Illinois is one of the most relaxed states in the country regarding educational requirements. Essentially, parents have complete freedom to educate their children in what they deem is in their best interest. You are allowed to pull your child out of public schools and indicate they will be privately educated.

Stateline STEM Academy is offering optional programs: a full day with morning classes beginning at 8:00 (drop off between 7:30 and 8:00 A.M.) Classes include math, science, language, social studies, independent projects and P.E. followed by lunch/recess.

Afternoon STEM classes, 12:30 -3:15 P.M, focus on progressive coding and a variety of STEM programs begin at 12:00 P.M. Aftercare is offered 3:15 -4:30 P.M.

Full day tuition is $800 per month. Half day classes are $600. Before and aftercare are additional.

Parents may choose to enroll their children in the morning class, the afternoon class, or both.

At this time, enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Masks are parental option, CRT (critical race theory) is not taught, and children can work on independent projects.

Get more information on their website or call Donna at 608-352-8330.

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