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Q:

What is it like to be a part of your co-op?

A:

It's welcoming, fun, and exciting. You are around a supportive group of homeschoolers all working to make the best opportunities available to their kids; taking what they need to grow their minds, what they love to learn and finding new interest along the way.  You get to choose from a buffet of educational options- so you only take what your child needs or wants.  It fits your schedule, and the time you want to devote to it. 

Q:

Are there any activities outside of classes that we can take part in?

A:

Yes.  We have field trips on Friday's at least once a month. We also have service projects numerous times a year. We have beginning and end of year potlucks.  We also have a many holiday parties and field days along with whatever else the moms and teachers think of :)

Q:

When do I pay for classes?

A:

1st Payment:  May 1st

The teacher will contact you and you are required to pay HALF the class fee as deposit for each class to hold your spot.  Your deposit is non-refundable.  All payment arrangments are dealt on a case by case basis with the teacher privately.   Payment options can possibly be arranged.  Please reach out to the specific teacher.  

The rest is due a week before class starts.

Q:

How do I pay class deposits/fees?

A:

Each class deposit and subsequent fees are paid directly to the teacher. Once you are a member of the co-op and have logged into the secure site, do the following:

  • Click on Class Schedule.
  • Under each class description, highlighted in yellow, is either a physical address or a Pay Pal account which you can use to send deposits and balances for class registration. 

To see all of the classes you are registered for, click on "Class Schedule Summary" at the top right of the Class Schedule (again, you must be logged into the secure site to see this). Deposits are half of the class tuition.

Q:

How do I cancel a class I have signed up for (prior to paying a deposit)?

A:

If you have signed up for a class, but have decided to make changes before deposits are due, go to the Class Schedule, then select "View [School Year] Class Schedule Summary" in the upper right hand corner. There you may remove classes you have signed up for.

Q:

Is it possible to drop a class?

A:

Yes, but your deposit is non-refundable.

Q:

What about snow, bad weather, holidays, breaks?

A:

Please see our calendar for our schedule of classes for the semester. We roughly follow Loudoun County School calendar for school holidays and schedule, but not exclusively. So please check our calendar to confirm dates of classes. We follow LCPS.  When they are off for inclement weather or holidays, we are too.  If they have 2 hour delays we start at 10am.  The teachers will tweak their schedules to end the first class at 10:40 and the the second class will then start at 10:45.  

Q:

Are there volunteer requirements?

A:

Yes. As a part of this co-op, every family needs to sign up for a minimum of two service shifts per semester. These shifts are broken into either morning hall monitor, afternoon hall monitor, or clean-up. Also every family has to sign-up for one Volunteer Committee.  Sign up for these shifts and committees is handled via Sign-Up Genius and Volunteer Committee Survey. That is the minimum requirement. We are hoping that you can also think of any other way to give of your time and talents!  All ideas are welcome!

Q:

Will I get an email confirmation upon signing up for a class?

A:

No. The website does not automatically generate a registration confirmation for classes. In order to see that you are signed up for a class, log into your account, click on 'class registration', then click on 'view class schedule summary'. This will break your registrations up by children and will show the status as "signed up".  

Q:

Can I drop off my children for classes at the co-op?

A:

For most cases-Yes! You can drop your children off and you do not have to remain in the building while your children are in classes. If your child has a break in between classes, you need to come back and pick them up or wait with them in the building until the next class starts. It is your responsibility to supervise your children when they are not in class during class time. If your school-aged child has back to back classes that go across the lunch break, you do not need to supervise them during lunch. There will be a parent volunteer and a teacher to help supervise the children during this short lunch break between classes. (Remember, this lunch supervision is ONLY for children who have back to back classes morning and into the afternoon.) Parents of pre-K/K students who are in both the morning pre-K/K class and pre-K/K art class in the afternoon need to be on site to supervise these younger children during lunch. 

If your child has severe allergies for which they need to carry an EpiPen, a parent or caregiver needs to remain on-site while the child is in class.

Q:

Is there a place to wait while my child is in class?

A:

Yes!  There is a quiet room to work with your other children or to use the Wi-Fi that is available.

Q:

Is my registration fee refundable?

A:

No.  The registration fee non-refundable . 

Q:

Is this Co-op a Good Fit for My Child?

A:

We want our classes to be a good fit for your student. Right now our co-op does not have the means to be able to meet the needs of children with special needs.  Some of our teachers have special training in education and personal experience that allow them to work with special needs but others do not. If your child has special talents or challenges, please let the director of A.B.C. know before you register for classes.  We want this to be a positive experience for your student, as well as the class.  When classes are not a good fit, the student doesn't thrive and poor behavior decisions can result creating the need for a parent- A.B.C staff conference.   Every child will have to meet our basic assumptions for attention span and behavior that is specified in the A.B.C Handbook, or they will not be able to come back to class after the second time this behavior has been brought to the attention of the director and they will not receive a refund. 

Q:

Is Each Course only a Semester Long?

A:

Elementary:  Each Core Course is paid by semester but planned as a whole year long course.  By signing up by semester only, it allows you to have the flexibility to switch or drop a class if there is a move, not the right fit or other personal reasons.  The teacher does plan to carry the class on through the school year.  The Electives are run simply the course of the weeks it is assigned (8-10 weeks)  

Middle School: Each Core Course is a year long and paid in 2 payments.  Half is paid as the deposit and the other half the week before class starts.