Welcome to Bright. We hope that you and your children will find a place of welcome, learning, fellowship, and community with us.
At this time co-op registrations are closed for the year unless you have a child in 8th grade or above. If interested, please begin our online registration with at least your name/address. You may also contact Gisela Dunn at email@example.com to alert us to your online contact or with any questions that are not answered on this page.
Please keep in mind for joining us: As we are a co-op, every parent is needed to make this a great learning and fellowship experience for everyone involved. As the Lord leads you, please be prepared to serve in some capacity this year.
Also, please keep in mind that most classes are serious academic classes and should not be considered supplementary. Before signing up for classes, please consider carefully whether you are willing and able to spend the time needed to help your child succeed in his/her class(es).
God bless you!
Additionally: Please see the sidebar file, "Considering us? Survey." If you complete it and send it to us, we'll be able to get to know you, and it can help you to determine if BRIGHT would be a good choice for your family.
Perhaps you have some questions:
What is BRIGHT? We're a homeschool cooperative located in New Jersey's Somerset County, organized to provide home education families an opportunity to enrich or supplement their children's academic curriculum and social experience within the context of a Christian-based group. We are registered with HSLDA for homeschool group discount membership.
When and where do you meet? We meet each Wednesday at the Zarephath Children's Ministry Center on Weston Canal Road off Route 287, Exit 12.
We meet once a week for classes, but we also extend web membership to inactive alumni to continue fellowship with BRIGHT.
What classes are offered? BRIGHT's classes are parent-initiated and parent-led (that means led by YOU and ME!). 2011-12 classes have included Sciences, Gym, Languages, and Humanities for various ages.
Opportunities for service: BRIGHT's parents serve at the co-op in some capacity for each hour that their family attends, or until they reach 4 points, whichever is reached first. Head teachers and nursery receive 2 points per class; assistants receive 1 point. If a family attends more than two classes, there is the possibility for a parent to qualify for at least one free hour while their children are being taught by others.
What does it cost? The initial once-a-year registration fee is $30. After that, each family is required to pay $20 by the 15th of each month. After the initial registration fee of $30, the first monthly payment of $20 is due by the second Wednesday of September and the second Wednesday of every month after that.
How can I find out more and contact someone? First, read BRIGHT's information on the sidebar (statement of faith, bylaws, code of conduct, etc) to consider if we are a good match for you and your family. Then simply begin filling out the online membership registration process as far as you are comfortable, and type any questions at the bottom of the form and send. Beginning the registration process in no way obligates you; it is just the best way for us to initially hear from you. If after typing your name and e-mail, you'd like to contact us directly, you may us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I do not know anyone in BRIGHT, how can I join? BRIGHT usually operates on a "sponsorship" basis - that is, we would already know you within the local homeschool community. If you are new to the area or to homeschooling, BRIGHT will need personal references from your last church and your last homeschool group (if applicable) in order for us to consider your membership.
We want to walk in the light as He is in the light, to have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7), and to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14).