how it works

STAC is organized a little differently than what you may be used to. Rather than hiring teachers and collecting class tuition from families throughout the year, we encourage parents and teachers to interact directly with each other. STAC is a 501(c)(3) organization that…

  • Rents space from church

  • Provides administrative structure

  • Offers platform for community ideas

  • Vets teachers

  • Manages classroom reservations

  • Holds regular board meetings

  • Promotes classes for teachers

  • Helps arrange social events

Why do we do it this way?

Transparency
STAC is committed to transparent and efficient accounting. Having the payments go directly from the parent to the teacher simplifies our internal accounting and gives both parents and teachers more direct control. As homeschoolers ourselves, we understand that families want to understand exactly how their money is spent and to have a close, accountable relationship with our children's teachers.

Community-driven course catalog
At most co-ops, class offerings are decided at the top. Once the classes are in place, there aren’t a lot of choices for parents who need something a little different.

Our approach gives homeschool families direct input. If students want a particular class, they can request it. If there are kids who need different formats, teachers will step up and offer alternatives.

Encouraging teacher creativity
At STAC, we conduct team interviews to ensure that we bring in teachers who are passionate, flexible, and caring. Once a teacher is approved and has passed a background check, we step back and trust them to craft the kinds of courses that the community wants and needs.

This means that STAC teachers have the freedom to try new approaches. Our teachers can dream up an idea and launch it quickly, gauge interest by offering mini “pop up” classes, collaborate with each other and get instant feedback as they develop their new curriculum. The result is a truly unique array of rigorous, engaging classes tailored to our student body. We are constantly amazed at the innovation and near magic of what our teachers can do.

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