FAQ of Champs
When does CHAMPS meet?
We meet in Mondays from the Monday after Labor Day in September until the Monday before Memorial Day in May at Cardinal Drive Church in Rolling Meadows, IL. We have breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, President's Day, Spring and Easter. But we do meet on other holidays. Classes are offered between 9am and 3:30pm. Classes are offered "a la carte" so you can pick and choose when you will be at Champs.
What about snow days?
Champs follows Illinois District 15 inclement weather directives. If District 15 cancels school for snow, Champs will cancel programs. Winter weather in the Chicago area can be unpredictable, please check District 15 information and do not travel if conditions are unsafe.
What is the age range of students?
Classes are offered for preschool age students through 12th grade.
Can I join Champs mid year?
Yes! Registration is available throughout the year for classes that are not full. Please contact Champs about visiting and joining mid-year (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do I need to stay at CHAMPs, or can I drop off my kids for classes?
CHAMPs is a cooperative structure, so your attendance and participation is necessary. Champs is not a drop-off program. It takes
many people to help our organization run smoothly and safely! A benefit of this structure is that it
results in a supportive community atmosphere that provides social interaction and refreshment for
the homeschooling parent. However, if you have extenuating circumstances that limit your
availability, please speak to a Board Member to work out an arrangement.
What can my child do if he or she has time between classes?
There are various hang out places – there is a nursery for preschool aged families to hang out in; a teen room
with a pool table and air hockey; a playground is outside; and the lunchroom for board
games or other sit-down activities (as well as eating!)
Are Peanuts Allowed at Champs?
In order to protect some children who are allergic to peanuts, Champs is a PEANUT FREE ZONE. We realize that peanut butter is a stable for some families, but as you are probably aware, peanut allergies are wide-spread. We expect you to bring peanut-free options to protect our students who are allergic. Thank you!!
What are the costs of Champs?
Registration Fee: This is paid once a year when the registration form is turned in. Amount depends if you register as a member or non-member.
Class Fees/Teacher Fees: Each class has a different cost set by teachers, please review class/registration informaton for specific costs (typically $5-$30 per month per class). These are paid on from September until May directly to each teacher by check or cash at the board table at CHAMPS. Some teachers may accept electronic payment. Please discuss with your teachers if that is an option for them. At payment times (first Monday ot the month), there is a black box at board table with a folder labeled for each teacher. Deposit your payment into the appropriate file. Teachers will collect their payments from box. If you are paying with cash, please have correct change. We may have limited change at board table, but it is not guaranteed. Ask a board member for a receipt for tax/accounting purposes. The teachers are independant contractors who bless us and our children with their knowledge,time, and energy; we are responsible to pay them when funds are due. Please remember that they have their own budgets and are expecting payment in a timely manner. In September, parents are ask to pay teachers for BOTH September and May (with the exception of private lessons). Private lessons are also due at the beginning of the month. Amount varies according to the number of Mondays in a month.
Material Fees: These vary from class to class and are determined by instructor, but are usually due in August and January
Operational Fees: These are due in October and February and vary depending on how many classes your family is taking and whether you are a member or non-member. This covers use of church and overhead of running CoOp . See the current Registration form for exact amount for Members and Non-Members. Checks made out to "Champs".
Stay and Serve Deposit: If you choose to be a member, you pay a less for the Registration Fee and for Operational Fees and you agree to serve in a monitoring position during your time at Champs and on an Operational Team. If you are a member, the first year you join Champs you pay a $50 Stay and Serve Deposit. You can get this money back if you complete all of your service requirements at the end of the year. Or if you continue to be apart of Champs, it rolls over to the next year.
What if I have more questions?
Email email@example.com, and we’ll do our best to answer them.