Have Questions? We have Answers!
What are the homeschool laws for Washington State?
HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense) is the go to resource for all things legal. Go to their website to see the laws for our state:
HSLDA WA State
What is a homeschool Co-Op?
It is simply a group of homeschoolers who come together to provide educational and social activities for their children. A cooperative is run by its members and each member has a defined job. Our co-op meets once a week.
Do I have to stay at the co-op while my child attends class?
Yes. While your child is attending a class, you will be assigned to either a classroom (your prerogative to be/not be in the same classroom as your child) to help the teacher or to help with set up/tear down, or clean up.
Can I teach?
Yes! All of the classes taught at WCHC are by other parents who’s children attend WCHC or from qualified professionals. We are 100% reliant on parents stepping up to teach. One requirement to teach is that you must have attended 1 full 14-week session of WCHC before submitting a class proposal to teach. You may teach any subject you like! Whatever you feel comfortable teaching. Your class proposal will be submitted to the board and will have to be voted and approved on before your course is offered.
Do I have to teach a class?
No. Although we are 100% reliant on parents teaching, we understand not everyone wants to teach. There is plenty of need for helpers and you can fit right in doing that!
How are parents assigned jobs if they aren’t teaching?
You will only be assigned a job for the hours your student is attending co-op. You will be placed in a job. If there is something specific that you do not want to do (i.e. you have a bad back and are unable to move tables, etc.) then you can email a note to the registrar.
How long is co-op?
WCHC has 2 fourteen week sessions. Fall: September-December and Mid-Winter: February-May.
We have 5 class hours a student can take. Families can choose how many hours they’d like to be there. We also meet during off months for playdates and fellowship!
Are you affiliated with any churches or denominations?
No. But we do believe in the Bible and are Christians. Read our Statement of Faith in the Handbook.
My oldest child is 3 years old, can I still join?
Yes! Right now we have quite a few kids that are ages 2-3. We also have classes during several hours for 3 year olds and have a toddler play class available for littles.
Do I have to be a Christian to attend?
No, you do not have to be a Christian to attend. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. We do have a Doctrinal Statement that serves as authority over the co-op. If you are not a Christian, but would like to attend, please know that all decisions and actions taken by the co-op will be from a Biblical worldview. Those attending must adhere to those guidelines.
Cara Dywer has attended the co-op in the past. She is also not a Christian. Here are her thoughts on attending the co-op!
“We are an agnostic homeschool family. We searched online for resources for classes and stumbled onto the WCHC website. We sent an email in the Spring of 2015 asking for more information. We were encouraged to sit in on a Latin class. We were pleasantly surprised by the warm-welcome we received.
We assumed that our beliefs and values would be scrutinized by such a Christian based environment. I have since realized how hypocritical that assumption was.
My daughter is currently taking a speech class in which the teacher asks students to act out scenes from the Bible. Since these scenes are unfamiliar to her, this was making my daughter very uncomfortable. I was pleased with the great opportunity to teach her to speak up when she wants more information. She should not be ashamed of the things she does not know as long as she is willing to learn more about them.
We are happy to have her exposed to Christian values and Biblical principles while maintaining their ability to process this new knowledge independently.
We have been attending WCHC for over a year and have had to accept that it was I- not the intimidating “Christian Moms” who was being closed-minded. We have never been put in a position where we feel it is necessary to defend our beliefs, but of course, we would not put others in this position either.
I am grateful that I overcame my reluctance to contact WCHC and my daughter has benefited greatly from her exposure to so many kinds and dynamic children.”