Frequently Asked Questions

Is L.I.N.K. affiliated with any particular Christian denomination?

L.I.N.K. is protestant organization founded on Jesus Christ but is not affiliated with any one denomination. Click on the Statement of Faith in the sidebar to learn what we believe.

Can we still be members of L.I.N.K. if we don’t attend Thursday School?

Absolutely! L.I.N.K. offers a wide variety of field trips and special events, in addition to Thursday School! Special events vary, but often include Moms Night Out, TeenLINK, holiday parties, science and history fairs, and Track & Field Day. We try to coordinate regular field trips that include some "just for fun" and others more academic in nature. To participate in L.I.N.K. field trips and special events you only need to complete the membership requirements outlined in under L.I.N.K. Membership from the sidebar.

How expensive is L.I.N.K.?

Because we are a cooperative support group (everyone works together to make it possible) we're also very cost friendly. L.I.N.K. membership is only $20 per year. Depending on the event, field trips and special events are often free, potluck, or involve only a small fee. Occasionally we offer a grander field trip with a grander cost, but, as always, families pick and choose which events to participate in.

Each family participating in Thursday School also pays $20 per semester for a church-use fee. Thursday School gym classes are only $5.00 per family per semester. Because we know about homeschool budgets all too well, many of the fees charged for Thursday School classes are quite small, often less than $10 per child, per semester. When we pay an expert to come in and teach a class, fees may be more; but again, you choose which classes and events in which to participate.

What additional responsibilities would I have as a member of L.I.N.K.?

L.I.N.K. is a cooperative support group. Have you noticed the reoccurring theme here? We are only as strong a group as the effort we invest. L.I.N.K. members are required to help with one special event each year. If participating in Thursday School, someone from each family, whether it be a mom, dad, grandparent, young adult, or family friend with a specialty, is expected to teach or assist during two of the three hours. Ideally, you and a partner would pair up to co-teach the same class to two different age levels. Members who hold leadership positions are not required to teach, but they often do.

What do the parents do while their kids are taking Thursday School Classes?

As a cooperative homeschool group, an adult from each family is expected to teach, co-teach, or assist in at least two classes each semester. Often, you and a partner would be teaching almost the same material to two different age groups. For example, Esther and Wendy might be teaching science to both the 6-8 and 9-12-year-old age groups, making age-appropriate adjustments to content and expectations. Our teachers are often moms, but we've also been blessed to have dads, grandparents, and young adult children also teach. In addition to teaching, each adult generally has one "free" class hour to get to know the other parents, work on their own lesson plans, etc. Parents are required to remain onsite at Alton Bible Church during all three class hours.

Can I visit Thursday School to observe?

Please do! We’d love to have you. Our fall semester classes run September - November, and winter classes from January - March. Please email us at main@linkhomeschool.org to set-up a good time for both your family and L.I.N.K.

What is available for babies and toddlers?

Alton Bible Church provides us with a well-equipped nursery and we provide the nurturing! Thursday School also offers a preschool program for little ones ages 3 to 4. Concerned that your little one might be apprehensive about the nursery? You might consider assisting in the nursery during your first semester with us.

What if I feel my child should be placed in a class/group other than their actual age?

We understand that each child has different needs. We believe that as the homeschool parent you know what is best for your child. The age groups listed on our Thursday School schedules are a recommendation. You may seek Board approval to place your child in another age group, whether for all three hours or only for a single class.

What about special needs kids?

We have our fair share of kids that God created with a special plan and purpose, and each is loved for who they are. We do our best to love and plug-in each individual according to his or her unique gifts and abilities. The facilities we use at Alton Bible Church are handicap accessible except for a few classrooms upstairs. If needed, individual student buddies may be available for support and assistance.

When does Thursday School close?

  • If Lowell Public Schools are closed due to bad weather/road conditions, Thursday School will be closed.

  • If Lowell Public Schools are delayed or closed for any reason other than weather/road conditions, L.I.N.K. will not be delayed or closed.

  • If Lowell Public Schools remain open, our Board may still deem it in the best interest of our members to close during hazardous conditions. That decision will be made as-needed.

  • Notifications will be made via text alert, email, and Facebook if Thursday School is canceled.

  • Thursday School may be canceled if Alton Bible Church has a funeral.

Questions? Contact us at (616) 303-1559 or main@linkhomeschool.org