Our parent-run homeschool co-op meets at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church (LEFC) in Lititz, PA. Elementary classes run for 10 weeks per semester while 7th-12th grade students attend upper level classes for 10-15 weeks per semester. Learning Station offers two tracks to membership: co-op track and upper level only track. Co-op track members teach and serve within Learning Station. This track is required for all families with enrolled elementary-aged children or those with older students who wish to participate in Learning Station’s Theater Arts program. Upper level only track registration is open to families with 7th-12th grade students after co-op track students have registered. Elementary classes vary from year to year. Learning Station’s members’ interests and talents dictate the subjects and topics taught. Our elementary classes are designed to supplement your home curriculum--not replace it. Therefore, most of the work will be done in class. Our upper level classes, however, include "for credit" academic courses as well as "enrichment" options.
If you are interested in co-op track membership....
please read the FAQ section below. (Be sure to click each header to expand the sections.) Then, e-mail [email protected] to schedule a tour or to request additional information. After your tour, if you think Learning Station is a good fit for you family, our new member coordinator will send you a link to our online application.
If you are interested in upper level only membership...
please read the FAQ section below and familiarize yourself with our upper level procedures and policy. The 2023-24 class schedule will be posted by April 1st, New upper level track membership requests will be accepted for the new school year beginning April 15. Requests may be submitted via the "Join" link (top right of page). 2023-24 class registration will open to new upper level only track members on May 3.
What is the difference between the co-op track and the upper level only track of Learning Station?Answer
Beliefs, values, philosophy
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.
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.
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.
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 expected 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.
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.
Would I need to anticipate staying later than noon on Wednesdays if I am not involved in any afternoon classes?
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.
What is your attendance policy for members?Answer
Sometimes absences are necessary due to illness or extenuating circumstances, but attendance for both adult and student members should be a priority. If you must be absent, have your co-teacher take charge of the class and find a substitute for that day from the sub list in advance. If you have a last minute emergency on Wednesday morning, call your co-teacher to take charge of the class and call a substitute from the sub list. After you have made substitute arrangements, please notify the elementary coordinator or upper level coordinator of the arrangements you have made. Elementary-aged students may not attend co-op without their parents except for pre-approved and extenuating circumstances. If approval is granted, the parent must designate another co-op member to be responsible for his/her children.
All appointments, trips, and other commitments should be avoided during scheduled co-op days. Avoidable absences reduce the availability of substitutes for unavoidable ones, place an unnecessary burden on other members, and are contrary to the commitments members make to Learning Station. If a member plans to miss any co-op days in a year, he/she should notify the steering committee as soon as possible and preferably prior to registration. The steering committee will consider requests for more than one planned absence on a case by case basis. If the steering committee determines that the absences would hinder the member’s ability to fulfill his/her minimum obligation to the co-op, the committee will not approve the request. The member may then decide to withdraw his/her membership for the year. Refunds will be issued according to the refund policy, and exceptions to the refund policy will be considered on a case by case basis. If a member takes more than one avoidable absence in a year without approval from the steering committee, he or she will require steering committee approval to renew his/her membership for the following year.
Because faithful attendance is vital to the success of the co-op, the steering committee will re-evaluate the membership status of any member who, for two consecutive years, misses three or more co-op days per year for any reason. The steering committee will also re-evaluate the membership status of any member who misses four days for any reason in a single year. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.
When does Learning Station meet?Answer
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.)
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.