The AGAPE Christian Homeschool Organization, formed in 2003, is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization that serves home school families in Central Pennsylvania. We are a body of homeschoolers from various Christian traditions, believing in one triune God the Father, His Son and Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We are comfortable praying together, discussing God, and sharing Bible stories and verses. As parents, we prayerfully and gladly accept the responsibility of educating our children. Our instruction reflects a Christian worldview solidly rooted in the Holy Bible.
Our organization meets weekly at a local church in Mechanicsburg (for safety purposes please contact us for more information). We provide classes for nursery-grade 12. The school year is broken into 2 semesters with both enrichment and academic classes offered, as well as credit options for senior high school students.
Membership is open to all Christian homeschooling families who are in agreement with the Primary Documents found in Article 1 of the Bylaws. AGAPE is a parental, cooperative group. Membership demonstrates a willing heart to serve the group. For the purposes of the co-op, a family is defined as a male and female parent, married with one or more children (Genesis 1:26-28), or single parent, or adopted, foster or stepchildren (James 1:27). Member families must currently be homeschooling and have had homeschooling experience for at least one school year. Homeschooling is defined as "any schooling that occurs in the home (pre-school to high school) including, but not limited to, homeschooling under the PA law or under a Charter school.”
Dues are $180 per family. Extra costs above and beyond membership fees may include lab fees, textbooks, reading books, art supplies, etc. To join Agape, please fill out this form.
We have a wide variety of enrichment and academic classes to choose from for each grade level each semester. Please connect with our VP/Membership Coordinator for a copy of our class catalog. Our class structure is set up by combining grade levels together, K-2, grade 3-5, grade 6-8, and 9-12 with some variations depending on the specific class options and teachers.
Examples of past classes include:
K-2 "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "Speed-Stacking"
3-5 "PA History", "All About Money", "4-square writing"
6-8 "Amish Unit Study", "Latin I", "PowerPoint/Graphic Design", "Hands-On Health"
9-12 "Algebra II", "Chemistry/lab", "British Literature".
At least one family member is required to sign up to teach at least one class and help in another. A third free period is spent in the "parents cafe," enjoying food and fellowship. We give the opportunity to high school students to teach enrichment classes (under parent supervision) that are at least 2 grades below their own grade level, allowing them to develop teaching and leadership skills.
PA background checks are required for all of our parents who participate in classes.
1. A criminal history state police report
2. Child Abuse history clearance
3. FBI fingerprinting if you have NOT lived in PA for at least 10 years.