HEdFEx
 

FAQs

Q:

What is HEdFEx?

A:

Home Educators for Excellence (HEdFEx for short!) is a secular educational co-op.  We offer classes for ages 3-16, as well as social opportunities.  The core classes that are offered each year and each term are art, science, and Spanish.  We also offer electives that change each year and each term.  Take only the classes that interest your child.

Q:

How do I become a member?

A:

It’s very easy!  Pay the membership fee, fill out the paperwork, and agree to the policies and procedures.  The yearly fee covers our biggest expense (rent), insurance, website, copying, and other important supplies like cupcakes for the end of the year picnic. Members are assigned jobs that keep the co-op running smoothly.  There are several leadership positions open each year that members can volunteer to fill.  The weekly jobs are set up, clean up, hall monitor, and room parent.  There are no paid positions aside from the instructors.

Q:

Can my child attend classes if we don't have a membership?

A:

Membership is required to register for fall and spring term classes. Non-members can, however, register for January term classes after paying a nominal registration fee. Click on the "Class Info and Pricing" tab for current fees.   

Q:

Who teaches the classes?

A:

All our teachers are professionals. Either they are professional teachers, or they are professionals in the field they are teaching. This makes for quality classes!

Q:

What involvement is expected of parents?

A:

HEdFEx is a co-op, which means that everyone who benefits must also help out to make it work. Unlike some homeschool co-ops, HEdFEx hires professional teachers, so parents do not have to do any of the teaching!

Each term, each family will be assigned one job, which might be room parent, hall monitor, or helping with setup or cleanup. Volunteering for the leadership team (co-leaders, registrar, membership liaison, secretary, or scrip coordinator) means you would not be assigned any other job. We try to accommodate job preferences, including matching drop-off parents with off-site jobs, but are not always able to. If you are not able to attend one week, post on the forum to find a replacement.

Q:

How big are the classes?

A:

Class size varies based on interest, and limits set by the teachers, but a typical class has 5-10 students.

Q:

Do you allow age exceptions?

A:

Our standard policy is that a child must meet the minimum age for a class prior to the start of the term. For example, a child turning 6 in January would take classes in the 3-7 age range for fall, but could take classes in either the 3-7 age range or the 6-10 age range for spring term.  There is no requirement to move up to the next age group for spring term if a child has a birthday before spring term starts.

There is a built-in overlap in the age ranges to accommodate differences in ability, maturity, or attention span.  The youngest age range is 3-7 and these classes require no writing and are usually shorter in length.  The middle age range is 6-10 and classes will be longer and require some writing.  The 10+ classes may have more intensive writing opportunities.

If your child is very advanced and you would like an exception:

1. The teacher must agree to the age exception
2. Parent of the child must meet with the leadership team to explain the reason for the exception.
3. The majority of the leadership team must approve.
4. If for some reason the exception does not work out and the parent drops the class, no refunds will be given after the standard drop date.
5. If there are any behavioral concerns, the parent must remain in class with the child per our existing behavior policy.

Q:

What is Scrip and how do I earn rebates towards tuition?

A:

Scrip Fundraising is a way to earn rebates by shopping where you already shop. There's no selling to friends and family, and rebates can add up quickly. Learn more Here.

Q:

What does it mean that HEdFEx is a secular co-op? Are you anti-religion?

A:

No, we're not anti-religion. Some of our families are religious, others are not. Secular means that our classes are taught from a secular perspective, and we are not associated with a particular religion.

Q:

My child has a severe food allergy, would HEdFEx be safe for her?

A:

We try to accomodate severe food allergies, but do not guarantee that we will be able to. For example, if we end up with several children with different allergies, avoiding all dangerous foods may make it too difficult for families to pack their lunches. If this is a concern for your family, Contact Us.

Q:

My child is older. Do I have to stay on-site, or can I drop him off?

A:

New this year, we are allowing children ages 12 and over to be dropped off. Both parent and child must agree to our Drop-Off Policy. If you are interested, please Contact Us.

Q:

My account is "parked." What does this mean?

A:

This means that your Hedfex account has been deactivated. This may be because your family is not registered for any classes during the current term, because you requested that your membership be cancelled, or because you have not paid the membership fee for the current year.

If you wish to reactivate your account, you do not need to go through the membership request process again, simply contact HedfexRegistrar@gmail.com for assistance.

We look forward to having you back!