What is a co-op?
Co-op is short for cooperative. We are a group of parents who work together to help to expand the educational experiences for our children. We work hard to organize and administrate this co-op to share this experience with the homeschool community (in the Pitt County area) at large.
Being part of a co-op means that we work together to make it happen. Each family has to serve at co-op in some capacity - some teach, some administrate, some serve as door monitors or hall monitors, clean bathrooms/windows, etc. It's a requirement that everyone chip in to make this work for our children.
Do I have to be a Christian to join Grace Life Co-op?
No, you do not have to be a Christian to join Grace Life. We are an all-inclusive co-operative. This means that we allow people of other religions to be a part of our group. But, each member should understand that we will operate our co-op according to Biblical values, and there's a good likelihood that God/Scripture/Biblical values will be present during classes and in the general atmosphere of our day.
What is the cost to join Grace Life Co-op?
There is a registration fee of $20 per family and a $20 director fee. We do also ask that each family make a $50 donation per year to our host church (given directly to the church). That brings the total for joining our co-op to $90 per year for your whole family.
Class costs and supply fees vary depending on the level of class and type of class offered.
What age/grade levels is this co-op for?
Grace Life Co-op desires to offer classes for preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school aged kids. The classes we offer are determined by the parents who step forward to teach these classes.
(For example, if no one steps forward to teach preschool classes, we will not have any preschool classes to offer.)
Do I have to be a homeschooler to join your co-op?
Yes, this is a co-op for homeschooling families. If your children are young and you haven't officially opened your homeschool yet, that's okay. Just make sure to do your official paperwork with the state when your oldest is turning seven years old.
Does Grace Life Co-op run on a weekly schedule all year?
Grace Life Co-op meets one day per week split into two semesters. We take breaks through the semesters to allow for family vacations and holidays. (Once you have joined the co-op, you'll be able to see the full and complete schedule.)
Is co-op a school where I bring my child to "school" every day?
No, co-op is not a school. Co-op meets once per week at a local church for classes and enrichment. Co-op is not responsible for your child's education and does not keep a report card or transcript for your child. The administration of your child's education is your responsibility.
I pulled my child out of public school recently, and they had an IEP/504 plan. Can this be accommodated in your co-op?
Since our co-op is not a school, we are not equipped to handle many behavioral or educational disabilities. Our co-op classes are in a more traditional classroom environment, even if the approach may not be traditional. We are parents, not trained professionals, and we are not equipped to know how to handle children who cannot function in a classroom environment.
If you are considering joining our co-op, please think honestly about your child and decide whether Grace Life Co-op is a good choice for them.
Does my child have to take all the classes offered for his/her age group?
No, you can sign your child up for classes individually, according to what they need/want to take.
Class enrollment is limited to the particular age or grade level the teacher has designated for their class offering.
Do you run background checks on your teachers?
Yes. Every teacher has a background check. This is done to ensure the safety of the students and families who participate in Grace Life Co-op.