Podcast 003- Membership

Learn More About Membership

Discover and enjoy the benefits that come along with co-op membership.


Welcome everybody! I’m so excited to have you on the line tonight. This is Rayna Remondini with Howard County Homeschooling and I’m excited to share all the information about enrollment. And without further ado, I think we should go ahead and get started.

So, what we’re talking about tonight is going to be in reference to the 2019-2020 school year. The question that I get asked most frequently is, “What’s the difference between co-op and Meetup membership?” If I were to do the bottom line and just give it a one-sentence answer, I would say, “Co-op membership is equivalent to wholesale pricing, where Meetup membership is retail.” And what I mean by that is that for a co-op member, they pay $10/per class, where a Meetup member is paying $14.99.

Co-op members pay a $55 administrative fee, which is charged per family. And that’s charged every semester, including summer session. So, for the spring and for the fall and for the summer, $55 administrative fee also gets them the benefits of having sibling discounts. And in addition to that, they have discounts for social events. And these are more so like pertaining to our science fair, spelling bees. But at the same time, both memberships receive the benefits of having field trips, and enjoying group social events as well as attending co-op classes.

Okay, well let’s move on. I’m going to take you guys over to the website. Okay. So now that we’re at the website, let’s take a look at membership and what that looks like online. So you’re just going to come over here to the Membership header, and that’s going to give you a drop-down of either co-op or Meetup. And now that you know the difference between the two (2), if you choose co-op membership, that’s going to take you to a screen that looks like this. Which we finished. It had 7 questions. It takes you less than 2 minutes to do it. But the most important thing is to hit the FINISH button. When you hit this ‘Finish’ button, that’s going to take you to a page that offer the Early Bird Discount. Now this is only good until May 31st. It ends May 31st, which is right around the corner. So, if you want to take advantage of this, you want to make sure that you go ahead and sign your child up now.

Click Here – Meetup membership, and that will take you to a page that looks like this. And here at the Meetup platform, if you’re familiar with it, you know that you can get all the information about our field trips.

Any questions?

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Podcast 002- Orientation

Welcome everyone! This is Rayna Remondini with Howard County Homeschooling and you’re listening to Podcast #002 – Orientation.

We’re off to a great start. Thanks to everyone for tuning in and watching this podcast.

Today we’re going to visit a few different places online to explain membership and the enrollment process.  We’ll take a look at the:

  1. Website
  2. Meetup™
  3. Facebook/Twitter

Starting with our website, you’ll discover 2 portals for membership:

Co-op versus Meetup.  What’s the big difference?

  • Co-op Membership is for parents who want to enroll their child in group study (i.e. attending enrichment classes).  And that’s in addition to benefiting from group social activities, events and field trips.
  • Meetup™ Membership is for parents who want to enjoy attending events and field trips.

When it comes to cost, the difference is:

Co-op Members pay $55.00 twice a year during the fall and spring semesters to receive a discounted rate of $10/per class, which amounts to $80/per semester for the 1st child.  Also, these members benefit from sibling discounts.  So if you have 2 or more children, this option would be most advantageous.

Meetup™Members pay $5.00 a month to receive notifications about upcoming social events, field trips and open houses. There’s an initial 60 day free trial period so that prospective families can see if it’s a good fit.


This forum is where you’ll receive messages from your child’s teacher in regards to postponements, or any pertinent class information.  Therefore, Meetup membership is very important when it comes to receiving correspondence.

Meetup members who enroll in co-op classes pay $14.99 per class for each child.

This podcast is designed to explain the Enrollment Process which includes,

  1. Registering for Classes,
  2. Completing the Student Form
  3. Accepting your Meetup Invitation

Parents are expected to hand-in Student Participation Forms (for each student) in-person on the first day of school. 

So, let’s talk about registering for classes and break down tuition cost.

  • Each class is $10.00 for co-op members
  • Each semester cost $80.00
  • A full year’s tuition totals $160.00 for 1 student taking 1 class
  • A payment plan is available: $40/ per month for 4 months with a $25 finance fee

So, what happens when I have (2) two children?

  • Add $104 to your original bill of $160
  • That makes a grand total of $264 dollars
  • That’s a full year’s tuition for 2 students taking 1 class
  • A payment plan is available: $66/ per month for 4 months with a $50 finance fee

Let’s review it again with 3 children:

  • Add $80 to your adjustedl bill of $264
  • That makes a grand total of $344 dollars
  • That’s a full year’s tuition for 3 students taking 1 class
  • A payment plan is available: $86/ per month for 4 months with a $75 finance fee

Lastly, we’ll move onto the social media platforms.  We’ll start with Facebook, home to our Curriculum Swap, Sell or Trade group and the Community Board.  If you have books to barter, or if you know of an event or class that other homeschooling families could benefit from, feel free to post them here.  We also ask that you take a few minutes to recommend us.  We appreciate the feedback.

If you’re not much of a Facebook fan but you have a Twitter account, you can get updates and notifications from our Twitter site.  School closings and other helpful posts are put here to keep you informed.