Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where are the classes held?
Q. Are there any prerequisites for Rock-it Science classes?
Q. Is there a family discount?
Q. Do you accept charter school purchase orders?
Q. What should my child wear or bring to class?
Q. How are the lessons structured?
Q. Can parents observe their children's lessons?
Q. How can I follow up on what my child learns in class?
Q. How do you handle discipline?
Q. Can my child attend a trial lesson to see if he likes it?
Q. My child is very advanced for her age. Can I enroll her in an older class?
Q. I have three children in different age groups. Can I register them all in the same class?
Q. If my child falls into more than one age group, can he attend more than one class?
Q. If my child gets sick, can he attend a makeup class?
Q. What if my child can't attend a makeup class? Will he fall behind?
Q. How far in advance can I register my child?
Q. Do currently registered students receive priority for the next class?

Other Questions? CLICK HERE to email our registrar, Rhonda, a dedicated parent volunteer. Please do not phone Rock-it Science, as Rhonda works off-site. Email is the best way to reach her.

Q. Where are the classes held?
A. Our laboratory/classroom is at 2110 Walsh Ave., Unit F, Santa Clara, CA 95008. (see map & directions)

Q. Are there any prerequisites for Rock-it Science classes?
A. No. However, for the Older Students Class (Age 12-16), we sometimes use strong chemicals, high voltage, and other materials and processes that can be dangerous if the student does not follow instructions. Before you register your child for this advanced class, be sure they have the emotional maturity to focus on the lesson, listen carefully to instructions and safety warnings, and perform the experiments as directed. If your child is over 12 years old but is not ready for this kind of advanced class, he or she may register for the Mixed Age Class (Age 5-16).

Q. Is there a family discount?
A. No, there are no discounts for multiple children or multiple classes.

Q. Do you accept charter school purchase orders?
A. Yes. Rock-it Science is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove and Connecting Waters charter schools. Charter school tuition includes an administrative fee, to cover all the paperwork.

Q. What should my child wear or bring to class?
A. All class materials are provided for our Core classes. We do not allow any note-taking, so please do not bring any notebooks, pencils, etc. Also, please leave all books, toys, and video games at home. Cell phones are okay, as long they are put away during the class. Experiments can sometimes be messy, so dress accordingly. Shoes must be worn at all times, and wheelies must be retracted. Note: Some Elective classes may require students to bring items from home, so check the description of the particular class.

Q. How are the lessons structured?
A. At the beginning of the Core class, we introduce the basic concepts of the lesson, followed by the crazy story, then the hands-on experiment. Please be sure to arrive on time. If a child is late and misses the introduction, they will still enjoy and learn from the rest of the lesson, but they may not understand the context, and they may miss important instructions about the experiment. Elective classes may vary from this format. Check the individual class description.

Q. Can parents observe their children's lessons?
A. Yes, but our lessons are not parent-child activities. Parents may quietly observe from the designated seating area, as long as they don't distract the students or staff. Think of yourself as a "fly on the wall." If your charter school requires a photo, you may get up and take a quick photo, then return to your seat. During the lesson, we want the students to be fully focused on what they're observing and experiencing, rather than thinking about what their parents may want. So please, no comments, questions, coaching, or hovering during the lesson. Note: Occasionally, an Elective class will allow parent participation, but only if it's specified in the class description.

Q. How can I follow up on what my child learns in class?
A. It may take some time for a child to process what they've experienced during the lesson, so please resist the urge to test their retention of facts or concepts following the class. Don't ask them what they learned -- ask them what they liked! Invite them to draw a picture about what they did in the lesson, or write a story about it as if they were writing to a penpal. They may also wish to write their own ending to the crazy story from the lesson.

Q. How do you handle discipline?
A. At Rock-it Science, we make science fun, and we take safety seriously. In order to ensure a safe and fun experience for all, students are required to follow all instructions. If they fail to do so, they may receive a verbal warning or a time-out. For repeated or serious misbehavior, they may be sent home. If your child does not understand the meaning of "No" or "Stop," he or she is not ready for Rock-it Science.

Q. Can my child attend a trial lesson to see if he likes it?
A. We don't offer trial classes, but you and your child are welcome to observe a lesson. Email us at least two days in advance to make an appointment.

Q. My child is very advanced for her age. Can I enroll her in an older class?
A. No, we don't allow students into classes outside of the designated age group. It's not a matter of intellectual ability, but of social development. However, you may enroll your child in one of our Mixed Age classes (see next question).

Q. I have three children in different age groups. Can I register them all in the same class?
A. For the convenience of families like yours, we do offer the Core Curriculum in a Mixed Age class (Age 5-16). Some of the Elective classes also have a wide age range. Please advise your older children that they may be in a class with students as young as 5 years old, and make sure they're okay with that. Depending on the lesson, an older student may be invited to assist a younger one.

Q. If my child falls into more than one age group, can he attend more than one class?
A. Yes. There is an overlap between some of the age groups, and your child may register for any class that includes his or her age.

Q. If my child gets sick, can he attend a makeup class?
A. Please, please stay home with your child if they are sick. Core Classes are offered several times a week, and each age group will be conducting the same experiment throughout the week. We invite you to make up a class at an alternate time the same week.
Please ensure the requested make-up class is in the same class series as your original enrollment. Students in the Younger, Middle, and After School groups may also request a Mixed Age Class as a make-up. Older Students may only attend another Older Students Class as a make-up.
If you need to arrange a make-up class due to illness or travel plans, please CLICK HERE to send an email to our staff with your child's name, class enrolled, and requested make-up class. As long as there are openings in the class requested, it is no problem to attend as a make-up student.
Please note, make-up classes are a courtesy and there is no guarantee one will be available. We try to accommodate all requests, but occasionally we are not able to facilitate a make-up. Thank you for understanding.

Q. What if my child can't attend a makeup class? Will he fall behind?
A. For the Core classes, each week's class is self-contained. If he does have to miss a week, it's no problem transitioning back into the class the following week. Now and then, we do a lesson that spans two weeks, but most children have no problem with it. For some Elective classes, the lessons may be in a series, but we'll do our best to help your child catch up if he misses one.

Q. How far in advance can I register my child?
A. Open Registration begins about three weeks prior to the start of each 10-week class series. Be sure to join our Email List to be notified when the next registration period opens.

Q. Do currently registered students receive priority for the next class?
A. Yes. Students who attended the previous 10-week homeschool series receive priority when registering for the next homeschool series. The Priority Registration window begins about 2 weeks before Open Registration, and we'll send you an email when it's time to register. (Priority Registration does not apply to summer camp students.)