Homeschool Groups: PENNSYLVANIA
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Local & State homeschool groups or organizations in PENNSYLVANIA
PENNSYLVANIA PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN)
1414 N. Cameron Street, Suite C
Harrisburg, PA 17103
Phone: (717) 236-8110
Toll Free: (800) 692-7443
TDD: (877) 375-7139
FAX: (717) 236-0192
: The mission of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)
231 N Chestnut Street, Palmyra, PA 17078
CHAP exists to support and encourage home educators. A distinctly Christian organization with a statement of faith, CHAP works closely with PA groups and organizations from other states to maintain homeschool freedoms. CHAP seeks to nurture education that is Christian, and supports education that is in harmony with Judeo-Christian principles. The CHAP Homeschool Convention, held on the second full weekend of May at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg draws over 7,500 people and is one of the largest homeschool conventions in the world.
105 Richman LN, Kittanning, PA 16201
Contact: Susan & Howard Richman
Publishes a 32-page quarterly newsletter, featuring comprehensive listing of support groups across the state and PA homeschool evaluators, resource reviews, many articles from parents, and much more. Offers a Fall Testing Service across PA, using the Terra Nova, to help families meet the testing requirements under the PA homeschool law. Publishes an inexpensive 'Guide to the PA Homeschool Law'. Also offers excellent AP Online test prep classes, which we (Homeschool World) recommend from personal experience!
Association of Christians Teaching Students at home
Contact: Patti Hunt
Description: Association of Christians Teaching Students at home is primarily based in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Serving Christ and homeschoolers in the Littlestown School District and surrounding area, Goals:
1. to help homeschoolers in the Littlestown School District and neighboring districts to become aquainted and to develop an information loop via the internet.
2. to provide emotional support and encouragement to homeschooling families in Pa.
3. to plan field trips to local businesses and provide other educational opportunities for homeschoolers.
Requirements: Be interested in networking with other homeschool families.
Benefits: Support via email Yahoo! Group, field trips
ATG Learning Academy
27 West Butler Ave, Chalfont Plaza, Chalfont, PA 18914
Contact: Phyllis Dignam
Fax: (215) 996-4292
ATG is a non profit private school, offering tutoring and testing services for homeschool students of all ages, grades 1-12. We have PA certified teachers to teach all high school subjects that are requested or mandated, and we specialize in educating students who have language difficulties (reading-writing) (Wilson Language Program), ADHD, Dyslexia, and Aspergers. ATG also offers PSSA testing for its students.
Blair County Area Homeschoolers Network
1076 Edgewood Drive, Duncansville, PA 16635
Contact: Lois Kaneshiki
We are a loose network of homeschoolers and cyberschoolers in the Blair County area. Meet and interact with other homeschoolers by joining our list. We also do field trips and have a small history co-op.
Bucks Area Home Schoolers
Contact: Jerry Schmoyer
215-348-8086 or (215) 348-0838
Description: We have weekly Bible history sessions for children (Tuesday 10-12) and teens (Tuesday 12:30-2:30), a yearly family retreat at Camp Sankanac, newsletter, World View camps for teens, parent's meetings, testing, and a news letter. We also sponsor a co-op.
Benefits: See group description
Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania
101 South College Street, Myerstown PA 17067-1212
Contact: Larry and Ellen Kramer
Publish a bi-monthly newsletter. Legislative alerts, e-alerts, homeschool support, annual conference and curriculum fair each year in April, Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises for 8th and 12th graders each year in June.
Christian Homeschool Fellowship Club/Co-op
Contact: Grace Ciszkowski
Description: We meet on Fridays for fellowship, co-op classes & fun! Classes are designed for ages 10 and up, great for teens. We have gaming days, field trips, craft days, special interest projects, etc..Our group is small and intimate...ideal for close friendships to develop!
Requirements: No membership fees. Each parent takes a turn providing lunch for the group as we usually meet from 10:00 am until 2pm.
