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Considering Joining a Co-op?

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It may seem like it’s a bit early to be considering joining a co-op for the coming year, but actually, now is the time to do so. If you wait until next fall it will be too late for you to join for most of them. I have a Co-op tab on the right hand side of my blog that has a list of all of the ones that I know that are in the Greater Cincinnati area. (I do have information on one out of town co-op as well.)

You may have some questions concerning co-ops. I hope to answer most of the questions you may have.

  • How old should my children be for us to attend? Co-ops have specific ages and grade levels. You don’t have to be in a co-op. Choose what is best for your family, not because other people are in a co-op.
  • What kind of co-op should I choose? Some are faith-based, and others are not. Find out if the co-op’s worldview aligns with yours. Some offer classes for most subjects while others are more focused on science or fine arts. Remember, if the co-op doesn’t fit your family, then find other opportunities.
  • What days and times do they meet? Most meet once a week.
  • When does the co-op begin for the year? When does it finish? Generally, co-ops begin on the fall and finish in the spring.
  • What is your commitment to being in the co-op? Do you have to teach a class? How much volunteering do you have to do? If it is a true co-op then you stay on the premises and have a job(s) to do.
  • Is there a cost? Most have a cost and some can be be out of your budget, be sure to check before signing up. Some co-ops offer sibling discounts or give you a free class if you teach.
  • Where is it located? My sons made lifetime friends at their co-ops because they did things outside of the days we met. It wasn’t too far from the house so it was easy to have friends over after co-op or meet other days.
  • Do they have something for you? I loved that we had a place for adults to visit because that is where I felt I made connections, asked schooling questions, and received support.

I hope these questions have helped you while you consider a homeschool co-op.

Have a great week. ~Lisa~

2022-2023 Homeschool Co-ops & Programs

Co-ops and educational programs are such great ways to connect your children and you to other families who are homeschooling. Your children can take classes that you may not want to teach (such as a cooking class) or just don’t have the equipment for, such as chemistry. They are also a terrific way of meeting other homeschool moms. Some of my closest friends are those who I met at a local homeschool co-op.
* Please note that I am not recommending a particular co-op or program. This is purely an informational  listing of what is available in the area.  Be sure to investigate, research, and visit the co-op or program you are interested in attending.  Contact the co-op/program to see what is the best for your family and aligns with your values and worldview. 
If you have a great co-op or program and would like to be added to the list, please contact me.
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Bright Ideas Co-op
This is a faith-based homeschool co-op that offers educational and enrichment opportunities.
Location: Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 123 N East St., Lebanon, OH 45036
Day: Friday
Grades: K- 8th grade with preschool classes for siblings of students.
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CAFE Christian Co-op (a Community of Academics, Fine arts and Encouragement)
Just like a cafe is a place to relax, fellowship and enjoy the company of friends, CAFE Christian Co-op is a place for homeschool families to find help, support and encouragement.
Location: Evangelical Community Church, 2191 Struble Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Day: Wednesday
Grades: PreK-12
Website: cafecoop.weebly.co
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Charis Classical Academy 
Charis Classical Academy is a partnership program that offers a distinctive Pre K-9th grade classical education. CCA combines the individualized beauty of homeschooling with the order and discipline of a traditional classroom.
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Electives Day: Monday
Grades: Pre K-12
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Christian Home Education Support System (CHESS)
“Homeschooling isn’t easy, and sometimes it can feel pretty lonely.  You can find tutorials and social groups anywhere, but we strive to be your family’s family – where your kids will forge lifelong friendships and you can find invaluable encouragement, support, information…or even just a shoulder to cry on.”
Location: 908 E Lower Springboro Rd, Springboro, OH 45066
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays   Electives Days: Monday, Wednesday
Grades: Nursery- 12th grade
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Classical Conversations
“Across the United States, Classical Conversations Communities exist to complement your home-centered education and connect you with like-minded families. Each community is facilitated by a trained parent-director, and classes are led by trained parent-tutors who model the classical tools of learning. Tutors have the privilege of encouraging students toward becoming lifelong learners while also encouraging parents in the classical teaching of their children.”
Grades: Pre K-12
* Local groups meet throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.
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Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op 
Location: St. Margaret of Cortona, 6000 Murray Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Grades: Pre-K-12
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Family Christian Homeschool Co-op 
Location: Fairfield Baptist Church, Fairfield, Ohio
Day: Friday
Grades: 1-12 with preschool classes for siblings of students.
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Help Homeschool
Location: Milford Christian Church, 844 State Route 131, Milford OH 45150.
Day: Wednesday
Grades: K–12
HELP Homeschool offers enrichment and academic classes taught from a biblical perspective. We partner with the parent for the purpose of equipping you in your God-given task of educating your children. Parents are given the flexibility to select the classes best suited to your student need and family budget.  Classes are held once a week so families experience minimal disruption to everyday life.
Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/helphomeschool
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Kingdom Builders    

Location: Grace Bible Church, 12060 Route 42 (Lebanon Rd.), Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Day: Wednesday

Grades: 1-12 with preschool classes for siblings of students.

