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 I feel like I can not say this enough, but thank you for everything you do! While reading the newsletter I started to cry. Our family is so happy that we found Chavitos for A - and one day our little ones. There is no other place that takes the time like this, and cares so deeply. We are so grateful to be a part of the Chavitos Family.  "

Tiarra- Mother of a Kindergartner

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K-8 Program

We offer a homeschool support program for grades K-8.  This program is organized like a co-op- a group of families who learn together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, special projects—or some combination of these.

 We're focused on Academic support and Whole-person success.

Located off Canyon Road, Tacoma Wa.  We Offer:


Morning Electives block 9-12

Science, Art, Marimba, Music, Cooking, Nature Play, Spanish

(Lunch/Movement 12 - 12:30) Some classes are whole group and others are broken into smaller grade levels.

For example we have a higher science class grades 4-8 twice a week.  


Afternoon Academics Block 12:30-3:30pm

Math, English Language Arts (ELA).

These are broken into K-4 and 5-8 grade classes.  (including movement, cleanup and closing circle)

Summer Fun

Field games, Imaginative play, Connecting with Nature, Exploring with friends.

We will offer weekly registrations for wholesome summer fun! 

June 24- August 23.   9am -2pm.   Ages 5-12.

K-8 Summer Fun Enrollment

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This is a drop-off program. Unless teaching a class, volunteering time in the garden, or in an otherwise scheduled volunteer position, parents will drop off their children. Our co-op is academic focused, influenced largely by place-based learning. Because teaching in this niche genre requires a specific skill set, we don't rely on parents as our main teachers, and parents do not stay on site. There are still plenty of ways we rely on parent collaboration to build an education platform for children to thrive! 

Van Transportation Service 

We provide van transportation from a central Tacoma location for a monthly fee.

It's convenient for parents, conscientious to our neighbors, and cares for our environment!  Win - Win!


Join our waitlist, if you’d like to find out more information about the coming year. 

We have three different options for our K-8 Program

Weekly Rhythm 

Elective Block

Monday-Friday AM 9:00-12:00

You can enroll your child for as many or as few days as your family needs.

It is $33/block.

Example class offerings: 

Spanish, art, social justice, marimba, cooking, science, gardening, field games, and farm chores. Classes are multi-age, and sometimes broken into groups. *T/Th Marimba class is grouped together. The current rhythm is listed below. 


Classes are limited to 20 students with a student teacher ratio of 2:10.


Friday Afternoon Elective 

"Friday Exploration" 12:00-3:00pm

  • 3 Fridays/mo on-site exploration 

  • Field trips:

    • 1st Friday of the month All Grades Field Trip, 12-3pm

    • 3rd Friday of the month Middle Grades Field Trip, 9-3pm

Academic Block

Monday-Thursday 12:00-3:00

Students under 8 must attend all 4 academic days, Mon-Thurs (lessons are sequential). 

Students 8+ may attend 2-3 days/wk or max of 24 hrs/week


Rates vary.  See Fee Table below.


Class offerings:

Literacy and Math each class is 1 hour long.  This is taught as multi-aged classes. Grades K-3 in one class. Grades 4-8 in the other.

There will be whole a group lesson, and small group lessons depending on the developmental/academic needs of the students and the standards they are ready for. 


Spanish is sprinkled into songs, numbers and concepts, but English is the main language for these lessons. 

Full Day

Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00 

Students under 8  take both elective and academic block offerings everyday 9-3pm.

*note students must attend all 4 academic days, Mon-Thurs (lessons are sequential).  


Rates vary. See Fee Table below


Class offerings:

Both Elective and Academic blocks.


Students 8+ We can support students in Academics a maximum of 24hrs/wk  (four academic blocks/week: Mon-Thurs.)

Electives Mon-Friday are permissible.

​Current Daily Chavitos K-8 Rhythm for 2023-2024

Farm Chores, Spanish, Social Justice, Cooking, Field games and Gardening are taught whole school K-8.  Science is taught as a whole group three times a week on M/W/F and twice a week those concepts are expanded and elaborated in a higher level science class for grades 4-8.  T/Th Elective classes are grouped together for Marimba class.

Academics are broken into two groups of K-3 and 4-8 (child is matched with skill level not necessarily grade level).  All academics are differentiated through 1-1 conferences, whole group and small group lessons.  Each child's academics is highly differentiated depending on their needs, interests and what they are ready for.

We use Montessori principles to do guided reading and math.  

Yellow= Elective block    Blue= Academic block

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K-8 Program Fees

The K-8 program is like an à la carte. There are a lot of different options so you can choose what is the best fit for your child.  These are the main options, but we are open to chatting about others. It can be a puzzle so reach out with questions. ​

Membership Fee: $200 ($50 discount for additional siblings.) Fee pays for land use, administrative costs such as website, insurance, cleaning supplies, class supplies, and application processing.  

This is a nonrefundable annual membership fee.


Class fee: Class costs vary depending on how many children are participating, and what classes you choose. Elective classes are $33/student/block.  For beneficial student culture, we give priority to students who enroll for the entire 3 class elective block.  The classes run for three months per session. Students are automatically enrolled in the next session unless given a month's notice that they will not be returning. Class fees are paid for in monthly payments. There is a flat class fee for each month and will vary depending on how many classes a week your child is enrolled.   Class fees cover the cost of teacher compensation and guest teachers.

If you're on a budget, you have great flexibility to keep your costs down by choosing less classes or bartering. 

Full Time under 8 years old
Full Time ages 8 +
Elective and Academics
Electives and Academics
Classes Vary
Literacy and Math
For ages under 8
For ages 8+
For Grades K-8
Taught into multi-aged groups K-4, and grades 5-8.
AM: 9-12:00, Fri PM: 12-3:00
Mon - Thurs / Tues - Fri
classes vary. *T/Th grouped for Marimba class
Under 8 required to attend Monday-Thursday. 8+ choose between 3-5 days/week
$1,320 per month
$1,056 per month
$33 per/block
$660 for 5 days per week $396 for 3 days per week

If you are choosing to enroll your age 8+ child to supplement homeschooling, please be sure you are both aware of  and compliant with WA state homeschooling regulations.


We know it can feel like a puzzle. If you are curious how this would work with your homeschooling please email us. 

 We’ve found there to be a lot of different options within these requirements so please reach out to problem solve together. 

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Chavitos Nature Program

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