Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.
Local & State Groups
Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in Pennsylvania.
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.
A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in Pennsylvania.
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.
Public School Programs
Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.
Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.
Appalachian Regional Cooperative
Appalachian Regional Cooperative is an inclusive group of homeschoolers in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Pennsylvania Homeschool Group Leaders - PA-HmSc-GroupLeaders
This is a group for homeschool group leaders in Pennsylvania, regardless of religion or philosophy. It is intended for sharing ideas and encouraging each other. To join this group, you should be a group leader of a homeschool group in Pennsylvania or be interested in becoming a leader/starting a group in PA.
Homeschoolers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (delco-homeschool)
Email list for homeschoolers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Are you radically unschooling in PA? Would you like to meet others who hold the unschooling philosophy and live it while still complying with Act 169? This list is open for all aspects of unschooling families in PA--anything is welcome for discussion as unschooling is living and learning.
Butler PA Homeschool
This is an email group for homeschoolers/unschoolers of Butler County Pennsylvania.
Teens, Tweens, & Company of Northern NJ
Teens, Tweens, & Company of Northern NJ is a group that facilitates older activities aimed at middle/high schoolers. This is a network aimed at teens and their siblings. They aim to engage all of the children, but are particularly focused on the older ones, who, many times, get lost in the shuffle. Everyone is encouraged to meet up whenever, not just on meeting days. Teenagers are a social breed & they are hoping to fill this need, as well as get them involved in more formal activities. Members ...
Blair County Home Schoolers
This is a discussion, support and announcement list for Blair County Area (Pa) home learning families. The purpose of the list is to provide support for such families, a vehicle to organize and announce activities and share information. It is also open to anyone who is thinking about home teaching and/or researching home schooling. Anyone with an interest in home learning is welcome.
East Montgomery County PA Inclusive Homeschoolers
Eastern Montgomery County PA Inclusive Homeschoolers is an all-inclusive non-discriminating group of home educating families in and around Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Offers support and community for homeschooling families of all backgrounds.
Delaware Classical Home Educators Network Discussion Group
This is discussion loop is intended as an on-line extension of the classical network group forming in the DE-MD-NJ-PA area. This group is for those following the classical homeschooling education model, such as described in "The Well Trained Mind" (Jessie Wise and Susan Bauer) or similar method.
Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania
Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania serves hundreds of Catholic families in Pennsylvania who are faithful to the Magisterium of the Church & Pope John Paul II and who find home education to be their response to the Church's teaching to be the primary educators of their children. Offers a newsletter, annual conference, Catholic homeschool graduation, and more.
Inclusive email list for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania, especially those who enjoy a relaxed style of homeschooling.
Pennsylvania Home Education Network (PHEN)
The Pennsylvania Home Education Network is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax exempt, statewide organization of home educating families. PHEN exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, or educational philosophy, and to inform the general public about home education. Membership is open to all Pennsylvania residents who agree with the organization's inclusive ...
Pennsylvania Homeschool Resources
This group is intended to share resources for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania. Everyone is welcome to share favorite field trip ideas, bookstores, group class information, and other valuable resources for homeschoolers.
Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA)
Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA) is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators.
Social Home Educators of York (SHEY)
Social Home Educators of York (SHEY) is an alternative support group in York County, PA, for homeschooling families. They offer activities, field trips, support, friendship and fun. All homeschool styles and religious or non-religious members are welcome.
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