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.
- Sacramento Area Homeschool InfoChat – This all-inclusive group is for sharing info, experiences, and tidbits about homeschooling & unschooling. Brag on your kids, get connected and more. Serving Northern California: Antelope, Auburn, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, North Highlands, Humbolt, Placer, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Sutter, Woodland, Yuba, etc.
- The Yuba-Sutter Homeschool Meetup Group http://www.meetup.com/homeschool-532/ We are a homeschool support group meeting primarily in the Marysville and Yuba City area. To contact a member of the Organizing Team, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chico Country Day School http://www.chicocountryday.org/ Grades: K-8Counties Served: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Sutter, Tehama, Yuba This is a school based on the belief that the family is the child’s first and most important teacher, and we look forward to working and learning and teaching with you. Phone: 530-895-2650
- Hearthstone School http://www.hearthstoneschool.net/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Looking for an exciting alternative to traditional classroom instruction? You’ve found it! Hearthstone School is a Kindergarten through 12th grade independent learning program, but we also offer so much more. Phone: 530-532-5848
- Horizon Charter School http://www.horizoncharterschools.org/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, and Yuba Our staff is innovative and are always exploring ways that support students in both the classroom setting and in the home teaching environment Phone: 916-408-5200 email@example.com
- 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 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. Phone: 916-419-3788
- Pivot Charter School, North Valley http://www.advancedacademics.com/pivot-north-valley-charter-school/index.html Grades 6-12 Counties Served: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba phone: 877-544-1423
- South Sutter Charter School http://www.sscs.cc/ Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Butte, Colusa, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba We commit to providing innovative public education environments for students, their parents and teachers by empowering them to collaboratively create learning opportunities which will develop responsible and contributing members of society. Phone: 1-800-979-4436 http://www.ieminc.org/contact_us.html
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.