General Description: We are a Christ-centered community that provides a variety of educational and enrichment classes for home-educating families in a safe and loving environment.

Website: kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com  

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The Learning Tree Co-op in Springdale, Ohio 
Location: Vineyard Community Church in Springdale off Kemper Road
Day: Monday
Grades: K-12  with preschool classes for siblings of students.
Web Site: http://www.learningtreeonline.org/
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Leaves of Learning
Location: 7131 Plainfield Rd., Deer Park, Ohio 45236
Days: Tuesday-Friday depending upon classes taken
Grades: Preschool-12
Web Site: www.leavesoflearning.org
* This is a secular based program.
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Middletown Christian School Homeschool Program
Location: Grace Baptist Church. 3011 N Union Road  Franklin, OH 45005 (Middletown Christian School)
Day: Mondays- twice a month 9 am to 12 pm
Grades: 1-12
Description: This is a drop-off program offering classes in Spanish, Art/Music, Apologia Science, PE and more!  Additionally, Middletown Christian Schools offers students in grades 6-12 a partnership program with the school.
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PATH-Parents in Academic Training of Homeschoolers
We are a Christ-centered group of volunteer home school parents, partnering together with Christian teachers to provide high-quality courses for 7th – 12th grade home school students. Our goal is to have all courses taught from a Biblical perspective at an academic level to prepare students for higher education.
Location: Faith Church, 5910 Price Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Days: Monday, (Wednesday is additional for math classes)
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Providence Extension Program (PEP):
This is not a co-op, but rather a homeschool program specializing in Classical Education with a Biblical Worldview.  PEP partners with homeschool parents to give 7th -12th grade students the knowledge of history, writing and speaking, and biblical philosophy vs. world philosophies they need to convince the world to follow them as they follow Christ.
Location: Campuses are in the Greater Cincinnati/ Dayton area
Days: Campuses meet either M,W or T,R
Website:  www.pep1.org
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Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Location: Tri-County Baptist Church 8195 Beckett Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Day: Tuesday
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West Branch Learning Tree -WBLT Cheviot
Location: Friendship Baptist Church, 8580 Cheviot Road, Cheviot, Ohio
Day: Monday
Grades: Nursery-12
Website: http://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/wbltcoop
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Wisdom’s Way Co-op in Milford
Location:Faith Evangelical Free Church, 5910 Price Rd., Milford, Ohio
Day: Monday
Grades: Nursery–12
Website: www.wisdomsway.net

Educational Co-ops and Programs

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Co-ops and educational programs are such great ways to connect your children and you to other families who are homeschooling. Your children can take classes that you may not want to teach or just don’t have the equipment for, such as chemistry. They are also a terrific way of meeting other homeschool moms. Some of my closest friends are those who I met at a local homeschool co-op. Below is a list of co-ops here in greater Cincinnati. I hope you can find one that you will enjoy. 🙂
CAFE Christian Co-op (a Community of Academics, Fine arts and Encouragement)
Just like a cafe is a place to relax, fellowship and enjoy the company of friends, CAFE Christian Co-op is a place for homeschool families to find help, support and encouragement.
Location: Evangelical Community Church, 2191 Struble Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Time: Wednesdays 9:00 am-4:30 pm. 14 weeks/semester (16 weeks for advanced academic classes) Late August- late April
Cost: Family fee TBD. Class supply fee.
Grades: Pre- K- High School
Contact: http://cafecoop.weebly.com/contact-us.html
Website: cafecoop.weebly.com
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Classical Conversations
“Across the United States, Classical Conversations Communities exist to complement your home-centered education and connect you with like-minded families. Each community is facilitated by a trained parent-director, and classes are led by trained parent-tutors who model the classical tools of learning. Tutors have the privilege of encouraging students toward becoming lifelong learners while also encouraging parents in the classical teaching of their children.”