Benefits: Close friendships, Co-op classes, Field trips
Optional non-denominational Homeschool Bible Study Classes for all ages, on Wednesday mornings at a nearby church.
Christian Home Educators' Fellowship of Lycoming County
RR#1 Box 348B, Cogan Station, PA 17728
Contact: Greg and Lisa Schaeffer
Phone: (717) 435-0717
Christian Home Educator Support Services
Contact: Patti Hunt
Description: To seek out and provide educational resources to families who educate students at home under Act 169 of The Pennsylvania School Code (Section 1327.1 PA Public School Code)or under the Private Tutoring Provision Of The Pennsylvania School Code
Requirements: Willingness to plan homeschool activities and to support fundraising efforts.
Benefits: Information via email Yahoo!Group, field trips, lending library, personal profit account for school supplies and class costs.
Cost: $2 per family/year
Christian Homeschoolers of Mercer County
464 Centertown Road, Grove City, PA 16127
Contact: Gaye Welton
Description: Monthly meetings on second Tuesdays at 1 PM, Mothers' Meeting on 1st Tuesday evenings, small clubs for specific age groups and gender. Field trips, yearbook, Scholastic book club fliers, Pizza Hut Book-it program. Children of all ages; 22 families in the year 2003-4.
Requirements: Our constiTuition states: Each family is currently homeschooling or is anticipating doing so and is complying with the Pennsylvania homeschool law. Each family regularly worships at a church whose beliefs are in line with Article 3 of the constiTuition. Each family will follow the requirement of coordinating at least one activity day, field trip, or special event during the school year.
Benefits: Monthly newsletter, planned field trips, Pizza Hut book-it program, Scholastic book fliers for all grade levels.
Cost: $11 yearly
Coalition of Homeschoolers Across Lancaster County (CHALC)
P.O. Box 480, Leola, PA 17540-0480
CHALC serves 30 support groups and 800 families in the Lancaster area through a monthly newsletter, yearly graduation ceremony, and promotional events.
Commonwealth Education Organization
90 Beta Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Contact: Mary Pride
Not a homeschool group per se, but a parent-led coalition advocating improvement in PA education. Their newsletter (now online) has been a great source of help in analyzing many educational fads. Lots of info here of interest to PA families and others affected by similar educational policies.
Delaware Classical HomeEducators Network
Description: DEClassical Home Educators Network --- This discussion loop is intended as an on-line extension of the classical network group in the northern Delaware, northeastern Maryland, southwestern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvanica 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.We are an all-inclusive Classical home educators support group, with members in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersy and Pennsylvania, meeting year-round to chat, discuss goals and educational resources, and to support each other. This group is open to families who are actively home educating children in grades K - 12. We are open to discussing issues of classical education with those who are considering classically homeschooling their children in the future.
Requirements: You will need to introduce yourself to the moderators before being approved for membership. After approval, you will be asked to introduce yourself to the group as well.
Benefits: This is a forum for exchanging information, ideas, upcoming events, opportunities, and resources in support of our common effort to provide a classical education for our children. As a smaller group it will afford us the opportunity to get to know each other.
Endless Mountains Homeschoolers
RD 3 Box 80, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914
Phone: (717) -549-8179
Liberty Home Educators of Fayette County
Family Instructors of the South Hills (FISH)
Contact: Nancy Sikes
Description: Our purpose is to provide information, inspiration, and support for Christian home school families in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The leaders and members of FISH have purposed that the organization and all of its activities and publications will be consistently and forthrightly Christian to the honor and glory of the Lord God.
Requirements: application and dues
Benefits: discount for HSLDA,E-mail group, meetings, field trips, A regional workshop & curriculum fair. Local competition for spelling bee and history fair Recognition Night gathering at end of May.
Cost: $5 yearly
Harmony Home Educators
Homeschoolers of Allegheny Valley Educational (H.A.V.E.N.)
Contact: Missy D.
