Our Mission

To facilitate and maintain a secular and self-directed learning environment by allowing our children to deeply engage with the world through their passions and interests. We embrace choice & freedom along with collaboration between peers, parents, instructors, and the local community.

SPARK is an inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly community of homeschoolers creating a playful and self-directed learning environment for all ages. We are a non-profit and parent-run cooperative located in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area. We pride ourselves on being a secular, diverse, and collaborative co-op that provides a non-judgmental space for learning experiences and social interactions at an affordable price.

Self-education through play and exploration requires enormous amounts of unscheduled time—time to do whatever one wants to do, without pressure, judgment, or intrusion from authority figures. That time is needed to make friends, play with ideas and materials, experience and overcome boredom, learn from one’s own mistakes, and develop passions.
— Peter O. Gray, Free to Learn

Our Approach

SPARK has a unique approach to learning that is relaxed and self-directed. Both children and parents take an active role in learning and building our community. We believe children (and all people) learn best through play and engaging in topics that are meaningful to them. We meet this philosophy through our group learning experiences called “offerings”.

Offerings are classes, workshops, activities, or projects suggested by our families and often led and assisted by parents. Offerings can cover a wide and diverse range of subjects and interests. Typical offerings are about an hour long and run weekly, lasting 5-7 weeks, with either an ongoing area of study (eg. Minecraft; Plant Biology; Sewing Workshop) or activities within a certain theme (eg. Art Sampler; Science Experiments; Wildcrafting). Some offerings are targeted at certain ages, while others incorporate a range of ages learning together. Parents engage by leading and assisting with offerings and activities. We hire outside mentors or instructors as appropriate and when budget allows.

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.

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We cannot keep using tools of oppression and expect to raise free people.
— Akilah S. Richards

Conflict Resolution Process

At SPARK, we strive to maintain a positive environment where children and parents enjoy their time together and treat each other with mutual respect and graciousness. We are a diverse group of people working together to provide a safe, respectful, and rich learning environment, but as with any diverse community conflicts will arise. Should anyone experience a disagreement or conflict within the co-op, please follow these steps toward resolution and uphold confidentiality whenever possible.
1. Have a One-on-one Discussion: Go to the person with whom you have a conflict at a time when you can have a private conversation. Express your concerns and discuss possible solutions. Both parties can listen to each other, say how they feel and what they want to happen next to help resolve the conflict and hopefully agree upon a resolution.
2. Ask for Board Mediation: If the conflict is not resolved via one-on-one discussion, parties involved should reach out to a board member to ask for mediation. The board member will then schedule a meeting to mediate discussion between the two parties so that both feel heard and then find a resolution that all can agree to.

3. Involve Entire Board:  If the conflict still has not been resolved after a board member mediates, then that board member or people involved in conflict will present the issue to the entire board for discussion amongst the board. The board will then reach out to the parties involved with suggestions from the entire board to help reach a resolution that all can agree to.