Membership Guidelines

Application for participating and voting Membership is open to any homeschooling family in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and surrounding areas that supports the purpose and mission statements found in Article I, Sections 2 and 3 of the SPARK Homeschool Co-op By-Laws. Membership is granted after the receipt of the following completed items:

1. Accepted Enrollment Form which includes:

  • Emergency Contact

  • Authorization for Medical Treatment

  • Membership Agreement

  • Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risks,
    & Indemnity Agreement

  • Photo & Video Release

2. Family Membership Fee ($50)
3. Payment of Tuition (View options)
4. Currently attending SPARK

Membership requirements may be waived by the Board in extenuating circumstances. The Board may deny membership to any applicant by a majority vote if they feel an applicant would compromise the mission, purpose or cohesion of SPARK.

Food Allergy Policy

Several of our members have food allergies and intolerances. To ensure the safety of all members, we ask that everyone honor the following guidelines:

  • Check with an adult before sharing food

  • Eat only at designated areas

  • Do not leave open containers of food unattended

  • Clean all surfaces, including chairs, after eating

  • Wash hands and face thoroughly

Sickness Policy

We defer to parents to use their own good judgement on coming to SPARK during illness. We suggest not coming to SPARK if you are contagious and for 24 hours after symptoms like fever, vomit, or diarrhea.

“To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves...and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.
— John Holt

Member Expectations 

We are a non-profit and parent-run cooperative with a Board of Directors responsible for directing the overall policy and direction of SPARK and ensuring day-to-day operations run smoothly. The Board is made up of elected parent volunteers. In addition, the Board works cooperatively with families to coordinate and delegate specific duties to members and teams. For more about our governing structure, please review our ByLaws. Parents may be asked to jump in and help facilitate activities or offerings, organize, clean, plan, support, discuss, collaborate and care for our space, our daily tasks and each other. Families pay a membership fee and tuition which covers costs such as renting space, resources, hired mentors, and supplies.

Read our Member Agreement for a list of specific member expectations that we ask of each family to agree to before attending SPARK.

We have an annual All Family Meeting in March or April where we discuss and hold elections for open Board positions. Members who wish to be considered as a candidate for a Board position should read our SPARK Homeschool Co-op By-Laws for more details about process.

Please feel free to contact a current Board Member to discuss ideas, your family's role at SPARK or any feedback you may have.

Attendance

SPARK is a co-op and we do not have paid staff to take responsibility for anyone’s children. Each child in attendance must have an adult there taking responsibility for his/her safety and behavior. Individual families sometimes make arrangements between themselves to take responsibility for each other’s kids on certain days to provide some flexibility for parents. This is accepted as long as each family continues to contribute fairly to the co-op and meets their Member Expectations.

Attendance is not compulsory, but we do encourage regular attendance. Being prompt and ready to participate in opening circle, offerings, and activities will help the day run smoothly and build community. Offerings are scheduled based on current enrollment interest so regular attendance helps your family stay engaged in the offering process and show appreciation for current offerings. If you are not able to attend on your regular day(s), please post to the Facebook member group or notify a board member.

Behavior Expectations

We are…
Safe.
Proactive.
Accepting.
Respectful.
Kind.
and we enjoy ourselves!