Local Homeschool Support Groups
Although each homeschooling family must steward their family individually before the Lord, we at the CHOC Board encourage you to reach out to each other face to face. Too much isolation and internet substitution for personal contact can provide a breeding ground for frustration and despair.
Homeschooling is about building relationships, and support groups can offer an opportunity to steward your children in Christ-like relational skills with others in your homeschool community.
The following groups provide support meetings and various activities to help Christian homeschoolers connect and support one another. If you would like ideas about how to set up your own support group, please see our articles in our Setting Up Co-Op Groups section. For additional support for homeschool support leaders, please see our page Homeschool Leader Support.
Cascade Christian Homeschool. CCH is a homeschool support group for those living in the Sandy, Gresham, Troutdale, Corbett, Boring, Estacada areas. It has many activities for the children in the group and for the parents as well. CCH is for Christian Families Only. Contact Spencer at 503 317-3317. (East side)
CHERISH (Christian Home Educators Rejoicing In Serving Him) desires to be a blessing to homeschooling moms in Yamhill County and the surrounding area. We offer monthly fellowship meetings for the moms, information and encouragement to current homeschooling families, and help to those considering homeschooling in the future. For more information please call Geri Ann at 503-472-9341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (extended McMinnville area) updated 10/2012
Clark County Home Educators (CCHE) provides support to our friends north of us in the Clark County Washington area. Go to their website for excellent information about homeschool resources for Washington residents, including a list of Clark County homeschool support groups and details of how to homeschool in Washington state. (Clark County Washington which includes the Vancouver area)
Classical Conversations Beaverton-Hillsboro Chapter exists to help parents live-out Deuteronomy 6 by providing a place for homeschool students to share learning with a Classical flavor with others in a spiritually encouraging environment. Member families meet together one day each week (currently Tuesdays from 9:00am to 3:30pm) to provide academic structure, accountability and fun for homeschool families with children grades K4-12. High School classes are offered through our Challenge Program. For more information about the Classical Conversations program, please go to their National website. For more information about the Beaverton-Hillsboro Chapter, please contact Shannon at email@example.com (Beaverton-Hillsboro area)
Classical Conversations at Happy Valley – Do you need homeschooling help for Jr. High and High School? You've found it! We are a homeschooling support community – striving to teach our children to, “know God and make Him known.” We do this through Classical methods and models. We’re a close-knit community who want the best for our children and yours. Member families meet together one day each week to provide academic structure, accountability, and fun for homeschooling families with children grades K4-12. Jr. High and High School classes are offered through our Challenge Program. For more information please go to ClassicalConversations.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (serving the Eastside)
NEW! Damascus Support Group Our once a month homeschool support group meets the 4th Monday of each month from 7-9pm at The Journey Church (19070 SE Sunnyside Rd, Damascus) to share our journey with each other and ask questions. We do not have childcare. Nursing babies are okay. Children who can play quietly may play in the adjoining room to where we meet. More seasoned homeschool parents may attend too, please do! There is no fee to participate and you do not need to be a member to attend. For questions, email Michelle MLaw1970@aol.com This group has been discontinued.
First Choice Central Portland FCCP (formerly First Class Central Portland) is a Christian cooperative reaching out to the homeschool community in the Portland area. Our hearts are to come alongside, connect, encourage, lift up and support homeschooling families like yours. We look forward to serving alongside you and ministering to your family in a way that will encourage and inspire you. Our members come together for parent-led classes in a program we call Friday School, as well as other support group type activities on a regular basis. Meeting: Friday mornings at Central Bible Church for 8 weeks in the Fall and 10 weeks in the Spring. Serving: Portland Metro Area including: Quarry, Graham, Montavilla, Russellville, Powellhurst, Hazelwood, Hollywood, Laurelhurst and surrounding areas.
First Class Clackamas Teens is a new program to support parents through the adolescent years by offering classes one day a week for junior and senior high school. We meet on Mondays for 2- 16 week terms (32 wks per year). We also have field trips, guest speakers and fun events each month. For questions, please email Tim Koetitz at email@example.com. (Updated contact 3.5.2012)
First Class East Gresham FCEG is a Home School Co-op ministry chartered from First Class Homeschool Ministries. We exist to encourage, support and build up the local community of homeschool families, reaching out in the name of Christ. Meeting: Gresham, Oregon area. Serving: Sandy, Boring, Corbett, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, East Portland, Wood Village and surrounding areas.
