Support Groups
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.
Local & State Groups
Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in California.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.
Co-Ops
A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in California.
Umbrella/Cover Schools
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
Resource Centers
Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.
Public School Programs
Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.
Group Management
Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.
What's Popular
West Orange County Homeschool Group
West Orange County Homeschooling Group is an inclusive, member directed support group of home schooling families, located in Southern California. The majority of members reside in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Westminster, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Santa Ana and surrounding cities.
Sunland Christian School (SCS)
Sunland Christian School (SCS) is an evangelical Christian ministry operating to serve families who desire to teach their own children at home by providing accountability, resources and counsel. They are accredited with the National Independent Study Accreditation Council (NISAC). They offer classes, record keeping services, field trips, seminars, achievement testing, summer school, a high school program, high school graduation, and more.
California Homeschool Leaders
California Homeschool Network invites local support group leaders throughout California to join together in a statewide e-mail list to network together on legal and legislative issues that might impact all California homeschoolers. This list is limited to local leaders, and also legal/legislative representatives from the 3 state organizations.
All Ways Learning-Inland Empire
All Ways Learning-Inland Empire is an inclusive park day/support group open to all families who are currently homeschooling or who are considering this educational option. Weekly park days are held in Redlands, CA. Families currently participating live in Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa and other surrounding San Bernardino & Riverside County cities.
Riverside Catholic Homelearners (RCH)
Support group for Catholic homeschoolers in the Riverside, California, area.
South Solano Homeschoolers
South Solano Homeschoolers is a group of Benicia-Vallejo homeschoolers who meet to plan educational field trips, exchange information, and chat. This is a secular group.
Heritage Valley Homeschoolers
Heritage Valley Homeschoolers is a support/social group for homeschoolers in the Upper Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru areas of Ventura County.
CA-Homeschooling-HSC
An all-inclusive online community discussing all issues of homeschooling. This community is sponsored by the HomeSchool Association of California, HSC, an inclusive, non-profit group. Offers lively discussions, sharing of ideas, and HSC's news about fun get-togethers that you and your family can attend together: group camp-outs, and other events like the widely acclaimed California Home=Education Conference, as well as support groups and activities in your area.
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.
San Francisco Bay Area Homeschooling
San Francisco Bay Area Homeschooling support group offers information, resources, and support. This list is sponsored by Homefires, "The Journal of Homeschooling Online" and is dedicated to networking information in an all-inclusive, neutral forum that is respectful of all beliefs and philosophies.
Ventura Homeschool
Ventura Homeschool is a support resource for homeschoolers in and around Ventura, California. This is an inclusive homeschooling group that welcomes all styles of homeschooling.
OC Homeschool Events
This is an announcements only (low volume) for events and activities that may be of interest to homeschooling families in and around the Orange County, California area.
YoHoAnnounce
This list is for the posting of announcements and discussion of interest to homeschooling families living in or near Yolo county, including Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento. Discussion topics include field trips, classes, and community events, as well as any questions about homeschooling in this region.
San Diego Home Education
San Diego Home Education is a supportive group intended to allow homeschoolers to connect with other home educating families. Offers information on resources available to home educators in the San Diego area, ideas and activities, and find encouragement.
Desert Home Educators Association (DHEA)
Desert Home Educators Association (DHEA) is a homeschooling support group at Edwards Air Force Base. The Desert Home Educators Association (DHEA) began when two military families (USMC and USAF), new to Edwards Air Force Base, discovered there was a need for an official home educator’s group aboard the base. Although there were groups in the surrounding areas, there were none dedicated exclusively to military members, DOD affiliates, and their families. With the assistance of Edwards AFB Servic...
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