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FAQs



General Information

Q:

When do you meet?

A:

We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes run from 9:30-3:30.

Q:

What is the daily schedule?

A:

Set-up: 9:00 - 9:25

First Period: 9:30 - 10:35

Second Period: 10:45 - 11:50

Lunch: 11:50 - 1:15

Third Period: 1:15 - 2:20

Fourth Period: 2:30 - 3:35

Clean-up: 3:35 - 4:00

Q:

What ages do you serve?

A:

We serve families with children from age 5 through the end of high school.

No formal program is offered for children under 5, but parents are welcome to self-organize trips to the park or activities in common areas.

Q:

Do I have to be a member for my child to take classes?

A:

Yes. Our membership fee of $100/semester covers the bulk of our rent at Ascension. That breaks down to only $6.70 per day.  In return for this small investment, you get a wide array of class choices, a lounge area, and a whole new community of homeschoolers.   On top of that, your family gets access to our community service initiatives, clubs, field trips, and get-togethers.

Q:

What kinds of classes do you offer?

A:

Our courses are chosen, designed, and implemented by our members. Some classes use a traditional academic format with textbooks, grades, and homework; others are just for fun, and still others fall somewhere in between. We aim for a wide variety of classes that enable us to share every co-op member's talents and interests. If you'd like to propose a class, let us know!

Q:

How much do classes cost?

A:

Our classes cost only $25/each per semester.  That's only $1.70 per hour. Fees for courses reflect the cost of rent, insurance, administrative costs, materials, and incidentals.

Q:

What are the Parental Participation requirements?

A:

Parents and guardians are the hearts and souls of our coop! They make SCC a dynamic community for homeschoolers, and as such they are involved every step of the way. 

Member parents are expected to teach or co-­teach at least one class per semester.  For a waiver, please contact the SCC Board of Directors.

Member parents are required to a set number of volunteer shifts per semester.  For a waiver, please contact the SCC Board of Directors.

Members may choose from among the available shifts, of which there are 5 different types:

  1. Morning Set­up- Duties include: arranging chairs and tables, setting­ up information boards, posting signs and other set­ up tasks as needed.
  2. End of Day Clean­up-  Duties include: emptying trash cans, wiping down tables, moving chairs and tables, vacuuming and other clean­up tasks as needed.
  3. Door Monitor- Duties include: staffing the front door, monitoring the front hall, and other administrative/management duties as needed
  4. Hall Monitor-   Duties include: monitoring the upstairs hallway and ensuring classrooms are being used appropriately.
  5. Lead Morning or Afternoon Closer-  Duties include: Ensuring that set­up/clean­up is completed, assisting with set­up/clean­up as need

Q:

What is expected of me as a teacher?

A:

Great question! All of our classes are run by parents or guardians. We ask that you submit a class idea to the Registrar so we can see what you have to offer. This part can be intimidating. Don’t worry- someone will be able to talk you through the process, and no, you do not have to be an expert to teach.

 

Q:

What are the Parental Supervision Requirements?

A:

While at SCC, parents are responsible for their children at all times.   

Parents may occasionally transfer this responsibility to a Proxy Parent, who then assumes full responsibility for the child(ren) assigned them.

SCC is not responsible for unsupervised children. When a parent transfers responsibility for their child(ren) to another parent, they must use the Sign­-in/Sign­-out sheet to indicate the the name of the proxy parent and a contact phone number.

Adult members are responsible for ensuring that kids clean up after themselves anywhere on the property.

Q:

What are the requirements for general conduct?

A:

Everyone is expected to behave respectfully toward other co­op members and Ascension staff during the co­op day.

  • Please walk - don’t run in the halls or on the stairs.     
  • Boisterous behavior is fine outside, but be considerate of others indoors.  No play fighting, wrestling, grabbing or pushing.    
  • Use indoor voices.     
  • Respect people’s physical space.  Please keep your hands and feet to yourself. Respect the space. Don’t draw on or mar tables, walls or other surfaces.
  • Clean up after yourself and others. If you see something that needs tidying or cleaning, please pitch in.

SCC has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying of any type. Members who are disruptive or engage in bullying will be asked to leave the class or SCC.

A member asked to leave a class or the program due to inappropriate behavior will not receive a refund.

At all times, SCC members are expected to confine themselves to spaces we have rented or are authorized to use.

SCC members are expected to treat the premises with care and respect.

Members will be responsible for any property damage caused by their children.

Conflicts among SCC students should be addressed by the parents of the children involved.  If any of the involved parties would like assistance resolving such conflicts, they may request assistance from the SCC Board.  The SCC Board will address such conflicts on a case by case basis.

Q:

What are the conduct expectations in classrooms and common areas?

A:

Students are expected to remain in their assigned classroom from the time the class period begins until it is over.

If they choose to leave the class or are unable to remain in the room, they are to return immediately to their parent or guardian.  (This excludes bathroom breaks.)

If a student is disruptive during class, the teacher should respectfully request a change in behavior.  If disruptive behavior continues, the student will be returned to the parent or guardian. If disruptive behavior is on­going, the teacher should discuss it with the parent.  Either party may invite the SCC Board to assist in resolving the situation at a any time.

During class, speak quietly in hallways.  Please don’t disturb classes. Only dry­erase markers may be used on classroom white­boards.

Q:

What about younger siblings?

A:

We love to see the younger siblings (children under age 5) at co-op! Though we don’t offer classes for this age, we do encourage parents and guardians to meet and spend time together. There is a nearby park and lots of opportunities for play. This is a great opportunity for your younger children to make some of their first friends!

 

Q:

What accomodations are available for students with special needs? 

A:

SCC classes are not designed to serve students with special emotional, social, psychological, or physical needs, although some accommodations may be possible. Please let your teachers know about ways we can help to make your children's experience at SCC a positive one.

 

Q:

Can I drop my child off?

A:

Parents or guardians (or their designees) are responsible for supervising their child(ren) at all times. Please see the Parental/Guardian (or their designees) Supervision Requirements above.  SCC is a community-focused learning environment and we believe that it's important for everyone to be present throughout the school day.

Q:

Can a teenager join on their own?

A:

Parental/Guardian involvement is essential to the successful operation of the co-op. We rely on adult members to teach classes, serve on committees, and perform needed jobs during the course of the day.

Those who are unable to participate should contact us to discuss whether an alternate arrangement is possible.

Q:

What is your inclement weather policy?

A:

If the Montgomery County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the co-op is closed. If the Montgomery County Public Schools are delayed, the co-op will open on time. 

Q:

What are the food policies at SCC? 

A:

Everyone is responsible for cleaning up after their children after lunch and at the end of the day.

Members can use one section of the refridgerators. Please ask the facilities coordinator for clarification. At the end of each co-op day any food left in the refrigerator will be discarded.

 

Q:

What are the payment expectations? 

A:

The membership fee of $100/per semester per family is due at the time of membership registration.

Class fees of $25/per class are due four weeks into each term. Please wait to pay them until they are due.   

Payment methods accepted for membership and class fees are personal checks and online payment via PayPal.

A $35.00 fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank for insufficient funds.

Materials fees are invoiced separately from class fees. 

If membership, class, and/or materials fees create an undue burden, scholarships are available.  

Q:

What is your refund policy? 

A:

Membership and class fees are refundable for the first 30 days after the beginning of the semester, or the student's date of enrollment, whichever is later. 

Full or partial refunds for materials fees may be available at the sole discretion of the teacher. 

Q:

Who is ultimately responsible for decisions at SCC? 

A:

The Board of Directors relies heavily on membership for the running, organization, and management of SCC, and membership shares in decision-­making on many issues.