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CARE Learning Academy to open new school

Posted: August 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
From left, teacher Marni Morse, owner Sue Cowling and Executive Director Elmarie Hyman. From left, teacher Marni Morse, owner Sue Cowling and Executive Director Elmarie Hyman.
From left, teacher Marni Morse, owner Sue Cowling and Executive Director Elmarie Hyman.

Seeking to offer a more flexible schedule for home-schoolers and parents, CARE Learning Academy is opening a new private school in the Santa Clarita Valley starting Sept. 4, school officials say.

“We’re adding a private academy and a homeschool academy,” said Elmarie Hyman, executive director for CARE Learning Academy. “They’re somewhat intertwined.”

An adjustable schedule is an important aspect of the new program, Hyman said. The school offers a partial-day schedule for working children, such as child actors, in its professional program.

In addition, if a parent only wants a child to learn from one portion of the curriculum to supplement a home-schooling plan, that’s also an option, Hyman said.

CARE currently offers one-on-one tutoring, an after-school program and a summer camp under the name SCV Tutors.

The new kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum is based on a comprehensive education plan, but the classes won’t be standardized and learning plans will be catered to student need, Hyman said.

“By assessing students to determine their individual abilities and strengths, we then work with them on critical thinking, creative arts, project-based learning and experimentation,” said Marni Morse, a teacher at the academy.

Starting a 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. academy had long been a goal of CARE founder Sue Cowling, according to school officials. But recent interest from parents helped spur the project.

“Past age 4, you really can’t put them in day care,” said Nancy Sell, who had previously home-schooled her 6-year-old daughter Violette. “I really haven’t seen anything like this,” she added. Violette is enrolled in the school’s first class.

The new programs offer a curriculum based on the educational plans listed at, Hyman said. The academy will teach the fundamentals listed there, but in an environment that’s much more hands-on than a traditional classroom setting, Hyman said.

Many of the parents who were interested expressed concerns about the class sizes in public schools, Hyman said, noting that academy classroom sizes would be capped at 12 students.

A child may be enrolled for about $6,700 for the full-day instruction plan, but there are also half-day and partial options for parents who want to homeschool only certain aspects of their child’s education.


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