Information for Prospective Teachers at PHS
We offer classes based on students' suggestions and interests. During the spring semester, usually in late January, we hold a brainstorming session where students, parents, and teachers can propose classes they would like to see offered the following year. People may e-mail suggestions if they cannot make the meeting. Next, we have several rounds of voting to determine the most popular classes from the list of member-proposed classes and instructor proposals. We will work to find a balance of age ranges, subjects, teacher availability, and the classroom space for each semester.
Instructors at Planet Homeschool are independent contractors paid directly by parents via Paypal or check (Paypal is the preferred method). Instructors set their own course plans. Instructors with a strong background in working with teens and who are actively engaged in their fields are highly sought after at Planet Homeschool. Instructors should also be aware that we are a secular co-op open to all faiths, beliefs, and educational styles.
Classes meet Fridays during the academic year, with our fall semester running from mid-September to mid-December and our spring semester running from mid-January to mid-May. Classes can run a single semester or a full year, as dictated by the instructor. Classes are 75 minutes long, with first period 9:15-10:30, second period 10:35-11:50, third period 12:30-1:45, and fourth period 1:50-3:05, with a lunch break from 11:50-12:30. All classes take place at our location at Faith United Methodist Church, 2708 33rd Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.
If you are a teacher interested in teaching at PHS, the period from early December to mid-January is an especially good time to propose classes to the Leadership Team for the following academic year. Please use our Class Proposal Form.
A tentative schedule of classes is available around the time of the spring PHS Open House. Most classes will need a minimum number of students to run. Instructors will be notified if their classes will be on the schedule for next year by early May. Registration for fall opens late May or early June each year; for spring, it opens in mid-November.
Decisions about whether a class has enough registrants to run are usually made about a week before classes begin, or earlier if requested by the instructor. Planet Homeschool does promote classes via social media, but it's helpful if instructors also promote their classes via their social networks.