Enrollment for classes comes around one time a year, before the fall semester. We host a New Family Meeting that is mandatory for all families that have not previously participated in the co-op. This is usually sometime in July.
Those planning to participate in classes will need to have emailed their family commitment form and a description of at least two classes they are willing to teach by the specified date, and then the leadership team will put the master schedule together based on the information that has been submitted by all participating families. You will then be sent a list of class choices and be asked to register your child(ren) at the specified date/time.
Classes are 10 weeks in fall, and then 10 weeks in the spring. We meet Fridays for 3 hours of classes, from 9am to noon at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.
Here’s an example of what the spring semester might look like:
Feb 6: Pre-registration form will be emailed to you
Feb 15: Pre-registration form will be due back to the secretary along with the description of 2 or more classes that you would be willing to teach
Feb 18: Master class list emailed to you
Feb 19: Sign up for class choices
Feb 24: Registration/Pay fees
Mar 6: Classes begin 9:00am-noon
May 8: Open House 6:15pm-8:30pm
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact someone on the leadership team or contact us.
Who can enroll in CHIP Enrichment?
Classes are offered for any family who has at least one child school age, 7 years by September 1st.
The classes are split according to the number of children in a given age group; therefore, the split is subject to change with each enrollment. Below is one way we have offered classes:
- Nursery: Infants to 2 or 3 years.
- Preschool: 4-5 year-olds.
- Kindergarten-1st Grade: 6-7 year-olds
- 2-3 grades: 8-9 year-olds
- 4-6 grades: 11-12 year-olds
- 7-12 grades: 13 year-olds to 18 year-olds
The class split is determined after enrollment is complete for each year.
Who teaches the classes?
As many classes as possible are taught by parents within the group. Each individual has a unique talent to offer and all members pull together to bring our students the most educational and nurturing classes possible.
When the parents desire a class that no one within the group feels comfortable teaching, an outside teacher may be hired. Preferably, this person would have a personal connection with at least one of the families within the group. All parents would be consulted in the hiring of an outside teacher, and said teacher would need to be given our vision statement and must agree to uphold the statement while teaching our group.
How much do classes cost?
The classes your child chooses to take will determine the cost. Class fees vary from none at all to up to $100 for outside instructors to come in and teach. We try to use “parent-power” for most of our classes because that’s where our heart is, but we occasionally bring in an outside teacher and pay them for their time. Parents who teach do not charge for their time – only supplies. Most classes are in the $10-$15 range. Before you sign up for a class you will know what the fee will be. There is a $7.00 building use/administrative fee per child per semester.
What are some of the classes that have been offered in the past?
This list is not exhaustive, but will give you a good idea of what classes have been held in past semesters for the older grade levels:
- Creative writing
- Art through history
- Get to Know Edgar Allen Poe
- Movie making
- Home economics
- Cake decorating
- Ultimate frisbee
- Auto mechanics
- Field trips
- Civil War
- Texas History
- Science dissections