Description: Pre-school through Jr. High
Requirements: No Special Requirements. However, we encourage all members to find ways to use their time and talents to support the group.
Benefits: Planned Field Trips, Co-operative learning, Parent Support.
Harmony Home Educators
Description: The mission of Harmony Home Educators is to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ by promoting private Christian home education as an outstanding educational opportunity; providing information, training and support to the homeschool community; and protecting the God-given right of parents to direct the education and training of their children, to the glory of God.Harmony Home Educators is a support group in the true sense. Each member is encouraged to contribute to the group in terms of effort, creativity, time and planning.
Benefits: Monthly enrichment days and parents' meetings, newsletter, field trips, lending library, website, standardized testing, summer park days with a Bible study for mothers.
Cost: $15 E-mail newsletter / $25 US mail newsletter, yearly
Hazleton Area Homeschoolers
Contact: Leigh Genasevish
We provide support, encouragement and information to those who are homeschooling or considering homeschooling. Membership in HAH is available and includes access to co-op activities, field trips, discounted standardized testing, PE classes, used curriculum sale, awards banquet in May, and many other benefits. Founded in 1998.
Description: HAH is a Christian support group. We provide support and encouragement to Christian families who file under the PA Act 169 of 1988 Homes Education Law. We host monthly parent support meetings, open to the public, on the fourth Monday of every month (Sept. - May) at 7:00pm.We have monthly field trips and/or activity days for the children. We also offer different co-ops each year and have monthly bowling times.
Requirements: All members must: sign or agree to the group's statement of faith, be homeschooling according to the PA ACT 169 of 1988 Home Education State Law, and volunteer for one area of interest. (bring snack to a meeting, set up a filed trip, help with activity day, etc.)
Benefits: Benefits of HAH group membership include: access to group email list, participation in organized activities, discounted standardized testing, CHAP affiliation, discount on HSLDA, and end of year awards banquet.
Cost: $10 yearly
Hazleton Catholic Homeschoolers
Serving Luzerne, Carbon, Schuylkill and Columbia counties
A network of Catholic homeschooling families from Hazleton and the surrounding communities; we offer support meetings for parents, field trips, activity days, standardized testing, geo-bee, and year-end open house/ awards presentation.
HomeSchool Boys & Girls Club
Based in Quakertown, PA 18951
Contact: Michele Buono
The HomeSchool Boys & Girls Club is an informal, inclusive group of homeschooling families in the Upper Bucks area. Our website and weekly email keep members updated on current community service projects, activities, and field trips.
HOPE Home School
Based in Scranton, PA 18504
Contact: Sheila Duggan
We are a new support group in Lackawanna County. For the upcoming year we plan Field Trips, Campbell's Labels program, a Pick a Country Month, Book-it program, Seminars, Library Trips, etc.
Huntingdon Area Homeschoolers
RR 1 Box 254A
Contact: Cyndy Taylor
Description: Informal group, activities include high school study groups, a writer's club, field trips, Pizza Hut Book-It Requirements: no requirements to be a part
Benefits: email news
Indiana Christian Homeschool Association
Contact: Kathy Combs
Description: Group runs about 20 families at this time. We meet monthly for co-op classes or field trips. Adults also meet one evening each month for times of sharing and networking about what works for them with regards to homeschooling.
Requirements: We expect each member family to oversee one event, co-op or field trip each
year (at a minimum). That includes planning, and promotion.
Benefits: ICHA events are open only to members, and first-time visitors who might be
thinking about joining the group.
Cost: $10 yearly
JOY Catholic Homeschoolers
Contact: Jennifer Sikora
Description: Currently (1/05), we have six Catholic families who meet about once a month for social gatherings. We have various other events and meetings throughout the year as we schedule them. The age ranges of the children are: one due any day now!!!! all the way up to a 13 year old lovely young woman. New members are welcome!
Requirements: No official requirements, although we are a Catholic group who will pray the rosary, have Vespers services, home masses, etc. We honor Mary and all the Saints.
