Are you affiliated with a school district? Or are you an "umbrella" school?
No, we are a private, parent-powered group of homeschooling families that are independent from all government organizations and school districts.
How do you communicate with members?
We use a combination of email, Slack, and Google Classrooms for communication. Slack is primarily used for group instant messaging. Slack is available as an app on a personal mobile device or online. When you register, you will receive an invitation to join the Slack group for the commonwealth. Google Classrooms will require all scholars and parents to have a personal Google account to join.
Can we try out the commonwealth before we commit to joining?
Yes! We permit families to attend classes for two weeks before requiring them to join and pay fees and tuition to continue participating.
Do you offer online classes or do you meet in person?
We will be starting up in-person classes again in Fall 2021 at Calvary Community Baptist Church located at 11980 Irma Drive in Northglenn (near I-25 and 120th). We only offered online classes during the 2020–2021 academic year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What's the meeting day schedule?
When we meet, the schedule will be as follows:
8:30–8:45 Arrive and set up for classes
8:45–9:00 Opening with all families
12:00–1:00 Parent Class/Scholar & Juniors together
1:00–2:00 Afternoon clubs
2:00–2:30 Clean up, go home
Where do your member families live?
We have had families join us as far west as Louisville, as far east as Brighton, as far south as Arvada, and as far north as Loveland.
How many member families do you have participating? How many children and youth?
Our numbers can fluctuate from year to year, but we have about 15-20 member families participating. There are about 20-30 scholars (ages ~11-18) and 25-35 juniors (ages ~0-11).
How do I get copies of the books required for classes?
Many books can be found through the local public library systems. We have a small, but growing library within our community that has many of the required texts from which you may borrow. There are also several families within the commonwealth that have personal copies of the books and are willing to share them. Many people also have access to books through subscriptions like Audible. Almost all books for the LEMI classes can be purchased from LEMI directly on their website. If you have any trouble obtaining copies of the books, let your class mentor know and they can help you get them.
What's the workload like for the students?
Scholars taking LEMI classes should expect to be spending several hours on their assignments every week. Some weeks may be a bit lighter than others, but these could be used to get caught up or ahead. Scholars will have assignments such as the following: reading books, writing papers, preparing presentations, studying documents, memorizing lengthy passages, and others. Not all will be done on a weekly basis. Some will need to be steadily worked on over the course of the semester while others are completed between classes.
Juniors should have little to no assignments outside of class.
What steps do I need to take to register?
Our Registration page has all the forms and documents needed to register. To fully register:
Fill out the registration form for all family members wishing to take classes.
Download, complete, and email completed forms to the registrar the following documents: Member Agreement (one for the family), Medical Information & Release Form (one for each child), Participation & Field Trip Release Form (one for each child).
Pay tuition and fees. When all forms and documents are submitted, you will receive an invoice close to the start of the semester. Payments can be made by mailing a check or sending payments electronically via Zelle.
How much does it cost to participate?
For families with scholars (approximately ages 12-18), there is an annual family fee of $100. Families with only juniors (approximately 11 and younger), the annual fee is $50. For families with only core-aged children (approximately 7 and younger) or parents that want to take the adult class without enrolling their children, the annual fee is $25. Additionally, each scholar or junior class is $30/student/semester. See below for sample pricing.
What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers our expenses related to insurance, mentor training, materials for classes, activities, website maintenance, rent and so on.
How are you able to keep tuition costs so low?
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that allows us to fund raise in order to keep tuition costs low. Various fund raising efforts we engage in, including King Soopers rewards, Scrip gift cards, and dine out nights, can be found on our Support FRLC page
Do you offer tuition discounts?
Yes! We will offer a discount to families that help with fundraising efforts for Fall 2021. Your family may be able to apply up to half of the earnings you bring in through fundraising efforts with Scrip and/or King Soopers Community Rewards. Contact the treasurer for more details!
Do the clubs cost anything?
Maybe yes, maybe no. Club fees will be determined by the adult helping to lead the club and will be paid to them directly. Fees are used to cover materials that will be used over the course of the club. Some clubs may not cost anything; others may cost $5 or more per person.