 Local groups meet in these areas: Bethel; Colerain Township; Goshen; Hamilton; Lebanon; Liberty Township; Mariemont; Sharonville; South Lebanon; West Chester

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Clermont Homeschool Co-nnections
Location: Bross Center for Learning, 4435 Aichlotz Rd., Suite 100; Cincinnati, OH 45245
“Clermont Homeschool Co-nnections helps to support home education by providing a secular, inclusive, affordable, conveniently located, semi-cooperative learning experience.”
Time: Classes meet one day per week, sessions vary as they can be one day os several weeks in length.
Cost: Varies based upon number of classes student is taking.
Website:https://clermonthomeschooler.wixsite.com/co-op 
Contact:  ClermontHomeschoolers@gmail.com

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Days of Wonder
This is a program and not a co-op. Our classes consist of multiple ages that have the same teachers several years in a row. Thi sis an alternative to public education for those who cannot afford a private school
Location: 150 W. Main St., Batavia, OH 45103
Time: August- May Preschool and grade levels K – 8 meets 3 days per week: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Our full-time High School (grades 9-12) program meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Cost: PS- $280/month full time; $220/half day; K-8 $260/month; HS- $290/month
Contact for Tour: 513-732-2111
Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail.com
Website: http://www.daysofwonderschool.org/
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Family Christian Homeschool Co-op 
Location: Fairfield Baptist Church, Fairfield, Ohio
Time: Fridays 9:00 am -12:30 pm
Cost: $60—Annual Registration Fee/Per Family
$70—Per Semester Fee/Teacher Families $140—Per Semester Fee/Non-Teacher Families. Drop-Off Student and Class-Related Fees are described here: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2303/custom/46399 
Grades: 1st- 12th grade
Email: fchcdirector@gmail.com
Web Site: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2303/index_public
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Great River Learning
Location: Faith Community Church in Mt. Washington, Ohio
Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm for three 11-week terms
Cost: $240.00/term for one day/wk; $550.00/term + curriculum membership for three days/wk
Grades: Ages 6-12
Email: lmc@greatriverlearning.org
Web Site: https://www.charlottemasonincommunity.com/great-river-learning-oh.html
One to three days of classes taught the Charlotte Mason way. This is a drop-off program for students ages 6-12.
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Help Homeschool
Location: Milford Christian Church, 844 State Route 131, Milford OH 45150.
Meeting Times: Wednesday, 8:15am-4:45pm
Grades: Pre-K – 12th Grades
HELP Homeschool offers enrichment and academic classes taught from a biblical perspective. We partner with the parent for the purpose of equipping you in your God-given task of educating your children. Parents are given the flexibility to select the classes best suited to your student need and family budget.  Classes are held once a week so families experience minimal disruption to everyday life.
Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/helphomeschool
Contact: Judy Young: youngfamily@zoomtown.com

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Kingdom Builders    

Location: Grace Bible Church, 12060 Route 42 (Lebanon Rd.), Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Meeting Times: Wednesdays September- April

General Description: We are a Christ-centered community that provides a variety of educational and enrichment classes for home-educating families in a safe and loving environment.

Website: kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com  

Contact Information:https://kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com/contact-us.html
Additional Information: Drop-off opportunities are available for students who are 12 and older by November 1 of the program year.

