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Conference FAQs

ARCH Houston Catholic Homeschool and Parent Education Conference

University of St. Thomas

June 8-9, 2018

Friday, June 8, 1pm - 7pm

Saturday, June 9, 9am-5pm

Speakers on Tap, Friday, 7pm-10:00pm 


Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I attend the ARCH Houston Catholic Homeschool and Parent Education Conference?

The ARCH Conference has Catholic speakers and Catholic vendors.  You will be able to network with other homeschool parents and  listen to great speakers.  While you are there, you can browse through great books and educational materials to strengthen your homeschooling techniques and deepen your family's relationship with our Lord.  You can also buy beautiful Catholic sacramentals, such as rosaries, St. medals and scapulars.  Deepen your faith by attending Mass with other homeschool families on Saturday.  Take time to ask veteran homeschoolers questions and gain helpful insights to becoming a better homeschooling family.  And just as important, improve your relationship with your spouse.  We believe that by improving spousal relationships, your homeschool will flourish. That is why we have a "date night" on Friday evening as well as free registration for spouses.


Do I have to be a member of ARCH to attend the conference?

No, you do not need to be a member of ARCH to attend the conference.  Please bring your friends and help spread the word about the conference.


Why do I have to pay a fee?

ARCH strives to offer a quality Catholic conference, but that requires operating costs that must be accounted for.  Our conference is hosted by volunteers who work diligently to bring in quality Catholic speakers and vendors that will provide helpful insights to homeschooling in God's Mercy.  Your fee helps to pay for insurance, speaker fees, table rentals, advertisement, etc.  Anything that is of any value has a cost associated with it and the greater the quality, the more prepared we should be to pay for it.  High quality Catholic speakers and material is provided by companies that are also trying to raise a family and provide for their needs.  Our money helps to support these excellent Catholic resources.

The cost is : $25 before June 1 or $30 after June 1.  Online Registration will close on June 7th.


Do I need a badge?

Yes.  When you check in at the conference, you will receive a name badge.  We ask that you wear it all weekend to receive entrance to the talks and the vendor hall.


Can I get a discount to the Conference?

Yes, volunteers that work a 4-hour shift will receive free admission to the conference.  Go to to sign up as a volunteer.


Where is the Conference?  Where are the talks?  Where is the vendor hall?

This year's ARCH Conference is again at the University of St. Thomas campus at 3800 Montrose Blvd  Houston, TX.   All of our activities will be in the Jerabeck center.  Follow the ARCH Signs.


Where do I park?

UST has a very nice parking garage in the Moran Center on West Alabama and Graustark streets (enter on Graustark).  Parking in the Moran center is $5.  Most large vehicles fit.  Click here for directions and maps.  See UST's Parking Regulations


Where do I check in?

Check-in tables will be on the first floor of UST's Jerabeck Athletic Center.  If you pre-registered, a pre-registration volunteer will be waiting for you at the entrance to quickly check you in.  If you did not pre-register, then you may quickly register at the registration table in the foyer of Jerabeck.  Early bird registration ends June 1.  You may continue to pre-register online for $30 until June 7.  Registration at the door is $30.  Goody bags will be available on a first come, first served basis.   


Where do I eat?

This year we have a Boy Scout Venture Crew that will be selling snacks and meals and will be available all weekend in the hallway outside of the vendor hall.  There are also several restaurants within walking distance of UST on Montrose Ave. 


Can I bring my children to the conference?

As Catholic Homeschoolers, we love children.  However, due to limited space and insurance restrictions, we do not have any activities available for young children.  Therefore, we ask that your children remain with you.  We will also be recording the talks, so please help to keep background noise to a minimum.  Children under the age of 18 are free.


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