Grace Enrichment Co-op

About GECO

About GECO

    Grace Enrichment Co-Op, Inc., GECO for short, began in September 1999 with 20 families.  The initial purpose was to facilitate the daunting tasks of high school level sciences and math for the small body of students at that time.  In the beginning, GECO was a tightly knit, loosely run small family of parents and children.  With time and continued success as home educators, GECO grew.  

The tiny fledgling group of families has grown over the years. Student enrollment for 2019 was over 100. In 2017, GECO was formally certified by the Office of the Secretary of State as non-profit organization and has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Today, GECO offers academic support for high school and middle school homeschool families.  While classes of math and science for the upper grades remain the core, studies in English, Spanish, history, and various electives such as art, provide a more rounded curriculum choice.   

GECO families have graduated over 100 students.  These students have gone on to lead  successful lives in medicine, ministry, engineering, professorships, military, law enforcement, publishing, art, physical therapy, and more. GECO represents 100+ years of combined home school experience.   

The organization relies solely on volunteer service.  Without active participation by all members, GECO would not be the success it is today.

What began as academic support many years ago for the handful, has become extended family for the many.  Meeting weekly for the past 25 years has allowed families to forge valuable bonds.  The fellowship and support of homeschool spills over into daily life.  While the mission to educate the children is primary, the benefits of friendship are reaped by the whole family.  GECO is not only for the students but for the moms and dads. 

“I could not continue to homeschool if it had not been for GECO.”- member mom

“I love GECO”-  boy, age 10

“GECO is for the moms.” - long time member, mother of 8

GECO’s governing board as well as teachers, aides, and maintenance crew are volunteers.  The Executive Board governs according to established bylaws and is elected by members. 

As a non-profit organization, the GECO Board strives for the utmost integrity in financial decisions, policy making, and accountability.  Annual business meetings are held to inform members of current financial status, forthcoming news, and changes of policy.  

Operating from a non-denominational Christian world view, GECO respects the diversity found among the Christian faith.  While some, but not all curriculum presented at GECO is written from a biblical view, the personal religious practices of the families at GECO are not part of the formal curriculum.  GECO holds a biblically affirmative policy while remaining non-denominational at the core.  

What does it take to join?  GECO Bylaws require member applicants to be actively home educating at least one student in grades 7-12.  Regular members with enrolled junior high or high school students are welcome to enroll younger children to participate in age related activities.  Families with children younger than 7th grade level should wait to apply for membership until their student reaches the eligible age.  

Membership is available in 2 tiers: Regular and Associate

Regular members receive a reduced enrollment rate but are required to fulfill volunteer obligations including but not limited to teaching, clean up, grading, etc.  Books and class supply fees, such as an art or science fee, also apply. (See the FAQ tab for more details.) The number of volunteer obligations vary from year to year, as determined by the GECO Board, and is often dependent upon enrollment and needs of the organization.  

Associate membership is for 7th thru 12th graders ONLY.  There are no volunteer requirements but enrollment fees are higher and include an additional per student, per class fee. Books and class supply fees, such as art or science fees, also apply.  (See the FAQ tab for more details.) 

Membership applications may be made from February 1 - June 30  for the coming  fall.  No mid year enrollments are accepted.  All classes are year long courses. For more information contact GECO at [email protected].