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FAQs About SDCH

Q:

What are the scholarship guidelines? 

A:

  • The family must have a financial need. 
  • Scholarships may not be granted to board members.
  • The family must not presently have membership in other local support groups. 
  • Scholarships may not be granted to the same family in two consecutive years.
  • The family needs to actively participate in SDCH activities. 

A good faith payment may be requested. Scholarship requests and questions may be directed to the Treasurer. Contact sdchgroup@gmail.com 

Q:

What do my dues pay for? 

A:

Membership dues pay for a variety of things that keep SDCH running including maintenance of our website, fund SDCH events and parties, conduct outreach to promote homeschooling in our community and purchase supplies.

Q:

What kind of compensation does the board receive?

A:

The board receives no compensation for their service.  They pay the same rates for membership, events, yearbooks, t-shirts, etc., that all members pay.  Board members are able to receive reimbursement for any direct out-of-pocket expenses they incur for the benefit of SDCH so long as the expenses are documented with receipts and are approved expenses within the budget.  Cell phones, mileage, and other personal items are not reimbursable.

Q:

What are the differences between SDCH and other homeschool support groups in the area?

A:

  •  SDCH is a homeschool support group in San Diego County that is a true 501-C-3 non-profit organization. 
  • SDCH is supportive of all different styles, methods and means of homeschooling. 
  • SDCH is governed by an elected Board of Directors who all serve as volunteers, without receiving any compensation or “perks” of any kind.  
  • SDCH has transparent, well documented use of our funds.
  • SDCH is a county-wide support group network.

Q:

Can we come to a few of your SDCH classes, activities, or events to first “check you out” and see if your group would be a good fit for my family?

A:

All of our Park Day are always free and open to the public. Please come and check us out at as many of our Park Days as you wish to attend and see if this group is a good fit for your family.  If you contact us ahead of time to let us know you are coming we will make a point to look for you and help you and your children to meet some new friends in our group.  While our classes, activities and field trips, are strictly for SDCH members only, you can contact us to see if there is an upcoming event that is open to non members coming up.

Q:

Should I join any other homeschool organizations besides SDCH?

A:

Every homeschool family would be wise to join the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a national organization that protects our freedom to homeschool our children and assists homeschool families facing legal issues regarding their homeschool status.  However, we do not make it a requirement for you to join HSLDA in order to participate in SDCH activities.

Q:

How is SDCH organized or managed?  Who’s in charge?  How are decisions made?  Who can be on the Board of Directors?

A:

SDCH operates according to a very simple but effective set of bylaws established by our four founding families.  These bylaws are available by request.  In 2009 SDCH became a federally recognized 501-C-3 non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of California.  Therefore, in order to maintain our status we follow strict guidelines pertaining to the finances and the management of our organization.  SDCH is run entirely by an elected Board of Directors made up of six volunteers each serving a two-year term for a maximum of two terms (or three terms with a one-year break).  All major decisions are settled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  There is no one person “in charge” of the group or the Board.  All Board Members have equal authority.  Any person who has been a member of SDCH for at least one year and has homeschooled for at least one year may volunteer to be on the Board of Directors of SDCH.

Q:

Is SDCH affiliated with any church?  Are you affiliated with any other homeschool group or organization? 

A:

We are not affiliated with any church or denomination.  We encourage each family in SDCH to attend their own Bible-believing, Christ-centered church.  We are not affiliated with any other local, state or national homeschool organization except for the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

Q:

I am thinking of using a public-charter for our homeschool next school year.  Will my family still be eligible to join SDCH?

A:

Yes.  SDCH supports all homeschooling families no matter what method or style of homeschool they practice.

Q:

I want to join SDCH and one or maybe two other local homeschool groups this school year.  Is that allowed?

A:

Yes.  Sure, why not?!?!  Go for it!  We like to think that SDCH is the only group that you will ever need to join because "we have it all" but you are welcome to join other homeschool groups, too.  We don't mind and our feelings will not be hurt.  If you tell us what you are looking for in a group, we may even be able to point you in the right direction to help you find another one.

Q:

Since SDCH is a 501-C-3 organization with federal non-profit status, is my membership fee tax-deductible?

A:

No.  Unfortunately your membership is not considered a "contribution" or "donation" to us, so it is not deductible on your tax return.  If, however, you want to make a financial contribution or other donation to SDCH you may be able to deduct that from your taxes.  Speak to your tax expert about it.  We will even give you an official receipt and our sincere heartfelt thanks for any donation you make to SDCH.

Q:

We are not a homeschooling family but we like what we hear about SDCH from our homeschooling friends.  We want to become members so that we can participate in some of your fun or educational activities and events with our friends.  Is this allowed?

A:

We are so sorry, but according to our bylaws (art. 6, sec.1), membership in SDCH is only open to “home educating families.”  We define a “home educating family” as a family who is using one or more of the four legal means of homeschooling in California, and in which the parents oversee all aspects of the children’s education, and in which the majority of the education is taking place at “home” under the ultimate control and supervision of the parents.