Frequently Asked Questions:
Most of these questions pertain to our live in-person classes . We have made an amazing transition to the online format and our presenters have gone the extra mile to make sure students are engaged.
Who are We
Creative Learning Place (CLP) is a community of families who are passionate about parent-led education. CLP sponsors workshops for students led by persons with expertise in a variety of fields. The students are provided with hands-on experience related to the business, professional and artistic background of the workshop developers/leaders. Students are respected for their unique ideas and encouraged to delve deeper. We welcome families of all faiths and are proud of our diversity. At CLP, students can participate in class discussions, science labs and cooperative learning opportunities not always available to homeschoolers. We welcome unschoolers, those who do school at home and families who have chosen to homeschool through a charter school. Visit our CLP Charter School Partnerships.
"What! We have vacation next week....NO!!! I don't want a vacation. I want to be at CLP!"
"I am sad...summer is here."
“The content is so rich and engaging. Art was an incredible exploration into patterns and form, allowing the kids to create and sketch in their own ways, no standard to be met, no "right" and "wrong" way to do it, nothing to copy or trace. My daughter loved it. She was so ready to graduate from glue, glitter and feathers, and get into sketching, print-making... and this is the perfect place and instructor for her.”
—Nadine, Creative Learning Place Parent
“My kids love Creative Learning Place. They have no problem getting up and out the door on CLP days. I know I have the bases covered like English and science so I don’t have to worry about these subjects at home. I can focus on field trips and family time. CLP has taken the stress out of educating our kids.”
—Bill, Creative Learning Place Parent
"The heart and soul of our family's homeschooling success lies in Creative Learning Place. At CLP students can choose from an array of innovative and more traditional courses (from English Literature to Nature's Geometry) and — because the courses are excellent and because the children have made these choices themselves — our children throw themselves into their learning with enthusiasm. By homeschooling, my husband and I seek to offer our children (and our whole family) the freedom of a natural childhood rhythm along with the rigor of excellent education and the joy of truly creative learning (which often, and edifyingly, feels like play). Without Creative Learning Place and its superb and generous presenters, we don't know how we would achieve our homeschooling dream. Thank you, Karen, and thank you to everyone who makes CLP such a rich and rewarding experience for so many families!"
—Andrea, Creative Learning Place Parent
"My middle school aged children had never been in school and until recently didn't take classes. As they get older, I want to add something to our lives that would: reduce the burden on me; provide fun, creative educational content; expose them to friends on a regular basis; accustom them to a classroom and varying presenters; encourage them to do small projects at home with no pressure or competition; not cost me much if anything. CLP together with Inspire charter has been close to perfect for meeting these needs. Honestly, now that we've spent 2 years at CLP, I marvel that our entire educational system is build on a five day week when clearly so much can be accomplished in weekly classes with project time at home when appropriate. It really has helped balance my kids' needs with mine. Thank you CLP!"
—Sharon, Creative Learning Place Parent
"We are writing this email in support and gratitude for the Creative Learning Place program offered at the Westside Jewish Community Center for home school children. The CLP program is not only invaluable to the children, but also to the parents who seek community and friendship with other home school families in the area. When we moved to LA from Canada, just over a year ago, the CLP was a place we immediately found a sense of belonging and community. And we have been able to watch our son grow tremendously this past year in this supportive and nurturing environment.
In a city which can feel overwhelming at times, we feel like we have stumbled upon a hidden gem with Karen. We feel so grateful for her efforts to make the CLP what it is today. And we are also extremely grateful to the WJCC for providing the space where this kind of magic and growth can happen. We hope to continue to be part of this wonderful community and look forward to another wonderful year at the CLP."
With Warm Regards,
-Brenda, Creative Learning Place Parent
"My son has joined this incredible math class at Creative Learning Place since last fall and he loves it. I chose this program to support my son’s intuition and interest in mathematics and I’ve been fascinated by the unconventional approach that CLP math class promotes. It's impressive how teacher Eric’s class emphasizes comprehension over memorization or practice drills. Eric is very patient and actively engages students with math ideas by using intuitive examples and stimulates them to develop critical thinking/problem-solving skills. Instead of training to master a short term test, this class at CLP helps students build a life long foundation and understand ‘why’ deeply. This class is differentiated from other institutions in so many ways and we’re lucky to be part of it. I sincerely thank teacher Eric and CLP for such an awesome and unique class."
-Jieun, Creative Learning Place Parent
"Our son is a child actor and has been homeschooling for the last couple of years after we moved to LA, leaving one of the top magnet school in Houston. While we were able to continue the rigorous academic program through enrolling into a charter school with plenty of online courses, we still wanted to provide our son an opportunity to interact with peer students in a classroom environment and participate in social learning activities.
We discovered Creative Learning Place and it quickly proved to be the best place for us to achieve just that – it is a perfect platform for children who are homeschooled. Just after a few weeks of attending this learning center, it becomes evident that The Creative Learning Place has created something very special by carefully designing an optimal program that emphasizes academics, promotes creativity, leadership and friendship. Going to learning center is a favorite part of our child’s studying routine – he is looking forward to each and every one of his classes and we are so blessed to have this opportunity available for our son."
-The Uraimovs, Creative Learning Place Family
Are Your Online courses and workshops interactive?
Yes! Our CLP presenters have gone the extra mile to ensure that students will be engaged. All courses are taught live via Zoom.
I want to keep track of what my child is learning for my charter school. Do teachers supply a syllabus for courses?
Please talk with your child's teacher directly. Most teachers can provide you with a class syllabus.
What happens if a course is cancelled due to a last minute emergency with the teacher or building?
We will attempt to provide a make-up course, but sometimes this is not possible. We can give you a credit toward future courses upon request.
Can I only enroll my child in a course for their grade?
At CLP we understand that age doesn't equal academic level. Please contact us if you feel your child belongs in a course that is not listed for their age.