For Newcomers

If this is your first time visiting the FLP website, you’ve come to the right page. We hope you find everything you need to learn about our program, here and throughout the site, and that you will be inspired to come and experience FLP first-hand.

In addition to numerous class offerings, our bright and spacious facility allows for clubs, special events, spontaneous group activities, indoor and outdoor play and quiet work to occur. Together, these add up to a vibrant gathering place where friendships are formed, ideas are shared and creativity shines.

A typical day has toddlers playing with puzzles and enjoying snacks, as little kids breeze by on their way to open gym for hoops and scooters. Big kids chat in the halls about the latest, strike up soccer matches or spontaneously invent new games, and pop in and out of classes on their favorite subjects. Parents, grandparents, and friends sprinkle the space with conversation, group projects, and a network of support. As the pool upstairs beckons kids for swimming lessons at the end of the day, others resume games outside on the field or play on the swings. While every day and session are a bit different, there is something for everyone, and the chance to see many of the same homeschooling families again and again.

For those who are seeking a first-time classroom experience, wishing to fill their day with a variety of classes, or something in between, FLP offers many choices. A balance of enrichment and academic offerings, sampler classes and in-depth studies supplements diverse interests and needs across many age ranges, subject areas and learning styles. Swimming lessons are also offered in the pool upstairs after FLP programming ends.

Families play a large role in determining the classes we offer and community input is welcomed and sought regularly. If there is a class you would like to see on the schedule, and enough families show interest, we will do our best to make it happen! In many cases our stellar teachers are not only professionals in their respective fields, they are also connected to the larger homeschool community in some way. FLP offers a unique teaching opportunity, unbound by standards and tests, with small groups of motivated learners. Most classes are 1 hour long and capped at 10-12 students.

The best way to enjoy the full FLP experience is in person. but until we meet, here are some of our most-asked questions (and answers)!

WHAT AGES ARE SERVED?

Babes-in-arms to grandparents.

IS THIS PART OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL?

No, the Family Learning Program is an independent homeschooling community.  Our families enjoy taking as many classes or as few as they choose, in whatever subjects meet their needs and interests. Families also regularly attend without taking classes.

CAN WE BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY WITHOUT REGISTERING FOR CLASSES?

Yes!  A lot of families come just to hang out and enjoy the arts and crafts area, gym, playground, game room, join a club or to chat around tables in the common areas.

DO PARENTS/GUARDIANS NEED TO REMAIN ON-SITE?

Yes. Families often make arrangements to share supervision of children, but each child needs an adult on site responsible for him or her at all times. Likewise, if a parent is going to be attending a class with one child and that child’s sibling(s) is going to be playing in other areas of the facility, please designate another adult to watch the sibling(s).

HOW DO I KNOW IF A CLASS IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?

First, please review the class descriptions as many indicate prerequisites and basic skills necessary for students to be successful. If you are still not sure whether the class will be a good fit, or if you have any other questions about a class, you are welcome to email the instructor. Additionally, some instructors welcome parents and children/teens to quietly observe classes, with prior permission. Please note that there are no “trial class” days and registration is required to attend each class.

HOW AFFORDABLE ARE THE CLASSES?

Class sizes are small, but prices are set to maintain access to as many homeschooling families as possible. Scholarships are available.

WHY AREN’T THE CLASSES ACCREDITED?

We find that we can attract a wide variety of truly outstanding teachers, some of whom do have formal teaching backgrounds, but all of whom teach passionately from their experiences.

DOES FLP SERVE CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?

We strive to provide a welcoming environment for all families and learners and depend on parents to determine which classes will work for their children. Detailed descriptions are available for each class and many indicate prerequisites and basic skills necessary for students to be successful. Additionally, our Family Rights and Responsibilities policy outlines general expectations of students, teachers and parents at FLP in order to foster a healthy and productive learning environment.

Our teachers are generally not trained in handling special learning needs. However, if a child may require additional classroom support, parents are encouraged to talk to the teacher prior to registration to determine whether the class will be a good fit and how to best support the child. In many classes for younger children, parents are welcome to attend and assist.