To provide home school children with quality supplemental enrichment opportunities in a Christian environment.
The Eastgate Home School Cooperative provides Christian, creation-based classes two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks each Fall and Spring Semesters. During the 2018-2019 School Year, we will offer classes for the following age groups: Kindergarten (ages 4-5), 1st-3rd Grade, 2nd-4th Grade (this class overlaps so parents have more choices), 4th-6th, 4th-12th Grade (these classes overlap so students have more choices), and 7th-12th Grade. Classes are broken up into two sessions, morning and afternoon. Parents can choose to have their children enrolled all day or half days on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or both.
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 2018 with nearly 50 children and 18 classes. Over 80 children attend classes at our Co-op each year. For the 2018-2019 School Year, we are expanding our program to two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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 semesters in the Fall and Spring that meet for 10 weeks each. Several of our Spring Semester classes are a continuation of our Fall Semester classes, and new families are not able to join all Spring classes. However, we always make sure we offer plenty of classes during Spring Semester 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 and a 45 minute lunch for all-day children.
Classes are taught by a combination of volunteer Co-op parents and Contract Instructors we hire from the community.
We also offer additional benefits such as school pictures, yearbooks, and book fairs.
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 a Shield the Vulnerable training and background screening.