Frequently Asked Questions

NORTHERN MICHIGAN HOMESCHOOL COLLABORATIVE CO-OP

MISSION STATEMENT:
Our mission is to give all homeschool students in Northern Michigan the opportunity to learn and grow in a positive group environment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email – 
nomihomeschoolcollaborative@gmail.com 

Public Facebook Page-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2173435299429256/

Private Facebook Page (Registered Members)- https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthernMichiganHomeschoolCollaborative/

MISSION STATEMENT:
Our mission is to give all homeschool students in Northern Michigan the opportunity to learn and grow in a positive group environment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email – 
nomihomeschoolcollaborative@gmail.com 

Facebook Page –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthernMichiganHomeschoolCollaborative/

ENROLLMENT: 
What is the residency requirement for enrollment?
All homeschool students in Northern Michigan are welcome!

What paperwork is required for homeschool student enrollment/registration?
Enrollment requires a one-page application and a signed participation policy/liability waiver/handbook acknowledgement.

Are vaccinations or vaccination waivers required?
No.  But please inform staff if your child has a health concern that we need to be aware of.

Can students enroll in a full-time virtual school and the co-op?
Yes.  The co-op is not funded by the state – so your student can participate in any alternative programs along with the co-op.

What are the age requirements for enrollment in the co-op?
We have classes for K-12 with some preschool options for siblings.

Is there a cost to participate?
No. The program is free for all families.  However, each family is required to have one primary and one secondary volunteer role in order to participate. Additionally, there may be a supply cost for certain classes.  Please note that some classes are fee-based – you would pay the teacher directly. These will be noted on the schedule.

Is this a charter school or a public school?
No.

Is there any religious affiliation for this co-op?
No.

CLASSES:
Where are classes held?
Interlochen Community School – 3113 M-137, Interlochen

What are the important dates for the co-op?
First Day of Class: September 18, 2019
Thanksgiving Break: November 27, 2019
Last Day of Class: December 11, 2019

When are classes held?
Classes are held on Wednesdays. There are five class periods.
1st hour – 9:00am-10:10am
2nd hour – 10:20am-11:30am
Lunch period – 11:30am-12:10pm
3rd hour – 12:10pm-1:20pm
4th hour – 1:30pm-2:40pm
5th hour – 2:50pm-4:00pm

What type of classes are offered?
A blend of core and electives for each age group.

How are students placed in grades?
Classes are divided in the following way: Preschool (for siblings), K-1, 2-5, 6-12

Who will be teaching classes?
There will be a combination of class options.  There will be free (with a possible class supply fee) classes provided by volunteer parents.  There will be paid classes provided by community professionals. 

Who do we pay for the paid classes and class supplies?
The co-op does not handle any money.  All payments will be made directly to the teachers.

Are background checks required for teachers?
Yes.  To ensure the safety of all students, an iChat will be completed by all teachers.

How many classes can each student take?
Students may sign up for one to five classes.

Is there a class size limit?
Typically, class sizes are determined by the teacher.

Is there any testing required?
No. 

Are students assigned letter grades?
Letter grades can be granted upon request.   

Are parents allowed to be in the classroom with their child?
Yes.  But if a parent is going to be helping in a class – we ask that they also complete an iChat.

VOLUNTEER ROLES:
What is expected of parents in order to participate in the co-op?
Each family is expected to complete two volunteer positions (approximately one hour each) – one primary and one secondary role.

If we only attend half a day – do we still need to complete two volunteer roles?
Yes.

Do we have to teach to participate?
All members of the co-op help by doing two jobs at the co-op. These jobs include teaching, but also involve administrative support, childcare or maintenance. You choose the jobs that best fit your time and talent. We expect people to be open to teaching.

Can a student fulfill a volunteer role?
No. A parent or responsible adult needs to fill all volunteer roles.  Your student can absolutely help you, but an adult needs to be in charge.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Will parents need to remain at Interlochen Community School while their children’s classes are in session?
Yes – a parent or a responsible adult.

How is discipline handled?
Discipline will be handled by the parent or responsible adult on site.

How are snow days determined?
The Partnership will follow the TCAPS school closing policy.

CLASSES:
Where are classes held?
Interlochen Community School – 3113 M-137, Interlochen

What are the important dates for the co-op?
First Day of Class: September 18, 2019
Thanksgiving Break: November 27, 2019
Last Day of Class: December 11, 2019

When are classes held?
Classes are held on Wednesdays. There are five class periods.
1st hour – 9:00am-10:10am
2nd hour – 10:20am-11:30am
Lunch period – 11:30am-12:10pm
3rd hour – 12:10pm-1:20pm
4th hour – 1:30pm-2:40pm
5th hour – 2:50pm-4:00pm

What type of classes are offered?
A blend of core and electives for each age group.

How are students placed in grades?
Classes are divided in the following way: Preschool (for siblings), K-1, 2-5, 6-8, 9-12

Who will be teaching classes?
There will be a combination of class options.  There will be free (with a possible class supply fee) classes provided by volunteer parents.  There will be paid classes provided by community professionals. 

Who do we pay for the paid classes and class supplies?
The co-op does not handle any money.  All payments will be made directly to the teachers.

Are background checks required for teachers?
Yes.  To ensure the safety of all students, an iChat will be completed by all teachers.

How many classes can each student take?
Students may sign up for one to five classes.

Is there a class size limit?
Typically, class sizes are determined by the teacher.

Is there any testing required?
No. 

Are students assigned letter grades?
Letter grades can be granted upon request.   

Are parents allowed to be in the classroom with their child?
Yes.  But if a parent is going to be helping in a class – we ask that they also complete an iChat.


VOLUNTEER ROLES:
What is expected of parents in order to participate in the co-op?
Each family is expected to complete two volunteer positions (approximately one hour each) – one primary and one secondary role.

If we only attend half a day – do we still need to complete two volunteer roles?
Yes.

Do we have to teach to participate?
All members of the co-op help by doing two jobs at the co-op. These jobs include teaching, but also involve administrative support, childcare or maintenance. You choose the jobs that best fit your time and talent. We expect people to be open to teaching.

Can a student fulfill a volunteer role?
No. A parent or responsible adult needs to fill all volunteer roles.  Your student can absolutely help you, but an adult needs to be in charge.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Will parents need to remain at Interlochen Community School while their children’s classes are in session?
Yes – a parent or a responsible adult.

How is discipline handled?
Discipline will be handled by the parent or responsible adult on site.

How are snow days determined?
The Partnership will follow the TCAPS school closing policy.

September 16th, 2019