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FAQs



Q:

What is a homeschooling co-op?

A:

Homeschooling Co-ops can look different from each other, but the basic concept is usually the same. All families volunteer, or cooperate (hence, co-op) to make it work. Usually a co-op consists of a leadership team, some committees, and parents as teachers and helpers for classes or nursery. Some co-ops meet a couple times per week, weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Our co-op meets weekly from about 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Q:

What are the benefits to being in a homeschooling co-op?

A:

There are many advantages to being in a homeschooling co-op!

  • Just like any homeschooling group, one huge benefit is the friendships that your children will form with other homeschooled children that they may not have known before. We have found that the parents appreciate the friendships they have formed with other homeschooling parents as well.

  • A co-op also gives you an opportunity to share your time and talents with other families, while other families share their time and talents with you and your children. For instance, if art isn't your strong suit, but science is – your children can have the opportunity to be taught by another parent who is extremely talented in art, while you get to share your science brain with her students. It's a win-win for everyone!

  • There are some classes that are difficult to do at home because they tend to work better in a larger group, like phys-ed, drama, or hand bells. Being in a homeschooling co-op gives your children the opportunity to participate in those kinds of classes with a larger group of children.

  • Another benefit is the opportunity for your children to learn in a group setting and learn from other like-minded adults.

Q:

How much does it cost to join?

A:

Membership dues are $10 per family per year. These non-refundable membership dues pay for your family to access our member-only website. These membership dues do NOT cover the cost of registration.

Registration will cost $75 per family per semester. This helps to cover operating expenses like rent (or donation to the facility hosting us), materials that the co-op can keep for current and future classes, cleaning supplies, insurance, and supplies for extra events.

Some classes, like art or science, may require an extra fee to cover extra materials or parents may be asked to pitch in by donating a few items for the class. This will be communicated to you before classes begin. Every effort is made to make this as low as possible. 

Q:

What are the requirements to join the co-op?

A:

To be considered a member of the H.O.P.E. Christian Homeschool Co-op, a family must:

• Register their family on our website.

• Attend (or watch the video for) a first year Orientation (if it is the member's first year) or the yearly Orientation set up for current members.

• Pay their membership dues, registration fees, and class fees.

• Membership dues are required to be paid before the sign-up period is over.

• Registration fees are due during the registration period for each semester that the family plans to attend.

• Any class fees for specific classes are due by the second class for which the fees are due.

• Acknowledge that they agree, understand, and will submit to all the following when registering on our website:

Statement of Faith

The Handbook

• Liability and Consent Waiver (as stated in the Handbook)

• Able to pass a background check (to check for violent crimes and sex offender search)

• Legally homeschooling, legally public schooling at home, OR if child(ren) is/are not compulsory school age, intending to use one of these options when child(ren) become compulsory age

Q:

Can I join even if my student is doing public school at home (like K-12 or ACE Academy)?

A:

Yes. If this situation pertains to you, please be aware that legally homeschooling and doing public school at home (through a program administered by the local school system, K12, ECOT, etc) are not the same. Homeschoolers follow a different law and are not held to the same state standards or testing that public school at home students are held to. Additionally, public school students at home do not have to report annually as homeschoolers do. We will permit public school at home students to join our co-op if they agree to the following:

  • The H.O.P.E. Christian Homeschooling Co-op will not be able to change its programming in any way to accommodate a standard or requirement that needs to be fulfilled for the public school program.

  • They are aware that any discussion about the legalities of homeschooling at co-op refers to legally homeschooling families and does not pertain to their situation. Any legal questions regarding their schooling should be directed to the administrator of their public school program.

  • They are aware that by using the public school at home method, they are not legally homeschooling

Q:

Where do you meet?

A:

Freedom Hill Community Church in Stow, OH

Q:

What days and times do you meet?

A:

Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Q:

When are your semesters?

A:

Our semesters are 13 total weeks - one week for a trial run/intro to the building, and then 12 weeks of classes.

Fall semester will be from the end of August until just before Thanksgiving.

Spring semester will be from the end of February or beginning of March through the end of May.

We take a break between semesters from the end of November until the end of February in hopes that we can reduce the number of cancellations due to weather and/or sickness.

Q:

Once we have joined and paid our $10 membership dues, what is the registration process?

A:

Once we know who has joined and plans to attend the semester we are planning for (either fall or spring), we will close membership sign-ups and will hold a planning meeting. During this meeting, we will determine what classes are desired by members, which classes parents are willing to teach, and what classes we can potentially offer our members for that semester. 

