Membership Application

Fill out the form below and click the Continue button at the bottom.

If you are renewing your Eastside membership, please read #s 1-3 below and following the instructions. (And WELCOME BACK!)

If you are new to Eastside and believe that participation in our support group co-op is a good fit for your family, please do the following before applying for membership:

1. Note that all of Eastside's events (except for some field trips) are held in the northeast valley (Scottsdale and northeast Phoenix), 

2. Be prepared to pay your membership fee via Paypal upon completion of your application ($35 through July 31, increasing to $45 on August 1 through May 31), and

3. Be prepared to select at least one volunteer opportunity from the list provided (which includes a selection for brand new homeschoolers or prospective Eastside members that states, "I am new to homeschooling+Eastside.").

In compliance with Arizona law, Eastside Explorers requires that each member family file an "Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool" with the Maricopa County Superintendant of Schools. Click the "Affidavit of Intent" link on the homepage to access the appropriate website.

Because Eastside Explorers submits to Arizona Revised Statutes and the guidelines of our state homeschool organization, Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE), we do not accept membership applications from families enrolled in AZVA, K-12, or other public-school-at-home programs. AFHE's website ( contains more information about what does and does not constitute homeschooling.

Only one membership in this private support group is granted per family subject to Board approval. Eastside Explorers reserves the right to deny membership to any applicant with or without cause. You will be notified via e-mail when your application has been approved or denied.

PLEASE NOTE: On the online application, you will be asked to select the frequency with which you would like to receive emails that are posted on our FORUM (our primary communication method with each member family). If you choose to receive emails IMMEDIATELY, you will receive each forum post individually as it is posted (which allows you to respond more quickly to sign-ups, items for sale in our classifieds section, etc.). If you choose to receive notifications ONCE A DAY, you will receive 24-hour's worth of posts at one time (which reduces the number of emails that you will receive). You are encouraged to make your selections carefully.

If you have questions about membership in Eastside Explorers that are not covered here or otherwise on our website, you are welcome to contact our Membership Team Leader, Wendy Hines, at


Check here if you have read and agree to the TERMS OF SERVICE.

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*Last Name:
*Primary First Name:
Spouse First Name:
For United States and Canada:
For Other Countries:
*Zip/Postal Code:
*Area Code:
Phone 2:
Additional Email Address(es):
Separate multiples with a comma.
If additional email address(es) are entered above, should they also receive weekly email and forum notifications, etc.?
Yes     No
*User Name: (must be 3-15 characters long)
*Password: (must be 3-15 characters long)
*Confirm Password:
Church Affiliation:
Curriculum/Teaching Style:
Year you Started Homeschooling:
Family Business/Services:
*Weekly Email Update: Would you like to receive a weekly email update?
Yes    No
*Forum Emails: Would you like to receive forum notifications via email (not just the ones you create)?
Yes    No
Many Emails: Would you like to receive notifications IMMEDIATELY?
Yes      No
Delivery Type:
Whole Thread      New Part Only
Daily Digest: Would you like to receive notifications ONCE A DAY?
Yes      No
Classifieds - Many Emails: Would you like to receive ALL classified notifications IMMEDIATELY via email:
Yes    No
Classifieds - Daily Digest: Would you like to receive ALL classified notifications ONCE A DAY via email?
Yes    No
Message to Group Administrator:

Additional Questions:


Have you filed an Affidavit of Intent to Home School with the Maricopa County Superintendant of Schools Office in accordance with Arizona Law?

yes no

Please take a moment to let us know how you heard about Eastside Explorers: 


Please check at least one box below regarding your affiliation with Eastside Explorers:

(1 required)
new to Eastside this year new homeschooler this year
renewing my Eastside membership new to the Phoenix area
prior member of Eastside member of Eastside as a child

I have read the Honor Code and agree to abide it myself and hold my family accountable as well.

yes no

Each member family is required to volunteer time, talents or experience in order to make our co-op the best it can be for everyone. Please take a few moments to review the following list, selecting at least ONE TEAM on which you would like to serve from the list of teams that still have openings (you may select more than one). Each team will be comprised of several member families, so do not worry that you will have full responsibility for any area listed below. Please note that not all of Eastside's teams are listed below, as some are already at capacity.

If you are brand new to homeschooling and/or new to Eastside, you may select the box which states, "I am new to homeschooling+Eastside." If you select this box, someone will contact you after your membership application has been approved in order to help you decide where your time, talents and experience best fit the needs of our co-op. You will not be asked to commit in an area that would be difficult for you since you are new, but we do need you! 

If you are a returning member to Eastside, you will choose one of the following:

- select one or more teams from the list (even if you selected one or more volunteer opportunities on our end-of-the-year survey), OR

- select the box which states, "I am already committed." You will be asked in the next question to state the team on which you are already committed to serve.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in serving on the Science Fair Team, Art Fair Team, History Fair Team or Talent Show Team, please select the 'EVENING OF THE ARTS" TEAM option below. These events will be held together in late April or early May.

Please select one or more teams below on which to serve alongside other Eastside families.

You will be contacted by your Team Leader to coordinate your participation.

