Branches Biltmore
 

Branches FAQs

 

What is Branches?
Branches is a homeschool co-op community that offers academic and enrichment classes, sports activities and clubs, once a week to families in the metro Phoenix area. We also seek to create a close knit community where families feel they belong and are supported. We do this through a co-op (cooperative) model, where each family contributes in some way.
 
 
What is a homeschool co-op?
A homeschool co-op (or cooperative) is a group of families that come together one day a week and pool their resources to offer classes, both academic and enrichment, to children of all ages. By joining with other homeschooling families, responsibilities can be divided up and shared amongst the group. Costs are low for parent-led classes and are higher for teacher paid classes. Parents share expertise and resources with each other. Friendships are formed at the co-op and encouragement is readily available.
 
 
Why join a homeschool co-op?
Growing at a tremendous rate, there is estimated to be 40,000 homeschooled children in Arizona. The need for homeschool community co-ops has never been higher. Isolation is one of the biggest problems for homeschool moms and their children. By creating Branches, we hope to connect homeschool families to a support system and a local church.
 
 
 
When and where does Branches meet?
Branches meets on Thursdays at Renovation Church for two 14 week semesters throughout the year. Renovation Church is located on 24th Street between Lincoln and Camelback Rd, see map. Classes begin at 9am and end at 4pm.  You do not need to come all day to classes.
 
 
What type of classes does Branches offer? 
Branches offers a variety of academic and enrichment classes.  Some classes are taught by outside teachers and others are taught by members of our community.  See the Public Class Registration link for a tentative class schedule. These classes will change over time based on the talents of our members.
 
 
What are the costs involved in joining Branches?
We charge a yearly membership fee per family of $50.  This amount helps to cover our fixed expenses including the website, insurance, and facilities fees.  
 
The classes we offer range in price depending on who will be teaching the classes. Classes taught by outside teachers will be higher, ranging from $60-$200 a 14 week semester depending on what they charge us. Classes taught by our members will be low and just cover the material fees.
 
What is the refund policy?
 
Because Branches is on very tight budget (money comes in and money goes almost immediately out) we cannot refund any classes after the first day.  Non-paid teacher families buy supplies based on the number of children enrolled in their classes.  Contracted teachers are paid for the entire semester the first day of classes. 
 
How do I contribute my talents to this co-op?

There are a few ways to contribute to Branches.  The simplest way is to sign up for "jobs."  Once you are a member you can sign up for these jobs through the website. See the Public Class Registration link for examples.  

Required Job Credits:

  • Families attending 1 class period = 4 credit minimum
  • Families attending 2 class periods = 5 credit minimum
  • Families attending 3 class periods = 6 credit minimum
  • Families attending 4 or more class periods = 7 credit minimum
  • Families attending 5 or more class periods = 8 credit minimum

Parent Job Examples:

1 Credit 2 Credits 3 Credits 5 Credits 8 Credits
Party Helpers Class Helpers

Teachers (1 hr classes)

Teachers (2 hr classes) Teachers (3 hr classes)
Setup Helpers Floaters Cleaning Crew Party Planners Yearbook Leader
Yearbook Helpers Snack Bar Helpers Background Check Liaison Cleaning Leaders Snack Bar Leaders
T-Shirt Coordinator Open Gym Monitors   Mini-Branches Coordinators Floater Coordinator

 

 
How do I sign up for classes and parent "jobs?"
You sign up for classes for your children and parent jobs the same way.  See the Public Class Registration link for a tentative schedule.  After you are a member you will be able to sign up for classes and jobs on the website.  You pay for these classes through PayPal.
 
 
Does my family need to stay all day?  
No, your family does not need to stay all day.  However, staying all day will be much more fun!  Sign up to take classes in the morning, the afternoon, or just come for one class.
 
 
Is it possible for me to leave campus if I have a doctors appointment, special errand, or other unusual situation that comes up during my "free period?"
Yes.  As long as you have a responsible friend who is caring and keeping track of your children, you can leave campus during your free time.  Keep in mind that this really should be the exception, not the rule.  The purpose of Branches is to create a community of families who really get to know each other.  This can only happen if we stay on campus and spend time together.