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Excellence In Learning Community Co-Op

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: We are a home school community of students and families who desire to glorify God by uplifting, encouraging, equipping and supporting home educating families to disciple young men and women of character.

Results: Over the years, we have had 20 students graduate using our programs. Among them are a physicist, a professional chef, a small business owner, a nurse, 10 are currently attending college, 4 are married, and 2 are parents. We have served homeschooling families since 2009 and over 1500 students during that time.

Target demographics: Families with students K-12

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 students, 100 +/- families

Geographic areas served: Newark, Ohio

Programs: Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Library, Support, Activities, Field Trips, Milestone Events, and Social Opportunities

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is our second year attending ELCC. We love it! We are able to make friends and learn so many new and different things. My kids take Karate, piano, music, art, math games, little house crafts, and young entrepreneurs to name a few. These are all very enriching and so very affordable. I could not provide all of these educational opportunities for my kids on my own and could not afford these classes if offered in a for profit model. I am so very thankful for this co-op. It has immensely enriched and blessed our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been homeschooled my whole life and started with ELCC when I was 6 years old. It was nice to have my own schedule and flexibility for co-op day to be able to learn with others without having to be in a public school environment. I'm a sophomore in high school now while participating in the college credit plus program at MVNU. I still enjoy co-op for more recreational classes like piano, a fun dance class, sports and just a chance to see friends and meet new ones. Homeschooling is the best when you have people to share it with! I highly recommend ELCC!!

1 Keri S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been blessed by ELCC for almost a decade now! We started attending when our 4 children were little and co-op day quickly became the favorite school day of the week! Now, our 2 oldest twins are graduating high school and we're about to have all teenagers. Co-op has grown with us and met our different needs along the way. From meeting friends (for the kids and myself), fun elective classes to round out our curriculum, recitals and field trips to Mom's nights, service projects, proms and sports teams, ELCC has helped make our homeschooling journey full and memorable! I have served in various leadership positions through the years and recently have helped with coaching girls volleyball and basketball. Last year I had the challenge and privilege to coach a team with my 3 daughters playing together. It's been pretty awesome!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We love this homeschooling community! Eight years ago, myself and our 4 children found ourselves isolated in our home education. We discovered ELCC and signed up for a couple of fun classes in hopes of establishing friendships. Co-op day quickly became the favorite school day of the week with each of us finding a place to belong. The more we connected and valued co-op, the more we have given back with our time. I became a teacher, then helped as a Facilities Coordinator, served as the Secretary and continue to give to ELCC now as a Doyenne board member. As an interdenominational Christian group, I have been so encouraged to see wonderful examples of faith, to see God's hand guiding our journey together, and to be part of a group that gives back to the surrounding community. I love seeing families find the support they need to be able to homeschool successfully! Through the years co-op has fulfilled the different needs of our family - sometimes through art, music and drama classes, and other times with core subjects like writing and science. Some families come for one class and others stay all day. This is the beauty of homeschooling and ELCC - the flexibility to make it fit to whatever the changing needs are in order to help our students thrive! The new curriculum library has saved our family hundreds of dollars already and makes it possible for other families to even consider homeschooling. And now with teenagers, these friendships are even more important and so much fun to share in milestone events like Proms, student showcases and graduations, not to mention all the other field trips and coordinated events. We love our ELCC family!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My niece and I attend together. One of the most telling things was how she came home after a few weeks and said “everyone here is so nice” we have made close friends that seem like family. Highly recommend for a good educational and social experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ELCC has been amazing to our family. This is our first year homeschooling and participating in ELCC and ELCC has become a second family to us. The teachers have been great to our kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ELCC is great not only for kids, but parents will find much support and friendship too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love ELCC! My son who is ADHD, ASD2, and has other medical issues is welcomed and loved and making friends. He enjoys going to co-op which makes this momma happy! We have been very impressed with this organizations passion and purpose. I love it so much that this year I've volunteered more time and am getting more involved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellence in Learning Co-op has been a resource for my family since they first opened their doors. My children have benefited from science, art, writing classes. And from volunteering there. I'm thankful this non-profit is here to serve a very niche role for my community, serving families like no other could.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a teacher at ELCC and I appreciate how the parents support and encourage each other and the staff. The students are eager to learn and participate. Listen, asking questions, and cooperation are skills that you can tell are being taught at home, as well as, in the classroom.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellence in Learning Community Co-op has many amazing opportunities not just for the students, but also for the parents. It is a safe haven from homeschoolers when they feel overwhelmed. It is a family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This Co-op has been the most supportive community I have ever been a part of, they are always involving others to participate and value their opinions on how to improve. It is ever changing but as a parent my family feels supported and I am content knowing what the future holds for us. I’m so glad to be a part of ELCC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellence in Learning changed the trajectory- not just of our homeschool and academic life- but of our personal lives.
We came to this amazing co-op as fairly new to homeschooling. My two children and I were still in the process of figuring out what the best routes were for each subject, how best to involve electives, how to socialize more often while trying to make new friends, and where to turn without judgement when we had questions. Enter ELCC.
Not only have my children found their footing socially and academically, but I have encountered a tight-knit community of love, help, hope, and ideas. The energy at co-op is electric! There are open ears and eyes everywhere you turn. Children and adults alike are in a constant state or teaching, learning, and leading through compassion and togetherness.
We have made forever friends and family; we are part of a forever foundation of resourcefulness and success. The level of care and attention that goes into making this organization work is absolutely tremendous, and our lives and minds have been enriched beyond measure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We joined for the activities and excellent fellowship. We have met so many new friends and been blessed by the many people and wonderful class offerings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place to learn and be in community. My kid’s lives have been changed from simply joining this co-op and being in fellowship with these people. Each time we go it feels like coming home. It’s been the best decision we’ve made within our homeschooling journey.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ELCC (Excellence in Learning Community Cooperative) has been a huge resource for my family over the past 5 years. At first I just saw this group as a source for classes that I struggled with. Science classes, music, physical education all fell into this category. But as the years have passed, ELCC has become SO much more. It has become a community of support for almost every aspect of homeschooling. Our daughter plays volleyball on a team of kids that I know from classes I've taught. I'm friends with their mom's. I love that when one of us is rejoicing over a new baby or grieving a loss, the membership is there with meal trains, prayers, or other support. This group of families challenges me to be a better Christian and member of the community. Love you, ELCC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great group of parents making homeschooling fun and a place for kids to enjoy community with each other. We traveled 50 mins to be with these great individuals and enjoy all the available classes and activities provided.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started attending here in 2009 with my family. We were so impressed with the variety of classes and the warm and encouraging atmosphere of this co-op. In 2010, I began serving here as a registration helper, and in 2011, myself and another mom were asked to continue the vision of this group as directors. In 2014 we transitioned from a loose association of families to a 501c3 serving the greater homeschooling community. In 2015 we moved to a 30,000 sq ft building to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. This group is still a great support for me in homeschooling my children. I can’t imagine homeschooling without their help and encouragement!