Southeast Christian Homeschool Community is a Home School Co-op ministry that used to be a part of First Class Homeschool Ministries. We exist to encourage, support and build up the local community of homeschool families, reaching out in the name of Christ. We provide a Monday school co-op, mom's craft nights and various activities for all ages. There is minimal cost for classes at Monday School and parental involvement is required as we are a co-op. We meet at Turning Point Church, 13333 SE Rusk Road, corner of 224 and Rusk road, next to North Clackamas Park and across from Bob's Red Mill. Contact Stacie Gordon if you are interested in joining our community at firstname.lastname@example.org. We serve the Happy Valley, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Damascus, SE Portland areas.
First Class Sandy is part of the First Class Homeschool Ministries. Friday School is held at Living Way Fellowship 39300 Dubarko Road in Sandy. See their website or call First Class Sandy at 503-427-8FCS or 503-427-8327
Fellowship in Schooling at Home Network (OCEANetwork Affiliate): FISH Net is a ministry of Bethel Baptist Church in McMinnville. We strive to be an encouragement to homeschooling families and to those considering it as a future option. For more information call Geri Ann at 503-472-9341. (Gaston, McMinnville) this group has disbanded and reformed as CHERISH.
Forest Grove Homeschool Group (OCEANetwork Affiliate): FGHG is a Christian co-op that offers classes for Jr/Sr High students and relaxed learning and social interaction for elementary grades. Chess club, field trips, moms' night out, and swim time are other activities on our calendar. For questions you may call Gretchen at 503-359-4301 or contact Holly at email@example.com. (Forest Grove, Gaston, Cornelius) Leader update 1.29.12
Homeschool ALUMNI Organization Homeschool ALUMNI was founded in 2005 by homeschool graduates for homeschool graduates. Homeschool ALUMNI exists to encourage and support homeschool alumni as they take advantage of their unique opportunities as homeschool graduates to lead lives of purpose and influence; Meet, share ideas, and find community with other alumni; Further the legacy of homeschooling to future generations; Advance the Kingdom of Christ in our families, cultures, churches and governments. There is an active regional group in our area that connects through the HSA forums.
The Home School Connection seeks to provide a setting for home schooling families to come together and establish connections with one another in order to draw strength, encouragement and a fresh love of learning. Our foremost aim is to put God first in all that we do so that His love will be manifest within and through us. HSC offers chapel, enrichment classes for students age 5 years through high school and academic classes for students in grades 7 through 12. We also desire to connect home schooling families with other home schooling families in order to create community. Please see our website for more information or email us at TheHomeSchoolConnectionInc@gmail.com. (Hillsboro) Updated Feb. 2015
Homeschoolers in the Grove in Forest Grove, Oregon. We are a non-denominational Christian group of families who home educate our children. We provide frequent contact between parents, and opportunities for children through high school to build friendships and learn from others. Our purpose is to provide fellowship and mutual support for local homeschool families and to edify one another as believers in Jesus Christ. We meet on a bi-weekly basis on Thursdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm for enrichment classes and gym activities. We also have various field trips, park days, mom's night out, and more. Cost is $25 per family per term. Parental presence and participation is required. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://fghomeschool.wix.com/inthegrove
Our Lady of Grace is a group of Catholic families gathering together from the SW Portland Metro area. Our endeavor of nuturing the mind, body and soul of our children at home can be a difficult journey alone. We are here to support each other and provide opportunities to share within our group. Membership privileges include support meetings, co-op classes, field trips, photo sharing, member directory access, discussion forums, social gatherings, online swap meet, etc. -- all within a secure website. In order to be a member of OLGHE, you must either attend a support group meeting or be referred by a current member to keep current families' info and picture sharing safe on our website. Cost $10 per school year. Contact email@example.com. Location: SW Portland Metro -- particularly, but not exclusively, local to the Sherwood, Tualatin, Tigard, Newberg, and Wilsonville area
LIFE at Home (OCEANetwork Affiliate): LIFE at Home exists to support Christian families who are educating their children at home. We offer support through mom's meetings and numerous activities for a wide range of families including special needs and high school. Registration for our group opens each June and closes at the end of August for the upcoming school year and is open to the general Christian homeschool community. For more information about our group, please visit http://lifeathomesupportgroup.blogspot.com (Beaverton, Hillsboro, Aloha)
UPDATED! LIGHT (OCEANetwork Affiliate): Our purpose at LIGHT is to share ideas, materials, experiences, and information and to offer friendship and support to one another. We provide social activities and educational opportunities that are best suited for groups rather than individual families. Please email the leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org or see their blog spot (Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton) Updated 9.25.12
M-n-M's (Moms need Moms) Support Group. (OCEANetwork Affiliate) We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month in Molalla. Please email for an address and directions.We meet during the typical school year (Sept-May). Contact: Jody at email@example.com or call 503-829-8734 (This group replaces CACHE -- Canby Area Christian Home Educators).
