Registration fee: $20 per child, ages 0-12th grade.

Background Check fee: $15 per parent/adult that will be teaching at (participating in) Co-Op. Any parent/guardian that may bring students (at any time throughout the school year) must plan to remain at and participate in Co-Op that day and must have a completed background check. The only exception is High School students that bring themselves to Co-Op (see below). This is to remain in compliance with our legal and insurance requirements.

Additional fees for High School:

- Science courses: $12 per student, per year, per class they are attending.

- Student-only (no parent attending or participating in Co-Op): $80 per student per year ($40 per semester), per class they are attending.


Fee Maximums: There is a $100 maximum per family registration fee, plus the background fee, any late fee, and any High School science fees or student-only fees (parent not participating in Co-Op).

Registration deadline: Registration is NOW CLOSED. (Note: Registrations after July 15 are subject to a $15 Late Registration Fee.)

Forms required: You must complete all 4 forms. Please follow the buttons below to either submit your forms online or to print and mail them to the Co-Op Director, Jennifer Davies, 1725 Carters Valley Rd, Surgoinsville, TN 37873.

Membership required: In order to participate in KACHEA Co-Op, you must also belong to the KACHEA organization. If you do not already belong for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete that registration as well. (Follow the button below.)

Payment Options: You will receive a PayPal invoice, based on your total fees, to your email address for your records. You may choose to pay...

- Online via PayPal by completing the invoice you will receive to the email you include on your registration form. Be sure to use an email address you can access and check often.

- Via check by mail. Please make checks out to KACHEA Co-op. Your automatic PayPal invoice will be marked as paid once the check is received and clears the bank. (If you choose to pay this way, you do not need to include the additional $2 to help cover PayPal fees.)


Trouble registering or have questions? Please contact the Co-Op Director, Jennifer Davies at or 616-291-8303.

Completed registration: Please be aware that registrations for Co-Op are NOT considered complete until all forms have been received, all fees have been paid, and all background checks are completed.

Co-op Guidelines

Dress Code

GIRLS in middle school and up: No short shorts or spaghetti strap shirts. There should not be a gap between shirt and pants at the waist. No underwear is to be showing at any time. No hats or caps are to be worn in the building.

BOYS in middle school and up: Knee length shorts are acceptable. No sagging pants. No underwear is to be showing at any time. No hats or caps are to be worn in the building.

Cell Phones
Students should not have cell phones or other electronic devices out in class for any reason. These will be collected until class is over if this is a problem. Teachers, please do not use cell phones during class except in an emergency.

Discipline and Academic Progress

We expect students to respectfully do what is asked of them by their teachers. If this becomes a problem please see committee for specific guidelines. We reserve the right to dismiss a child from Co-Op if behavior problems persist. We do not allow bullying, name calling or any other demeaning behavior. This includes internet and phone bullying. If a problem becomes known we will expect the parent to deal with it. If it is not resolved, we will address it and the student and possibly the family may be dismissed from Co-Op. 


Please do not bring sick children. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to Co-Op. Please contact Jennifer, the appropriate coordinator and co-teachers ASAP if you or your children are sick on Co-Op day.

Church Property and Parking Lot Etiquette

The church is to be treated with respect. There should be no running in the church. Also, we want to leave every room at least as clean as when we arrived. It is everyone’s job to make sure this happens.

Drivers, please remember to watch for children. Moms, please remind your children to be careful. Children should not be in the parking lot without a parent.

Do not park in Handicapped spaces.

Copies and Purchases

Leave original copies in the folder in the lobby to be copied for the following weeks. They must be left at least one week in advance.  Funding is not provided for copies made on your own. There is funding available to help with small purchases for your classroom needs but these purchases need to be pre-approved by the committee.

Weather Related Changes and Cancellations

Check your email, the Band App and/or Facebook for closing of Co-Op due to weather. Please check at the last minute if the weather is questionable. We DO NOT follow the snow schedule of any school system. If we are on a snow schedule there will be no PE and all classes will begin at 10 and end at noon.  The third high school class will be on a regular schedule.


Our Co-Op uses the Band App. Please post class information there as students do not always communicate class information to their parents. For class information and general Co-Op info, please see the Co-Op website ( If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact a Co-Op committee member. Contact information is available on the website under Committee and Procedures. Communication is key to a well-run Co-Op.

Absences and Tardies
You are expected to be at Co-Op each week. If you know more than 7 days in advance that you will be absent, you will need to sign the schedule calendar for the expected absence. The calendar will be available each week at the sign-in table. If an absence is unscheduled (less than 7 days notice) you will need to call Jennifer, the appropriate coordinator, and co-teachers so that emergency coverage for your class can be provided. If you are the primary teacher for that day’s lesson it is your responsibility to get the lesson plan and/or materials to your co-teacher. There is no excuse for just not showing up or for being tardy continually. If you repeatedly fail to notify the grade-level coordinator of an absence, you will be asked to withdraw from Co-Op after the third time. If you are continually tardy, this will be addressed. If it continues you will be asked to withdraw from Co-Op. Please share cell phone numbers so that in an emergency you can get in touch with Jennifer, your grade-level coordinator and co-teachers.

NO children other than high schoolers may be dropped off and left. (Please note the additional fees for high schoolers attending without a parent or guardian participating in Co-Op.) Co-Op runs just as the name implies. It's is co-operational. All families need a parent or guardian who can commit to attending and helping every week. For each family, that parent or guardian MUST have cleared a background check for the current school year. If you think you may have more than one person who will attend and help at Co-Op with your student(s), you must have a background check on each person. Sorry, no exceptions. The safety of our children (and each other) is of the utmost importance. 


Updated 03/08/2022