2 Morgan A.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our first year joining a homeschool co-op. Excellence in Learning Community Co-op has welcomed us with opened arms. You’ll definitely want to join this co-op. They are so helpful and friendly. The last 6 weeks have made our homeschool year more fun.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This will only be our third week. So far, we absolutely love it. My kids love it and they are really enjoying their time spent there. The people are amazing! There is a good selection of classes to take. We look forward to our Thursday’s And to our future at Elcc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellence in Learning Community Co-op is a wonderful community of homeschooling families who come together to share life. What I love most about our group is the sharing of experience; whether it's curriculum choices, how to homeschool with a baby, or how to prepare for college. Our leadership spend selfless hours communicating ways to help us on our journey and I am so appreciative of them and the members of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Whether you are looking for science classes with laboratory experiments, music lessons, physical education, music lessons, foreign languages, plumbing, sewing, art, takwando, preschool, history, business, writing, kindergarten, or field trips and social gatherings, ELCC has it ALL! You and your child (ren) can stay an hour or the whole day. Join the co-op that remembers why you started homeschooling in the first place: So you could tailor educational opportunities to best meet your child's specific needs and interests.

3 Marshal D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended here from 2009 - 2018 and it was a great experience. I highly recommend this organization. I now teach and volunteer here. It is very rewarding.

2 Mason M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Good coop, great classes, and nice people. I’m proud to be a member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Excellence in Learning Community Co-Op for more than 6 years. Two of our children attended class at ELCC and participated in extra curricular activities that have helped to prepare them for a well balanced future. I could provide a mile long list of reasons why our family returned to ELCC with each new school year and how ELCC has benefited many families in many different ways, but I will focus on just a few. ELCC is God honoring and in return, God has blessed ELCC. The leadership and parents involved in ELCC are passionate about children and highly capable of providing academic education and training in the ways of Christian virtue. The atmosphere at ELCC is one of inclusion where children are widely accepted and not left to be alone. From my vantage point, children are excited about going to ELCC to learn. Also, ELCC offers children many opportunities for social development across all age groups.

2 Franksjr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization, I've never seen children love to be in school so much! The best part about this environment is that you see older kids looking after the younger ones and getting along as if they were a family! No dizting other age groups like you see in the public school system.
The entire Leadership Team and the Teachers of E.L.C.C. help in promoting this atmosphere while the children gain top notch learning and have fun doing it!
*****5 STARS FOR SURE!!! *****

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We joined Excellence In Learning last fall. We love it! ELCC is very welcoming and open to all types of homeschoolers. This was so great since we don't do traditional homeschooling, we do online public school. They offer a great variety of classes at a very affordable price. I would recommend Excellence In Learning to anyone that is looking for a Co-op.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter found this co-op five years ago. They are the first in our family to homeschool and I am so thankful that she found ELCC. I know they have made lots of friends and she has a wonderful support system.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this community 5 years ago. It has been such a blessing to our family. My kids have had so many social windows open to them and myself and the amount of friends is mind blowing. We love ELCC and hope to be with them till the end of our homeschooling days.

3 DSillin

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellence in Learning Community Co-op has helped hundreds of children, and their families, educate and be educated in a manner that best suits them. They have planted three other local co-ops. And I know personally we could not have gotten all three of our children not only through high school, but through part of college as well, without the love, support, and community the co-op has offered. If you were thinking of homeschooling you should definitely connect with ELCC.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Excellence in Learning Community Co-op seven years ago. We are getting ready again for the first day back after the summer break. My son is so excited about getting started, learning, and connecting with his friends. I think my favorite part is walking in and seeing all the smiles on the faces of the children. Yes, there were tears when we had to cancel for weather last year! This organization provides resources to educate my child in a way that he thrives. The friendships that we have made are priceless. The cost remains low as many families live off of one income to home school. I am so thankful to be part of ELCC and hoping that it will be there for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

3 Christy H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a social note....my son has made a lot of friends at Excellence in Learning Co-Op. He absolutely loves to go once a week. He really looks forward seeing all his friends. On an academic level he loves the classes he takes. He gets to brush up on his math skills, he gets to do a lot of fun science experiments, absolutely loves the art class, gets plenty of exercise in gym class. We choose to be there all day but if someone's schedule doesn't allow that you can always just take 1 or 2 classes. The teachers there are really awesome and very knowledgeable on the subjects they are teaching. It really is like one big family. I would strongly recommend Excellence in Learning Community Co-Op.