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.
- Christian Homeschoolers of Solano County [CHSC] – Serving Christian homeschooling families in Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun, Winters and Dixon California. We offer park days, art classes, field trips, holiday parties and special interest clubs. We are activity based and not a co-op. Come, fellowship with other families for support and friendship! Contact information: Email Vanessa Stone or call (707) 446-2152.
- Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer Chapter: – TORCH of the East Bay, Catholic perspective. Contact information: Email Joni Durling or call (925) 757-6896.
- Mark West Charter School http://mwcharter.org/ Grades: K-8 Counties Served: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Independent Home Study Phone 707-524-2741 Fax 707-524-2782. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Pursuing Academic Choices Together (P.A.C.T) http://pact.natomascharter.org/ Grades K-8 Counties Served: Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo. Main Line: (916) 419-3788 FAX: (916) 419-9133. Tracy Chatters Program Coordinator email@example.com The Mission of Natomas Charter School’s PACT Program is to provide quality education for children in partnership with the home and community by assisting and helping parents in their effort to maximize the lifelong learning potential of their children.
- Orchard View School http://www.orchardviewschool.org/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Main Office: (707) 823-4709 Fax: (707) 823-6187 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Manager: Terri Cirimele. 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.
- Pathways Charter School http://www.pathwayscharter.org/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Lake, Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Phone: 707-585-6510 Toll Free: 1-800-622-9403 Pathways Charter School provides an individualized, home-based,independent studyeducational option to self-directed students from diverse backgrounds in grades K-12 living in five North Bay Area Counties
- Pivot Charter School, North Bay http://www.pivotnorthbay.com Grades: 6-12 Counties Served: Lake, Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Call 707-843-4676 email@example.com The program is designed to utilize an online curriculum coupled with site based offerings that allows students to work at their own pace, receive immediate online tutoring, and participate in small group instruction classes and tutorials with site-based California-credentialed teachers.
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.