After the planning meeting, we will hold pre-registration. This looks a lot like registration, but it is to get a feel for which classes have enough interest to make the final cut and which (if any) classes are so popular that we need to offer them during more than one class period. 

After pre-registration, the leadership team will make the final schedule and registration will open. At that time, the pre-determined registration fee will be due along with any class fees (which we try to keep to a bare minimum).

Q:

What is the difference between member sign-up and registration?

A:

Member sign-up is simply that - signing up to be a part of our group. The $10 membership dues simply pay for your family to access our website for the school year.

Registration is signing up for classes. Registration is held twice a year - once for fall semester and again for spring semester. It is totally possible that someone may become a member of our co-op and attend in the fall but not in the spring, or vice versa. Registration fees are payable per semester for that reason. These fees cover our operating costs for the semester. Our current registration fees per semester will be determined once all of the details for a meeting location have been worked out.

Most of the classes you register your children for will have no additional fee. However, there may be classes that require extra supplies, like art, science, etc. that would be too costly for the teacher to supply himself/herself. In those classes, there may be an extra class fee, but every effort will be made to keep it as low as possible.

Q:

Can I still sign up for the co-op after sign-ups have ended?

A:

No. Once sign-ups have ended, anyone wishing to join for the following semester will be placed on a wait list until sign-ups open again. 

Q:

What ages of students are in the co-op?

A:

We plan to offer nursery for childcare all the way up to 12th grade.

Q:

How large is the co-op?

A:

Because this is a newly formed co-op, we don't know yet! 

Q:

Do I really have to agree with your Statement of Faith to join?

A:

Yes. It is required that you read it thoroughly, understand it, and fully agree with it in order to be a member of this co-op. Because parents will be teaching other people's children, it is important to us that those parents be like-minded in these core areas. There are many issues that we, as Christians and members of this co-op, may disagree – but on these core values, there must be unity and agreement.

Q:

Will I have to teach a class?

A:

Yes. In order for a co-op to work, everyone has to work together and teach to make it happen. Each member must be willing to teach at least one class each semester and must be willing to serve as a helper, floater, or nursery helper during the other class periods. 

Q:

Do I have to attend co-op with my children?

A:

Yes, parents must attend co-op with their children. Dropping off and leaving is not permitted.

Q:

What kind of classes do you offer?

A:

We offer all kinds of classes! Much of what we will offer depends on the needs of our current members, what parents are willing to teach, and having resources needed for any particular class. Most, if not all, of our classes are supplemental or enrichment in nature, like music, art, science experiments, etc. The class schedule will be made after our planning meeting each semester.

Q:

Is the Planning Meeting mandatory?

A:

We don't want to go as far as to say that it's mandatory, but it is extremely helpful to our planning if everyone makes every effort to be there. This co-op belongs to all of our members, and this is their chance to make their voices heard about what they would like to have offered and what they would like to contribute to the group.

Q:

I have children who are younger than 3 years old. Do I need to find a sitter for them?

A:

No way! We welcome all of your children to come to co-op classes! We have a nursery for your younger children. Each member may have to serve on a rotation to staff the nursery, but we try to assure that there are enough moms in there that they can still fellowship while they are taking care of the children. We do ask that newborns stay with their mothers (or another mom in the mom's room if mom is busy) until they are sturdy enough to go into the nursery (able to be in an exersaucer, walker, or swing).

Q:

Do you hold any other activities besides the weekly co-op classes?

A:

Field trips, moms nights out, teen events, etc. are all things we would like to consider for the future. Since this is our first year, we are trying to keep it simpler by making our main focus the weekly co-op classes. However, if we find that classes are going smoothly and we are able to add more events of this nature, that could possibly happen the first year. We will see! 

Q:

Can I just attend extra activities and field trips without being a part of the weekly co-op classes?

A:

No. While that may be a possibility in the future, at this time, our extra activities and field trips that we coordinate are only for our co-op members. Attending the weekly classes is a requirement to be in our co-op.

Q:

After my first year, why do I have to attend or watch an orientation each year?

A:

After your first year, Orientation will go so fast! The purpose is to make you aware of any changes that we will be making or to go over things that need to be gone over for the following year. Because you've already been in the co-op, there is no need to go over the things you already know. Typically, orientation will be done virutally live, but can also be viewed later.