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.
- Branson Academy – We are a private homeschool satellite program that serves all counties in California. High school, special needs, or brand new to homeschooling? We’ve got you covered. Enjoy experienced support through our K-12 program. We take care of school transfers, maintain your child’s academic reports and transcripts, and help you homeschool successfully. Easy, affordable, flexible. Call Cynthia Simunovich at 831.726.3235 for personal guidance in exploring your home-based educational options.
- All Ways Learning – A non-sectarian, inclusive support group for Silicon Valley homeschoolers. Park Days are at a different park each month, call for dates/times. Contact information: Email Denise Osterback or call (408) 268-6858, or Email Tammy Kohn or call (408) 227-9715.
- Bay Area Homeschool Field Trips [BAHFT] – An e-mail group for homeschoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Get information on field trips, classes, and events of interest to homeschoolers. Any member may organize trips, and post events sponsored by other groups.
- Bay Area Multi-Cultural Homeschool Educators [BAM-HE] – This group exists to provide support and resources to families of color who homeschool in the Bay Area. Provides multicultural-rich information, resources, curricula, field trips, learning opportunities, park/play days in both the East Bay and South Bay and other things of interest. BAM-HE through the website.
- Bay Area Schools In Christ [BASIC] – This Christian homeschoolers support group serves families in the vicinity of the mid-Peninsula/South Bay area. Contact information: Email Aimee McNally.
- Cataldi Park Homeschoolers – This group is for homeschoolers, anyone planning to homeschool, or even thinking about homeschooling. We meet for park days mainly, as a means for the parents and kids to socialize, but also meet for field trips and classes. We welcome everyone, no matter what age your child or children are. Contact information: Email Julia Montero, or Email to Join Group.
- Families for Him – Serving Fremont, Milpitas and surrounding areas. We are open to any members! Most of us are Christian, but not all. We welcome anyone and everyone! We have great Mom’s night outs, fun, monthly park days, field trips and lots of encouragement and support. We also have a monthly Girls Club! Free to join!
- Heart and Soul Homeschoolers [H.A.S.H.] – A homeschool support group which meets in the Milpitas and surrounding areas every Thursday from 11 a.m. till the last family leaves. It is open to all homeschoolers, new and seasoned, and those seriously considering homeschooling. H.A.S.H. welcomes families of all faiths, backgrounds and homeschooling styles. Bring a lawn chair, lunch and sunscreen and join us each Thursday while the kids play and parents visit. Serving the Milpitas, Berryessa, N. San Jose and Fremont areas. Contact information: Email Lisa O’Brien or call (408) 621-4352.
- Homeschooling Park Hoppers – An all inclusive homeschooling park day group that meets every Monday from 1-4pm in parks located throughout Santa Clara County. Our park group is attended by all age groups from preschoolers to teens. Check out our website for our yearly park schedule. All are welcome, so come join us any time! Contact information: Email for Information.
- Memorial Park Homeschoolers – Inclusive informal group that meets weekly at Memorial Park in Cupertino for social connecting of home school kids of all ages. Children may organize their own games – capture the flag, etc., scooter, skate, and some live action role playing. Pets sometimes come. In inclement weather, a room at the library provides shelter while the kids play board games. Contact information: Email Kiley DeMond or call (650) 968-0698, or call Elina Whaley at (408) 489-4257.
- Mid-Peninsula Homeschoolers – Serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, meeting for fun, friendship, support, networking, and information gathering every Wednesday at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Contact information: Email Rita or call (650) 365-2070.
- Milpitas Homeschool Support – Inclusive group for homeschool families living in Milpitas, Berryessa district of San Jose, or Warm Springs area of Fremont. Park days Wednesdays at Cataldi Park in San Jose, late mornings during daylight savings, afternoons in standard time. Contact information: Email for Information, or Email to Join Group.
- Regina Pacis Catholic Homeschooling Support Group – Our group meets on Wednesdays and the first Friday of each month. We have a teen group, Boys and Girls Clubs and a sports programs. Contact information: Email Laurel Moran or call (650) 969-6656.
- San Francisco Bay Unschooling Network [SFBUN] – SFBUN’s mission is to create and support an unschooling community in the San Francisco Bay Area. All ages are welcome. SFBUN meets for a variety of indoor and outdoor events, video gaming, and other fun outings. Contact information: Email Pam T. or call (510) 527-1119.
- South Bay FREE Scholars – Non-structured, non-sectarian group in the South Bay Area. Contact information: Call Janine Cate at (408) 243-7121.
- Students Educated Lovingly At Home [S.E.L.A.H.] – A non-denominational support group for Christian homeschooling families in Santa Clara County, California. We offer encouragement and instruction for parents and children, learning and social activities, service projects and resource information. We are organized into a network of homegroups in the South Bay and South Peninsula region which meet separately in homes and participate in activities together. Contact information: Email Janet Niblack.
Mill Valley Chickens – Full Service Poultry Sales in the Bay Area
415- 389 – 8216
Offering a full range of services for urban and suburban back yard farmers, Mill Valley Chickens based in Marin County is a valuable gem. Mill Valley Chickens hand raises their heritage chickens; custom designs and builds backyard chicken coops and runs; offers entry level classes on raising backyard chickens; and also has a complete line of chicken feed, supplies and products, such as heaters, feeders, water dishes and more, that are specifically designed for backyard chicken enthusiasts.
Mill Valley Chickens is also available for private on site consultations, coop cleanings and offers home visits and deliveries to their service area – Marin, San Francisco, East Bay, Sonoma, the Peninsula and Santa Clara counties.
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.
– The Reading Clinic offers customized 1-to-1 instruction using research based multi-sensory programs to strengthen reading, language comprehension, writing and math. We also offer educational assessments to pin point strengths and weaknesses in these areas. We have locations in San Mateo, Palo Alto and Saratoga. Contact information: Email Heather Gipson or call (650) 325-0245.