SCCH co-op is a group to support moms. While a huge part of our co-op is that our kids get to gather and have fun and learn, we really strive to be a place where moms can get together, enjoy each other, and learn from each other. One of the unique features of SCCH co-op is "tea time," where moms get to visit with each other while their kids are having fun and learning. We find that while our more experienced moms love SCCH co-op and continue bringing their children year after year, it is an especially good place for moms who are new to homeschooling because of the time they get to spend with other moms, talking and asking questions about homeschooling.
We hold classes for our students, but these classes are what we consider supplemental. The classes our children take at SCCH co-op are "extra;" with this supplemental model, parents continue to take full responsibility for their children's academics.
The exception to our "supplemental" classes are our high school classes: We are an academic co-op for high schoolers, and classes done at SCCH co-op for high school are planned so that they can be used on a high school transcript.
We meet only twice a month. We find that meeting less than once a week is a great pace for our families; we meet enough that we really get to know each other, but not so much that the commitment is overwhelming or a burden.
The co-op is organized and operated for the benefit of those using its services. As a result, active participation, commitment and personal responsibility are required from each family enrolled in the program. One parent from each member family must attend every co-op meeting, and the attending parent is expected to serve as a teacher or assistant teacher at every meeting.
The co-op meets regularly from September through June each school year. Our meetings are divided into three trimesters: fall, winter, and spring, with six meetings per trimester. Meetings are generally every other week, with a few exceptions. Members are expected to have excellent attendance for the entire year.