Bluebonnet Home Scholars Collaborative is not a school, and BHSC is also not a co-op.
Unlike a school, BHSC supplements the home school rather than replacing it. BHSC does not offer grades, transcripts, or diplomas, and BHSC does not offer a regularly scheduled curriculum with all the classes necessary to complete graduation requirements. BHSC does not own facilities, and BHSC instructors, class offerings, and student enrollment may vary by term and by parent choice. BHSC classes are offered only once or twice per week during each school term leaving the majority of school time to the homeschool family. Families may elect to take only one or several BHSC classes each term as BHSC classes are available a la carte with no required course plan for students.
Unlike a co-op, BHSC hires professional staff and teachers and allows parents to drop off their children most class days of the term. Parents retain a primary and active role in selecting from class enrollment options for their students and by fulfilling volunteer requirements, but they outsource certain classroom instruction to BHSC instructors who are professional teachers.
BHSC is a Group Class Community (GCC), a partnership between homechool parents and classroom teachers. The Texas Homeschool Coalition identifies a GCC as a support program that serves as “a separate ‘executor’ of the parent’s educational goals.” The parent remains the primary educator of each student in their family while outsourcing some classes a la carte through BHSC, much like families outsource music or sports instruction.
BHSC is a non-profit ministry serving homeschool families. Some classes are tuition-free, while others are offered at tuition rates lower than for-profit rates. All fees go directly to covering expenses for fair teacher compensation, rent, insurance, supplies, and other necessary items. The Directors of the BHSC Board do not earn any salaries or other income in their roles as directors; they perform their board duties in a volunteer capacity without remuneration (but may receive fair compensation for any classroom teaching they may perform).