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.
- Alder Grove Charter School – http://www.aldergrovecharter.org/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Trinity. 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. Phone: 707-268-0854
- Chrysalis Charter School -http://www.chrysalischarterschool.com/Chrysalis/InfoQuestingFamilies/Home_school_program.htm Grades: K-8 Counties Served: Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. The Chrysalis home school program has provided a framework of flexible accountability as well as a helpful mentoring relationship for parents serving their children as teachers. Call Karen Shuster, Home School Facilitator, at 474-4618 with questions, or call the school office at 547-9726 to enroll
- Coastal Grove Charter School (Waldorf Inspired) http://www.coastalgrove.org/ Grades: K-8 Counties Served: Humboldt and Trinity. Coastal Grove Charter School offers a Homeschool Program that is available for both families using curriculum inspired by Waldorf methods as well as families using other curriculums. Phone: 707-825-8804 email@example.com
- eScholar Academy Charter School http://www.escholaracademy.net/ Grades: 3-12 Counties Served: Butte, Glenn, Mendocino, Plumas, Shasta, Tehama and Trinity. We offer a full range of online academic courses, for students enrolled in grades seven through Adult. Phone: 530-527-0188 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Golden Eagle Charter School – http://www.gecs.org/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity. GECS in an independent study charter school that provides a voluntary public educational choice for families who choose to educate their children through personalized learning. Phone: 530-926-5800 Weed Learning Center: 530-938-0558 Yreka Learning Center: 530-842-7257
- Shasta Secondary Home School (SSHS) – http://www.charterhomeschool.net/ Grades: 6-12 Counties Served: Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. Combining classroom and non-classroom personalized learning models, the question is, how do you want to do school? Phone: 530-245-2600 email@example.com
- Stellar Charter School – http://stellar.reddingschools.net/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Lassen, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. Another option for students is full-time home study, with the same support and supervision from the teacher. Phone: 530-245-7730
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 for homeschoolers 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.