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We require that our members agree to our Statement of Faith and Statement on Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality, as shown at the bottom of this application. Are you and your spouse in agreement with and willing to sign this?
Family Last Name:
Family Email Address (this is the address we will use to contact you):
Number of Children (who would attend co-op):
Grade levels, ages and genders of your students next fall (please list one per line):
How long have you been home schooling?
Why did you decide to homeschool? Please tell us a little about your homeschooling journey.
What do you hope to gain from membership in GRACE Co-op?
Do you know anyone in our co-op?
If so, who?
If not, how did you hear about our group?
Have you or your family ever been members of another homeschool co-op, Classical Conversations or similar group or support group? (Please list all)
If so, which one?
If so, are you still committed to that group for the upcoming school year?
If you are committed to another group for the upcoming school year, what is your level of commitment (i.e. teaching, leadership, etc.)?
If you have been members of another co-op, CC- type group or support group but are no longer, why did you leave?
Students who are enrolled in public, private, university model or charter schools are not eligible for membership in GRACE Co-op. Will your children be enrolled in a public, private, university model or charter school in the upcoming school year (the year for which you are applying)?
Please list any talents, strengths, or gifts anyone in your family possesses that you feel would be beneficial to GRACE Co-op (this could include things such as: sign language, computer programming, musical teaching ability, organizational skills, leadership skills, etc.):
As we are a true co-operative, all members are required to offer to teach a class after their first year. What type of class(es) and/or grade level(s) are you willing to teach at some point in your future with GRACE?
Are you willing to commit to at least one full year of co-op membership and not take this committment lightly?
Are you willing to help lead or organize any extracurricular activity for GRACE in the next year (i.e. field trips, parties, science fair, teen socials, family events, etc.)? Each family is required to help with an activity, but this is not a commitment at this time.
GRACE Co-op is trying to form a community of like-minded homeschooling families who will contribute and invest their time in our group. Please select your desired level of participation:
Attendance at GRACE co-op is crucial and excessive absences affect everyone. I understand that there are only 24 weeks of classes and that it is important to keep absences not caused by illness to a minimum.
Because we meet on Mondays, we meet on several public school holidays such as: Columbus Day, MLK Day, President's Day and some in-service or other scheduled days off. Will this be a problem for your family?
If you answered "Yes" or "Probably", please explain:
Our teachers are volunteers and are not trained for teaching:
Because of the structure of our volunteer organization and lack of training, our resources are limited for managing and teaching these students. Our desire is to provide a welcome place for students who may fall in these categories who can successfully and safely participate in our classrooms. In order to do this, we must have all pertinent information in advance about student applicants. Our ability to accept students in these categories may be limited based on various factors.
Will your child require any specialized attention or special resources in our classrooms based on the criteria listed above?
If you answered "yes" to the question above, please explain in the space below, stating which child you are referring to. Please give detailed information regarding what type of assistance or modifications they may need in the classroom.
Please tell us anything else you feel may be helpful as we review your application:
Statement of Faith
There is one self-existent, sovereign God who is eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Knowing God is the foundation of all knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and truth.
Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is the incarnation and supreme revelation of God. Jesus alone is the Promised Messiah, the Savior of mankind through His death on the cross, burial, resurrection from the dead and ascension to God the Father. He will return again and reunite with those who believe in Him, to reign with Him in power and glory throughout all eternity.
Man was created by God in the image of God, but fell into sin and therefore is lost, and can only be saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:16, Acts 4:12). God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).
Every believer of Jesus Christ has been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit, “…lives with you and will be in you….” (John 14:17). The Holy Spirit is the inspiration behind the writings of scripture, administrator of the church, the believer’s counselor, the source of a believer’s spiritual and physical strength, the believer’s teacher, and the believer’s confirmer of salvation.
There exists a community of believers who, through faith in Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, covenants with God and with other believers to live out faithfully the beliefs, practices, and mission of the church. As a community of believers, we are to carry out the work of Christ in the world and to love one another. Every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).
The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the final authority of faith, truth, morality, conduct and life, without error in its original writing both in doctrine and historical details. All true knowledge is consistent with its revelation.
Statement on Gender, Marriage and Sexuality
In order to preserve the function and integrity of Georgetown Regional Area Christian Educators Co-op (GRACE) and to provide a biblical role model to the GRACE members and the community, it is imperative that all members agree to and abide by the following Statement on Gender, Marriage and Sexuality (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22).
God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
The term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25).
God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4).
SALT’s Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Georgetown Regional Area Christian Educators’ faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Servant and Leader Team (SALT) and their spouses have the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our group.
The SALT reserves the right to deny or revoke membership to any individual or family if it is determined by the SALT that to allow such individual or family as members would be detrimental to the group or would violate Christian principles which are reflected in the Statement of Faith and in the Bible.