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FAQs



Q:

When and Where do you meet?

A:

Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene off Maestra St in Meridian on Friday mornings from 9:30-12:45. Some of our co-op families pack a lunch and stay until 1:30.

Q:

What does a typical day at FHL look like?

A:

We meet in the gym at 9:30 for our opening. We dismiss for classes at 9:45. First period runs from 9:50-10:40, followed by second period from 10:45-11:35. Our last class meets from 11:40-12:30. At 12:30 we meet again in the gym for closing until 12:45. During our closing time the classrooms are cleaned by our moms who do not have responcibilities during closing. Our families are welcome to enjoy lunch together until 1:30 at which time we finish cleaning the common areas and leave for the day.

Q:

What are the dues used for?

A:

Dues are for insurance, website fees, rent, basic supplies for co-op, and special events.

Q:

How do you pick your classes?

A:

Our classes are suggested and voted on by our members twice a year. We do our best to honor the vote and go with the most popular classes in each age group. Sometimes alternate classes are chosen by the leadership because a teacher can't be found or other logistical issues.

Q:

Do I have to teach?

A:

You are asked to teach two out of the three periods and most of the time you are paired with another person. Often, co-teachers alternate weeks and share the responsibility. Occasionally someone is really passionate about a class, wants to take the lead, and is okay with the other person being a helper. Some of our 12+ class may have only one teacher but you will never be expected to teach alone without being contacted first. We also try to pair veteran members with incoming families so they have an opportunity to learn our culture. 

Q:

Do any of your classes have extra fees?

A:

Some classes have material needs above and beyond what the co-op typically provides. Sometimes instead of a fee the teacher will provide a supply list. All additional material requests and supply fees will be clearly stated in the description area when registering for a class.

Q:

I don't see grades listed. What class should my child be in?

A:

Because homeschoolers often fluctuate between grades, our classes are offered by age. Our cutoff is October 1st of the current school year.

Q:

I have contacted FHL in many ways but no one is getting back to me. Why?

A:

We do our best to respond to messages as quickly as possible but sometimes we do forget. Please keep in mind that we are all busy homeschooling moms so it may take a few days. If it has been more than 7 days, feel free to contact us again and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Q:

What are you looking for in a background check?

A:

Our goal is to do our best in maintaining the safety of the children and families at co-op. If you have a concern of something that may be on your background check, please reach out to the leadership team for guidance. Background checks are mandatory for co-op participation.

Q:

How many teens do you have?

A:

We get this question a lot! Our student ages fluctuate as our families grow and shift. We estimate we will have about 30-35 students in our 12+ age group for our Fall 2020 semester.

 

Q:

How many families are in FHL? How many kids?

A:

We have an enrollment cap of 35 families and we are usually full so it is important to make sure you are on our Wait List if you are interested. While family size varies, we average 90-100 children spread across all classes.

Q:

I work or have other responsibilities during co-op time. Can I drop my child off or have a current co-op family bring them?

A:

We are not a drop off program. We are an all volunteer co-op and rely on our parents to teach and help in the classes.