FAQ

Who leads Grace Home Schoolers (GHS)?

GHS is overseen by a group of parents, called the Grace Home School Board. This board is responsible for overseeing all programs and activities within GHS, including Creative Learning Days and the Friday Enrichment.

Where does my money go?

GHS membership covers costs for most activities throughout the year, except field trips, yearbook, and a few other optional activities.

What kind of communication is there?

Members may receive occasional emails highlighting upcoming events and activities. They also receive a calendar at the beginning of the year that shows where and when there are events. Members also have access to the “Members Only” links on the website where they can sign up for field trips, create classified ads and access the GHS Handbook that includes contact information for leadership.

What kind of activities does GHS offer?

Three to four Fridays out of the month there are enrichment classes offered. There are various fairs (science, biography/history, geography), Fine Arts Nights, graduation/promotion ceremonies, picnics, etc. We also have field trips, and picnic days.

What are my obligations?

Your obligation to the group is to serve at one of these activities and help with set-up, clean-up, and in-between during the event, as needed.

What is Creative Learning Days (CLD)?

These are classes offered for students in grades K-5, which is overseen by a group of parents called the Creative Learning Days Committee.

Classes meet weekly on Fridays, except the last Friday of each month, and holidays, Christmas break, spring break, and Good Friday. There is an additional cost to participate in classes offered by CLD.

Your obligation to participate in classes offered by CLD it to serve up to two hours each co-op class day for the duration of the school year. Returning members have the option to teach a one-hour class each co-op class day for the duration of the school year OR to serve up to two hours as a teacher’s helper, lunch monitor, cleaner, nursery worker, etc., each co-op class day for the duration of the school year. New members must serve up to two hours as a teacher’s helper, lunch monitor, cleaner, nursery worker, etc., each co-op class day for the duration of the school year. Additionally, one adult member from each family will be required to stay for the full class day at least two times throughout the school year to cover for absentees. We want to accommodate all families, and if you have special concerns or needs, please speak to a member of the CLD committee.

What is Friday Enrichment Classes?

These are classes offered for students in grades 6-12, which is overseen by a group of parents on the Friday Enrichment Committee.

Classes meet weekly on Fridays, except the last Friday of each month, holidays, Christmas break, spring break, and Good Friday. There is an additional cost to participate in FE Classes. Please remember that while we use the term “class” we are not a school, but rather provide enrichment for the education being directed by the parent.

Your obligation to participate in classes offered by FE is to serve up to two hours each co-op class day for the duration of the school year. Returning members have the option to teach a one-hour class each co-op class day for the duration of the school year OR to serve up to two hours as a teacher’s helper, lunch monitor, cleaner, nursery worker, etc., each co-op class day for the duration of the school year. New members must serve up to two hours as a teacher’s helper, lunch monitor, cleaner, nursery worker, etc., each co-op class day for the duration of the school year. We will try to accommodate all families, and if you have special concerns or needs, please speak to a member of the FE committee.

What are my obligations if I have a more than one student participating in both CLD & FE?

You will be required to meet the volunteer criteria for BOTH programs.

Are any of the leaders paid staff?

All positions are volunteer positions. Teachers are reimbursed for their class expenses.

What are my obligations again?

You will serve at one event held throughout the school year, and if you are participating in Friday classes, additionally you will serve each Friday in the program your student is taking classes under their volunteer criteria. If you have students in both programs on Fridays, you will serve based on each programs volunteer criteria each Friday in the respective program. Please remember, this co-op cannot function without all hands on deck.

What if I become ill and cannot fulfill my obligation?

If you have any emergencies that come up, you will need to follow our Parent Absentee Policy.

What if I have a Senior this year?

GHS offers a lovely cap and gown graduation ceremony, a Junior/Senior banquet, and a yearbook page for each senior. There is an additional cost for these supplies and events that will be divided or paid individually by the senior family throughout the year.