FAQs

Q:

Where and what time does Coop meet?

A:

We meet for eight weeks of classes in the Fall and ten weeks every spring semester at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church. It is located in Carrollton, TX with easy access to 121. Classes are held on Thursdays from 10:00 to 3:00. Off-site field trips will also be scheduled throughout the semester, usually on Thursdays, for the weeks that we don't have classes.

Q:

What fees does the coop have?

A:

Membership Fee

Our membership year runs from August 1 to July 31. The annual membership fee is $20 for your entire family. With it, you will receive:

  • Inclusion in our annual Membership Roster;
  • Access to our Yahoo! Group;
  • Access to the Member portion of our website.

Your membership fees are used to cover the costs of maintaining the website, renting the mailbox, and purchasing liability insurance for our facility. Thank you for supporting a local homeschooling community!

Facility Fee for Coop Participants

Each family pays a facility fee for each semester . The facility fee covers the cost of renting classroom space from Horizon UU. Please note that each family is responsible for this fee, regardless of how many classes are taken. This includes families that are not signed up for any classes but are coming for social time with other homeschooling families.

$110 per semester per family

Class Fees

In addition, class fees are set by the teachers, and are noted in the class descriptions. All classes are taught by volunteers, and class fees are used to cover the cost of materials and supplies for the class. Our teachers do not receive compensation for their work. Occasionally, classes may require a textbook or supplies that are not included in the class fee. Check the class descriptions or ask the teacher.

Please understand that facility fees and class fees will not be refunded if your child drops out of class.

Q:

What are my responsibilities as a member of Coop?

A:

These are co-op classes, and our success depends upon the cooperation of everyone who participates. Volunteers teach all of our classes. Our teachers put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for classes, in addition to the time they spend in the classroom each week.

We ask all participants to do their part to support the work that our teachers do and to help make our co-op classes a great experience for everyone involved.

  1. Parents are expected to be present at co-op when their children are in class. You may not drop off your children and leave for the day.
  2. Parents must take some of the weekly co-op jobs. If your children are participating in more than one class, you should take two jobs. There are over 70 jobs that need to be filled each week including teaching, assistant teaching, supervising play areas, lunchroom and hallways, and cleaning up at the end of the day. Plan to do your jobs each week for the entire semester, and take responsibility for finding a substitute if you will be absent. When you register, you will choose two job preferences as well as list any limitations you may have. Our jobs coordinator will make every effort to accommodate you.
  3. Plan to attend class regularly and to complete assignments to prepare for class. All students will get more out of the classes if everyone is prepared to participate in class.
  4. All participants should know the rules for co-op and help each other follow the rules. We will cover all the rules with the students during orientation.
  5. All participants are expected to attend Orientation, held the week before classes begin. If you will be out of town that week, please let us know when you submit your registration.
  6. Keep in mind that our co-op community is a cooperative. We all have specific responsibilities that help the days run smoothly. In addition, we have a more general responsibility to watch out for one another and assist when needed.

Q:

What are the rules of conduct?

A:

  1. Please treat our teachers with the respect they deserve in class. We want our children to participate; we love to hear their insights and witness their creativity! However, a rowdy, chaotic atmosphere is distracting in the classroom. If behavior becomes an issue, your child will be gently redirected. If it's still an issue, the assistant will bring your child to you.
  2. Due to the potential for distraction, TOYS OF ANY KIND are not allowed in the classroom. Most classrooms have a shelf to hold these items during class.
  3. Please use the playground equipment appropriately. We want to keep our children safe!
  4. No tree climbing is allowed on the church property.
  5. Children should not go to the parking area without a parent or parent's permission.

Q:

I realize I have to have a job while at coop, what jobs are available?

A:

  • Assistant Teacher We need an assistant teacher for every class. Assistants work with the teacher to hand out materials, help students with class activities, help maintain order in the classroom, and clean the room at the end of class. Assistants should plan to participate actively in the class, but usually do not have much preparation to do outside of class. If you aren't sure what the job entails, contact the teacher for the class you would like assist. (You can do this via our Yahoo! group.)
  • Playground Supervisor We need playground supervisors during each class period, during lunch, and at the end of the day during clean-up (3:00-4:00).
  • Lunch Room Supervisor We need people to supervise the lunch room and clean up afterwards.
  • Hall Monitor We need people to watch the hallways during each class period, to help control the noise level and help us keep track of our younger kids.
  • Clean-up Crew The older students will be assigned cleaning tasks like taking out the trash or vacuuming a classroom. We also need adults to supervise, clean up, and shut everything down at the end of the day (3:00-4:00).