Weekly co-op classes are one way Wellspring Homeschool Community strives to enrich the lives of homeschool families. During these classes, participants have an opportunity to learn in a fun, hands-on environment, build friendships, and more.
Please read on for more details about Wellspring's co-op classes:
When and where do Wellspring's co-op classes take place? Co-op classes are held on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00. We meet at the First United Methodist Church located at the intersection of Main Street and Lancaster Ave. in Richmond. Classes take place in the Multi-Ministry building behind the church.
How long is a co-op semester?
A co-op semester is 12 weeks long. For specific beginning and ending dates, see the Co-op Calendar.
Can co-op classes act as a replacement for teaching at home?
Wellspring's co-op classes are not a replacement for your academic homeschooling efforts and are geared toward enrichment only. If you are interested in academic classes for your middle or high school student, however, you might be interested in Wellspring's academic center.
What type of classes do you offer?
Typically, Wellspring offers classes that involve fun, hands-on learning in a social setting. We lean toward choosing classes that homeschool parents can't (or don't want to) do at home. Messy art projects, science experiments, and PE are just a few of the classes that are regularly in our line-up. For a list of specific class descriptions, visit the Co-op Class Descriptions page.
How do I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather?
Delays, cancellations, and last minute information are posted on our UPDATES page. Please check the UPDATES page before heading to any Wellspring function.
Do you make up snow days?
No, we will not make up snow days. We have found that doing so pushes the semester too far into the Christmas season in the fall and interferes with testing in the spring.
Who can participate in co-op classes?
Classes are available for homeschoolers ages 4 through high school age . You must be considered a home schooled student in order to participate. A high school electives program is available for those in 9th-12th grade. Click here for details on the high school electives program.
Is this a Christian Co-op?
Wellspring Homeschool Community is a Christian-run organization that embraces Biblical principals, looking to God to lead and guide as our community grows. We do not limit our membership to those who hold to the same beliefs, nor is it our goal to force these beliefs on others, but we want to be open in letting families know the position from which we come. We ask that, while attending Wellspring functions, participants be respectful of this position in behavior, speech, and dress. Please click here for our Statement of Beliefs.
Can I register other children besides my own?
Because each family is required to sign a waiver of liability, you may register only for children of which you are parent or legal guardian. You also are required to fulfill volunteer responsibilities (two hours of helping or one hour of teaching) for your own family. You may help transport other children but each family is required to meet their own volunteer requirements.
Can I drop my child off for co-op classes?
No. Wellspring is not a drop-off co-op. Since our classes are taught by parent volunteers and helpers, everyone's help is needed during co-op hours. This is in keeping with the spirit of a cooperative. However, every parent will have one to two hours of downtime during co-op, depending on whether you teach or not. This is a great time to chat with friends and get your own socialization.
Do I need to volunteer during co-op?
In keeping with the spirit of a cooperative, a parent from each participating family is expected to remain at co-op and serve in some capacity. Since teachers take time at home to prepare, they are required to work only one hour per week. Those assisting in classes or performing other jobs during co-op are required to help for two hours.
How much does it cost to participate in co-op classes?
The prices for the classes vary based on the cost of the supplies needed for each child. Since our teachers volunteer their time, the cost is kept fairly low. The average price per class is between $10 and $20 per semester, but some might be more or less. Class prices are listed with each class on the "Class Descriptions" page of this website under "Co-op" on the navigation bar.
Are there any fees beyond the class fees mentioned above?
Yes, each family is charged a $40 per semester facility fee that we, in turn, pay to our host facility for use of their building. In addition, Wellspring collects an administrative fee of $10 per semester per family to help offset the cost of printing, web hosting, and other administrative costs.
At home, my child is working above grade level. Can I put him in co-op classes above his age group also?
This is a very popular question, because we have many bright homeschool students who are working above grade level. For co-op purposes, however, we do ask that you enroll your child in classes according to his age as of October 1. Some flexibility can be given to those with late fall birthdays.
My child is in 11, but likes the classes offered to 12 and 13 year olds better. Can she take classes with a different age group?
In order to ensure space for all of our families, we ask that you only enroll your child in her own age group's classes.
My child is very mature (or immature) for their age. Should I register them in a different age group? No. In order to make sure that all students have a place, we ask that you put your child in the age group they will be by Oct 1. Exceptions can be made for students who have diagnosed disabilities.
Do we have to take classes all three hours?
You do not have to participate in all three hours of classes in order to participate in co-op, but class space priority is given to those children whose families participate in the all three hours of co-op.
What do I do if I have to miss a week of co-op?
Since every parent fulfills a volunteer position each week, it is very important that you let us know if you need to miss co-op. We have made this very easy for you. Simply email us at: email@example.com and let us know.
I'm not sure if I will be able to commit to co-op attendance, but right now I think I would like to participate. Should I go ahead and register to hold a place?
Please do not register for co-op classes unless you are sure you would like to participate and are committed to attend regularly. Because of our numbers, we do not have room for all the families who wish to participate. Not following through after you register leaves empty slots in classes that could have been filled by other children.
I have been on the new family waiting list for some time now. Why am I not able to join and how soon do you see it opening up to new families?
Wellspring must consider many facets before admitting new families: student-teacher ratios, fire codes, building size, various ages of a family, enough teachers willing to teach. Sometimes we may have openings that simply won't work with your family dynamics. All new families admitted in are chosen in a fair, logistical manner. If you have any questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register?
Co-op registration is online. Returning families will be sent a link to online registration via email. After that, links will be sent to families who have previously expressed interest in participating. A registration schedule will be posted on the "Registration Information" page (under (Co-op" on the navigation bar), as it becomes available.
How and when do I pay for co-op classes?
Co-op fees are paid online when you register. After you submit your registration, you will be redirected to an online payment page where you can pay with either a major credit card or PayPal. Registration is not complete until your online payment is made, so please be prepared to pay when you sit down to register.
Do I get a refund if our family drops out of co-op?
After you register, if something comes up that makes you unable to participate in co-op classes, you can receive a full refund for all but $40 of your co-op fees up until the first day of co-op classes. Once classes begin, you will not receive a refund, as much of the money will have already been spent purchasing supplies for classes.