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.
IMPORTANT:Note: Our information includes both Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups and Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs) formerly known as Independent Study Programs (ISPs).
What’s the difference?
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.
PSPs or ISPs are private schools, usually small in enrollment, but schools nonetheless. Homeschooling families may enroll and pay tuition, in order to receive the administrative support of a school. This includes record-keeping of attendance, grades, testing and transcripts preparation.
To separate them, we have placed the letters PSP or ISP in the title of such schools.
- Homespun Homeschool Network [HHN] (http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/homespunhomeschoolnetwork/info)
- Homespun helps homeschoolers in Mendocino and Lake Counties get together for support and fun. Monthly park day in Redwood Valley. Play days, field trips, classes, and other events organized by members. Free workshops for parents and others interested in homeschooling.
- Shepherd’s Gate Homeschool Support Group
- Supports Christian families who educate their children at home with resources, advice, monthly meetings, field trips, activities, graduation ceremonies, prayer and friendship. Ukiah serves as the hub for most of our meetings and activities. Contact information: Email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 462-4501.
- Contra Costa Christian Private School Satellite Program (http://www.cccss.org/psp.html#top)
- This program exists to bring the Christian community together to help Christian families educate their children from home. Our goal is to work with the homes and churches to produce graduates who love God, view the world from His perspective and are academically and spiritually equipped to be godly members of society.
- Alder Grove Charter School (http://www.aldergrovecharter.org/)
- Alder Grove Charter School is an independent study charter school, K-12, in Northern California that provides a voluntary public educational choice for families of students who choose to educate their children in the home environment. We believe individual differences and the uniqueness of each child are to be supported and celebrated. Our mission is to serve students through personalized learning and supporting parental choice in education.
- e-Scholar Academy Charter School (http://www.escholaracademy.net/)
- We offer a full range of online academic courses, for students enrolled in grades seven through Adult. Students who live in Tehama and the five adjacent counties are eligible to enroll.
Our target is any student who can benefit most from a self-paced, individualized instruction that is delivered on site or in the home via technology. We believe that, given a comprehensive and mastery-based curriculum, high expectations, access to technology (computer and Internet), strong instructional support, guidance from experienced teachers, a strong commitment from parents (or other caring adults), and a well-conceived virtual education program can help boost student achievement, serve the unique needs of students and families, and offer a new model for effective public education in the 21st century.
- Mark West Charter School (http://mwcharter.org/)
- Our Mission is to help develop young adults who are confident, academically challenged and aware of their community. Students are supported through technology, hands on project learning and caring staff members.
- Orchard View School (http://www.orchardviewschool.org/)
- Orchard View School is a K-12 independent study charter school located 55 miles north of San Francisco, adjacent to the city of Sebastopol, California. The school was chartered by the Twin Hills School District in 2000.
Utilizing a non-traditional learning environment, Orchard View School treats each student as a person with unique needs, skills, goals, and interests. Supervising teachers design individualized lesson plans that offer flexibility in the implementation of the student’s educational goals and objectives. Students meet regularly with a credentialed supervising teacher who works with the parents and students to develop and monitor the academic program.
Orchard View offers a wide variety of on-campus K-8 enrichment classes such as art, writing, science lab, garden club, history, drama, and Spanish. High school on-campus classes include biology, chemistry, algebra, geometry, art, environmental, science, world cultures, English, and Spanish.
- Pivot Charter School, North Bay (http://www.advancedacademics.com/pivot-north-bay-charter-school/index.html)
- Our courses can be accessed 24 hours day and provide an innovative, high-quality education. We incorporate an online curriculum with California-credentialed online teachers and California-credentialed on-site teachers working side by side with students as they are engaged in their courses. This allows a student’s educational program to be individualized to their needs enabling them to successfully complete their requirements, graduate on time, and move into the next stages of either career or college life.
The curriculum is completely online, so students can receive individual support from online and on-site teachers, participate in classes, and work at a pace that is commensurate with their abilities.
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom – Free K-12 Teaching Resources
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom provides free K-12 teaching resources available for free downloading at LearnAboutAg.org (lesson plans, fact sheets, student newspapers and more). California educators can request print copies, shipped at no expense.
The Plant Science lesson plans (http://learnaboutag.org/resources/learn_plant.cfm) help students discover what plants need to grow through hands-on lessons and activities: Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team (K-3), What Do Plants Need to Grow? (2-4), Too Much? Too Little? (5-8), and Chemistry, Fertilizer, and the Environment (8-12). All resources are aligned to current California Standards. The organization also provides an annual teacher conference (July 14-15, 2017) and the Imagine this… Story Writing Contest for grades 3-8 (November 1 annual deadline). Learn more and request free resources at LearnAboutAg.org.