At Cascadia we value community and strive to create a safe space where families can find support on their journey as homeschoolers. Each of our families has a unique way of navigating their children's education, from unschooling to following a complete curriculum, and everything in between. We also have our own parenting values and styles, and come from different backgrounds and experiences. At Cascadia we strive to celebrate these differences, learn from each others experiences, and come together to create fulfilling learning and social opportunities for children and parents alike.
Families contribute their time and energy to make our cooperative work, and being a member requires volunteering on a weekly basis. However, our community thrives, not just because families are pitching in, but because we spend time together, playing, learning, sharing, and supporting each other. We believe that it is deeply valuable to our children to have multiple caring adults in their lives, with whom they are learning and growing.
We also believe that working families should have the support they need to homeschool their children. Families are encouraged to find the right balance of spending time with their children at Cascadia and dropping them off so that they can work or attend to other matters in their lives. This balance is different for each family, depending on their children's ages and needs.
Children 5 and 6 need support throughout the day and are often adjusting to the classroom setting. We require a parent or guardian to be on-site while they are at Cascadia. Often times families work together to make sure that children have an adult available to them during the day. We also require that children with specific needs for support have an adult there to provide that support as needed.
Families who are participating are required to volunteer for at least one third of the time that their children are attending.
During your volunteer block you will be present at Cascadia.
Families may choose to volunteer one day a week or different times throughout the week.
Volunteers can choose between teaching, assisting in the classroom, restocking, supervising during free time, and end of day cleaning.
Those who teach a class will have first selection of which blocks they are available.
Everyone is expected to be present, available, and proactive during their entire block to ensure that all of the daily tasks are completed.
We do not want to exclude working families. However we are only able to make limited exceptions for families whose parents are unable to be present at school for three blocks. This will be decided on a case by case basis each term.
Cascadia is a Safe Space
The Cascadia Learning Cooperative admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the program. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, athletic and other school administered programs, employment practices, or membership.