(1 required)
MOMS' NIGHTS TEAM w/Elaine G, Karen D FIELD TRIPS TEAM w/Amy G, Jennifer B, Samantha H
PRAYER TEAM w/Terri Reisenauer T-SHIRTS TEAM w/EE Board


FALL KICK-OFF TEAM - September 20, 4-6 pm, The Homestead at DC Ranch - (food organization, games, help with school photos, eScrip awareness & registration, EE t-shirt sales, yearbook delivery+sales, set up/clean up)

YEARBOOK TEAM - various year-round opportunities - (page layouts, family pages, school photos, cover contest, fundraisers and ad sales, yearbook sales, group photographer at Eastside events, junior reporter liaison, administration helps, Yogile gallery administration)

HOLIDAY PARTIES TEAM (organize one of our parties: Pilgrim's Feast in November, Christmas party in early December, Valentine's party, Easter Celebration, and/or bring food to 2 or more parties, set up/clean up)

"EVENING OF THE ARTS" TEAM - May 9, 2014 - (Science Fair, Art Fair, History Fair, Talent Show, food organization, design & print Certificates of Participation, design Talent Show programs, sound/tech booth, set up/clean up)

PARK DAYS TEAM - weekly on Wednesdays at 1 pm at Desert Horizon Park - (Blessing Table, forum announcements, store & bring Eastside banner, Sports Kidz AZ liaison)

MOMS' NIGHTS OUT TEAM - one evening most months - (host a Mom's Night Out in your home, bring refreshments to two or more, set up/clean up)

FIELD TRIPS TEAM - throughout the school year - (plan a field trip, track field trip payments on the website, forum announcements re: registration deadlines)

FAMILY FUN EVENTS TEAM - once per month on a date when dads and other family members may participate together - (help plan one or more events)

SPELLING BEE TEAM - November - (receive sign-ups, call out words, design & print Certificates of Participation + winner's certificate, set up/clean up)

PIANO RECITAL TEAM - March - (receive sign-ups, plan order of service, design & print Certificates of Participation, sound/tech booth, set up/clean up)

MEMBERSHIP ENFOLDING TEAM - summer + year-round (experienced homeschool moms willing to welcome new members to Eastside and to answer membership and/or homeschooling questions over the summer and during the school year)

MENTOR MOMS TEAM - summer + year-round - (experienced homeschool moms who would be available in a group setting and/or one-on-one to talk about specific areas, such as: co-ops, teaching an only child, teaching several ages at once, single homeschool moms, moms who homeschool+work, teaching a special needs child, curriculum choices, meal planning & housework, etc.)

GOD'S GIRLS TEAM - monthly - (refreshments, volunteer during meets/outings)

TEEN GROUP TEAM - monthly - (host a teen group meeting in your home, plan a teen group event)

E-SCRIP TEAM - year-round - (raise awareness of the financial benefits to Eastside when our members use eScrip, promote eScrip at our fall kick-off and other appropriate events)

TOY EXCHANGE TEAM - October during Mom's Night Out - (help collect and organize toys for the exchange, set up/clean up)

CAMPING TRIP TEAM - late May - (help plan spring camping trip)

MEALS FOR MOMS TEAM - as needed - (cook meals or send gift cards to Eastside families undergoing any number of life changes, i.e., new baby in the home)

PRAYER TEAM - monthly - (commit to meet once a month with other Eastside moms to pray for our families)

T-SHIRTS TEAM - Fall Kick-Off (help facilitate t-shirt sales and delivery at Eastside events)

BOX TOPS TEAM - year-round (create a Box Tops for Education collection box and bring it to Eastside events in which you participate, raise awareness of how we help AFHE with the Box Tops that we collect)

FORUM MODERATION TEAM - year-round (a couple of moms who are website-savvy and would enjoy keeping our forum updated)


If you are a returning Eastside member and checked the Volunteer Opportunities box above which states, "I am already committed," please indicate the team on which you are already committed to serve.


I understand that Eastside members may take photos of my child(ren) at events in which we participate that may be used as follows:

- uploaded to a password-protected online Yogile account that is accessible via each Eastside member's password-protected website login (double password-protected and unavailable to the general public)

- printed in our beautiful, full-color yearbook each school year.

I agree that our family's participation in Eastside events equals consent for my family's photos to be taken for the above-mentioned purposes.

I further understand that group photos are taken at Eastside events and field trips for use in the yearbook. It is my responsibility to monitor whether or not my children participate in group photos.

yes no

I understand that Eastside communicates with its many member families via forum posts and emails, and I take responsibility for reading these communications timely in order to stay updated on events, registration deadlines and the many other items of importance regarding my family's membership and participation.

yes no

I agree to abide by the Forum Guidelines as posted on each forum category on the website, and will honor the other member families with the subject matter and frequency of my posts.

yes no

I understand and agree to abide by the Field Trip Policies.

(1 required)

I agree to notify Eastside immediately should my homeschool status change, either by enrolling my child(ren) in a virtual school or any school outside my home. 

yes no

While every effort is made to provide a healthy, allergy-free environment for all member families, I understand that foods containing peanuts may inadvertently be present at Eastside events. I understand that I am responsible for monitoring my child(ren)'s food choices at all times.

yes no

I understand that I must be present and responsible for supervising my children at all Eastside Explorers activities (unless I have authorized another parent to act on my behalf).  I agree to be solely responsible for my own safety and the safety of my children at all events.  I will not sue or in any way seek to regain monetary compensation from Eastside Explorers or any other entity for injuries or damages sustained by my children or myself. 

yes no

If there is any additional information that you think we should know about your family or your application, please include it here. This information is shared with our Board of Directors only. Thank you.


Your electronic signature (typed below) on behalf of your entire family indicates your agreement with the information in this application and is enforceable as such under law. 

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