The start date for Fall Quarter afternoon classes has been delayed a week! We will start afternoon classes on September 21. Our location has changed--we will be meeting at Rooks Park for September. Nature Journaling will still begin September 14. All other classes will begin the following week. We have a new leadership team this year! After logging in, see the Co-op Leadership Contacts for who to contact for various things. New Nature Journaling Class this  year! Instead of a full day of classes at the church, our Nature Journaling class will meet mornings as a family at Rooks Park.
 

FAQs



Information About Co-op

Q:

When and how often do you meet?

A:

Classes meet on Tuesdays during the school year for 8 or 10 weeks per quarter (Fall and Spring). For Fall 2021, we will be meeting afternoons from 1-3 pm.

Q:

What is your worldview?

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We have a non-denominational Christian, Biblical creation worldview. Our classes and worship time reflect these.

Q:

How much does it cost to join your Co-op?

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See our "Fees" page for specific fees.

Q:

What do your fees cover?

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The fees cover the cost of our paid teachers, curriculum, and non-student-specific class supplies such as bows/arrows/targets, cake dummies/turn tables, nets/rackets/balls, art supplies, experiment supplies, non-student-specific texts, dinosaur fossil kits, Kinder activities, Lego Story Starter supplies, portable white boards, folding tables, lanyards/name tags, etc

Q:

Why do some classes have extra fees?

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Some classes have extra fees if there are higher than usual costs for the class (such as Candy Making or Sewing), if students need materials that they will get to keep when the class is over (such as Advanced Shakespeare books or Cake Decorating piping kits), or if the class requires student-specific workbooks (such as Astronomy or any of our IEW Structure Writing classes). The reason for this is that our fees are too low to be able to handle the extra cost associated with these higher-than-usual class expenses.

Q:

Do you offer reduced fees?

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Possibly, if parents are able and willing to volunteer extra. Parents who teach are able to enroll 2 children in the program free for each class they teach. We also often need extra parent volunteers to help teachers during classes (especially for the 1st-3rd Grade class) and may be able to offer discounts to parents who can volunteer extra to meet specific class needs.

The reduced fees only cover the enrollment fees for the class itself and do not cover any extra fees (such as cake decorating or workbook fees).

Q:

Can I teach a class for a discount in fees?

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Yes, absolutely! We love it when parents want to volunteer to teach a class. Parent teachers are able to enroll up to 2 children free for each class they teach. We like to get to know prospective teachers as they volunteer on a rotating schedule in our classes for a quarter before we have them teach. This allows us to get to know you and you to get to know us, our kids, and our Co-op program in general. If there is a specific class you would like to teach, please talk to us!

Q:

Since this is a Co-op, do you require parent participation?

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Yes, our fees are as low as they are because parents volunteer to help in classes. See the "Parent Volunteering" tab for current requirements.

Q:

Do I need to stay while my child is at Co-op?

A:

See our "Parent Volunteering" tab for current volunteer requirements.

In addition, there are extra requirements if your child has been having disciplinary problems at Co-op. We have steps we take to try to correct these issues, but the final step is requiring a parent to stay on site, or even in class with their child, if their child consistently chooses to bully, run off, or disrupt the class.

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Can I stay and observe my child's classes and/or check on my child periodically while my child is at Co-op?

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Yes, absolutely. Parents have complete access to their children at all times. As long as you have completed and been approved through our background screening process, you are welcome to stay on-site, in your child's classroom, or even just check on your child as often as you would like (as long as it's not disruptive to the class).

Q:

I see you offer some field trips. Can I drop my child off for field trips?

A:

No. All field trips and extra events are Family Events, which means that Co-op does not offer transportation or monitoring for any children. It is assumed and understood that parents must attend field trips and monitor their own children (unless they make other arrangements with a friend or family member, of course). There are also often admittance fees for field trips (though they are usually much less than the regular fees).

Q:

Do you require teachers and volunteers to do background checks?

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Yes, we require all teachers and volunteers to complete an online training and background check through Verified Volunteers.

Class Registration Problems

Q:

Why can't I register for classes?

A:

There are a couple of reasons you might not be able to register for classes.

1) All parents must first request membership on our website and must be approved by the Co-op Director before being able to register. A screen usually pops up when you come to this website where you can request membership. If it doesn't come up for you, you can request membership by going to the top right corner and clicking on the arrow button. There are several questions you will be asked when you request membership. Because we have to pay per family per year to use this website, the Director will probably want to speak or chat via email/text with you and get more information as well as answer any questions you might have before your membership request is approved.

2) If your membership request has been approved and you still can't register, perhaps registration is not open yet. We often have a staggered registration system--returning families have the opportunity to register first and then new families.

3) If you know that registration is open for you and you still can't register, are you logged in? You have access to a lot more information, including class registration, once you are logged in.