Our goal is to provide an inclusive co-op where homeschooling families can come together to learn, grow, share ideas, and support each other in a positive group learning environment.
We meet at the Ralph Wilson Youth Center in Temple — a beautiful, newly-built facility with amenities such as a covered patio, a big outdoor playground, spacious classrooms, and a fantastic gym.
We have an exciting semester planned for Fall 2016; check out the upcoming class offerings!
As our name indicates, this co-op is "open" or inclusive. We are only intolerant of intolerance :) No "statement of faith" required, but we ask everyone to sign a code of conduct agreeing to be respectful of all persons and property at the co-op.
Fees are only collected to cover the cost of renting classroom space and materials fees paid to the teachers. Materials fees average $15/class but are at teacher's discretion. Registration is a flat fee of $65 per family.
Classes are taught by parent volunteers. Parent involvement, either teaching or assisting in classes, is required. Everyone is asked to stay and help where needed.
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If your child has needs that would require special accomodations, contact an officer of the co-op BEFORE registering for any classes. We would like every child to have the opportunity to attend co-op and will do our best to work with you; however, please understand that, as an organization comprised solely of parent volunteers, we may not be able to accomodate every request.
Also, please understand that classes are intended to be a positive experience for everyone involved; sometimes, teachers have to make a judgment call regarding whether a student can be successful in their class without taking too many resources from other students (for example, if a child will need more help than usual for that age range in a class with a limited number of helpers). Teachers have the final say regarding whether a child will be able to participate in his/her class.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any problems or questions.
We understand that there are unexpected circumstances and that absences will occur. We do ask that you try to minimize these. Everyone is expected to act as a substitute teacher when necessary. Our Secretary will keep a rotation list and contact each person when/if a substitute teacher or helper is needed.If you know you will be out…
Excused absences include any in which the Secretary and appropriate teachers/assistants are notified prior to 8:30 am on the day of the co-op meeting. All absences in which the appropriate members are not notified prior to 8:30 am are considered unexcused except in the case of an emergency.
After two unexcused absences or four total absences, you will be asked to sit out the rest of the semester, but may return the following semester. If a member is asked to sit out for two consecutive semesters, that member will not be invited back to Co-Op indefinitely.
In case of an emergency, notify the Secretary as soon as possible. True emergencies will count as excused absences.
By minimizing the absences it will help classes to run more smoothly and those who attend regularly will not be over-burdened.
We know how much your child enjoys coming to co-op and that they never want to miss a day. However, in the event that your child becomes sick, please stay home.Keep me home if…
Generally, no. Since this is a co-op, parents are expected to pitch in and help run things. However, if you occasionally need to be absent, you can still send your child to co-op as long as you have arranged a designated adult to be responsible for your child. Your child should know who their designated adult is, so that he/she knows who to go to if he/she needs help.
It is also your responsibility to find someone to cover your co-op duties in the event of an absence.