Frequently Asked Questions
Is H.E.L.P. Miami a Scientology school?
No. H.E.L.P. Miami is a non-religious school. We accept students of all races and religions. We use educational methods developed by L. Ron Hubbard as we have found his methods to be useful in an academic setting. Books based on Hubbard’s work include dictionary use, the importance of grammar and study skills, with each being part of our curriculum. (Spiritual writings and such are not taught.)
Are the staff of H.E.L.P. Miami Scientologists?
Some are; some aren’t. Teachers and staff are hired based on their ability to effectively perform the functions of their jobs. Teachers must demonstrate patience, positive direction and maintain good communication with their students. Administrators need to often times do 10 things at once. We want ethical, competent, up-beat personnel and open our doors to staff who fit this criteria. Religion is not, and has never been, a factor in the hiring process.
What is the difference between H.E.L.P. Miami and mainstream public schools?
Our classes are small with an average of one teacher to ten to twelve students, allowing for each student to get attention to their academic needs. We use a variety of texts and lesson plans for each grade level and our homework load is significantly lighter than most schools. We do not use Common Core; nor will we perform mental health screenings on students. Due to space restrictions (operating from a mall) we currently do not have a sports program or cafeteria.
The biggest difference between us and mainstream schools is our implementation of Study TechnologyTM. We want our students proficient in their skills and work very hard to achieve this. We are structured in such a way that every student can receive one-on-one attention to their academics on a daily basis. We will not “pass” a student just because he shows up to class and students who do not work or become problematic in the classroom are quickly dismissed. Students who WANT to learn usually do quite well. Though we are a small school, we maintain a high standard. I do not want to imply that mainstream schools do not work hard or have standards. They do. We just take an entirely different approach.
Is H.E.L.P. Miami accredited?
Yes. H.E.L.P. Miami is accredited by the NPSAG (National Private Schools Accreditation Group, Inc). Standard High School diplomas are issued to qualifying students.
Are H.E.L.P. Miami teachers certified?
Usually not. Employment of certified teachers is not a legal requirement of private schools in the state of Florida. Regardless, we train all of our teachers to a certain educational standard which includes Study TechnologyTM so that they can effectively teach and manage a class.
What scholarships does H.E.L.P. Miami accept?
H.E.L.P. Miami accepts the McKay Scholarship, the Step-Up-for-Students (Florida Tax Credit & Gardiner) and the AAA Scholarship.
The parent is responsible to cover any fees that the scholarship does not fully cover.
For more information on the above mentioned scholarship programs, go to:
www.floridaschoolchoice.org (McKay Scholarship)
www.stepupforstudents.org (HOPE and Gardiner Scholarships)
Note: Qualifying families may only receive one of the above scholarships per child.
Does H.E.L.P. Miami offer transportation?
No. We do not have our own bus; however, several of our students do use a private bus service to get to and from school on a daily basis. The registrar can provide you contact information for local bus/van services. It is up to the parent/guardian to make transportation arrangements. (Note: Transportation fees are not covered by the McKay Scholarship or the Step Up for Students grants.)
Do students at H.E.L.P. Miami wear uniforms?
As of 2018-2019 we are going to require uniforms for all students. Uniform consists of long jeans, sneakers and a H.E.L.P. Miami Polo or T-Shirt.
Does H.E.L.P. Miami assign homework?
Yes. Though our homework load is far lighter than most schools, all middle and high school students will get homework every day. (Know that it is school policy that students who fail to turn in homework a total of five times are dismissed.) Refunds are not granted for children who get dismissed for not doing homework. Students in grades K-5 have little to no homework, but the same homework rule applies.
What is the school schedule at H.E.L.P. Miami?
H.E.L.P. Miami follows the public school calendar with one exception – we do not have classes the day after Halloween. If public school is off due to a holiday or bad weather, we too are closed. Daily schedule is 9:00am to 2:30pm.
What are H.E.L.P. Miami’s requirements to earn a standard High School diploma?
Students must meet state requirements to earn a high school diploma (Sunshine State Standards). Currently, high school students need 24 high school credits and must complete a minimum of 75 community service hours to earn a high school diploma.
Note: State graduation requirements may change. It is recommended that both student and parent/guardian meet with high school director upon enrollment or early in the school year to determine which credits are needed to earn a high school diploma.
How do I enroll my child in the H.E.L.P. Miami school?
All students must be interviewed by the school director prior to enrolling in the school. Upon acceptance to the program you will be given a packet of school registration forms and the DVD “Dead Wrong”. You must turn in all school forms, required medical documentation and a birth certificate or proof of Baptism, and view the DVD in its entirety, prior to your child beginning classes. Tuition and other fees are due at the time of enrollment.
Are there students that are not accepted for enrollment?
Yes. This is determined on an individual basis. We won’t accept students who we honestly feel we cannot help. This includes kids who are in trouble academically, yet are permitted to spend hours in front of a TV or device. It is our experience that these “TV kids” are very difficult to motivate or get into action because their parents keep them inactive. We will not enroll a student who has a history of violent or bad behavior. Some students may be required to pass a drug test before being accepted.
We also may not accept certain students based on academic needs; for example, a teenager who cannot read or who needs an elementary academic instruction may be refused as we simply do not offer an ESE* program at this time. We do not have the staff or the facilities to accept children diagnosed with autism or who are considered “on the spectrum.” Currently, we are operating all K-12 classes in a small space; therefore, we are limited in what we can do. Once we expand our physical school size, we will able to service more students and offer more programs.
*Exceptional Student Education
I do not live near H.E.L.P. Miami but I want my child educated in this program, what can I do?
You can move to Miami! (Just kidding!) Contact Applied Scholastics International at 1-877-755-3276 or visit them at www.AppliedScholastics.org to see if there is an Applied Scholastics school near you. If there is not such a school in your area I suggest that YOU train up and YOU put one there.
What requirements have to be met in order to work at H.E.L.P. Miami?
All staff are required to learn and properly use the study methods of L. Ron Hubbard.
The legal requirement to work at the school is that you have a social security number and pass a background check. Just know that to really enjoy this job, you have to have a passion to help children and be able to comfortably tolerate their motion, drama, and so on. I have no desire to hire a person that bosses children around, talks down to them, yells or otherwise is disrespectful. I have no interest in hiring lazy teachers who show more interest in their phones than the children in their class. I refuse to hire teachers who think that labels and medication are effective. Creative, upbeat people, who set an excellent example, who can positively manage/direct a class and can think on their feet are welcome.
Can I volunteer at H.E.L.P. Miami?
Absolutely! Note: Volunteers must pass the same background check as our teachers. Just call us and make an appointment to see what is needed and wanted.
Does HELP Miami expel students? If yes, why?
Yes. Every year we expel two to five students for various reasons. Refusal to do assignments, plagiarism, repeatedly disrupting class, cheating, poor attendance, and so on, all are grounds for expulsion. Again, this school is for students who actively want an education.
What is the reporting process if a parent feels a H.E.L.P. Miami teacher has acted unprofessionally or unethically?
Please report such incidents to the principal immediately. If you would like to report the principal for unprofessional or unethical behavior, please contact the Executive Director at Applied Scholastics 314-355-6355. If the situation is of a criminal nature, please contact the police.