Academics

Sycamore Education

GHCA uses Sycamore Education as our complete online school management and student information system. Sycamore Education is web-based, meaning you can stay connected and informed from any device with an Internet connection. You can check on your student’s homework, grades, attendance, school calendar, and send and receive Pass-a-Notes. 

Link to Sycamore and Logon Information: Sycamore Education is a family-based system. That means that there will be only one set of Usernames/passwords per family. If you lose your username and password, please contact the GHCA Office. 

Training: It is helpful to read the online Parent Manual and/or watch the Parent Training Video. The Parent Manual is found under System Help, Online Manuals on the left hand side. You can access the Parent Training Video by clicking on this link: https://www.sycamoreeducation.com/videos/ParentsTrainingVideo.html

To access SycEd, click the logo below:

 

PTF

Volunteering offers a major opportunity for parents to be involved in the lives and education of their children. An additional benefit of volunteering is that when our children see how important something is to us, it will become important to them as well. Pass the Flame (PTF) provides the leadership and organization for GHCA volunteers. Parents are encouraged to complete the Volunteer Form received in the summer mailing packet and return it to the school. 

Family Support

How Costs are Covered at GHCA

Tuition and fees cover only about 78% of what it actually costs to educate a student here—leaving an unfunded gap of about 22% for every student. Tuition does not cover program enhancements or facility improvements—it just helps keep our school running. This means that every student at GHCA actually receives a substantial form of tuition assistance.

We depend upon all parents’ involvement in fundraising activities to fund the remaining 22%. This difference between tuition and actual cost is made up through our Annual Fund campaign which consists of fundraising events and letter appeals to our current families, alumni families, friends, businesses and churches. Your direct participation in responding to these appeals and actively supporting the fundraisers are crucial to your school’s ability to succeed. This is a parent-sponsored school that cannot continue its educational ministry to students without the meaningful, sacrificial support of our parents. We are not eligible for direct government funding of any kind, nor do we desire it for a number of reasons.

Our budget and tuition costs are based primarily upon conservative enrollment and tuition revenue goals. Tuition revenue is estimated well in advance of our actual fall enrollment. If it becomes clear later in the year that our actual tuition revenue (and/or Annual Fund goal) is likely to be less than budgeted (meaning that we are looking at a deficit), the Board of Directors will report to all our school families what amount per student would make up the deficit. Families would not be billed for this amount but would be asked to donate as much of it as possible.

 

Fundraising Events

GHCA hosts at least two major fundraising events per year to supplement tuition and fund the operating budget.

  1. Harvest Festival Auction:  Held annually each fall, this event features a day of fun family activities and a lively and entertaining auction with hundreds of donated items and services from local businesses and individuals including homemade goodies, and handcrafted quilts and crafts. Over 200 guests join in the event. Families are asked to help with the activities, donate auction items, and join in the day of fun.
  2. Bike-a-thon:  Held annually in June, every student, faculty, staff member, and parent are asked to participate, either in sponsoring someone with a donation or in seeking sponsorship for themselves. Each family is asked to send letters to friends or family who will financially sponsor their child’s day of biking, running or walking.

Other fundraisers that support the school include activities such as benefit concerts by outside groups, indoor yard sales, dinner and dessert auction, produce sales and similar. These events require the support of our families to be successful, and their success is critical to the school's success.

Forms & Downloads

Click on the links below to download a PDF version of the form(s) you need:

 

GENERAL

pdficon small  Academic Calendar 2017-18
pdficon small  Supplies List 2017-18
  GHCA Family Handbook 2017-18   

 

 


ADMISSION FORMS

All families need:                        
pdficon small   Family Admission Packet        (only 1 packet needed per family regardless of thenumber of students applying)
pdficon small   Family Handbook (only 1 necessary)
   
Pre-K and Kindergarten Only:  
pdficon small   Pre-K/Kindergarten Student Application  (one needed per student)
pdficon small   Pre-K Program Information (as needed)
pdficon small   Kindergarten Program Information (as needed)
   
Grades 1-12 Only:  
pdficon small   Gr. 1-12 Student Application (1 needed for each student applying)
pdficon small   Gr. 1-12 References (Character & Educator)  (1 set needed for each student applying
pdficon small   Gr. 7-12 Student Essay (1 needed for each gr. 7-12 student applying)
pdficon small   Elementary Program Information (as needed)
pdficon small   Secondary Program Information (as needed)

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Our Address:
27 School St
Houlton, ME. 04730
Office Hours:                           Contact Information:
   Mon. to Fri. 8am to 3pm            Phone:  207.532.0736
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