HDE Services

The goal of HDE is to try to prevent the need for Christian worker families to leave the field in order to meet the educational needs of their children. Here are some of the services provided by the Home & Distance Education Division as we seek to achieve that goal.


We love to hear from parents about the successes and challenges they’re experiencing with their children’s education. We can do this through email, phone calls, face to face meetings (either in the home or at the HDE office), or by video conference. HDE staff can then give recommendations regarding  goal setting; choosing curriculum and/or supplemental materials; standardized testing; evaluation of potential special needs; planning and record keeping; and navigating transitions.

Standardized testing

As a benefit of HDE membership, students in grades 3-12 are given the opportunity to take MAP tests twice each year. The test can be administered either on campus or remotely. HDE students who are taking at least one GIS class may be permitted to take the PSAT test at GIS on a space-available basis. AP exams are currently available only to HDE students who are taking the relevant class at GIS; additional fees apply.

Homeschool conference

HDE families can participate in the annual regional homeschooling conference at a discounted rate.

Social activities

Field trips, parent/family gatherings, and other activities are offered based on member interest and staff availability. We will also arrange to visit remote families at their request.

Library access

HDE families can use both the Home & Distance Education library and the GIS elementary and secondary libraries to check out a wide variety of materials, such as:

  • Complete curriculum for all grades and subject areas in a variety of educational styles (traditional, classical, literature-based, etc.), which can be checked out a semester at a time
  • Curriculum-related books – books suggested or required by Sonlight, My Father’s World, and other literature-based curricula as well as other quality readers
  • Ancillary materials – science kits, manipulatives like Unifix cubes, gram-centimeter cubes, scales, microscopes, flashcards, posters, games, puzzles, and many other items
  • General reading books – fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults

For families living outside Chiang Mai, HDE will mail library materials at no additional cost!

GIS connections

Families living in Chiang Mai may want to take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities available to their students at GIS. This includes athletics, after-school clubs and other activities, spiritual life events like chapel, educational support services, and even taking classes at GIS (grades 7-12 only).

Please note that some elementary after-school clubs may not be open to HDE students. For teams and activities where tryouts are required, the student must be enrolled in HDE before the tryout date. Classes can be requested only after students are enrolled in HDE, and placement is not guaranteed.