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About Us

About Us

Our co-op classes offer home-educated students of all ages the chance to learn in a group setting. The classes offered are often determined by the talents of the parents who teach the classes. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for high school students to join classes taught by independently contracted teachers. We have classes for all ages in science, geography, history, PE and art, just to name a few. Additionally, Learning Station offers track and field day every year,  field trips opportunities periodically,  closing programs at the end of each semester, and other extracurricular activities.  Learn more about our membership offerings and options in our FAQ section below.   Then, if you wish to apply, schedule a tour or ask any questions, please e-mail [email protected].

Learning Station has a waitlist for co-op track membership for 2021-22.  Email [email protected]if you wuold like to take a tour in the fall or spring and be considered for membership for the 2022-23 school year.   Upper level only track membership is open until August 15.  

Upper Level Registration

Interested in upper level classses?

The 2022-23 class schedule will be posted here by April 1.  Upper level registration for new upper level only track Learning Station members opens May 4.

If you are unfamiliar with Learning Station, please read through the FAQ section below and famiiarize yourself with our upper level procedures and policy.

 New members will need access to the website in order to register for upper level classes.   For 2022-23 upper level only registration, new members may submit a request for access to the website beginning April 15. Requests for access may be submitted via the "Join" link (top right of page).    Please do not request website access until you are certain you wish to register for a class.  

If you are interested in applying for co-op track membership, please read the FAQ section below.  Be sure to click each heading to open that section.

Glimpse of Co-op Life from Past Years

Construction Class (UL)
Construction Class (UL)
Construction Class (UL)
Construction Class (UL)
Character Day
Character Day
PreK/K
PreK/K
PreK/K
PreK/K
PreK/K
PreK/K
5th/6th Grade Art Display
5th/6th Grade Art Display
2s/3s
2s/3s
Safety Day 2018
Safety Day 2018
Closing Program
Closing Program
Closing Program Display
Closing Program Display
Closing Program  Display
Closing Program Display
Closing Program Display
Closing Program Display
Recycled Racers
Recycled Racers
Creative Recycled Racers
Creative Recycled Racers
Recycled Racers
Recycled Racers
Engineering: Recycled Racers
Engineering: Recycled Racers
Recycled Racers
Recycled Racers
Closing Program
Closing Program
5th/6th Grade Art Diplay
5th/6th Grade Art Diplay
Cooperative Art Class Diplay
Cooperative Art Class Diplay
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts
Track and Field Day 2018
Track and Field Day 2018
Bird Class
Bird Class
PE Olympic Theme Display
PE Olympic Theme Display
Graduating Senior Tribute
Graduating Senior Tribute

Frequently Asked Questions

Different Tracks

Question

What is the difference between the co-op track and the upper level only track of Learning Station?

Answer

Beliefs, values, philosophy

Question

What is Learning Station's statement of faith?

Answer

If you wish to join as a co-op track member,  you will be asked to affirm your aggrement with LEFC's statement of faith.  You can find this online at https://www.lefc.net/statement-of-faith/.  A link at the bottom of the page provides scripture references for each statement of faith.

Question

How is the Learning Station “governed?"

Answer

Learning Station is led by a steering committee made up of approximately five to ten co-op track members, each having different areas of responsibilities.  We operate under the oversight of the LEFC although they are not directly involved in our decision-making process.   

Requirements

Question

What are my responsibilities as a co-op track parent? (Please note that this does not apply to upper level track only families.)

Answer

Learning Station is a cooperative. Our success depends on contributions of each and every member’s time and unique talents.  We strive to match members’ roles with their own interests, giftings and preferences. We also try to divide the labor so that no one is over-burden. 

In order for co op to be successful, each member is expected to contribute by teaching/helping in three classes and one extracurricular or the approximate equivalent, recognizing that some assignments require more of a time commitment than others.

Question

As a co-op parent, would I be required to teach every week?  (Please note that this applies only to co-op track families and not upper level only track families.)

Answer

In each elementary-level class to which you are assigned, you are working with at least one other teacher.  The two of you would then work out a teaching model that best suits both of you.  Over the ten week semester, you might teach five sessions, and the other teacher would teach five sessions.  Another option is that one of you would be the main teacher for all ten weeks, and the other person would be the assistant.   You will be expect to be present each week and to make youreself available to help out where needed.   

Members who are interested in teaching classes for upper level students may choose to teach for 10 or 15 weeks per semester.   Classes at upper level may be taught by one teacher, by co-teachers or by a team of teachers.    

Question

Am I permitted to go “off campus” to do other things during the time I am not teaching on Wednesday morning?

Answer

All parents of elementary students are asked to remain on campus from nine to noon even when they are not teaching, so that they are available if their children need something or if a class needs a substitute.  There is more flexibility for parents of middle/high schoolers in this area depending on when they are teaching.

Question

Would I need to anticipate staying later than noon on Wednesdays if I am not involved in any afternoon classes?

 

Answer

Normally, you wouild be free to leave at noon.  One exception would be if your child was involved in a performance-type class like drama; teachers may schedule additional practice time after noon on occassion.   The other exception would be if we have a weather-related delay.  In that situation, we would operated on a two-hour delay schedule, and the elementary day would end after noon.

Details

Question

When does Learning Station meet?

Answer

Elementary (PreK-6th

Elementary students meet for regularly scheduled classes on Wednesday morning from 9AM-12Noon.  We have two 10 week semesters.  The fall semester typically begins after Labor Day and the spring semester begins late January or early February.

 

Middle/High School (7th-12th)

Classes for middle and high school students begin at 9:05 and run through 4:00* on Wednesday.  Individual classes may run for 10 or 15 weeks per semester.    For specific start and end dates, see the calendar (link on homepage). (Theater Arts somtimes meets past 4 p.m.)

 

Question

Where does Learning Station meet?

Answer

We meet on Wednesdays at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church (LEFC), 419 Pierson Road, Lititz, PA 17543.    For Fall 2020, elementary classes have been restructured due to COVID19.  Elementary students will meet at various locations in Lancaster County on Wednesday mornings for special activities and field trips.  Upper level classes will meet as scheduled, and students will be asked to follow LEFC's policy for COVID19 precautions which is posted on both the public and private homepages.  

Question

What are the expenses associated with joining Learning Station?

Answer

To become a co-op track member, the following registration fees are required.

Annual Registration Fee** (includes CHALC membership, see note below)

                $120 per family w/1 child in co-op
                $130 per family w/2 children in co-op
                $140 per family w/3 children in co-op
                $150 per family w/4 or more children in co-op

(**Registration fees include $25 per year for CHALC (Coalition of Homeschoolers Across Lancaster County)membership; however you will be able to get a $15 refund on this through CHALC if you are already a member of another support group, for example, LHE.  Refund forms are availabe at CHALC's website.)            

There may be additional expenses associated with a particular class.  For example, some of the high school classes require the purchase of a textbook. Theater Arts may have additional expenses for scripts and costumes.  Elementary students may occasionally be asked to have various supplies.  If you choose to participate in some other things we provide, there are, of course, the appropriate fees connected with these activities.

In addition, if your student wishes to take upper level classes taught by an independent contractor (ULA classes), you would be responsible for the tuition for that class.  Upper level classes (ULB) taught by co-op members are included in the registration fee (up to 5 classes per UL student).

Upper level only track families pay a registration fee of $10 per upper level class per semester if they choose to fulfill their monitoring duties.  If they choose to opt-out of monitoring, they pay $30 per upper level class per semester.  They must also submit $25 for the CHALC membership fee and pay the class fee for both ULA & ULB classes.  Fees for each class will be published on the class registration grid.