How does TALC work?
TALC is structured as a co-op where everyone contributes to the group. Parents (or students) offer classes for students (or parents) based on their interests. They may involve field trips, outdoor activities, or guest speakers.
Each TALC family is required to:
1) pay a membership fee each semester
2) after the first semester, offer a class, field trip, or other offering educational offering each semester (many families find that a donation of 6 hours works well for them)
3) sign up for and complete two cleaning slots per semester
4) accompany your children to TALC. (Note: The social and supportive component of TALC is as important for the parents as for the kids, and makes this requirement a positive one for most parents.)
No. TALC is not a drop-off center. Children involved in classes and activities must be accompanied at all times by either a parent or another adult designated as that child’s caretaker, both for insurance purposes and because the involvement of our adult members in the classes and operation of TALC is vital.
All members are encouraged to become members of the TALC Council. The Council currently consists of a Coordinator, Housing Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Listserve Moderator, and any other members who wish to join Council. All of these positions are volunteer and unpaid. Council meets once each month while TALC is in session and is responsible for decisions regarding finances, membership, rules and guidelines, etc. Council decisions are made by consensus.
In the past 5 years between 20 and 40 families have been enrolled each semester, for a total of 40-90 children, between the ages of 5 and 18. Not all of these children are in the building at the same time, however! An average class size is about 10; an average of 3 classes is taught each period; and each class day contains 5 class periods. Siblings aged 4 and under typically accompany their families to TALC but are not always enrolled in classes.
Anything and everything, from knitting to foreign languages, from field trips to math, from biology to cooking, from gym to outdoor soccer classes. The schedule varies every semester, depending on what courses families decide to offer. Classes may meet every week, or only once. Each family decides what they would like to offer each semester, for what age groups, when they will meet, and how many sessions.
No. TALC is open to homeschoolers of any religion, any political view, any method of homeschooling, any family structure, etc., and that fact has often been cited as a strength of this long-running group.
Each family pays approximately $120 each semester to cover rent and our insurance policy. Individual classes may include a materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor.
Our e-mail list, used for posting announcements and for general discussion, is open only to current members. (Members who do not have access to e-mail are appointed “phone buddies,” who communicate to them timely information such as cancellations, deadlines, etc.)