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FAQ about PATH

Q:

How much is a PATH membership?

A:

New PATH membership drive for the upcoming school year begins June 1, 2019 and goes through May 31, 2020. It is $60 for the yearly membership. Payments made mid-way through the school year are counted for the current school year only. All memberships are renewed on June 1st of each year. 

Q:

What do the dues pay for?

A:

The $60 registration dues cover administrative costs, taxes, website fees, and group insurance. Other monies are spent on the opening of the school year event and end of the school year party and graduation. 

Q:

Do I have to be a member of PATH to attend the CoOp classes?

A:

Yes. 

Q:

What events and activities other than field trips, co - op classes, and annual testing, do members participate in? What are the advantages of joing PATH?

A:

 

  • Hi Fi Book Club. This is a book club for any child who would like to read historical fiction (hi-fi) to learn history in a fun and interesting way. We meet at Pinecrest library once a month. You can look for more info on our Hi-Fi page on the main page.
  • We sponsor and organize the Educationally Speaking events that are open to all homeschool students. This gives homeschoolers the opportunity for public speaking practice on a  predetermined topic. Some previous themes include: "Notoriously speaking", "Nobelly Speaking", and "Artistically Speaking". There are four a year and take place at the Pinecrest Library. Click on Educationally Speaking on the home page for more information. 
  • We have a science fair once a year that is open to all PATH children regardless of age. This is an "open" science fair with few parameters, unlike conventional school science fairs. We let their imaginations run wild and present any way they would like!
  • Our children participate in many of the open homeschooling events in our community including but not limited to, teen nights, prom, homecoming, game night, spelling bee/geography bee and open mic night.
  • We have an annual Halloween party.
  • We sponsor and organize a Homeschool Orientation 101 for our community for any parents' curious about homeschooling.
  • Members also receive a PATH membership card for teacher discounts at local bookstores and area businesses.
  • Park Days on Thursdays generally from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. See home page for park information or email mail@pathhomeschool.org for current park location.
  • A steady flow of information on community activities.
  • Last but NOT least, you will get support and connect with experienced, veteran homeschoolers and new families.

Q:

How long are PATH's semesters and how much are enrichment and co-op classes?

A:

Our semesters are 12 weeks long. Classes vary in price depending on the teacher but may be MORE or LESS $100. There are no registration fees for classes but you must register as a member of PATH to join the classes. If you register early for classes during our early bird registration, classes are $10 less than during the open enrollment. 

Q:

What kind of classes does your co-op offer and who teaches the classes?

A:

We offer a healthy balance of academic and enrichment classes for children between the ages of 4 - 18. In the past we have offered classes in biology, physics, math, spanish, creative writing, dance, ceramics, book binding, engineering, American history, geography, anatomy, and much more for all age levels. Check out our schedule posted in our public home page for a sampling of this semester's classes.

Teachers are usually other homeschooling parents knowledgable and motivatied to teach a given area.  

Q:

Are your co-op classes a drop-off program?

A:

 Children 12 and under must be accompanied by parents. PATH IS NOT A DROP OFF PROGRAM. CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CLASSES IF THE FAMILY DOES NOT SUPERVISE THE CHILD. The parking lot and surrounding streets are high traffic areas. No child should not be in the parking lot waiting for pick up.

PATH is growing but does not want mandatory parent work hours like other groups. Children 12 and under must be accompanied to and from the building.

Children 13 and older may walk to and from the building to a vehicle but may not loiter. Hall monitor parents may stop any unaccompanied child. All children must have a parent or designated adult on campus at all times and outside with the child if the child is outside playing or socializing.

Q:

How many field trips does PATH put together in a school year?

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The amount of field trips vary year to year depending on how many members participate in coordinating them. We really need member participation to make field trips happen. Not counting the beginning of the school year field trip and the end of the school year field trip, we aim to have 6 or 7 a year with varying age groups participating.

Q:

How do I know PATH is the right fit for my family?

A:

Come to our park days and meet with the families who come together every week on Thursdays. Bring a chair and sit down under the trees to meet everyone and chat. After a few meetings, you'll know if this is the right group for you. Email mail@pathhomeschool.org for more information on location and times. 

Q:

How do I register for PATH?

A:

Click on the Join button located on the Home Page. Once your membership has been approved, you can begin signing up for classes. You will begin receiving our email updates to stay informed on all things homeschooling and PATH.