To provide Walla Walla Valley home school children with quality supplemental enrichment opportunities in a Christian environment.
The Eastgate Home School Cooperative provides Christian, Creation-Based classes one day a week on Tuesdays for 10 weeks each Fall and Spring Quarter. During the 2019-2020 School Year, we will offer classes for ages 4-16. Classes are broken up into two sessions, morning and afternoon. Parents can choose to have their children enrolled all day, half days, or, in some cases, just one class. The Kinder and 1st-2nd Grade class are mornings-only.
We started our program Fall 2014 with 22 children and 4 classes. Many of the families who started with us in the Fall of 2014 are still attending our Co-op. We have continued to grow the last few years and ended Spring 2019 with nearly 65 children and 21 classes. Over 80 children attend classes at our Co-op each year.
NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN CLASSES
We have families from many different religious backgrounds. There is prayer and Christian content in many of our classes and activities, and we operate from a Christian Creation-Based World View. Our Co-op is fortunate to be under the umbrella of the Eastgate SDA Church, which has greatly benefited us in regard to our physical meeting space, insurance, payroll and accounting.
Our Cooperative is a year-long Co-op with 2 separate quarters in the Fall and Spring. Typically our classes meet for 10 weeks each quarter, however, for Spring 2020, we are taking a bit of a break and will be meeting every OTHER week instead of weekly, for a total of 6 days of classes. Some of our Spring Quarter classes are a continuation of our Fall Quarter classes, and new families are not able to join these Spring classes. However, we always make sure we offer plenty of classes during Spring Quarter that new familiies can join.
MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS
Our classes are clearly divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Parents are welcome to choose mornings, afternoons or all day. There is a supervised 15 minute snack break in the mornings, a 45 minute lunch for all-day children, and a 15 minute break between afternoon classes.
Classes are taught by a combination of volunteer Co-op parents and Contract Instructors we hire from the community.
Depending on the year and quarter, we sometimes offer additional benefits, such as book fairs, track and field day, and occasional field trips.
SAFETY & BACKGROUND SCREENINGS
The safety of our children is very important to us, and we require all parents and teachers who volunteer or teach classes to complete an online training and background screening before they can work with children.