FAQs about CHECCS Membership & Fees
CHECCS Membership & Fees Q & A
Q: How do I become a member of CHECCS?
A: First, complete the New Member Questionnaire (on the menu to the left). E-mail us (checcs "at" DustBunniesAndBooks "dot" com) to set up a time to meet us and for us to meet you and to go over co-op information. Then return the following forms: Registration, your signed Statements of Faith, Statement of Purpose, and Member Requirement, along with your dues & building usage contribution. You will also need to pay any class fees, if you choose to sign up for classes.
Q: What does it cost to join?
A: Currently (March 2014) our annual membership dues are $15 per family per year. This fee covers various co-op expenses, including our newsletters, family directory, handbooks, ID cards, website, etc. There is also an annual building usage contribution of $25 per family per year. These fees are due in May each year or at the time the member joins.
Q: If I join mid-year, are the membership dues pro-rated?
A: Sorry, no - it makes the accounting easier this way.
Q: Are there any other fees?
A: Class facilitators may set a fee for their class to cover the expense of copies, supplies, etc. You may also need to purchase curriculum for any classes your child takes. Several field trips are scheduled each year. Some are free; some have a fee that is payable prior to the event.
Occasionally, we ask for other monies, such as the cost of pizza at a party, etc. We are a not for profit co-op, any monies collected are necessary in order to facilitate the activities organized.
Q: All the fees present a hardship to my family, can something be done?
A: Please see a member of the Leadership Team to discuss a payment plan.
Q: Can I drop my child off for co-op classes?
A: NO! We do not allow drop-offs! A parent, guardian, or other adult (grandparent, etc.) is required to be in the building when the child is in co-op. On occasion (and this should be an exception, not the rule!), we permit you to assign another parent to be responsible for your child in the event you cannot be there. We understand that sometimes you may have
to schedule something on a co-op day or you need to step out of the building for a short time. If this happens, please inform a member of the Leadership Team as to who is responsible for your child until your return and the time we can expect you to return. Please let your child know you are leaving and who to go to (the assigned parent) if they need something while you are gone.
Q. I'm not sure if joining your co-op or even any co-op is right for me and my family. Do you have any information that will help me decide?
A. We do recommend that you talk to one of us and/or schedule a visit to our co-op to help you decide if CHECCS will be a good fit for you and your family. There are many reasons to not join a co-op--ours or any others. Below, we have adapted an article by Carren W. Joye to give you some more information that may help you decide. (You might want to visit her site to read more about homeschool co-ops and support groups.)
1) We are first and foremost a Christian co-operative. We expect Christ-honoring behavior, speech, dress, etc. Please read our statement of faith. If you cannot in good faith sign it, then you should not join our group.
2) If you already have a full-time job or are already super busy, you might find a co-op to be too time-consuming. Our co-op is several hours long and meets one day each week. You must stay at co-op with your child. Also, many groups, including ours, requires the parent to help in some way. Our group consists of homeschool moms just like you, who are busy in their homes and in their churches. It takes all of us working together to make a homeschool co-op work successfull, and, as the saying goes, "Many hands make light work." So if you already are suber busy, you will only burden yourself more by joining a homeschool co-op.
3) If you already know that your student will be unable to attend several classes during the co-op year, you probably should not join a co-op. Many classes need regular attendance in order for the student to keep on task with the other students. We do understand that illnesses and emergencies happen, but you should plan to have your student attend every class possible. If you know already that your family will miss a lot of co-op classes due to illnesses or other obligations, then you probably should not join.
4) If you are looking for a co-op that will be a substitute for work that should be done at home, you should not join a co-op. Our classes are meant to only be a supplement to what you are teaching at home. Also, we meet only once a week which is not sufficient time to replace what the government expects you to teach at home during the whole week. Ultimately, you are responsible for your children's education because the bulk of their education is completed at home over several days each week.
5) If your child does not do well in a group setting or could not learn well in a classroom environment, he/she will probably not do well in a co-op setting. While our class sizes are generally small, our co-op is set up very much like a typical classroom. We have TVs, tables and chairs, whiteboards, change classes, have a specific schedule, etc. We also expect courteous classroom behavior. We also group the students by grade/age.
6) If your child is undergoing obedient issues or has social or behavioral problems, this is not a good time to join a co-op. Instead, take this time to focus on character development before putting him/her in a situation for which he/she may not yet be ready. This applies to children of all ages.
7) If you are joining a co-op for strictly socialization reasons, you may find co-op classes too academic. Some co-op classes require the purchase of textbooks and/or supplies and also have work assigned to do at home each week.
8) Similarly, if you are joining a co-op so your student can earn credits and take rigorous, college preparatory classes, you may the co-op classes to be unchallenging. Our co-op does not assign credits, nor do we meet often enough to complete a high school level textbook. Our classes are meant to supplement.