Benefits: The help and love of each other!
Jr. Explorers Club for Homeschoolers
Contact: Grace Ciszkowski
Description: Free field trip club for homeschool children, ages 4-18. We go on monthly field trips to fun, educational locations. Checkout our webpage for past trip locations. We've been exploring together since 2002.
Benefits: We receive many group discounts, tours and free classes and concert tickets. Our large group of over 200 families provides for excellent networking within the community.Free membership cards available.
Online message board for planning and for great homeschooling links.
Lancaster County Homeschool Friends
Contact: Lorrie Shenenberger
Description: This is a group primarily for getting together for field trips, fun classes, parties, and more. We also are planning on Mom's night out and a Christmas Tea.
Requirements: The only requirement that we have is that you will be willing to plan at least one activity per year.
Benefits: We have a monthly newsletter that is sent to your e-mail. All other contact is through our group website.
Lighthouse Learning Christian Co-op
Hillside Christian Church, Sinking Spring PA
Contact: Angie Staudt
We are a volunteer-run co-op meeting on Thursdays September through May. We offer activities for K-12, each grade group following a set schedule. You are encouraged to participate, but also welcome to drop your children off and return for them at the end of the day. Membership fees are $25.00 per family per month, and cover our building expenses and some supplies.
Maryland/Pennsylvania Home Learners
P.O. Box 67, Shrewsbury, PA 17361
Phone: (717) 993-3603
Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association (MDHSA)
32 West Main Street #5, Waynesboro, PA 17268
Contact: Barbara Snider
We offer: A high school diploma program; co-op for students through 8th grade; a secondary level program for 7th-12th graders (ALPS); newsletter; workshops; advocacy with school districts; and a variety of useful publications.
Moriah Homeschooling Co-op
Serving Central Bucks County and Montgomery County, PA
Contact: Dalissa Reeder
An inclusive group of families focused on providing support and encouragement to each other as we teach our children and continue learning new things. The only requirement for this group is participation - each family is expected to plan and implement at least one class / field trip / ? per year.
Myerstown Enrichment Center
408 Golf Road, Myerstown, PA 17067
Contact: Reni Weixler
Phone: (717) 866-7241
A homeschool co-op of 40-50 families that meets for classes every Monday. Our fieldtrips are open to everyone, also a mom's night out is held monthly. CAT testing is available annually.
North Pocono Homeschoolers
Based in Moscow area, PA 18444
Contact: Kathy Whitney
We have a weekly co-operative with classes for K-6 and 7-12 graders. As an extension of the co-op parents have set up annual geography and spelling bees. We attend various field trips and hold an annual History, Art & Science Fair in the spring.
Not School For Teens
Contact: Amy Childs
Description: Homeschooling teens are invited to hang out at our house for group discussions, jam-sessions, projects, cooking, movie-watching, singing, adventures, story-telling, career brainstorming, coffee-drinking, newspaper analysis, laughing, poetry slams, art of all kinds, chilling out, hair experiments and the occasional game of duck-duck-goose. We also take trips to museums, stores, libraries, street corners, historic sites, concerts, plays, interesting events, and anywhere else we think of as well.
Requirements: A parental contribution of some form is requested (could include time, space, materials, ideas, financial contribution to outings, food, driving, hosting events, etc etc etc...)
Generally geared toward secular unschoolers, but all are welcome
Benefits: We offer and are looking for increased community, social contact with other homeschooling teens, and more fun along the way.
Penn Manor Homeschoolers
Contact: Janelle Funk
Description: We meet 16 times throughout the school year. Classes are for Pre-K thru high school and are priced individually. Our purpose is to teach our children from a godly perspective and to train them to further the Kingdom of God. We want to encourage and help homeschool families in their ministry.
Requirements: All mothers will be involved in each week's activities either through teaching or helping in classes.
