California Homeschooling

Everything you need to successfully homeschool in the great state of California is right here! We've gathered together the best resources for preschool through high school, along with lesson ideas, teaching tips, support information, curriculum suggestions, and much more. Here are some great starting points:

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California Education Code, Section 44237
Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This section pertains to private schools requirement of submission of criminal record summary information.
Capistrano Connections Academy
Capistrano Connections Academy provides a new form of public school that students can attend from home. This is a unique program that combines strong parental involvement, the expertise and accountability of publicly funded education, and the flexibility of online classes. Capistrano Connections Academy (CapoCA) is a charter school authorized by the Capistrano Unified School District. CapoCA serves students in grades K–12 who reside in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardin...
HomeSchool Association of California
The HomeSchool Association of California supports and promotes the entire spectrum of homeschooling. They provide information, monitor and influence legislation, offer networking opportunities for homeschooling families, and more.
San Diego County 4-H Homeschool Group
San Diego County 4-H Homeschool Group is a group of homeschoolers who have a interest in 4-H. This list discusses the group's activites, meeting schedules, leader info, current projects, etc.
Private Independent Study Programs
In addition to the private schools operated by one family for its own children, there are a number of other types of private schools that offer homeschooling programs. These schools range from the cooperatives, to for-profit ISPs that file paperwork and collect records for a fee, to site-based day schools that offer independent study, to distance learning programs.
Family Homeschool Adventures
Family Homeschool Adventures is an inclusive activity group for Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. They are an active group with weekly park days and monthly field trips. We meet every week, weather permitting, at a park in Lompoc.
South Orange County Homeschool Info List (SOCHS-INFO)
This list is for families interested in obtaining more information about South Orange County Homeschooling Support Group (SOCHS). This home school group serves communities that are south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego located in Southern California. The majority of our members are from San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Huntington Beach Newport Beach.
Selected California Statutes Applicable to Private Schools
The Homeschool Association of California lists selected statutes that pertain to homeschoolers in California.
Hawthorne Center
Hawthorne Center is a non-profit corporation with the mission to provide homeschool teachers in Southern Califonria with opportunities to stimulate their students. With that purpose in mind the Center is in the process of developing innovative programs and projects to supplement and suppport homeschool teachers' efforts to make the homeschooling experience as rewarding as possible. The Center is developing Early College programs and projects. Students who participate in one or more Hawthorne C...
Ventura County Homeschoolers
Ventura County Home Learners is a support group for homeschoolers in Ventura County. Offers activities and ideas, resources, and information for current, former, and prospective Ventura County (Southern California) homeschoolers, unschoolers, and independent study learners and their families.
Safari West
Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California's wine country 65 miles north of San Francisco, Safari West is home for over 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo, not a drive-through park, it's a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature's most beautiful animals in a natural habitat.
Pinnacles National Monument
Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the monument's boundaries lie 24,000 acres of diverse wildlands. The monument is renowned for the beauty and variety of its spring wildflowers. A rich diversity of wildlife can be observed throughout ...
Mountain and Desert Homeschoolers in Southern California
Mountain and Desert Homeschoolers in Southern California is a support group for families living in the mountain and desert areas of Southern California, including Big Bear, Arrowhead, Crestline, Hysperia, Victorville, and the surrounding areas.
Fresno and Madera Homeschoolers
Fresno and Madera (FAM) Homeschoolers is a group of homeschooling families from Fresno and Madera counties in Central California. Offers support to local homeschoolers, and provides group activities and discussion. The group is open to all homeschoolers, regardless of method or other affiliations.
Home and School Marketplace
142 N. 9th Street, Suite 1 Modesto, CA 95350 Phone: 209-529-3549 Carries new and used homeschooling books and supplies. Formerly operated under the names Christian Curriculum Cellar and Eagles' Nest Educational Supplies.
Upcoming Events
Pretend City Children's Museum Homeschool Days
Third Friday of each month
Irvine, CA
Once a month, on the 3rd Friday of each month, they offer Homeschool students unlimited access to 17 interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences. All of the educational exhibits develop foundational math, reading, and science skills, while fostering curiosity and inspiration, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. Pretend City believes that the process of learning is as important as the product. A field experi...
Not Back to School Camp - Oregon
August 11-25, 2021
Camp Myrtlewood, Bridge, Oregon
Not Back to School Camp is a non-denominational, non-religious homeschool camp. The camp offers workshops, spontaneous events, and special evening gatherings, bringing together campers who are excited about life and willing to be themselves and to reach out and connect with the others. 
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