Frequently Asked Questions
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Can we really participate in events without paying membership fee?
YES! We believe we homeschool as family, so we try to do our part by planning fellowship activities. However, our membership based co-op is our primary focus so we only plan public events when able. For a group that focuses exclusively on activities, we encourage you to join CHEFS in Greenville (charges membership fee).
What public activities do you offer?
Field trips, Mom's Night Out, Scripps Spelling Bee, VEX Robotics, fellowship events, and more! If you join co-op, we offer additional member only events.
About THE (Trinity Homeschool Enrichment) Co-Op
Are you secular or bible-based?
We are bible-based, but..... when we founded the co-op, we didn't want anyone to feel left out. If you are okay with knowing and respecting that we pray, teach from a creation perspective, and that our leadership decisions are guided by God directing our way, you are welcome to join.
What grades can enroll?
Classes offered for nursery through 12th grade; however, you MUST have at least one child in Kindergarten or above to join.
Where and when?
Christ Community Church (5500 Sayle, Greenville) on Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm. Classes last 50 minutes. Semesters are 10 class days, Back to School Kick-off/Orientation, and and End of Semester fellowship. Fall semester typically runs September through week before Thansgiving. Spring runs late January/early February through end of April.
What does it cost?
- $35 membership fee, paid each semester
- Class supply fees, paid one-time (not monthly)
- Love offering to church for generously allowing use of their building
Several classes are free. Art and science classes usually cost the most. Here's a personal example: With three kids, I average $90 a semester (includes membership fee) --- that's 3 a week for each kid to take 3 classes.
How big is the co-op?
Our building allows for 100 students.
What's the membership fee for?
Majority of it covers liabilty insurance and administrative costs such as website, and general classroom supplies. Remaining funds help provide events for co-op members. We are happy to show financial records, upon request.
Do I get paid to teach?
No. For us to remain a low cost, we rely on our amazing, but unpaid parent volunteers.
How do you process applications?
Applications are processed in order received. They are evaluated and approved based on info provided such as class ideas, space availability, and background check results.
Can you accomodate special needs?
We welcome special need students and will do our best to honor requests. For those with mobility needs, the church does NOT have an elevator. Contact us before applying to discuss accommodations.
How do I see classes before applying?
You don't. We would love to post classes first, but we have nothing until families apply and submit class ideas. We're all taking a "leap of faith" and hoping parents offer good ideas (and they do!).
Are you academic?
We're not the kind of place where you pay someone to be the primary teacher. We are unpaid volunteers. Many classes are worthy of course credit, but we do not issue grades. So we prefer to use the term "enrichment classes" to keep the focus on having fun while learning.
How many students per class?
We require five students for a class to "make" and not be cancelled. It varies depending on grade and teacher request, but maximum is usually 10-12 students per class.
Does my child have to take a class all three periods?
Yes. A student must take a class every period.
How do I select grade level?
Choose grade based on where you feel your child fits best, whether by age or academic/developmental level. Students must take all classes at selected grade level. If a student needs a grade beyond one level (up or down) based on age, then talk to us before applying. Example: 3rd grade student by age needs 1st grade classes.
Is there homework?
Maybe, especially if it is a core class. Every class provides a description outlining what is required.
Why must I be willing to teach a class?
Because we are a true co-op where parents work cooperatively together. Without all of us helping out, there would be no co-op. We also understand feeling reluctanct to teach in a classroom setting, especially if this is your first time teaching. Talk to us and we'll try to find an area best suited for you.
What can I teach?
We're open to anything! Think about your interests, experience, skills and talents. Then, consider what grade level you would enjoy teaching. Many parents do something they planned to teach their own child.
What will I do while my child is in class?
One adult family member must stay on-site while classes are in session. When not teaching, you volunteer as a teacher helper, nursery worker, cleaning crew, or floater (helps anywhere needed).
I am a nursing mother. Can I be in the nursery?
Parents with children in the nursery receive first consideration. We make every effort to put you in the nursery at least one period; however, we cannot guarantee placement. Indicate you want to work nursery on your volunteer form.
What is your absence/tardy policy?
We allow two (2) absences or three (3) tardies per semester (or any combination totaling 4). This includes vacation plans, appointments, and illness. Excessive absences or tardies may result in probation. This policy is necessary because one absence affects everyone. We also realize life happens and will evaluate absences/tardies on a case by case basis.
What security measures do you have?
We value safety and privacy. Two unrelated adults are in each classroom. Exception: Older grades may have only one adult, but door is left open. Members and vistiors wear nametags. Hall monitors are on duty while class is in session. We do NOT share photos on public sites; however, photos may be posted on member-only website or facebook page.
Who is in charge?
We are run by our Board of Directors that are elected by members.