A homeschool co-op in South Carolina, has grown to 345 students from a small home-based study group! Wow!
It is a great story and pretty familiar to me. I have heard of a lot of growth in homeschool co-ops lately. My own homeschool co-op had a waiting list of 25 families this year. We couldn’t accommodate them all, so we helped them start a new co-op. I gave them a copy of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out and my ebook Money Management for Homeschool Organizations. They are now going strong with 28 families their first year!
From the Greenville (SC) News online:
With 345 students enrolled this school year, the Upstate Homeschool Co-op has seen its numbers swell dramatically since it first began as a small study group in Suzanne Brown’s Taylors home for her three oldest children.
Now, the co-op, which meets twice a week at Taylors First Baptist Church and offers enrichment and academic classes to students 4K-12, is seeing longer waiting lists and has doubled its high school courses to meet a growing demand as the economic recession continues to tighten household finances and more parents become dissatisfied with public school education.
I bet they are a blessing to many homeschool families, but their leaders may also suffer from growing pains! I emailed their director, Suzanne Brown to tell her about HomeschoolCPA, its Leader Tools and my newly launched ebooks and audios. She may need some help to manage a group of that size! You might too!
Carol Topp, CPA