Resources in Waco

Homeschool Co-ops in Waco

The following co-ops can help you customize your child’s education, but are not sponsored by GWCHE.

Brazos Valley Co-op is a Christian organization that meets each Friday, September thru April, and offers affordable academic and enrichment classes for homeschoolers K – 12 such as art, PE, the sciences, theater, choir, writing, guitar, ukulele, dance, Legos, Magic School Bus science, Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, computer science, Shark Tank, and much, much more! BVC is unique in that you may leave your child at co-op during the day and enjoy some time on your own.  We have an 23 year tradition of excellence in walking alongside local homeschoolers. Email committee@brazosvalleyco-op.com with questions.
 
Classical Conversations offers three academic programs:
Foundations (K4 – 6th) offers memory work in 7 subject areas, science projects, fine arts activities, and presentations. This year we will cover U.S. History, Geography, and Fine Arts.
Essentials (4th – 6th) teaches grammar and writing using Institute in Excellence in Writing. There is also a slice of weekly time where the student engages in mental math drills, games, and activities.
Challenge (7th-12th) utilize an academically challenging curriculum which involves Saxon math, Apologia sciences, classic literature, debate, the Lost Tools of Writing and other classical tools.All these programs meet on a weekly basis. Parents attend with K4 – 6th classes, and Challenge is a drop off.

Waco Academic Offerings:
West Waco Campus- Director Staci Siefert (Monday)                                                                                                
 –Limited availability with Foundations and Essentials.                                                                                              
 –Openings in both Challenge A (7th- 8th) and Challenge B (8th-9th)                                                                            
Contact Staci at stacisiefert@yahoo.com for Foundations and Essentials, Emily Lacasse (Challenge A) melacasse@gmail.com, or Christi Hale (Challenge B) cjshale@hotmail.com.
Central Waco Campus -Director Becky Trimble (Wednesday)                                                                                                                       
NO availability in Foundations and Essentials.                                                                                                                                  
Openings in Challenge A (7th- 8th) and Challenge 1 (9th-10th)                                                                                           
Contact Carey Bourland  (Challenge A) at bourlandfive@gmail.com  or Susannah Salmans(Challenge 1) at susannahsalmans@gmail.com. 
Central Waco Campus– Director Elisabeth Gouldman (Tuesday)                                                                                             
 –Availability in BOTH Foundations and Essentials.  
Contact Elisabeth Gouldman at elisabethgouldman@gmail.com.  

F3 Co-op (Faith, Family and Friends)
Tuesdays from 9:20 – 2:40 at Family of Faith Church of the Nazarene. F3 is a homeschool co-op bringing families together with a common goal of educating their children through fellowship and a Christian perspective.  Parents remain on site and assist in all 3 period classes.  Teachers volunteer.  Building use fee, supply fees and textbook materials are the only costs.  Registration closes September 1 of each school year. For more info, please check out the website F3waco.com or contact Shay Arnold, shaycarnold@outlook.com, Amanda Grisham or Priscilla Martinez.

Other Home School Resources in Waco

Texas Wind Athletics Texas Wind offers sports to home school families in the Greater Waco area.  If you are 11 years old or older on 9/1, competitive sports are available.  We currently offer JH boys football, basketball, and track.  JH girls volleyball, basketball and track.  HS Boys football, basketball, track, & baseball.  HS Girls Volleyball, basketball, track & softball.  If you’d like to find out more about Texas Wind, please visit www.txwindathletics.net.
Skate Day 
  • Have fun and exercise too!
  • Meets at Skate Country, Loop 340 in Bellmead (across the road from the school and Pizza Hut).
  • Cost is $5.50 per child, $3 for toddler playground
  • Children must be supervised while skating.
  • See facebook page for updates or to get on mailing list
McLennan County Home Educators 4-H
  • The club is open to any homeschooler in McLennan County and offers many projects for children to choose from, including shooting sports, livestock and livestock judging, food and nutrition, photography and more.
  • 4-H meets second Thursdays of the month from 2:00-3:00pm September to May in 2013.
  • Contact  lisasterner1972@yahoo.com or  mclennan-tx@tamu.edu

Flips Gymnasticshomeschool class offered both on Tuesday and on Thursday 3:00-4:00, (Boys & Girls 5 yrs. & up). Classes start end of August at 6933 Woodway Dr in Woodway.

Mardel Christian and Education (educational supplies and curriculum)

 

  • Writing help for high schoolers using weekly tutorials
  • Contact Lynn Dean for more information info@discovertexas.com
Youth Sports:
  • Woodway Family Center, 110 Estates Drive, Woodway, 772-7491,
  • youth flag football, volleyball, soccer, basketball and baseball leagues.
  • www.woodway-texas.com, click Woodway Family Center.
  • wfc@woodway-texas.com
Mayborn Museum Discovery Boxes
  • Check out “Discovery Boxes” for free! Topics include animals, major body systems, and more.
  • Boxes must be reserved in advance.
  • Check out period is one week, with pick up and return on Fridays.
  • For more information call, 710-1049.
Discounts for Homeschoolers
  • Many local stores include homeschoolers in their teacher discounts for classroom items.
  • Discounters include:
    • Barnes and Noble (20%)
    • Office Depot (5%)
    • Jo-Ann Fabrics (15%)
    • Hobby Lobby (10%)
    • Lakeshore School Supply in Dallas