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FAQs

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What is GATE Co-op?

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GATE, which stands for Godly Academic Teaching & Enrichment, is a Texas non-profit association that provides cooperative learning classes for Christian homeschooling families in Allen, Texas, and surrounding communities.   We operate a home school co-op that meets for a fall and spring semester each school year.  The Lord uses each of our unique abilities to create a nurturing and encouraging learning environment for our homeschooled families.  A parent or gaurdian is required to serve each hour their student is present, by teaching, co-teaching or assisting in classes or around the facility.  We encourage our member families to also be a part of a local Christian home school support group for additional opportunities.  Some of these groups are listed on our Links page, but we are not associated with any particular group in any way.

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When does GATE meet?

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GATE meets for a fall semester and spring semester each school year.  Generally, the fall semester begins in August and ends in December, and the spring semester begins in January and ends in May.  Each semester will have 12 meeting times on Thursdays, with the dates published each semester after confirmation with the church.  We are currently holding a half-day co-op from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. which includes three 55 minute class periods.  Please refer to the calendar and General Class Information pages to see additional information.

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How do GATE class days operate?

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A typical class day includes 55 minute class periods.  Currently we have 3 class periods plus a morning assembly time before classes begin.

Like other local education co-ops, the work of teaching and running classes is performed and organized by parents who volunteer their time, both on the day of classes as well as outside of class time.  Parents are required to provide service through various options such as set up, teaching or serving during class time, and clean up after classes on Thursdays. Teachers are parents from member families (we do not have paid teachers). Only homeschooled students registered with GATE may attend co-op.  Students may only attend with a participating adult (no students may be dropped off). 

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Do families have to attend all three hours?

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We recommend that families attend the full morning of classes, and the majority of our members attend all three hours.  However, we do offer the option for families to participate in one, two or three classes, as long as they are able to complete the requirements of membership by participating in set up before first hour or particpate in cleaning after third hour.  Second hour is not available to be taken independently.

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What does GATE expect from members?

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GATE is organized to benefit many families, therefore we have to have a common agreement on what we expect from our members so that all may be served equitably and graciously.  Leaders of GATE work continuously to monitor the policies of GATE and compare them to Biblical models of conduct to provide a conservative Christian standard of conduct and expectations for our members.  We expect our members, as part of a Christian community within GATE and as the body of Christ, to do their best to uphold the guidelines and procedures, and encourage one another in grace. We want to be a light to the world even in the way we conduct our classes.  

To see an Overview of our policies and guidelines, click Handbook Overview

To view the specifics of certain topics, see our current year Member Handbook with interactive Table of Contents to quickly jump to that topic.

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How do we join GATE?

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Membership is requested through an application and review process.  The application has three parts that provide information about the family to assist us getting to know you and determining if the family meets the requirements of membership. The deposit confirms approval to review their application, contact references, and perform a background check to give us additional insight.  If basic requirements are met, then we confirm that the age groups of all the children have openings in which to accept the entire family for the same semester.  If the entire family cannot be placed, approved applicants are placed on a waiting list; if there is room to accommodate all students in the family, then we can offer membership for the upcoming semester.  Upon acceptance, their deposit is cashed and the family is sent information about enrolling in the upcoming semester of classes.  Once an application is submitted, a family may inquire about their status by contacting GATE at info@gatehsc.org.   To view application information, click here.

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What fees or costs are involved?

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There is a Semester Operation Fee which covers facility rental, cleaning supplies and administrative fees.  The current Operation Fee is $65 per family per semester.

GATE is a true co-op with parents running all aspects and no paid teachers.  Class Fees are listed in our class descriptions and are per student for the semester.  These class fees cover the supplies needed for each class.