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Interested in Joining the Co-op?
Excellent! Keep reading to learn more about what to do next.
1. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.
A great way to learn about how Wellspring's co-op program generally works is to read our FAQ page. It gives a lot of detailed information to help you see if what we have to offer is the kind of program your family is looking for.
2. Come to an Informational Meeting We plan meetings every month or two, so do try to come if you are able. Upcoming informational meetings will be shared on our home page, so be sure to regularly check to see if an upcoming meeting date and time work well with your schedule. We require that interested families attend an informational meeting before any potential spaces can be offered at registration time. The meeting lasts about an hour, but can sometimes go over that time a little. Spouses and children are welcome to attend; we only ask that the main parent/guardian who plans to be on site when the semester is underway attends to hear about the co-op program.
We have discovered over the years that the meetings are very helpful for explaining who we are, how we go about things, class offerings and costs, and the like. It is also a terrific way for families to ask questions of us as they have them, in order to have the best understanding of our group. We realize that what we offer may not be everyone's cup of tea; it is a great way to figure that out before committing to a whole semester and possibly missing out on opportunities with other groups.
3. Timeline Our semesters run for twelve weeks each. The fall semester usually begins in early-mid August and ends the first week of November. The spring semester goes from early March until mid-late May. We only offer spaces to new families we have room for (and have been to an informational meeting) after current co-op families have registered, which is about a week or two before the semester begins.
4. Additional Helpful Information
Our co-op program, overall, doesn't have as many open spaces to offer families as it used to. There are several reasons for this.
Individual family dynamics, among other factors, play a role in the availability of space for any given family.
Different age groups in the program can have varied levels of available spaces. For example, a family needing only a single space may not be able to join simply because the particular age group that single child needs is completely full.
We take great care to look at all of the many factors involved when determining where we may have room to add new members. While we wish that we could offer a more solid answer up front, we just don't know when and in which age group our spaces will open up. Our group has the great problem of a high returning family rate. This means our openings are more frequently, but not always, available in our youngest age group (our 4-6 year-olds).
We are committed to doing our best in finding spaces to welcome as many new families to our group as space, ages, and other factors allow. We appreciate your understanding and patience, and we look forward to meeting you soon at an informational meeting.
5. While You Wait Between Semesters Aside from the co-op program, Wellspring offers many events and opportunities throughout the year, and even more are in development. We would love to see your family at some of our other offerings, so make sure to check our website often to see what is coming up soon. You may also wish to keep up-to-date on offerings that we share on our Facebook group, Wellspring Homeschool Community. To join the group, click on the Facebook icon below.
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