NEST Program

Home/NEST Program









There is rarely a situation in which HomeLife Academy is unable to enroll a student. In certain limited situations in which HLA’s typical services may be inadequate, the NEST Program can provide the needed support to a student or family transitioning to homeschooling through HLA. If any of the situations below apply, NEST may be required. We encourage families to continue with your application. Our Admissions Team will review your application, you will have the option to speak to an Admissions Counselor to help with your decision, and you will not have to pay your registration fees until your application has been approved.


The following student situations may require conditional enrollment through our NEST Program. 

Keep in mind the NEST Program adds additional support for your student and for your homeschooling. One successful semester and you may be able to move out of the NEST Program and work on a more independent education plan with the help of your HomeLife Academy counselor. Our goal for you is success. We also offer some additional “perks” for enrollment through NEST like Membership IDs, FREE Resources, and all registration and program fees are included after initial registration (see details below). Please talk through your options with our Admissions Counselor once your application is complete. Thank you for choosing HLA.


Do any of the following apply?

Neither parent or legal guardian in the home has a high school diploma or GED. We will accept an education structure that did not offer a traditional high school diploma such as a homeschool diploma, homeschool education completed through 12th grade where a diploma was not issued, or if based on religious affiliations i.e. Amish or international standards. Other options include:

  • Parent(s) who enroll students in the NEST Program taking Homelife Online courses (additional fees apply).
  • Parent(s) who submit a Request for Eligibility based on other qualifications showing additional education, life/work experience, etc.

A parent or student on the account or living in the home is currently being investigated for abuse or neglect (whether physical or educational) or is currently being investigated and/or actively involved in an open criminal court case that could lead to a misdemeanor or could be dismissed.

  • We understand that these situations can be complicated and recommend continuing with your application so that we can better understand the circumstances. Please give as much detail as possible in order for us to make an informed decision regarding your situation. You will have the opportunity to speak to an Admissions Counselor if needed.

A parent or student on the account or living in the home is currently under criminal investigation for a felony and/or involved in an open criminal court case that could result in a felony or actively on probation.

Unfortunately, families currently in these situations are not eligible for enrollment. We recommend enrolling with your local board of education until the situation has been resolved. Once resolved, you may be eligible to enroll with HomeLife Academy.

NEST uses our Homelife Online Courses to provide additional accountability for families and students who may otherwise not meet HLA guidelines or requirements for enrollment and to assist with a smooth transition to homeschooling (additional fees apply – see below). NEST will only apply to the student(s) in which the following applies.

  • One of your students has had major disciplinary issues within the CURRENT OR PREVIOUS school year including out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, alternative school, and/or the student has been truant. (in-school suspensions do not apply)
  • Your 6th-12th grade student is failing two or more CORE courses (Math, English, Social Studies, or Science) in the CURRENT or PREVIOUS school year and still needs to retake one or more of these courses. If there is a solid education plan, accountability, and support for the student/parent, NEST may not be required.
  • Your student is 17+ years old and any of the following apply: failed one or more CORE courses which have not been retaken/passed; is not likely to graduate by the end of their Senior Year due to missed or failed courses; may need more time to finish credits for graduation; GPA below 2.0. This is primarily for students that are not on target for graduation; however, NEST may not apply to students with IEPs, struggling learners, situations due to medical issues, etc.
  • I am an adult student age 19+ and looking to complete high school coursework.
HLA Nest Fees



When NEST is required, you will pay your HLA registration fees (varies) and your minimum initial NEST fees ($239) to get started. Enrolling in NEST also enrolls your family in our Monthly Membership Plan which means that going forward your HLA registration fees (for future years) are included in your monthly access fee for NEST. As long as you are making your monthly NEST payments of $139, you will remain enrolled with HLA and will not have to pay registration fees again; your annual program fee is also included each year providing no payments were missed.

And you will benefit from Monthly Membership Perks…

  • FREE Membership IDs for Account Holders (discounts/enrollment)
  • Access to TTD 365 (webinars, workshops, resources, network)
  • Access to Enchanted Learning (worksheets, resources. lessons)
  • HLA Swag (for example – t-shirt, popsocket, canvas tote, mug, etc.)

Once a student has completed a minimum of one semester with success, a request to be released from NEST can be submitted and will be reviewed.

Our Admissions Team will review your application and you will not have to pay your registration fees until your application has been approved. Thank you for choosing HLA!