National High School Home School Honor Society ( Eta Sigma Alpha) is for 9-12th grade students. In Oregon, there are currently two chapters, the Willamette Valley and the Bend Chapter. The Omicron Chapter (Willamette Valley) includes qualifying students from Portland, Salem, Corvallis, and other locations. (If you live closer to Bend, we would encourage you to apply to that chapter.) See the national website for information about student requirements for entry and participation. Our local Omicron Chapter will conduct quarterly meetings for members as required by the National Organization. Since many of our local students are tested by Basic Skills Assessment Services, the Omicron Chapter has received permission to continue using the CAT results as a qualifying test, but only if a neutral tester administers the test, not a parent. We encourage you to visit the website with your questions. It explains the entire program. The contacts for the Omicron Chapter are: Rachel, Happy Valley area, firstname.lastname@example.org , Lorena, Beaverton area, email@example.com, and Cindy, Salem area, firstname.lastname@example.org
NELT (OCEANetwork Affiliate): Welcome to the Newberg Homeschool Support Group. We offer an e-mail newsletter, fieldtrips, and a mom's support group to those who wish to work together with us to educate our children. For more information call Susan @ 503-537-3928. (Newberg, Southwest Hillsboro, Sherwood)
North Portland Chrisitian Home Educators (OCEANetwork Affiliate): NPCHE is a small, friendly, Christ centered homeschool support group based in the St. Johns/North Portland area. We have monthly field trips, year-end testing, and other special events throughout the year. For more information call Tami at 503-289-1269.
Northeast Portland Homeschools NEPHS seeks to support and encourage home school moms and dads, promote and defend the sacred right to educate our children according to biblical principles. We seek to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, to be faithful witnesses to Christ, and to have a Christian impact on American culture. We offer an annual recognition night in May, a camping trip in the Fall, and an annual Thanksgiving feast. Our members organize field trips throughout the year for our mutual benefit. During the Summer, we provide manpower to support a Northwest regional curriculum exhibition. Meeting: Mom's Meetings are held on one Saturday each month. Dates and Times vary. Serving: Portland, Gresham, Clackamas, Beaverton, Vancouver, Troutdale, West Haven, Hillsboro, Gladstone, Lake Oswego and surrounding areas.
Salem Area Christian Home School Network (OCEANetwork Affiliate) SACHSN meets the 2nd Thurs. of the month (Sept-May, excluding Dec) at 7pm at Faith Baptist Church, 3345 Cordon Rd. NE, Salem. For more information please contact Colleen Busch @ 503-390-8043 or Kim @ 503-304-7169. It has also started a new wiki at http://sachsn.wikispot.org/front_page Serving the Salem area.
South West Social Homeschoolers (SWSH) is a member led, Christian social activity/field trip group for SW Portland/Lake Oswego/Tigard/Beaverton area. To join, please email SWSH-Portlandemail@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TORCH (OCEANetwork Affiliate) We are a Christian homeschool group open to anyone. We offer field trips, family outings and holiday get togethers. For more information please contact http://home.comcast.net/~torchhomeschool/index.html Serving the Columbia County area.
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