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FAQs

Q:

When do you meet?

A:

We meet on Tuesdays from 9:30-3:30pm.  Classes are a la carte, so you can be there for as much or as little time as you like, depending on the classes and activities you and your children choose. 

December 19, 2017 - Last day of Fall Semester

January 9, 2018 - First day of Spring Semester

March 27, 2018 - April 5, 2018 - Spring Break

May 10, 2018 - Last day of Spring Semester

May 15 & 17, 2018 - Make-up dates for Spring Semester

Q:

What is the daily schedule? 

A:

Set-up: 9:00 - 9:30

First Period: 9:30 - 10:40

Second Period: 10:50 - 12:00

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00

Third Period: 1:00 - 2:10

Fourth Period: 2:20 - 3:30

Clean-up: 3:30 - 4:00

Q:

What are your policies? 

A:

For more information about our policies, please read our Terms of Membership:

Terms of Membership

Q:

What kinds of classes do you offer?

A:

Our courses are chosen, designed and implemented by our members.  Some use a traditional academic format with textbooks, grades, and homework; others are just for fun, and still others fall somewhere in between.  We aim for a wide variety of classes that enable us to share every co-op member's talents and interests.   If you'd like to propose a class, let us know!

Q:

What role do parents play?

A:

We're a cooperative of families, and parent participation is vital to the life of the co-op: teaching classes, helping with clubs, serving on committees, cleaning up at day's end, etc.   We are all about building a thriving homeschool community in the DC/MoCo area, and we believe the best way to do that is for everyone to pitch in.

Q:

Can I drop my child off?

A:

Parents (or their designees) are responsible for supervising their child(ren) at all times.  If, however, you need to leave the co-op, you may designate another co-op member to supervise your child.  Regardless of your child's age, we strongly encourage you to hang around!   We have coffee, tea and wi-fi...

Q:

Do I have to be a member for my child to take classes?

A:

Yes.  Our membership fee of $100/semester covers the bulk of our rent at Tifereth-Israel.  That breaks down to only $6.70 per day, which is roughly equivalent to a Vente Latte with a cheese danish.  In return for this small investment, you get a wide array of class choices, a lounge area, an on-site playground, a great park right next door, and a whole new community of homeschoolers.   On top of that, your family gets access to our community service initiatives, clubs, field trips and get-togethers. 

Q:

How much do classes cost?

A:

Our classes cost only $25/each per semester.  That's only $1.70 per hour.   Fees for courses reflect the cost of rent, insurance, administrative costs, materials, and incidentals.

Q:

Can a teenager join on his or her own?

A:

Teenagers (14+) can join the co-op as individuals with permission of the Board, as we only offer a few "Teen Option" slots per year.  Why a Teen Option?  Because we understand that sometimes parents of older homeschoolers are nearing the end of their homeschooling careers, and may not be able to undertake member responsibilities themselves.  We strongly value teen participation in the co-op, and don't want to lose potential members because of circumstances beyond their control.

Q:

What is your minimum age requirement? 

A:

Because our co-op is primarily organized to serve the needs of students who are past the earliest years of their education, we require that the oldest participating child in each family be at least 8 years old. 

This policy allows us to focus our energy and ensure that sufficient volunteer time is available to offer the kinds of classes our member families are looking for.