"So it's like a community center for unschoolers on a sliding scale" ~ Person Who Gets It

If you're interested in joining Alcove, or even just starting a conversation about what that would look like, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us to set up an initial consultation. Meanwhile, here's some basic information about the application process, fees, and benefits of membership to help guide your planning.

Joining Alcove is very straightforward. There are no elaborate forms to fill out or essays to write. If we currently have space in the program, we can meet up with your family to have an open-ended conversation about the prospective member's educational history, interests, goals, and so on. As a staff, we'll then try to determine whether we think Alcove would be a good fit, and get back to you quickly.

Alcove is a non-profit, so we rely on membership dues and fundraising efforts to sustain our operations. Full tuition currently comes to $1,600 a month; 14.4K annually. But that's just one end of the sliding scale. We're deeply committed to accommodating everyone interested in joining Alcove. So we work with families to figure out what they can afford to contribute.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Help registering and maintaining your status as a homeschooler in California
  • A long-term mentoring relationship with a core staff member at Alcove
  • Support to design and complete personal academic and artistic projects
  • Regular family updates and meetings with Alcove staff members
  • Complete access to all group electives, workshops, etc.
  • One-on-one tutorials and test prep
  • Use of our space from 9am to 3pm for socializing and study, four days a week
  • Help getting volunteer work, paying jobs, internships and/or apprenticeships
  • Support finding free or affordable classes and activities outside of Alcove
  • Long-term, wrap-around support for alumni and their families
  • Full access to our network of partner organizations in Los Angeles and elsewhere