All families and individual children attending Co-op must register each semester.
Siblings of children enrolled in our Enrichment Classes have priority placement for our Preschool Program. As space permits, we may enroll children into our Preschool Program whose families have committed to exploring homeschooling as an educational alternative.
Our Nursery is open to siblings of our current member families.
Current member families may preregister and reserve a space for the following semester, no later than two weeks prior to the end of the current semester.
Registration for new member families opens, if space permits, following the preregistration period.
A $50 nonrefundable deposit, to be applied towards membership fees, is required to reserve a space for the fall semester.
The number of registered children in each family determines the membership fee.
All prices are per semester. Membership fees are to be paid either in full before the start of the semester or in two installments with the second installment due two weeks after the start of the semester. A $50 per family fee is in addition to the student fees.
$50 Per Family
Insurance & Materials
$135 First Student ( 3 - 17 years )
$125 Second Student ( " )
$115 Each Additional Student ( " )
$35 Per Nursery Child ( 6 - 35 months )
When and where do you meet?
We meet on Thursdays from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm for two semesters per year at Tempe Church of Christ off Mill avenue in Tempe.
Do you offer academic classes or classes that fulfill high school credits?
No, as Valley Co-op’s primary mission is to provide an environment for families to gather together and develop strong relationships, we focus on collaborative, project-based and hands-on enrichment style classes. Additionally, we recognize parents as the primary educators and are not a substitute for home education.
Where can I find a list of specific classes you offer in advance of registration?
We do not post a list of classes available because classes at Valley Homeschool Co-op change throughout the semester. You can expect your student to take four classes within each of our broader categories of STEM, ARTs, Gameschooling and Unit Studies. However, we give our parent leads a lot of flexibility when planning their classes so they can follow the class’ interest.
Is teaching a class a requirement for membership in Valley Co-op?
Can my child elect not to take a class or choose a study hall period instead?
Valley Co-op does not offer a la carte classes and, as such, each student is assigned to a class with their peer group for every block. However, we believe that our children learn best when they are interested and motivated to participate. Our class leads facilitate projects and discussion while giving our students the autonomy and space to participate as desired.
Is this a drop-off program?
No, parent participation is an important part of co-op. Valley Co-op is a volunteer-run organization and all members are expected to fulfill volunteer roles throughout the day. Also, we find parents realize the same benefits from co-op as their children: community, friendships and fun!
What does it mean that Valley Co-op is a secular, inclusive group?
Our members represent families of all different backgrounds, beliefs, and homeschooling methodologies. We are an eclectic, tolerant group and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or any other basis of discrimination. Additionally, our classes are taught from a secular perspective and remain neutral on matters of religion while simultaneously teaching our children to understand and respect different religious beliefs.
Can my special-needs child attend Valley Co-op?
As Valley Co-op is an inclusive group, we hope to accommodate anyone within the homeschooling community. However, due to the nature of our group requiring a volunteer role during the co-op day, we may need to discuss your child’s unique circumstances with you and determine whether Valley Co-op is a good fit for your family.
Can you accommodate my child with severe food allergies?
Valley Co-op will implement guidelines, as our membership requires, to guarantee the safety of all of our members. If your child has a life-threatening, doctor-recognized food allergy, please inform us at registration and we will communicate any new or changing guidelines to our members prior to the start of the semester. Please note, while we will do our best to accommodate your child, the parent has the primary responsibility of ensuring their child’s safety and should take precautionary steps such as carrying an EpiPen at all times while on campus.
Can I attend co-op for a trial day?
We cannot allow visitors to attend co-op for the day and participate in classes due to our insurance requirements. Also, our members are actively engaged in classes and we could not give our visitors the personal attention required. We can, however, offer a personal tour of our campus and give you a sneak peek of co-op during the last 30 minutes of our meeting day. Please send us a note through our Contact Us form to arrange a tour, if interested.
Do you have a Facebook page I can join?
Yes. You can join our Facebook group here. We keep it updated with important dates, upcoming events, and answer questions prospective members may have.