Homeschool co-ops: Foundational questions to ask when starting or joining one

Homeschool co-ops have become very popular over the last dozen years or so.  During the 1990s, very few people in the Phoenix, Arizona area had heard of the concept, and some were rather skeptical. Now, it seems the nearly every family is involved in some sort of co-operative teaching with others besides the primary family members.  Currently, there are over 100 homeschool support groups in Maricopa County, and most have some sort of formal or informal classes together.

What is a homeschool co-op?

Typically, two or more families will decide to do some homeschool classes together.  The parameters of which classes, what materials to be used, when and where to meet, outcome goals, and how progress will be measured are decided jointly.  Each family has certain responsibilities in the venture.

What does a co-op look like?

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