Frequently Asked Questions
This page is a great way to get your questions answered! We also encourage you to read our full policies. Still have questions? Contact us at email@example.com -- you might even see your question added to this page!
Can we really do events without paying membership fee?
YES! We believe we homeschool as family, so we try to do our part to help people connect. Some events are for co-op members only. THE Co-Op is our primary focus, so public events are provided when we can as a community service. For a group that focuses exclusively on activities and fellowship, we encourage you to join CHEFS in Greenville (membership fee).
What public events do you offer?
Field trips, Mom's Night Out, Scripps Spelling Bee, VEX Robotics teams, fellowship events, and more!
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. 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 four kids, I average $120 a semester (that includes membership fee). So I'm paying $3 a week for each kid to take 3 classes.
What's membership fee for?
Majority of it covers liabilty insurance, administrative costs such as website, and general supplies for classroom use. Any remaining funds help provide events for co-op members. We have a super lean budget where "what we take in, we spend." We are happy to show you 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 big is the co-op?
Our building only allows for 100 students.
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 Christian are you?
From a secular perspective: We don't want families to feel left out, but we also want the ability to talk about God. If you don't want to hear about God at all, we are not the group for you. We pray during assembly. We may offer a bible class (with a non-bible class as alternative). Students can hear "God created...." when learning about living things. Since agreeing to a Statement of Faith can cause issues in some religions, we only ask members to understand the group is led under those beliefs. Exception: All board members sign stating they believe and will uphold those statements.
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. 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 in a co-op. Talk to us and we'll try to find an area best suited for you.
What can I teach?
We are 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 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.