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FAQs

Q:

What does the membership fee pay for?

A:

Your membership fee pays for things that are open to all members of Grace Christian Educators.  Specific items include the GCE website as we are billed by the administrator of the site per family.  Additionally, your membership fee covers expenses that may be incurred for activities, such as parties, and graduation, as well as administrative costs such as office supplies, bank fees, etc.

Q:

What does the administration fee pay for?

A:

The administration fee pays for the expenses directly related to Grace School classes.  These may include items such as cleaning supplies for the building, dry erase markers & dry erase boards, easels, extra supplies, such as paper towels, graduation decorations, markers and pencils, toys for teacher tot children, and printer cartridges for our small printer. No one receives monetary benefit from the administration fee. 

Q:

What does the facility fee pay for?

A:

The facility fee is paid in full to the church that grants us use of their building.  They generously open their doors to us each week, provide us with classrooms, a fellowship hall, allow us to use their sanctuary for Expo, and host our Expo in the evening twice a year.  We are so grateful to the church for making this beautiful facility available to us!

Q:

How do I pay for class and supply fees?

A:

All class and supply fees are payable directly to the teacher. Some teachers may have PayPal that will be payable from the Pay Outstanding Balance tab at the top of the screen after you have enrolled your child(ren) in that class. However, it is recommended that all class and supply fees be paid in cash to the teacher on Orientation/Registration Night. If payment is not made by the end of this night your child may be taken off the roster and replaced with a child from the wait list.

Q:

What if I can't make it to Orientation Night?

A:

If you are unable to attend Orientation Night you need to contact the teacher(s) directly to see how she/he would like to handle this. It is recommended that pre-payment be made in the way of PayPal, money order through the mail, or sending payment with another member, however, it will be up to the teachers' discretion how they would like to handle each situation.

Q:

As a teacher may I accept checks, credit cards, or bartering as a form of payment for class and supply fees?

A:

Yes. As a teacher you may choose how you will accept payment. You are an independent contractor responsible for your own income. It is recommended to accept cash only no later than Orientation/Registration night to keep things neat and easy and not leave room for conflict, however GCE will not be involved in anyway with the payment between members.

Q:

How much do classes cost?

A:

A typical class fee is about $15-$35.  Each teacher may determine an amount for their class fee (typically around $15), plus any expenses needed for a supply fee.  Typically, the supply fees range from $0 - $10 depending on the needs of the class and occasionally higher if the class has more needs (ie, dissection kits, food, auto parts, etc.).  The classes are payable directly to the teacher.  Note:  Each teacher lists the payment method in the details for their class; this can be viewed from Class Registration for members that are logged in to the site.

In addition to class fees, there are co-op fees that are paid directly to GCE:  Annual membership fee - $30, Facility fee (per semester) - $25, Administrative fee (per semester) $20

Q:

As a teacher does a portion of my class and supply fees go to GCE?

A:

No, all class and supply fees go directly to the teacher and stay with the teacher. GCE charges a $25 (per semester, per family) administrative fee to cover the costs incurred by Grace School Classes.

Q:

Since there are only three class periods do I have to still choose two service positions?

A:

Yes, GCE does require each family choose two places to serve in Grace School, however, we will not use people in two different positions unless we need to. Everyone will get one service position before anyone gets a second position. No one will have more than two service positions.

Q:

Why do I have to choose two service positions?

A:

GCE is a true co-op which means everyone pitches in to do the job together. Many hands make light work. It is also a way to make more intimate friendships and to experience different areas of service around GCE. GCE doesn't want any member of the co-op overly taxed and will never assign more than two service positions to anyone. You have the opportunity to choose your top choices for service positions and then the positions are assigned accordingly.

Q:

Will my child have a choice each class period of classes for his/her age group?

A:

The classes that are offered are chosen from Teacher Applications. There are usually two classes per age group per hour, however it is up to the teachers what class and age group they want to teach. If there are not applications turned in to offer choices GCE will send a plea to the members with a list of what is needed. If an age group only has one option for an hour and the child does not want that class, he/she can be with mom in the Mom Room or in the Library.

Q:

What are the school colors?

A:

The school colors are Purple and White. If there will be a change to school colors there will be a vote given to the student members of Grace School.

Q:

How do I check/update a teacher profile?

A:

When you click on a class to see the description from the class registration matrix, you can then click on the underlined teacher name. It will open the teacher bio and picture so that you can get to know who your child's teachers are and put a name to a face.
For teachers to update their bios and pictures, they need to email both their bio and their picture in jpeg format to the Grace School Coordinator. 

Q:

How do I create or edit my family website or check another family's website?

A:

To access other family's websites you go to the Directory (link on left side of screen) and under each family's name it will have a link to their family website.

To update, edit, or create your family website you can access it from either the Directory under your name next to Family Website (it will say Edit) or go to the top of page to Edit My Profile (in the top purple bar) and the top of that page will have a link to Edit Family Website.


 

Q:

How do I add pictures to the group photo gallery?

A:

To access the photo gallery for the group, you click on the Photo Gallery link (to the left of the screen) and from there you may either add photos to a preexisting album or you may create a new album. These pictures are for all members to see. They are not on your personal family website but on the group page. You are welcome to add your personal photos for us all to enjoy as well.

To add pictures to the photo gallery, go to the photo gallery and from there either choose the album you want to add pictures to and click the "Add Photos to Album" button bellow it or at the top of the page choose Create New Album and name an album and upload your pictures.


 

Q:

Can I put my child in a class that isn't for their age group?

A:

You are responsible to register your children for classes in their age range as of Sept. 1 for fall semesters and Jan 1 for spring semesters. If your child is not in the proper age bracket, they will be removed from the roster of said class(es) and GCE will not place them in other classes. This could result in lack of space for your child's alternate choices.

Also we do allow all non-PE / physical classes to enroll in a class that is for a child one year younger than the maximum age, but we do not permit you to enroll a child in a class unless they have reached the minimum age by September 1 for fall semesters and January 1 for spring semesters. Please be understanding of this policy in order that there is space for all children in the same group.