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FAQs

Q:

Who can become a member of AHC?

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Any homeschooling family may become a member of AHC. ACH does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, nor physical or mental disability.

Q:

Can I drop off my child for classes or events? 

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As a general practice, no. AHC is a cooperative that makes community top priority. We find that working together to make classes and activities happen for our children is one of the best ways to build relationships. We want to get to know you and your child(ren). As a practical matter, it takes all of us to make classes and events run smoothly.

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Are children ever at AHC without their parents?

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In certain circumstances, parent may not be needed. This is generally outside of classes. It is a fairly common practice for one parent to bring a child from another family along to park day and take charge of that child, for example. Event for older children are sometimes designated at "drop off" events. In rare cases, a parent may be able to make arrangements to have another adult be in charge of their child during classes, but this is unusual and must be approved by our Leadership Team. AHC can never take responsibility for a child. Any of the arrangements above are based on private agreements between the parents involved.

Q:

What does volunteering mean?

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AHC is a completely volunteer run organization. 

Some members volunteer and contribute as part of our Leadership Team to ensure the smooth running and continual progress of our group. Our Leadership Team is the decision-making body for AHC. Leadership Team members are responsible for all aspects of AHC, including all technology/communications tools, classes, field trips, events, finances, insurance, taxes, membership issues, as well as coming up with a fix for any part of the system that isn't functioning as well as it could. 

You can learn more about becoming part of the Leadership Team by contacting our Group Facilitator

 

Each class day, it takes all of our parents working together to put on classes. For most parents this means either teaching classes or being an assistant to a teacher for one or more classes. But there are other class day volunteer spots, including set up and clean up duties. Additionally, there is usually a need for substitute teachers or assistants throughout the class term. If you have concerns about vounteering for classes, please discuss them with the Class Coordinator for the class location you choose. So far, we have always been able to find a way to make it work.

You can read more about our Volunteer Requirements on the Classes with AHC page of our website.

 

Q:

Are there rules?

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Generally, no. AHC functions on a model of community and relationship with one another. With the respect that we build through relationship, and applying basic reason, we find we handle problems best without the use of rules. We do have some expectations that come up as needed. For example, we ask children not to run through the halls in our class facilities and to let their teacher know if they need to leave the class and where they are going. Most families have their own expectations as well. 

Q:

Why are there two class locations?

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We have found that there are two different sets of needs within our community. Our youngest families, whose oldest children are around 6 to 8 tend to want more cocial time and a smaller group environment. these needs are met at our Apex location (which meets at Brownwood Recreation Center). Our families with older children tend to want more class time and the added class options that a larger program can offer. These needs are best met at our Zenith location (which meet at Eastside Community Church). For more details about each location, visit our website

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How do I join AHC?

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Joining is easy! Just fill out our Membership Registration form on our homeschool-life site, then pay your membership dues. When your dues are received, you will be emailed with further instructions to access your AHC membership benefits!

Q:

What am I paying for?

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Your AHC membership dues contribute to paying for member workshops, social events, service projects, and administrative expenses like insurance, webhosting, our PO Box, and other overhead expenses. 

Your AHC class fees cover our expenses for putting on classes, including rent for the facilities we use for classes, teacher reimbursements for class materials, and other overhead related to classes. 

Generally we work very hard to keep fees as low as possible while still maintaining a buffer for financial stability. Often enrollments are higher than our conservative budgets, or teachers do not ask for reimbursement as budgeted. The net income that results is used for the group at the discretion of the Leadership Team.

Q:

What if I don't want to participate in classes?

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That's just fine! AHC is about community building in any form that works for you. Each term we have some families that don't take classes and participate in other ways. Other opportunities include social events, field trips, outdoor adventures, weekly park play dates, workshops, and more. There is a trend that these families eventually end up in classes because they hear about the great time we all have, but that is up to you.

 

Q:

Do you have to take both classes?

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No. Some families choose to take less than 2 classes for various reasons. However, taking fewer classes does not change your class registration fees. This is partly because we want our fee structure to encourage folks to come together, not stay away. Also, since most of our expense is rent, our costs aren't lower for a family to take 1 class rather than 2.

 

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What if I can't afford the class fees?

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If you are having trouble affording classes, please contact our Treasurer to inquire about assistance. We don't want to miss out on the talents and ideas you can bring to our cooperative! Money should never be the reason a family doesn't join us.