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FAQs



Q:

What is the difference between WACHE and WACHE School?

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WACHE (Westside Association of Christian Home Educators) is our main homeschool group. Membership into our main homeschool group gives you the opportunity to join in on events, field trips, parties, etc. Membership with WACHE also gives you the opportunity to sign up for our co-op classes. Our co-op classes are called WACHE School. WACHE School is one of the benefits of joining WACHE – giving you the opportunity to participate in the co-op classes.  

Q:

What kinds of classes do you offer?

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To see an example of what classes look like in any given semester, click this link to our WACHE School website class list. This will show you the current or most recent semester of class offerings and their descriptions.

Q:

What ages can attend WACHE School?

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During the 2020-2021 school year, infants 0-12 months will stay with Mom during her hourly classroom assignments. Our toddler through pre-k classes are ONLY available to families who have school-aged children attending classes at WACHE school. If your oldest child is not yet school age (kinder and above), you will need to wait to register for WACHE School classes until your oldest has reached that stage.
 
Normally, children from birth through 12th grade can attend WACHE School.  We have nursery available beginning at 6 weeks old (before that, you will need to keep your baby with you). Our nursery through pre-k classes are ONLY available to families who have school-aged children attending classes at WACHE school.  If your oldest child is not yet school age (kinder and above), you will need to wait to register for WACHE School classes until your oldest has reached that stage.  (You are still welcome to join the WACHE organization and participate in field trips, events, parties, etc.)

Q:

What does the parent involvement look like during WACHE School?

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The parent or guardian who attends WACHE School with their children each week will be given a “job” during each class hour their child has classes.  This could range from teaching a class (only if you sign up to do so), assisting a teacher in a class, being on the security team, or being a substitute (given an assignment to fill in where needed when someone is absent).  You will also be expected to help with one of the following areas each week, and placed on one of these duties:  set up crew, lunch duty, clean up/tear down crew, snack shack duty.

Q:

What is the deadline to register for classes?

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This date changes from semester to semester, and year to year. We usually have one registration day. The fall semester registration day usually occurs sometime around mid May to early June, and the Spring registration day is usually in November. These dates will be posted on our website, and also on our Facebook page and email newsletters.  

Q:

How many classes/hours are required to attend each week at WACHE School?

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If you decide to register your student for WACHE School classes, you can choose anywhere from 1-4 classes for each week.  If you only want to come and take one class (one hour), you are certainly welcome to do that.  You are also free to just take 2 hours, 3 hours, or all 4 hours.  One thing to keep in mind when choosing your classes and the times you want to attend, is that we do break for lunch between our 2nd and 3rd hour classes, which is a nice time for kids to spend time with their friends.  

Q:

How many weeks does WACHE School meet throughout the school year? What day of the week? What time?

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WACHE School meets on Mondays for 13 weeks in the fall and 14 weeks in the spring. We take breaks on any major holidays that our WACHE School classes might fall on (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, and also Spring Break). If we skip a holiday or break a week, we still get a total of 13-14 weeks for each semester. If we have to cancel classes for any reason, (such as inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances) WACHE School Leadership will notify school participants if a make up day is possible based on our host church’s schedule. 
 
The 2021 Fall WACHE School semester will begin with our mandatory Orientation and Meet the Teacher on August 30, 2021. Our WACHE School classes are scheduled to begin on Mondays beginning September 13 and will go through December 13th, with one week off, Thanksgiving week.
 
Our morning announcements begin at 9AM each Monday, quickly followed by our first hour class at 9:20.  We have four class hours, with a lunch break in between our 2nd and 3rd hour classes.  Our final class of the day ends at 2:20pm.

Q:

Are all parents required to teach at least once a semester/school year?

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No. You do not ever have to teach a class if it is not something you are comfortable doing. There are plenty of other ways to help at WACHE School each week. However, if you have something you can teach that would benefit our students – we would LOVE to have you!

Q:

 If I pay extra, can I drop off my elementary or middle school aged student?

A:

No. We do not offer a drop-off program for these grade levels. We do, however, have the IMPACT high school age drop off program. You can learn more about that HERE.

Q:

Am I guaranteed to get the class I want for my child?

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No. We do our WACHE School registration on a priority basis. Board Members, WACHE School Team members, teachers who taught 4, 3, 2, or 1 classes last semester, then current WACHE members with good attendance at WACHE School the previous semester, WACHE members, then brand new WACHE members. If a class you wanted has filled up by the time your registration slot opens up, you will need to choose an alternate class.

Q:

Can I attend classes with my child?

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If you are teaching a class, you could certainly register your child for the class you are teaching. You can request to be an assistant in a class your child is in. But, it is not guaranteed you will get that room assignment. Parent assignment requests are based on many different factors that our WACHE School Assistant Director has to take into consideration when creating all of the parent assignments for the semester. We do our best to make accommodations whenever possible, but we just can not guarantee this to everyone. If you have a child or a situation with extenuating circumstances and must be in their classroom, feel free to reach out to our School Director to discuss this further - [email protected].

Q:

I am only interested in the co-op. Can I just join WACHE School?

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No. WACHE (Westside Association of Christian Home Educators) is our main homeschool group.WACHE School is a ministry within the WACHE organization. You must first be a member of the WACHE organization before you can take part in WACHE School. You get to enjoy the other benefits of being a member of WACHE such as events, field trips, Mom's Night Out, parties, etc as well as the opportunity to participate in the co-op classes. For more info on what the main WACHE homeschool group membership looks like, click HERE.