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 Arizona.
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 Arizona.
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.
Front Range Christian School Homeschool Program
Front Range Christian offers homeschool options for K-12 students. Elementary and junior high students (K-8) may participate in a one day per week homeschool enrichment program. Senior high students (9th-12th) may choose from any core or elective courses (on a space available basis). Front Range Christian School also offers a complete umbrella program for families desiring assistance with record keeping, graduation and more.
Arizona Jewish Homeschoolers
Arizona Jewish Homeschoolers is a discussion forum and information exchange for homeschooling and unschooling Jewish educators/parents (or those just thinking about it), living in Arizona. It should serve as a means to discuss issues unique to the Arizona Jewish homeschool environment, and a means by which friendships may be formed, events will be planned, and joint homeschool activities may be held. Most of the members are in the Greater Phoenix area, but welcome those from surrounding areas.
CHEC Independent School
A part of Christian Home Educators of Colorado, the CHEC Independent School is an umbrella school that serves homeschool families across the state from our home office in Parker. They believe that parents are responsible for the education of their children, and through the Independent School, they purpose to help Colorado parents to succeed in that God-given role. Enrolling with the CHEC Independent School offers the opportunity to satisfy your legal responsibilities, recordkeeping, and access t...
Desert Homeschoolers of D-M
The Desert Homeschoolers of D-M is an inclusive support group for homeschooling families assigned to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson AZ. All homeschoolers, of all ages, religious backgrounds and schooling methods are welcome. Offers park days, field trips, and other activities.
A support group for unschoolers who wish to communicate with other like minded individuals. Focused on the entire Phoenix area, with members in North Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear and Desert Hills. Meeting spots are alternated so that meetings are as convenient as possible for everyone.
West Side Home Educators
West Side Home Educators supports homeschooling families in Peoria, Glendale, North Phoenix, Surprise and other West Valley communities. This is a mostly Christian group, but is not affiliated with a particular denomination. Offers educational and social activities, field trips, sports, weekly activities, and more.
Mi C.A.S.A. Homeschoolers
Mi C.A.S.A. Homeschoolers is a homeschool support group serving the Casa Grande Valley and surrounding communities in Arizona.
North Phoenix Unschoolers - Life Long Learning in North Phoenix
Do you unschool your children and live in the North Phoenix, Arizona area (Paradise Valley, North Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Anthem, New River, Black Canyon City, Desert Hills)? North Phoenix Unschoolers is a Yahoo group that offers support and opportunities to connect with other unschoolers in your area.
Learning Expedition is a secular home schooling social support group serving metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Most members live in NE Phoenix and in Scottsdale, but all are welcome. Offers weekly meetings and other activities.
Summit View - West Valley
This group is a branch of Summit View Homeschool Cooperative and serves the West Valley cities of Phoenix, Glendale, Avondale, Litchfield, Tonopah and other westside communities.
Better Education Through Tradition (BETT) Home Educators
BETT places an emphasis on cooperative teaching, strong family values, and the importance of education. BETT has a Tucson-wide membership base. Monthly field trips and cooperative teaching are offered to facilitate a lifelong enjoyment of learning.
Central AZ Life Learners
Central AZ Life Learners is a support group for Life Learners and Unschoolers in both the East and West Valley.
eXL Learning Homeschool Hangout
This resource center offers homeschool assessments, speakers and events related to homeschooling topics, classes and tutoring, portfolio development and college preparation, and additional diagnostic assessments.
Support group for homeschoolers who follow a child-led method of education. Meeting spots alternate between the East, West, North, and South Valley, and members live in North Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Goodyear, and other surrounding communities. Meetings are primarily for socialization and support.
Roadrunner Home Schoolers
This is a Christ-centered homeschooling support group serving the needs of families with children of preschool age to grade 12 in the Greater Phoenix area. Offers activities and get-togethers, along with field trips, clubs, classes, holiday events, and support.
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