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FAQs



Different Tracks

Q:

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

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Beliefs, values, philosophy

Q:

What is Learning Station's statement of faith?

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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.

Q:

How is the Learning Station “governed?"

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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

Q:

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

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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.

Q:

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.)

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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.    

Q:

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

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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.

Q:

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

 

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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

Q:

When does Learning Station meet?

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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.)

 

Q:

Where does Learning Station meet?

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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.  

Q:

What are the expenses associated with joining Learning Station?

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

Annual Registration Fee

$95 per family w/1 child in co-op
$105 per family w/2 children in co-op
$115 per family w/3 children in co-op
$125 per family w/4 or more children in co-op

CHALC membership Fee** 

$25 per family

(**CHALC (Coalition of Homeschoolers Across Lancaster County) is an organization which provides support to co-ops in the county.  They provide insurance, access to homeschool-life, discounted graduation,  a month newsletter, and mroe.   Families who are members of more than one CHALC member group will receive a $15 refund from CHALC on additional membership fees paid. )            

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.

 

 

Q:

What are the ages for which you offer classes?

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We cover all ages from infant-12th grade.  Elementary classes are broken in the following age groups:  infants, toddlers,0-1 year olds, 2-3 year old, 4-5 year olds, 6-7 year old, 8-9 year olds, 10-11 year olds.  Placement for elementary students is determined by the students age on September 15.   Upper level classes cover 7th through 12th grades.

Q:

May I register for only a half year of co-op track?

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Your commitment  as a co-op member should be seen as a year-long commitment.  Some high school students who register for classes at local colleges will find that their schedule will sometimes conflict with co-op.  Even if the student is unable to attend co-op for both semesters, his/her parent is still obligated to fulfill all teaching responsibilities for the entire year. While there will be exceptions made for unexpected hardships, dropping out mid-year should be the rare exception. Because we are a co-op and all have our roles to fill, it creates extreme difficulties when someone isn't there to fulfill their responsibilities.  

Q:

Besides Wednesday mornings, would there be other times that I need to reserve time for co-op?

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Every year there is one mandatory meeting that we request a parent attend. It is our annual fall start-up meeting. 

When a person first joins Learning Station, he/sher will be asked to attend a one-time meeting with New Members Coordinator prior to the start of classes.

In addition, Learning Station generally hosts a closing program in the fall and the spring as well as Track and Field day in the spring.  Attendance to these special events is not mandatory unless your extra-curricular assignment requires it.  

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What classes are offered at the co-op?

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Elementary classes vary.  Our member's interests and talents dictate the subjects and topics taught.  We typically have a PE class each semester for each age group of Prek and up.    We try to encourage art, science, literature, music, and history in a way that takes advantage of the group setting.  Classes are designed to be interactive and hands-on.   

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 include "academic" and "enrichment" options. (The schedule of Jr./Sr. high classes (ULA & ULB) will be posted on the public page when available.)

Q:

Can you accomodate children with special needs?

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Learning Station wants to reach out to all families and their students.  However, Learning Station is not equipped to meet every individual need of every student and every family.     While the steering committee will work with families, we ask that you understand that some needs may be beyond the expertise of our member-teachers.   

Q:

Ok, I'm ready to join.  What do I do?

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Contact us at [email protected]  to schedule a tour/meeting with our new members' coordinator.   After your tour/meeting, you may request that a link to our member application.