Closed to new members for the Fall 2021 semester. Check our Facebook page for information regarding Spring 2022.
Officers for 2021-2022
Coordinator: Heather Viney
Co-Coordinator: Jessica Scott
Treasurer: Erin Lambert
Secretary: Dwain Coufal
Hello from the Open Minds Co-op! Our goal is to provide an inclusive co-op where homeschooling families can come together to learn, grow, share ideas, and support each other in a positive group learning environment.
We meet at the Ralph Wilson Youth Center in Temple- a beautiful, newly-built facility with amenities such as a covered patio, a big outdoor playground, spacious classrooms, and a fantastic gym.
Our public Facebook page will also have updates posted and is available at: https://www.facebook.com/OpenMindsCoop/
If you are interested in applying for membership, follow these steps when the next registration period opens:
1. Read our FAQ section. This is mandatory, as this section includes information on volunteer obligations, behavioral expectations, absentee and illness policies, and other important details.
2. Check out our current class offerings. (The Fall semester classes will be posted by June 18th.)
3. Apply for membership here on our website. (Just click on the little group of people on the upper toolbar, between the home and the envelope icons.)
Important Information and Dates:
- The Ralph Wilson Youth Club is located at 1515 S. 25th Street, Temple, TX, 76504.
- Co-op meets Fridays from 9 am to noon.
We are not welcoming new members at this time. Check back later for more information regarding Spring 2022.
The Nitty Gritty Details (or "All the Other Stuff You Need to Know")
As our name indicates, this co-op is "open" or inclusive. We are only intolerant of intolerance :) No "statement of faith" required, but we ask everyone to sign a code of conduct agreeing to be respectful of all persons and property at the co-op.
Classes are taught by parent volunteers. Parent involvement, either teaching or assisting in classes, is required. Fees are only collected to cover the cost of renting classroom space and materials fees paid to the teachers. Materials fees average $15/class but are at teacher's discretion. Registration is a flat fee of $40 per family.
Classes differ from one semester to the next, depending on what the volunteers want to teach. Some require homework and test taking, some don't. Class descriptions tell which are which. Look under "Class Registration" to see the current class offerings.
Children may NOT be dropped off or left unattended. Everyone is asked to stay and help where needed. If a parent must leave, another adult must agree to be their designated "guardian" and teachers and your children should be made aware of who their designated adult is.
Students do not have to sign up for all three classes; however, regardless of the number of classes taken, parents still must fulfill their volunteer obligation. Generally, this means either teaching or helping out in classes on Fridays for two hours of the three hour block.
Members of our co-op often attend the Mid-Tex Homeschool Group park days. Come get to know us! Check out the calendar on the left to see dates and locations of Park Day.