FAQ

  • How do I become a member? You will need to download the membership application from our membership page.  Fill out the form, send it in, and include your membership dues.  You will be contacted as soon as your membership application is reviewed and accepted.
  • Do you require a statement of faith? No.  CHA is made up of many different people with many different faiths, affiliations, philosophies, and education styles.  CHA is an all-inclusive group.
  • What are the eligibility requirements for joining CHA? We don’t have special requirements.  Parents who are currently homeschooling or interested in homeschooling can join.   We require that you fill out the application and send in your dues.
  • What are the benefits of joining CHA?  There are many benefits of joining CHA.  You get the support and camaraderie of fellow homeschoolers who you can socialize with and get valuable advice from.  Your children have ample opportunities to socialize with other children and to attend many fun and educational field trips.  We also have several themed parties throughout the year and festivals to showcase your children’s work.  Click here for more information on what CHA offers.
  • Are there minimum attendance requirements?  No.  Once you are a member you are free to participate in as many or as few events as you choose.  We often get feedback that there is so much to do that it is virtually impossible to attend everything.
  • How long is membership good for?  Memberships are annual and need to be renewed in May/June of each year.  Often people choose to attend our annual Open House to renew.
  • Do I get a membership card?  CHA offers membership cards which are accepted at many places for educator discounts.
  • How much does it cost to join CHA?  Dues are $30 per year.
  • Are there any other fees required to be a member of CHA?  Once you pay dues for the year, you are a member of CHA and eligible for all the benefits of membership.  However, some field trips and activities require additional fees or deposits to attend.  Most of our paid field trips are significantly discounted.
  • How often do I have to renew?  Annually.  The new CHA membership starts in June of each year.  You can renew at our annual Open House or send in your application via mail.  Anyone who has not renewed will be ineligible to attend any CHA events and will not be part of the Yahoo Group we use to communicate until membership dues are received.
  • Will you homeschool my kids for me or suggest someone willing to?  No.  CHA is made up of individual families who concentrate on homeschooling their own children.  While we cannot homeschool someone else’s child nor recommend someone who will, we do offer support and activities to assist you in your homeschooling journey.  Get involved with the monthly field trips and check out our co-op.
  • Can I join if I have a pre-schooler only, to make friends and meet people before starting to officially HS? Yes, you may!  We have a preschool group that has monthly activities and it is a great way to get involved and get comfortable in the world of homeschooling before formal schooling years being.
  • As a non-homeschoolers, veteran homeschooler or business owner, may I join CHA? CHA is a support group for homeschooling families.   Our membership is open to families who are current or soon-to-be homeschoolers.
  • May I come to a park day or meeting before joining? YES! Please email the President for more information. We do not publicly post event dates or times for the safety of our children.
  • If am not a member of your group can I post events or classes they may be interested in?  If you want to share info with our group (classes offered, field trip opportunities, etc.), please email the president for approval. She will then post your info to members via our private yahoo group.
  • How do I find out the education requirement for Texas?  The Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) website has extensive information regarding legal requirements for home education.
  • How does my child graduate? Is there a ceremony, or how do I get them a diploma? Your child graduates by completing the recommended high school program. Diplomas and transcripts can be put together by the parents.  There are services, book, software programs, and websites to help with transcripts.  CHA offers a graduation ceremony each May.    
  • What classes do I need for my child to be accepted into a college?  This will vary somewhat by the college.   Most universities will have admission requirements on their website and your best bet is to look at the websites for any colleges your child is interested in and make sure to meet their requirements.  For public universities in Texas, it is recommended that private school students (which includes homeschoolers) complete the state’s Recommended High School program.  The requirements are updated by the legislature or TEA periodically, but can currently be found here:  http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter074/ch074f.html
  • How often do you meet?  We have monthly member meetings from September through May. In addition, we have regular field trips.  We have field trips geared toward the entire group and others targeted to specific age groups.
  • What kind of field trips do you do?  Our field trip coordinator works very hard to come up with exciting and educational field trips for the entire family.  We have a minimum of one field trip opportunity per month.  Additionally, we have field trip coordinators for preschool, elementary and teens who schedule monthly trips geared specifically to those age groups.  We always try to come up with new ideas and attend old favorites.  We typically try for a good mix of free and inexpensive trips to make it affordable for families to go to as many activities as possible.  Some of our past field trips include museums, performance arts, exploring nature and outdoors, factory tours, and tours of government facilities or historic sites.  Our party coordinator works hard to come up with amazingly fun themed parties for our members.

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