Tuolumne County



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.
  • Twain Harte Area Homeschoolers – Serving: Twain Harte, MI Wuk, Sugar Pine, Sonora, Tuolumne City, Strawberry and points in between. An inclusive group. Come join us for fun and adventure in the woods. Exciting field trips, play dates, roller blading, cavern trips, river rafting, camping and more. Contact information:Email Annette M. Hall or call (209) 586-9652.


  • Connecting Waters Charter School  http://www.connectingwaters.org/ Grades: K-12  Counties Served: Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Santa Clara, and Tuolumne. The mission of CWCS is to:  Empower a community of parents, students, and teachers to create learning opportunities which will develop accountable, responsible, and contributing members of society who are independent, life-long learners. Phone: Sherri Nelson snelson@connectingwaters.org  209-874-1119 ext. 6
  • Denair Charter Academy  http://www.dusd.k12.ca.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=57 Grades: Home Schooling (Grades K-8), Independent Study (Grade 7-12), Distance Learning (Grades 9-12)  Counties Served: Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. The Denair Charter Academy is based on the belief that each student can succeed and deserves an education that is rigorous and well defined. Phone: Office (209) 634-0917 Fax (209) 669-9282  dca@dusd.k12.ca.us
  • Gold Rush Charter School  http://www.goldrushcs.org/  Grades: K-12  Counties Served: Calaveras, Mariposa, Mono, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. The mission of Gold Rush Charter School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment of a free, public, student-centered education where K-12 students feel emotionally and academically connected in a standards-based education in home school, independent study, or optional class settings in Tuolumne and adjacent counties. Phone: 209-533-8644  email through website
  • Hickman Charter School  http://hcs.hickmanschools.org/  Grades: K-8 Counties Served: Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tuolumne. Hickman Charter School is a “university model”, which blends the best of study at home with on-site classes and online programs. Phone: 209-874-9070  email through website
  • Keyes to Learning Charter School   http://ktlcharterschool.com/  Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Alameda, Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tuolomne. Keyes To Learning Charter School, working in partnership with families and the community, will provide each student in kindergarten through twelfth grade with the materials, expertise and opportunities needed to be a productive citizen and lifelong learner. Phone: 209-634-6467  ktlcharterschool@yahoo.com
  • Merced Scholars Charter School https://mcoe.org/deptprog/career/MCScholars/Pages/default.aspx Grades: 6-12 Counties Served: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. Our mission is to provide a collaborative culture for parents, staff and community partners while supporting career and college preparatory information and guidance for a seamless transition into higher education. Phone: 209-385-5361  Cindy Dispo cdispo@mcoe.org
  • Mountain Oaks School  http://www.mountainoaks.org/site/pages/home.cgi  Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne. Mountain Oaks offers the best of independent study at home, with on-site classes and online educational opportunities. Phone: 1-888-686-6257  mountainoaks@ccoe.k12.ca.us
  • Whitmore Charter Schools of Fine Arts and Technology http://wcs.ceres.k12.ca.us/  Grades: K-12 Counties Served: Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tuolumne. Whitmore Charter School of Art and Technology is a site based Kindergarten through Eighth grade school with two classes at each grade. Phone: 209-556-1610

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.