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FAQs



General FAQs

Q:

How much is your membership fee?

A:

$30 per family, per year. 

Q:

What is included in the membership fee?

A:

Once you join SLHN, you may attend our Park Days, holiday parties, and other general group events and activities. You have the option to participate in our co-op classes. Please see below for more details on how to participate. 

Q:

May I join if not all my children are homeschooling?

A:

Yes, you are welcome to join. You are also welcome to join if your children are doing dual enrollment where they are engaged in another school district for some classes or services.

Q:

May I join if my child(ren) are also involved in their school district for some classes or services?

A:

Yes, you can join and typically will meet other children who are doing the same.

Q:

I am going through a financial hardship and can't afford the annual fee. Can I still join SLHN? 

A:

Yes. SLHN offers scholarships for families having financial difficulties. If you are in this situation, please contact us. 

Co-op Class Participation FAQs

Q:

What is the requirement to participate in a class in the Co-op?

A:

From SLHN By-Laws Article VI, Section 3 "Each participating family must offer one free class. The minimum requirement is that the class must be at least 90 minutes of total class time (ex: one 90-minute class, or two 45-minute classes, etc.) and be offered to five children in addition to the children of the family offering the class. The free class may have a materials/supplies fee but otherwise must be free. This is the minimum requirement to participate in the Co-op. Members may offer longer classes or meet on multiple days or have a larger class size. Once this minimum requirement for the Co-op is met participants are welcome to offer more free classes or offer a class for a fee."

Classes, field trips, parties, hangouts, hikes, virtual events all count as a class offering. 

If you are new and this is your first semester, you are not required to offer a class. You may participate for a trial semester, but you will not receive priority enrollment. New and prospective members are encouraged to email Stephanie at [email protected] with any questions about classes, co-op participation, etc.

Q:

What fees will I pay to participate in your co-op?

A:

The $30 membership fee includes the co-op class, if you choose to participate. Some classes that you take may have a supply fee or other cost, which would be described in the class description.

Q:

Which ages of children are included in your co-op?

A:

Our co-op includes all ages of children. We have had classes for pre-school age children on up through high school and while younger children do not usually have their own classes, they are sometimes welcome to be present with their parent unless a classroom teacher requests otherwise due to room capacity or safety.

Q:

Which area of St. Louis do you include in your co-op?

A:

We include and accept all families in the Metro St. Louis area, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the surroungding area.

Q:

What type of activities do you offer?

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Our co-op is centered on the interest of the children enrolled as well as the volunteering of parents to teach, host, or organize events. We have recently offered diverse academic based classes, field trips, drama performances, attending local fine arts performances such as the Rep; Opera Theater St. Louis; Powell Hall, hikes and other outdoor learning, film festivals, and our twice monthly park days open to the entire group as well as many other activities that interest us throughout the year.

Q:

Does your group have a religious affiliation?

A:

We are an inclusive group and not affiliated with a religion. All families engaged with our group need to follow our code of conduct, which you can read more about at this link.

Q:

Which day and how often does your co-op meet? What is the structure of your co-op?

A:

Our co-op is designed to adjust to the needs of each current group of children and parents or designated homeschooling adult. Thus, each semester the homeschooling adult selects the type of class, date, and frequency based on the material.  Within this structure, we often have age/skill based groups that meet regularly such as weekly. As a group, we do offer a dedicated 3-4 hour afternoon of multi age classes twice monthly on Fridays that we host at a local space so that we can offer multiple classrooms in one location. The parents who are interested in their children taking classes there offer age and subject or topic based classes (some are diverse and have children of many ages involved). In addition, parents/teachers in our group host a variety of classes throughout the calendar that may meet once or multiple times.

Q:

How does your co-op communicate important information?

A:

Within our website, we offer a forum where any member of the group can post information or questions and others can respond directly to that thread, which makes it easy for all members to find needed information in an organized manner.  Each class in our catalog has the opportunity to use a similar forum that is visible only to the parents and children that are enrolled in that class making communication easier as everyone can find the important information without it getting overlooked in an email inbox.  These individual class pages also offer a means to post and organize needed weblinks, assignments, and announcements from the teacher.  Our steering committee also emails the entire group when information pertains to all or most members. This same group has an email account so that members and people outside the group can reach them easily. We also use the website itself to post announcements throughout the year to remind families of upcoming all group events such as registration for classes. Finally, we do host a Facebook site that is open only for members, but is an optional service as the Steering Committee posts information in more than one place to ensure all families have access to the group-wide information.

Q:

Who is allowed to post to the forum? And what is it?

A:

All members are allowed to post to the forum. It is the primary means of communication for any information that is for the entire group (not just pertaining to a specific class and its enrolled students).