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The Learning Tree Co-op in Springdale, Ohio
Location: Vineyard Community Church in Springdale off Kemper Road
Times: Monday’s 10:00 – 2:30 (2 semesters of 15-16 weeks each per year)
Cost: $70.00 per child per semester (3 child maximum per family) plus family membership fee of $50.00 per semester. Teachers and leaders get one child’s tuition free.
Grades: nursery-12th grade
Email: director@learningtreeonline.org
Web Site: http://www.learningtreeonline.org/
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Leaves of Learning
Location: 7131 Plainfield Rd., Deer Park, Ohio 45236
Time: one to five days a week (parent choice) September – May 9:30am-4:30 depending upon class schedule
Grades: pre-school-grade 12
Cost: $100.00 + a materials fee per student to reserve a spot. Varies upon the number of classes taken. See website for more details.  https://www.leavesoflearning.org/tuition.asp
Email: info@leavesoflearning.org or 697-9021
Web Site: www.leavesoflearning.org
* Leaves does not have a Christian emphasis, but does have Christian parents involved.
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Middletown Christian School Homeschool Program
An enrichment program for ages 7-11
Location: Grace Baptist Church. 3011 N Union Road  Franklin, OH 45005 (Middletown Christian School)
Time: Mondays- twice a month 9 am to 12 pm
Description: This is a drop-off program offering classes in Spanish, Art/Music, Apologia Science, PE and more!
Additionally, Middletown Christian Schools offers students in grades 6-12 a partnership program with the school.
Contact: Rhonda Mick rmick@mcseagles.net
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PATH-Parents in Academic Training of Homeschoolers
We are a Christ-centered group of volunteer home school parents, partnering together with Christian teachers to provide high-quality courses for 7th – 12th grade home school students. Our goal is to have all courses taught from a Biblical perspective at an academic level to prepare students for higher education.
Location: Faith Church,5910 Price Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid-August to mid-May.  All classes meet once a week with the exception of math, which meets both Monday and Wednesday each week.
Cost: Varies, depending upon the number of classes taken.
Website:  www.pathmilford.org
Email: pathmilford@gmail.com
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Providence Extension Program (PEP):
This is not a co-op, but rather a homeschool program specializing in Classical Education with a Biblical Worldview
PEP partners with homeschool parents to give 7th -12th grade students the knowledge of history, writing and speaking, and biblical philosophy vs. world philosophies they need to convince the world to follow them as they follow Christ.
Experienced tutors
Two-day collegiate format
CORE Concept for Humanities
    National Honor Society, National Latin Exam, National Spanish Exam
    Student activities (prom, ski club, yearbook, etc.)
PEP has a 18- year track record of preparing students for success in college and a life that is glorifying to God. Our strong academics have enabled many of our graduating students to receive college scholarships.
PEP has two Greater Cincinnati locations: Mason and Milford. Please contact one of the site administrators for more information.
Please see our website for a list of classes www.pep1.org Registration begins in early April.
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Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Location: Tri-County Baptist Church 8195 Beckett Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Time:  Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
Email: vchgdirector@gmail.com
Web Site:  https://veritashomeschool.weebly.com Registration begins in December. You may fill out a Waiting List Application if you have missed the deadline.
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West Branch Learning Tree -WBLT Cheviot
Location: Friendship Baptists Church, 8580 Cheviot Road, Cheviot, Ohio
Time: Mondays from 9:30am-2:30 pm
Cost: $90.00 per child (3 child maximum)
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Email: info@wbltcoop.org
Website: http://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/wbltcoop
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Wisdom’s Way Co-op in Milford
Location: We meet at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 5910 Price Rd. Milford, Ohio
Time: Monday’s from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for 12 weeks
Cost: $40.00 per child ($120.00 maximum) per family
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Director: Laura Hoevener
Email:  laurahoevener@hotmail.com
Web Site: www.wisdomsway.net

 

Seed Educational Initiative

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If you live on the East side of Cincinnati here is a homeschool co-op informational meeting you can attend to learn more details.

You may have heard about SEED.  You may have read about SEED.  Now is the time to come and see what SEED is up to on the East side of town!

SEED Educational Initiative, Inc.

Open House 2016 – 2017 School Year

Come meet the SEED families and hear about the exciting classes planned for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Bring the whole family! Q & A Session and a facility tour will be conducted at 5:00 P.M.

When:                  Saturday, February 27, 2016

                              4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. 

Where:                Eastgate Baptist Church (Main Floor of the School Building)

                              717 Barg Salt Run Road

                              Cincinnati, OH 45244

Cafe Co-op

classroom-pupil-image-1-150x150Here is information for a co-op in the Mt. Healthy/Springfield Township area. They would love to have high school students be a part, so if you have an older student consider joining them this fall. They have a great schedule lined up for the fall and registration is going on right now.

CAFE Christian Co-op
Just like a cafe is a place to relax, fellowship and enjoy the company of friends, CAFE Christian Co-op is a place for homeschool families to find help, support and encouragement. CAFE stands for a Community of Academics, Fine arts and Encouragement.
We are a medium-sized group of families meeting in the Mt. Healthy area. The co-op has both paid tutors and mom-taught classes, ranging from biology to ballet, art to American history, flute ensemble to First Lego League teams. Our Fine Arts Recital at the end of the year showcases the more performance-oriented classes and we finish the evening with a reception and art gallery. Classes are “a la carte”– some families stay all day and some just come for a class or two. Teachers set their own prices, and are paid directly, although there is a family fee to offset administrative costs. We do ask that families join with us and help in some capacity–teaching, being a classroom helper, taking charge of a cleaning job.
 
This year we have expanded to include full high school level classes, as well as additional junior high classes. We are excited to be able to offer a program to help families find the upper level classes that they need, and we are thrilled with the level of knowledge, passion and experience that God has provided in our upper level tutors. We look forward to watching our upper form students grow and blossom! 
 
Please check out our website for the specific list of classes, policies and schedule (http://www.cafecoop.weebly.com/) and feel free to contact me with any additional questions. Several of our elementary classes are nearing capacity, but we do not have a waiting list. 
Join us at the CAFE!