One of the biggest complaints of parents living in the city is the schools. This year the cries are even louder as the city and school board have to make tough decisions about a major budget shortfall and rezoning. One group of parents are attempting to create an option for those not satisfied with public schools and can’t afford or are equally unsatisfied with private school. The Co-op school would hire a teacher for 3-4 hours a day 5 days a week to teach core learning concepts (math, English, social studies, etc) and the other subjects would be handled by parents or volunteers. The Co-op would fall Virginia Homeschooling Regulations but is a bit of hybrid since a teacher would be hiring the core subjects. The mission of the Co-op is straight forward in theory but getting to the destination will take some motivated parents and some hard work.
To provide our children with a stellar education while still allowing plenty of play and creative time. We see this as the intersection allowing the best of homeschooling (individualized instruction, no SOL’s) with the advantages that a rich school environment can offer (co-learning, built in peers and peer interaction).
The school is only in the planning stages but you can see what’s going on by “liking” their Facebook Page or sending an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org be sure and check out the “About” section as it has a nice FAQ in the description.