Benefits: Each week mothers receive a newsletter and have access to a resource room where books may be signed out and field trip information and Scholastic & God's World book forms are posted.
Cost: $30 yearly
Pennsylvania Home Education Network
952 Peach St, Ellwood City, PA 16117
Contact: Jessica Molek
The Pennsylvania Home Education Network is Pennsylvania's oldest not-for-profit statewide home education network. PHEN exists to inform the general public about, and promote freedom and simplicity in, home education.
Philadelphia Chapter / Jr. Explorers Club for Homeschoolers
Contact: Grace Ciszkoski
Description: A parent-sponsored, free activity club for homeschooled kids ages 4-18. We go on fun, educational field trips each month. The Philadelphia Chapter is currently the largest in the nation with over 360 children as members.
Requirements: Must attend one trip per year.
Benefits: Free gym day each month at a local recreation center. Reading incentive program that earns free books for children. Community service opportunities.
Philadelphia Homeschool Keepers & Contenders Clubs
Contact: Grace Ciszkowski
Description: Faith-based, non-denominational scouting clubs for homeschoolchildren
Requirements: Family participation.
Benefits: Free gym time monthly. Weekly meetings. No dues or registration fees.
Philly Homeschoolers of Young Kids
Description: This list/group is the discussion group for members of the Philadelphia area Homeschoolers Co-Op and is also a homeschool support group. We are a group of homeschooling families living in Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania suburbs) with our young children. Our Co-op group does require active participation by either teaching, reading a story, helping
with crafts, watching the little ones, or anything you are comfortable doing. The co-op meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 at the Bushrod Library. Participation in the Co-op is not required to be a part of this homeschool group. The subject line will have co-op in them so you will know it pertains to the Co-op. All are welcome! I hope this list will provide a way for moms with young kids to meet and support each other as our kids grow and learn through their homeschooling experience.
Requirements: We encourage members to help out with the activities.
Benefits: We provide playdates, learning activities and set up field trips with each other and support each other in our homeschooling group.
Schooling Kids In Love and Life-Christians of Delaware County (SKILL-CDC)
Contact: Michelle Komisor
Description: We are a Biblically based homeschool support group in Delaware County, PA, dedicated to helping parents successfully homeschool their children. We do this by providing resources and information to enrich the homeschooling experience.
Requirements: There is a $10 membership fee if you want to receive the Newsletter on-line via the E-mail chain and $16 membership fee if you want to receive the E-mail chain updates as well as a mailed hard copy of the Monthly Newsletter.
Benefits: We host several workshops and picnics throughout the year, and provide a monthly newsletter with encouraging and informational articles as well as activities for homeschoolers throughout the area. There is also an e-mail chain for members only that list activities that come up between publications of the Newsletter.
Cost: $ 10-16 yearly
Social Home Educators Of York (SHEY)
11560 Shaulls Rd., Felton, PA 17322
Contact: Kim Kucherer
We are a loosely structured inclusive group serving Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry, and York Counties. Our primary focus is group activities, field trips, support, friendship and fun.
The Falafullosophy Center
Unschoolers and others
Description: We are an alternative group of home educators with members in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania meeting year-round to discuss goals and educational directions, to share resources and support each other in a non-religious framework
Requirements: No requirements
Benefits: We have a monthly meeting, and monthly activities for the children.
World Changer's Homeschool Association
100 Limkiln Rd
Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Contact: Kim Hess
Description: We provide, co-op classes, Parent meetings, field trips, and much other more other activities. Our intent is to meet the needs of each family and provide outputs for those needs to be met.
Requirements: Have the same general common faith, participation in our co-op classes and to fell out an application as well as understand and be willing to abide by our policies.
Benefits: We provide co-op classes, planned monthly field trips, as well as monthly parent's meetings, bi-monthly newsletters produce by our upper-grade students, spelling bees, science fair, special activities, and so much more.
Cost: $30 yearly
York Home School Association, Inc.
Based in York County, PA
Contact: Donna Botterbusch