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FAQs



Q:

Who can join?

A:

All families are welcome!  Visit our Membership Tiers tab to decide which level of membership would best serve you.  Co-op members must commit to weekly, face-to-face attendance every Monday from 9:10 am to 12:50 pm during the typical school year.

Q:

When and where do you meet?

A:

Co-op members meet at 615 E. Beau St., Washington, PA 15301.  Club and Event members will have various meeting locations depending on the scheduled event/activity.

Q:

What types of classes are offered?  What is offered for students/families?

A:

All classes will be in alignment with our mission and faith statements. 

Co-op Members

Our class offerings are split into grade bands.  At the elementary level, students gather in the following grade bands:  nursery (1-2 year olds), young preschoolers (2-3 year olds), preK4/preK5/K, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6.  Grades 7/8 are grouped together, and grades 9-12 are grouped together.  Families decide which classes will be offered for the grade bands.  Classes with an academic and/or social emphasis are welcome, but our organization places priority on academic value.

We have regular social gatherings and field trips.  We have dances.  We organize volunteer opportunities for the students.  We also have a yearbook and newspaper staff who design a yearbook and newspaper for us.  Yearbooks are available for purchase.

Club/Event Members

Clubs and Events will be guided by student interests.  Ideas are encouraged!

Q:

What does a typical day look like for co-op members?

A:

Elementary students have four class periods each day and two semesters of classes available.  At the secondary level, students also have four class periods per day and two semesters, but students are also given course options from which they can choose each semester. 

Q:

What does it cost?

A:

Every family is required to pay the yearly registration fee in addition to the fees for each class/club/event/activity in order to cover costs of facility rental, liability insurance, website fees, professional fees, etc.  Class/Club/Event/Activity fees are separate and charged per class (and per semester for co-op members).  We will provide fundraising opportunities to reduce or potentially eliminate fees.  The registration fee must be paid in full prior to the start of classes.  A  deposit is required to hold a spot in the organization and is subtracted from the total registration fee.  Class fees must be paid by the first week of class.  All registration and class fees are nonrefundable.

Co-op Membership is $150 per school year.

Club Membership is $100 per school year.

Event Membership is $50 per school year.

Q:

What is the time committment for co-op members?

A:

Every participant should attend every week.  As an organization created to build community, we count on the presence of each family to be a successful group.  This organization is for the entire family which includes the children and at least one adult, and, as such, every family member has a role in its success each week.  Of course, we understand that illnesses and unexpected life events happen and make exceptions for those scenarios.

Q:

Can I drop my kids off?

A:

No.  We strive to build community within our group.  As such, every family member has an active role in the organization and must remain in the building throughout the duration of day.

Q:

Are masks required? 

A:

We consider federal and state mandates in place, procedures in place at our host location, and the needs of our families to make a determination at any given time. We are currently mask-optional.