If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for in our FAQ, feel free to contact us directly or head over to our discussion forums for more information!
When and where do you meet?
We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting in Fall 2018, we will meet at our new location! Our new location is at Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 32229 MacDonald Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23363, near the intersection of S. Military Highway and Indian River Rd.
Can I visit the co-op?
Yes. Visitors are welcome to stop in during our lunch hour, 11:30 to 12:30. If you would like to observe or participate in a class, please speak with a Board member at least a week in advance so that teachers may have adequate supplies and supervision for an extra student.
What is your educational philosophy?
We create a culture in which learning is valued, cherished, and enjoyed. Our teachers have the autonomy to use whatever method or style best supports the content of the class and the individuals in it.
May I drop off my child?
Generally speaking, HSOBX is not a drop-off program. Each child must be paired with a custodial adult for the day. The vast majority of the time, this adult is the child’s parent. Occasionally, parents will make arrangements to supervise each other’s children. If you do trade parenting duties with another parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that the surrogate has the necessary information and authority to make decisions in case of an emergency. To that end, each family has a medical information card in the family folder. This card should list the names and ages of all children in the family, any allergies, the parent’s contact information, and the name and contact information for at least one other parent regularly at co-op who is authorized to make medical decisions in the parent’s absence. Teens ages 16+ may be dropped off or drive themselves, with the permission of a Board member. These arrangements will be made at the beginning of each semester. Any time a parent is not present, that should be noted on the Sign Out sheet located in the binder at the front table.
How much is registration?
There is a base registration fee of $50, plus $5 for each additional child. There is a $25 fee to add a second day of classes.
How and when can I register?
Family registration opens near the end of the semester, and class selection for continuing families begins on the Monday after the last day of classes. Class selection for returning and new families begins shortly after.
When do classes start?
The academic year at HSOBX comprises two 14 week semesters. The fall semester begins the first Tuesday after Labor Day. The spring semester begins the first Tuesday in February. All important dates can be found on the calendar page on this website.
Are there any breaks during the semester?
We take a week off for Thanksgiving in the fall, and the 9th week off for Spring Break.
How much are classes?
One-day class fees typically range from $80 to $140 per semester. That is $20 to $40 per month, or $6 to $10 per class. Each class offers a minimum of 14 hours of instruction per semester. Two-day classes may cost up to $300 per semester. See the class descriptions for payment details.
How do I pay for classes?
Class fees are paid directly to the teacher, and are paid in full on the first day of class. If you prefer to pay in 3 installments, those can be made on the first day of the semester, and the first class each month of the two subsequent months. Payment in 3 installments will result in a slightly higher total class fee.
Cash and check payments may be placed in the instructor’s folder, located in the file box on the welcome desk. If you pay by check, write your child’s name on it. If you pay by cash, use an envelope and write your child’s name on it. Ask the teacher or a Board member for a receipt. Some of our instructors accept PayPal.
Do I have to pay for classes we miss?
By registering for a class, you are agreeing to pay the semester’s fee, either in one lump sum or by installments. Parents are expected to pay for classes held, even if the student misses. Semester fees may be prorated due to class cancellation.
Do I have to take all the classes?
Classes are offered independently. Some families make a day of it, and take all available offerings. Some families come only for one class. We encourage families to register for classes their children are excited about attending, whether that is one class or four.
Can I teach a class at HSOBX?
If you are interested in teaching a class, please see our Teacher Handbook.
May I enroll my child, who is academically advanced, in a class above their age level?
We ask that all students be enrolled in the appropriate age group classes. We have many exceptional students who thrive in the challenging classes we offer, and benefit from being among their age group peer. If adjustments need to be made down the line, we are always willing to work towards a solution that best serves the student, as well as the class as a whole. Please see the Family Handbook for specifics about registering a child in an above age group class.