Membership Guidelines

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

1. 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

 

“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 

SPARK is cooperatively run and supported by the parents of the children we serve and supplemented by bringing in outside mentors or instructors as appropriate. Parents participate by leading and assisting offerings, signing up for team jobs, and helping maintain our space both inside and out. Families pay modest fee and tuition which covers operational costs such as renting space, resources, and supplies.

We are member-governed which means we have an elected Board of Directors responsible for directing the overall policy and direction of SPARK and ensuring day-to-day operations run smoothly. In addition, the Board works cooperatively with families to coordinate and delegate specific duties to members and teams. Member parents are expected to participate by helping in various roles. You 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.

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 Member 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

We do not have paid staff to take responsibility for any family’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 all to attend regularly. Being prompt in your arrival and ready to participate in opening circle, offerings and activities will help the day run smoothly. Offerings are scheduled based on current enrollment interest and your family’s regular attendance shows appreciation for what has been prepared.