Also see Rules and Regulations and Registration Information
- What is CHC?
Christian Homeschool Co-op is a community in which home schooling families meet together to encourage and support one another in our common endeavor to glorify God and educate our children through the sharing of our individual skills, talents, knowledge, and gifts.
- When does registration occur for the Christian Homeschool Co-op?
Registration is held each semester. Fall registrations are generally accepted in April/early May; spring registration usually begins in mid-November. Dates vary. Registration is done online.
- When does the co-op meet?
The co-op meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month during the school year from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. for two hours of classroom instruction and interaction.
- Do I have to be a member of a specific church to join CHC? No. However, we do require you to sign an agreement to the Core Beliefs. If you have a question about this, please contact a council member.
- Do I have to be registered with the state of NM before I join the co-op?
Yes. You must complete your registration as a home school with the state before you register with us.
- What is the age range of co-op participants?
We offer classes for infants through high school age students. HOWEVER, each family must have at least a Kindergarten age student that will be enrolling in co-op. For example, if my oldest child is 4 years old, I need to wait until he is in Kindergarten (age 5 by Sept. 1) before I enroll him and his younger sibling(s).
- What classes are offered in the co-op?
Class offerings vary from semester to semester, depending on the willingness and creativity of our parents. In the past, we have offered classes such as science, languages, math games, art, sewing, cooking, sports medicine, creative writing, guitar, study of missionaries, history of spies, pioneer crafts, book studies, etc. Classes are usually divided into grade groupings such as: Kindergarten, 1st – 3rd, 3rd-5th, mid-school, high school. The groupings of ages can vary depending on the teacher and the class being offered.
- If I register for Christian Homeschool Co-op, are there any requirements for me, the parent?
Yes. Because we function as a co-op, a cooperative arrangement of parents joining together to further our children’s educations, we do require one adult from each family to participate in a classroom as either a teacher or an assistant for the duration of the semester. The exception to this (for ladies only) is if it is your first semester in the co-op. If you are new to co-op, instead of participating in a classroom, you will participate in a Fellowship Group (Ladies only), where you will have the opportunity to be refreshed and build new friendships within the group. Dads that participate in the co-op will be placed in a class their first term. You may also participate in the Fellowship Group if you need a break from the classroom for a semester, as long as space is available. If you find it impossible to complete your job, please speak to the co-op leader.
- What are the requirements to become a lead teacher in a classroom?
In order to be a lead teacher in a classroom, you must sign your agreement to the Core Beliefs, fill out the Parent Application, have participated in the Fellowship Group (Ladies only) for at least one semester, and also assisted in a co-op classroom for at least one semester before becoming a lead teacher. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact a council member.
- What are Park Days?
On the days that we have co-op classes, some families meet up after co-op at a designated park for fellowship and fun. There are no organized activities, but you can bring your lunch, eat, and visit with other homeschooling moms while the kids play. Each parent is responsible for their own children's safety - this is not sponsored by the co-op.
- Does CHC offer activities like field trips and parties?
Yes! Members of CHC can plan and organize optional fun activities, outings or parties each semester. These will be advertised on the CHC calendar.
- What is the authority structure of CHC?
As a cooperative, all entities of CHC exist under the authority of the CHC Council - a body of at least four members who serve on Council for four consecutive semesters. Each December, two members rotate off of Council, and two additional members are selected by a consensus of the Council members to take their place. The Council oversees the co-op, takes care of financial and administrative details, determines rules, and sets co-op dates.