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Nelson Academy of Agriculture

Professor Leroy Nelson, mrnelson@allagonline.com, is one of the foremost educators in the agricultural world and has pioneered many developments through his Nelson Academy of Agriculture.

Nelson Academy of Agriculture offers the only fully online middle school, high school and adult, agriculture-based science curriculums in the country.

If your middle school or high school student wants to take an agricultural course to satisfy a science credit, Nelson Academy offers the opportunity. Its online agricultural science courses are of available to anyone interested in adding an agricultural science course or two, as well as those who are seriously studying the sciences of agriculture with an eye toward a profession in the field.

Nelson Academy is fully accredited through the NWAC (Northwest Accreditation Commission) and enrollments are done through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education, www.ndcde.org. If your child wants a unique science experience that is useful and interesting, consider the Nelson Academy of Agriculture!

Stanislaus County Homeschool Support Groups & PSP’s

The most important thing for homeschool success is to mingle and socialize with other homeschooling families. Being a member of a support group allows you to share resources and information with them as well as to remind you that you are not alone in your home-teaching journey. Your county support groups can offer you families with common goals and interests to yours.

Note: Our information includes both Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups and Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs) formerly known as Independent Study Programs (ISPs).

The difference is that typically, the Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups are created by families for families to get together for social activities, such as park days, P.E. activities, organized classes, field trips and other “group” types of endeavors. Some require a general membership fee, but most do not. You can usually show up at a park day and meet the parents and children to see how you like the group. 

Stanislaus County Directory of Homeschool Support Groups

  • Modesto Homeschool – A Christian email loop for Modesto area homeschoolers. This group was designed to inform and support Christian homeschoolers in Stanislaus and surrounding counties. There are lots of subgroups that are in this group, and each are run by a local/neighborhood parent.
  • Oakdale Christian Homeschool Support Group – Christian perspective, open to all. Field trips, activities, park days, newsletter, e-mail loop, support & encouragement. $25/year/family. Contact information: Email JulieBeth Lamb or call (209) 838-6062.
  • Saints and Angels Catholic Home Educators of the Central Valley [SACHECV] – Provides support and fellowship for Catholic homeschool families in the central valley. Private membership, no fees. Free activities. Contact information: Email Suzan or call (209) 669-0777.
  • Shooting Stars 4-H Club – Daytime co-op 4-H Club that meets in Modesto. All parents help lead a full day of 4-H projects for members ages 3 to 19. Sign-Ups in July/August. Meets on selected Fridays between Aug and May. Members serve as club officers. 4-H strives to help youth grow in the areas of life skills, citizenship/community service, and leadership. Contact information: Email Cheryl Westberg.
  • Valley Home Educators – A non-profit Christian organization serving home educators in the central valley of California. Modesto area. Contact information: Email for Information or call (209) 303-3986.

Stanislaus County Directory of Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs)

Circle of Independent Learning Charter Schoolhttp://coil.schoolwires.net/site/default.aspx?PageID=1  Our vision requires that we regard parents as teachers and create individualized learning plans and teams to meet the personal needs of each student.  Becky Cimino bcimino@fremont.k12.ca.us 510-797-0100 ext. 29301

Connecting Waters Charter School  http://www.connectingwaters.org/ Grades: K-12  Counties Served: Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Santa Clara, and Tuolumne  The mission of CWCS is to:  Empower a community of parents, students, and teachers to create learning opportunities which will develop accountable, responsible, and contributing members of society who are independent, life-long learners. Phone: Sherri Nelson snelson@connectingwaters.org  209-874-1119 ext. 6

Delta Charter Elementary School  http://www.deltacharter.net/  Grades: K-8  Counties Served: Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus  Delta Charter School, a fully accredited public charter school serving San Joaquin and adjoining counties, is an innovative, personalized learning school committed to providing a quality, diverse education in a safe and supportive environment in order to empower students to be independent learners and productive citizens in preparation for college, career, and community life.  Phone: Jolene Hughes jhughes@njes.org 209-830-6363 Phone | 209-830-9707 Fax

Denair Charter Academy  http://www.dusd.k12.ca.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=57 Grades: Home Schooling (Grades K-8), Independent Study (Grade 7-12), Distance Learning (Grades 9-12)  Counties Served: Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tuolumne  The Denair Charter Academy is based on the belief that each student can succeed and deserves an education that is rigorous and well defined.  Phone: Office (209) 634-0917 Fax (209) 669-9282  dca@dusd.k12.ca.us

Gold Rush Charter School  http://www.goldrushcs.org/  Grades: K-12  Counties Served: Calaveras, Mariposa, Mono, Stanislaus and Tuolumne  The mission of Gold Rush Charter School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment of a free, public, student-centered education where K-12 students feel emotionally and academically connected in a standards-based education in home school, independent study, or optional class settings in Tuolumne and adjacent counties. Phone: 209-533-8644  email through website

Hickman Charter School  http://hcs.hickmanschools.org/  Grades: K-8 Counties Served: Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tuolumne  Hickman Charter School is a “university model”, which blends the best of study at home with on-site classes and online programs.  Phone: 209-874-9070  email through website

Horizon Charter School     http://www.horizoncharterschools.org/  Grades: K-12  Counties Served: El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, and Yuba  Admissions  (Enrollment Information ONLY) admissions@hcs.k12.ca.us  916.408.5210          toll free 800.338.8003 x 5210

Horizon Charter School (HCS), a public charter school authorized by the California State Board of Education, is a personalized learning independent study program serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Keyes to Learning Charter School   http://ktlcharterschool.com/  Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Alameda, Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tuolomne  Keyes To Learning Charter School, working in partnership with families and the community, will provide each student in kindergarten through twelfth grade with the materials, expertise and opportunities needed to be a productive citizen and lifelong learner. Phone: 209-634-6467  ktlcharterschool@yahoo.com

Merced Scholars Charter School  https://mcoe.org/deptprog/career/MCScholars/Pages/default.aspx  Grades: 6-12 Counties Served: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Our mission is to provide a collaborative culture for parents, staff and community partners while supporting career and college preparatory information and guidance for a seamless transition into higher education. Phone: 209-385-5361  Cindy Dispo cdispo@mcoe.org

Mountain Oaks School  http://www.mountainoaks.org/site/pages/home.cgi Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne Mountain Oaks offers the best of independent study at home, with on-site classes and online educational opportunities. Phone: 1-888-686-6257  mountainoaks@ccoe.k12.ca.us

Whitmore Charter Schools of Fine Arts and Technology  http://wcs.ceres.k12.ca.us/  Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tuolumne  Whitmore Charter School of Art and Technology is a site based Kindergarten through Eighth grade school with two classes at each grade. Phone: 209-556-1610


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