Tom and Janene Gerl have been involved in home education leadership for more than twenty years. They have successfully graduated their oldest children and, with their experienced staff, have helped hundreds of parents achieve their home education goals. Keystone graduates have entered and graduated from colleges and universities throughout the country including UC Irvine, California Baptist University, Biola University, and Cal State Long Beach.
Private School Affidavit
All students are covered by one Private School Affidavit that Keystone files annually with the State Department of Education. Students’ names and addresses do not appear on the affidavit and the school office in Los Alamitos is listed as the street address where student records are maintained, and Diplomas are issued. If Keystone is contacted concerning a specific student, no information will be released except to confirm enrollment.
-Membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Maintain Cumulative Student File
Each student has a cumulative file (grades K . 12) of health, academic, attendance and testing records. Parent/Teachers will provide information on grade level, Course of Study, and Final grades to be posted by computer on the file. Records will be requested from previous schools by the office, and will be kept in the student cume file. Parents may view cume files at the office. These files belong to the student, and follow them from school to school throughout their academic career.
Academy Days are enrichment classes for K – 12th grade students of Keystone Academy. While not a substitute for core classes taught at home, these elective classes can enrich and broaden a student’s home curriculum. The classes offered may cover a wide range, anything from playtime and crafts to academic and thought provoking. The goal is to provide classes that will aid parents in their quest to instill a lifetime love of learning in their students. Academy Days is a parent powered cooperative effort, which requires one parent of each participating family to serve as a teacher or assistant for each session. The courses offered are based on parent’s willingness to share their areas of interest and expertise.
Field Trips will be scheduled for a variety of spots throughout L.A., Riverside, and Orange Counties about once per month September May. Members from all extensions are invited to participate.
National Beta Club
The Jr. Beta and Sr. Beta Clubs are nationally recognized service organizations for students of 4th - 8th and 9th - 12th grades respectively. The Keystone branch was chartered in 2003. Service projects are chosen and completed by the student members. There are leadership opportunities within the club when club officers are elected. Past projects for Sr. Beta Club include serving at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey and the Spring Fair baked potato dinner and basket auction to benefit the Keystone Parent Association. The Jr. Beta Club has participated in Operation Christmas Child, Meals on Wheels, and making cards at a nursing home. The clubs meet regularly and also have an annual Christmas party and end-of-the-year party. Club membership and service hours will be reflected on the transcript. For Senior Beta, there is a gold seal that is attached to the student’s diploma as well as a gold sash that is worn during graduation.