Community Friends and Membership

Our goal is to develop a robust, interconnected ecosystem to support and enrich learning outside conventional systems. 

During this winter season with local covid infection rates high, we are focusing on providing high quality, consistent, teacher-led meet-ups and classes for local homeschool friends. We aim to foster a supportive, kind, inclusive community of learners, and open our Birch School Community to others beyond our school program. 

We are piloting this program and want to offer it for a very low cost for families. We are supported by a VELA Education Microgrant to assist us in making these services available to homeschoolers. 

We celebrate all sorts of alternative learning situations, and want to empower parents to take control of their children's education. When we work together it's not that hard to be successful at it. 



HOMESCHOOL MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Friend/Family Homeschool Membership

$10/month up to 2 children in family

$15/month 3 or more children in family

  • Access to our online Community Communications Hub, for Kids and Adults
  • Monthly Newsletter with activity ideas, events, and news
  • Monthly Virtual Art Class
  • Connect with others, find matches for learning pods, identify learning opportunities.
  • Free attendance at Intro to Homeschool Virtual Seminars
  • Free attendance to virtual Pod Learning Information Seminar
  • Free Participation in Poetry Slam
  • 2x/month Chess Meetup (virtual for now)
  • Weekly Virtual Art class
  • Monthly Spanish Language Conversation Club – Virtual
  • Monthly Italian Language Coversation Club – Virtual
  • Monthly Virtual Music Class: Focus on a Composer
  • Monthly Virtual Engineering STEM Challenge
  • Archery 2x/month in-person April/May (Reservation required)
  • Monthly Virtual Family Yoga Class
  • Monthly Virtual Live History Stories/Myths/Legends
  • Monthly virtual meet-up with fellow homeschool parents and veteran homeschooelrs for support and guidance.
  • Family Community Service Opportunities
  • Participation in yearly Culture Fair
  • Participation in yearly Childrens’ Entrepreneurial Market Fair
  • Participation in seasonal special events (Trunk or Treat, Winter Festival, Earth Day, Talent Show, etc)

Teen Family Homeschool Membership

$20/month up to 2 teens in family

$30/month 3 or more teens in family

All of the services of the Friend Level and Member Level plus:

  • Monthly Teen Virtual Art class
  • Teen Social Action Committee meetings
  • Support for meeting High School requirements
  • Access to Birch School College and Post High School Planning Counselor for general questions and guidance
  • High School STEM and Engineering opportunities/virtual workshops
  • Special Virtual Workshop on Transcripts and College Admissions for parents
  • Guidance on SAT, PSAT and ACT Testing
  • Teen-to-Teen Communication Channels via our Discord Server (moderated)
  • Support group of other parents with teens in our Discord Server


NEW MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

We invite all local homeschooling families to join our community by signing up for the basic membership level,, which is free and open to all interested homeschool families. Basic membership includes virtual classes, access to our private server for members, and attendance at in-person events. In addition, To access a wider variety of classes, and other benefits, we are also offering enhanced memberships, for a monthly fee,. This offers the additional opportunity for members to register for and attend a few classes in person each month.  For adults the enhanced membership offers a monthly homeschool support meeting, direct communication with other homeschoolers via our special private server, and access to sample paperwork and forms. For families with teens we offer a special membership option. This option provides support for high school homeschooled students with services like transcript consulting, college planning, and help with college applications. It also includes exclusive teen classes, and a special teen-moderated teen-only channel on our private server.