You are a homeschooling parent. What we do should support what you do. You’re in charge.
ZLO is an alternative educational option in Whatcom County, Washington, designed to assist homeschooled children and their families by offering once- and twice-weekly classes in a variety of subject areas. Students take only the courses they want or need. We offer homeschooling parents quality education with choices and flexibility, allowing them to remain in a homeschool setting. Parents are the directors of their child’s education, choosing courses, instructors, and times. This ensures a high quality of instruction.
Christian, Biblically Based
The purpose of education is to prepare people for whatever God may ask them to do.
Eph 4:11-13: “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
ZLO consists of educators, parents, and accomplished specialists who support home schooling. Our instructors teach from a Christian, Biblically based point of view, and are striving to provide students with an academic preparation for any educational goal.
How We Do It
Our pattern of once- and twice-weekly classes allows parents to be the primary director of their child’s education, and also allows families to be families. Choose the courses you want or need for your student, to complete YOUR homeschool curriculum. Our courses are meant to cover a year’s material, taught in small classes in two days per week.
Not being in class daily means that some students can focus on a major project, such as a competitive sport or activity that involves travel and long weekends. For other students, it means we can spread out the high school years, allowing a student time to mature and achieve a higher level of success, or take the time for that big activity, and gain a better track record for college application. Most of our instructors are happy to work around family events that might take you away from school for a day or two.
It can be intensive! Not many students take a ‘full load’ at ZLO, because they come from homeschooling families that can accomplish much of the curriculum on their own. Most students take 1 – 3 classes.
One of the things that makes us different is that we don’t have an expectation for WHEN your student should accomplish a particular level, we expect ALL of our students to achieve those standards when they are ready. We put students where they can succeed, at a level that’s appropriate for them, and then we take them to the next level, without regard for age.
What Ages Does ZLO Serve?
We serve mostly secondary level students, but also offer Early Learners (ages 3-6), and are continually expanding our K-6 introductory courses in a wide variety of subjects. All lifelong learners are welcome to take one or more courses. Parents are ALWAYS welcome to accompany a child, as long as there is space in the room.
When we are able and there is interest, we can also offer short courses, special interest workshops and private tutoring. Academic year courses are at least equivalent to those taught in full-time schools. Class time is used more efficiently, classes are small, providing more instructor attention, and course work is better tailored to student need.
Where do our students go from ZLO? Into every walk of life. We have farmers, mathematicians, geologists, translators, IT experts, and social workers that we can count among our alumni. We are glad to have served them all.
We want to prayerfully and joyfully help you fulfill the plans God has for you, using the best customer service possible. What do you need? How can we help you?
Please tell us what YOU need. We have an expanding bag of resources.
One Size Does NOT Fit All
We are not very interested in meeting standards such as No Child Left Behind or Common Core. These are the engines of conveyor belt education. Instead, we see the opportunity to work with a child as a privilege. We honor the child that God has made by evaluating them for the knowledge they have and placing them appropriately, without the fear of being measured against a standard that may be impossible, or one that changes every few years. We honor the parent’s position in directing their child’s education by working with parents to find the instruction that best fits the student.