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.
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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.
East Lake United Methodist Church Academy
6206 Whippoorwill Dr. Pinson, AL 35126 Phone: 205-680-6881 East Lake United Methodist Church Academy is an inclusive church school for the home educated in Birmingham, Alabama.
Central Alabama Independent Homeschools
This group is open to anyone homeschooling, or interested in homeschooling, in or near Central Alabama. This group is primarily for those who have chosen to homeschool under their own umbrella, without the use of a cover school. This group is intended to be a tool to meet parents in similar circumstances to discuss issues, curriculums, challenges etc.
Sunshine Learning Center
1703 North State Rd. 7 Margate, FL 33063 Phone: 954-971-7370
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.
Home Educators of Alabama Round Table (HEART)
HEART offers email support list, information on homeschooling laws, online newsletter, listing of church (cover) schools, and much more.
Georgia Homeschool Network
This Facebook group offers a place where homeschool families can come together and stay up-to-day on what's going on in the homeschool world in Georgia. 
AL Christian Homeschool
This email group is provided for Christian homeschoolers in Alabama.
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.
Elmore County Homeschool Organization (ECHO)
The Elmore County Homeschool Organization (ECHO) is a support group for homeschooling families in the tri-county area (Elmore, Autauga, Montgomery) of Alabama. Offers meetings, practical support for parents, activities and playtime for children, monthly field trips, and more.
Creative Play Workshop: Gentle Parenting at Play
This is an Attachment Parenting oriented group of parents who gather together with their children in the Birmingham area weekly. Workshops are fun, casual, parent-child interactive, and currently designed for toddlers through preschoolers, with younger siblings welcomed and arrangements that can be made to help older siblings feel at home, too.
Mobile Home Educators
Mobile Area Home Educators' Network is a homeschool support group based in Mobile, Alabama. Offers field trips, play groups, and other activities.
Homeschool-Alabama
This list is for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Alabama. All Alabama homeschool parents (or those planning to homeschool in Alabama) are welcome regardless of reasons for home schooling, religion, etc. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome.
Brook Hills Heart & Home Educators
Brook Hills Heart & Home Educators promotes unity and community among Brook Hills' home-based educators by providing encouragement, resources, and support.
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...
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