The NEST Program is for students in 3rd-12th grade who need additional accountability in their course work.

The NEST program will be recommended during the admissions process as a condition of enrollment. The program is required in situations where there are concerns such as legal, academic, disciplinary, or truancy issues. 

NEST Support offers Credit Recovery and Initial Credit courses with oversight of student progress, course pacing, grades, and communication with parents.  HomeLife Online counselors will enter your student’s grade upon completion of each course. Students have a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) to do the grading, unlock quizzes and tests and answer any questions that your student may have.  These could be technical questions or basic lesson questions to clarify an assignment or to better explain a concept.  However, the TA is not a tutor.  If questions cannot be answered briefly and with understanding via messaging, you may need to assist your student additionally or you may consider adding the +Tutor Package.

Offers weekly 50-minute tutoring sessions. Online Tutoring is available for Math, Science, English, and Spanish. For students who do not need weekly tutoring, individual sessions are available for purchase as needed. Tutoring prices are listed below under Additional Fees. Contact an Archway Counselor for additional information.

IMPORTANT: All HLA NEST families and students must adhere to the HLA Code of Ethics that is agreed to in the application process.

Courses are offered for grades 6th-12th in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as Career Electives and General Electives. Initial Credit Course, Honors Courses, and Credit Recovery Courses are available. These are rigorous courses with on-screen teachers and multimedia tools and resources. Lab Science courses contain virtual labs.

Credit Recovery Courses – Before each lesson students are quizzed to assess mastery of the content. This allows students to place out of any content that has already been mastered. All content will be revisited on cumulative exams, providing additional checks for mastery. This approach allows students to focus on the content that is needed and less time on content that has already been mastered. Credit Recovery courses can only be taken if the original course was completed and failed. They are not eligible for original credit.

For struggling learners in grades 6-12, our Bridge Program can help to determine and close gaps in Math and Language Arts. Contact an Archway counselor for more information and to determine if this might be a good fit for your student’s needs.

Students in the NEST Program are generally required to be a full-time student in the program as part of enrollment conditions. Full-time students will complete approximately 6 credits per academic year in order to meet graduation requirements. Six credits is the maximum number of credits that a student may complete through Archway for the standard monthly fee.  Additional credits will require an additional fee.

A HomeLife Online Counselor will assist you in working out a study plan for your student for the year. The study plan will determine which courses to take, the number of courses that should be taken at once, and the start and end date for the courses. We generally recommend that a student take no fewer than 3 courses at a time, though some students may choose to take 1 or 2 courses at a time on a much shorter term. Completed courses can then be replaced with new courses throughout the school year for the same monthly fee (maximum of 6 credits per year). Students should work to complete at least 5 or 6 credits per school year.

This is a “flexible – work at your own pace” program allowing students to study when and where they want; however, students should work on assignments every week and keep up with their weekly schedule. The student should expect to spend the same hours per week on lessons as they would in a regular classroom setting. The school year is 180 days with a minimum of 20 hours per week required to meet compulsory attendance. Students should be working 12-16 hours per week in their courses, providing they are not behind schedule and can attend enrichment activities and field trips outside the home to fill the remaining hours needed for attendance.  Students have from August through May to complete 180 days. Students may arrange their hours as needed to fit their weekly schedule and can extend into the summer. Course due dates are set to act as guidelines so students will stay on track to finish their courses on time. Students are responsible for completing work on a weekly basis. However, when students’ progress is checked at the beginning of each week, parents will be notified if the student is slipping behind or failing.  Students who continue to fall behind without catching up on missed assignments or who are failing may be dismissed from HomeLife Online and HLA so parents can find a program more suitable to the student’s needs. Students who do not spend at least 12-16 hours per week actively working and completing assignments will be considered absent and could be in danger of truancy and dismissal.

Courses should be 100% completed on or before the course end date. In the case of expired courses, a student may request an extension. Extensions are $100.00 per 30-day extension. All extensions beyond the first will require the approval of HLO administration. Courses that have reached the end date will receive a grade based on the Actual Grade. Please notify an HLO counselor as soon as possible if your student wants to drop a course. If your student drops a course during the first 20 days of a courses start date, the course will not appear on the student’s record. Students who do not drop the course and do not complete the course will receive a grade based on the student’s Relative Grade. Courses that have expired and were not completed will not be eligible for an extension after 90 days of the course expiration date.  




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