Horizon Home Educators Cooperative 2017-2018
What is Horizon Homeschool Cooperative?
The Horizon Homeschool Cooperative provides an opportunity for Christian homeschooling families to partner together to create a cooperative teaching and learning environment for grades kindergarten through sixth grade.
What is the format?
The Thursday afternoon classes consist of three classes and a 15 minute snack time. The classes will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.
Children will be separated into 3 grade levels, K*-6th—final decisions about grade divisions will be made once enrollment has been completed. Classes will have a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 24 students. Class size will vary.
*All kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by September 1 of the current school year.
Who instructs the classes?
Three classes will be offered: P.E., Art and Unit Studies. Classes will be taught by hired teachers. Some of the topics that may be covered: Nature (birds, insects, gardening), Skills (needlecrafts, wood models, camping/outdoor life), Knowledge and Leadership (biographies, public speaking, astronomy, strategy games). During some months, students will be given a choice of two topics, especially when one may be more appealing to one gender or the other (i.e. needlecrafts for girls). Students will also be able to earn achievement awards for skills learned and knowledge gained. New Horizon UMC Church requires a federal background check with a SSN# be completed for all teachers and parent helpers.
How much MONEY does it cost?
-- A $30 nonrefundable registration fee for each family, to be turned in with registration forms
-- $120 per year building fee
---$15 per month tuition for each child 1st-6th grader and $30 per month tuition for each kindergartner
Payment is collected to compensate teachers and pay for materials. Tuition is due on the first class day of the month. We expect each family to commit to the entire 8 months regardless of illness or vacation which may prevent attendance. Tuition may also be paid in full for each semester.
Material costs: On rare occasions, additional money may be needed for special items for your child’s class. These costs will be covered directly by parents. We will do our best to keep costs to a minimum.
How much TIME does it cost?
Each family is required to volunteer for 4 class days per year as a parent helper. You will assist teachers as needed and also escort children to their classrooms, snack area, and to the restroom.
Each family is asked to take on one additional volunteer task during the year. We will a have sign up for these.
Failure to fulfill your responsibilities as helper may result in fines or termination in your co-op membership. We will try to work with each member and realize that things do come up but remember, a cooperative depends on all families helping to share responsibilities. You will have the option of paying to have your time covered by another parent, if we have parents that volunteer for this service.
How do I enroll my children?
To ensure time for scheduling and class preparation, the enrollment deadline is May 31st for current members. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability of space. If current members do not return their forms by the May 31st deadline, they may lose their place in the co-op.
Current members should submit the enrollment forms along with the nonrefundable registration fee under the “Registration” link. You are encouraged to pay your fee online but may also pay with check. Checks need postmarked by May 31st in order to hold your place in the co-op. After May 31st, we will open the registration up to those on the waiting list.
If you are not a current member, you need to sign up on the waiting list and will be invited to complete a registration form when there is an opening for your child/ren.
Required Parent Information Meeting
There will be a mandatory parent information meeting in August before the co-op begins for the next school year. The date and time will be announced in your confirmation letter that you will receive in late July. At least one parent from each family must attend this very important meeting.
When do classes begin?
Classes begin: September 6.
Classes will not be held during the month of December.
Classes meet every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m (this maybe adjusted some for holidays). Class schedules will be made available by the first class meeting.
Where do classes meet?
All classes will be held at New Horizon Church in Champaign on the corner of Rt.150 and Duncan. New Horizon UMC Church requires a federal background check with a SSN# be completed for all teachers and parent helpers.