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Membership to TEACH


Membership for the 2024-2025 school year is OPEN.

Application for membership can be found on the "Request Membership" tab under "About TEACH".

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Welcome to TEACH

Welcome to TEACH!

TEACH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that was created with the desire to reach out to and support Christian families in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee who educate their children at home. TEACH has over 200 member families.  

TEACH offers the opportunity for fellowship, friendships, field trips, activities, an athletics program, high school and kindergarten graduation, a spring formal, spelling bee, science fair, back-to-school picnic, yearbook, Co-op, mom's night out & more. 

TO JOIN TEACH please request membership on line and pay your annual family membership fee of $35

  • Please note that TEACH is a Christian homeschool group and members are required to: 
  • agree and affirm to the following declaration of faith: 

I claim Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord and recognize the authority of God's Word in my life. 

  • assent to a release of liability (this document is located under "About Us")
  • read and agree not to teach or counsel any student contrary to the Core Beliefs of TEACH (this information is in the Constitution located under "About Us" )

Contact TEACH

General Inquiries: info@teachtricities.com

TEACH Athletics: teachguardians@gmail.com 

Bristol Co-op: teachbristolcoop@gmail.com

Elizabethton Co-op: teachelizabethton@gmail.com

Johnson City Co-op: teachjccoop@gmail.com

Virtual Co-op: virtualcoop@teachtricities.org

The structure of TEACH


TEACH YEARLY MEMBERSHIP

Your TEACH Membership covers expenses needed to maintain the
main organization of TEACH including, but not limited to, the following:

  *Insurance coverage related to all TEACH events and activities including Athletics, Co-Op, Field Trips, etc.

  *Per family membership fee to the website company to maintain the website and domain.

  *All paypal fees accrued so that we can offer the convenience of accepting credit cards.

  *PO Box fees because we do not have a physical address for our organization.

  *Annual non-profit status fees.

  *Board approved annual budget for various committees.


Under the TEACH Organization, several of our committees also charge a fee to cover the expenses of that department.

*IN ADDITION TO YOUR TEACH MEMBERSHIP FEE*

Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, and Virtual Co-Ops
 each charge an additional fee per semester per family.

This covers many expenses including the use of their facility, cleaning supplies and educational resources needed to be successful. Every member is a volunteer, no one is paid a salary. All expenses are used to maintain the Co-Op program.

TEACH Athletics charges $35-$75 per student athlete.
This, as well as gate fees and fundraisers, covers the use of the many facilities needed to run a successful athletic program for practices and games. It covers the purchase of uniforms and gear and pays the officials that work the games. All coach staff and Athletic directors are volunteers and no one is paid a salary.

Our smaller committees may charge a minimal fee simply to cover the cost of operation. We are a non-profit organization so all income is designated to an expense.  

FAQ

What is TEACH?

T.E.A.C.H.

Tri-Cities Education Association for Christian Homeschoolers

The Board of Directors is the Governing Authority over TEACH

TEACH is a Christian homeschool support group. The purpose of TEACH is to serve, encourage, and support Christian homeschooling families.  This includes families who are anticipating homeschooling, families who are currently homeschooling one or more of their children, and families who may no longer be homeschooling but are still interested in ministering to homeschooling families.

Membership for TEACH is $35 per family. This membership allows you access to many opportunities to join other homeschool students and families in activities in our area. Some of those activities include:

  • High School Graduation
  • High School Formal
  • Kindergarten Graduation
  • Yearbook
  • School Pictures
  • Field Trips
  • Science Fair
  • Art Show
                                  
  • Spelling Bee
  • Encouragement Committee
  • Athletics (Volleyball, Basketball, Cheer)
  • Back to School Picnic
  • Johnson City Co-op classes
  • Elizabethton Co-op classes
  • Virtual Co-op classes
  • Bristol Co-op classes

You can choose to participate in one or all of the activities offered by TEACH. Some require an additional fee. You do NOT have to participate in a co-op to participate in other activities. Co-op is just one part of TEACH.

What is a co-op?

A co-op is a group of families that meet one day a week to provide cooperative learning for their children. You will find a wide range of classes from those that are geared towards social learning to those that are for high school credit. Elizabethton co-op meets on Monday, Bristol Co-op meets on Thursdays, and Johnson City co-op meets on Friday. The Virtual Co-op provides online classes that meet at various times on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You may register for one or all of the co-ops. Each co-op holds a separate registration for classes twice a year. There is a co-op registration fee per family as well as class fees depending on the classes you take. Class fees are determined by the teacher and depends on the materials and textbooks needed for that class. Funds in a class over $1 per student at the end of the semester are refunded.

Why do I always seem to be paying a fee for something?

Unlike many other co-ops/organizations, TEACH does not believe in having anyone pay for things they are not using. If you have little kids, why should you pay for the high school graduation or for the prom? If you are unable to attend parties or field trips, you should not pay for them. So that means you will have multiple small fees if you join multiple things instead of just one large fee but, in the end, your actual cost will reflect what you get.