Support Groups
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 Alabama.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
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.
Co-Ops
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 Alabama.
Umbrella/Cover Schools
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.
Resource Centers
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.
Group Management
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.
What's Popular
Tennessee Homeschool Umbrella Schools
According to the Tennessee education code, homeschoolers have three ways to follow Tennessee homeschool laws. The most popular of these options with homeschool families is to enroll their child in a church-related umbrella school. These schools are operated by denominational, parochial or other church organizations and are required to meet specific standards of accreditation. Umbrella schools in Tennessee are free to choose their own operational procedures. Each school will vary on curriculum op...
AL Independent Homeschoolers
This email list is for those in Alabama whose home/family church sponsors the church school through which they home educate their children. This is often referred to as "being your own covering."
Christian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama (CHEF)
CHEF of Alabama was founded to serve all home educators in Alabama by providing information, services, and resources from a Christian perspective to anyone who needs help in the area of home schooling.
Homeschool - AL -Pinson, Trussville, and Center Point
Support group for homeschoolers and potential homeschoolers in the Pinson, Trussville, Center Point and surrounding areas in Alabama. Offers area park days, field trips, book swaps, clubs, information, support, and more.
Sunshine Learning Center
1703 North State Rd. 7 Margate, FL 33063 Phone: 954-971-7370
Alabama Independent Church Schools
Alabama Independent Church Schools, or The Alabama Independent Church School Association, is an association of home educators intended to disseminate accurate, and complete information to the homeschooling community, through the website, email list, message board, seminars, workshops, and discussions at activities. AICHA also provides support and assistance to new, small and other church schools, including information on getting started and administration, and helps to network church schools and...
East-Central AL Charlotte Mason Study Group
A Charlotte Mason Study Group for East-Central Alabama, whose members encourage and learn from each other during study of writings about the Charlotte Mason method.
North Alabama Trailblazers
North Alabama Trailblazers is a group of homeschooling families in Madison, Morgan, Limestone, AL, and Lincoln, TN, counties, meeting together for mutual socialization and companionship of children and parents alike. Offers field trips, seasonal and holiday parties, play days, and other activities.
Calvary School
This email group provides a means of communication and support for homeschoolers from Calvary School in Huntsville, Alabama.
AL Christian Homeschool
This email group is provided for Christian homeschoolers in Alabama.
Alabama Homeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in Alabama, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
Calvary School
PO Box 672 Madison, AL 35758 Phone: 256-922-0779 Calvary is an umbrella or cover school that provides parents a legal avenue to homeschool their children in the State of Alabama. Calvary School was established because most Alabama Churches only provide for their own members homeschooling. Calvary believes that parents should be able to educate their children and choose the curriculum that best fits their children. They accept homeschool students from all over the state of Alabama regardles...
North Alabama Home Educators (NAHE)
This is a not-for-profit support group for anyone in the North Alabama area interested in home education.
CM Families of the South
The purpose of this loop is to encourage homeschooling families living in the Southern states who are trying to incorporate the philosophy of Charlotte Mason in their homes in their efforts to raise their children with an enthusiasm for learning.
Alabama Unschoolers
AU is an open, unmoderated, inclusive list for anyone in, near or moving to Alabama with an interest in homeschooling with unschooling leanings. Since unschooling encompasses everything in your life, nothing is considered off-topic.
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