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 Florida.
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 Florida.
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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Homeschool Cooperative Educating in Central Florida (HCECF)
Homeschool Cooperative Educating in Central Florida, HCECF, is an inclusive and eclectic group of home-educating families in the greater Orlando area (basically Orange County, Seminole County and Lake County) working together since 2001 for weekly co-ops, science and history classes, book clubs, fun educational fieldtrips, homeschool fairs, BRICKschoolers LEGO® and robotics programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) - IT (internet technology) related programs, SECME teams, Sc...
Home Education After Righteous Teaching (HEART)
This homeschool support group offers annual standardized testing, co-op, blubs, activities, Mom's Night Out, school pictures, awards and graduation program, a science fair, and much more.
Home Educators Family Network of Venice - "The Ungroup"
This group is a pooling of resources and information to help people find their way on their own homeschooling journey. The Ungroup does not endorse or promote any one particular methodology of learning or belief system. This group serves families in the Venice/Sarasota area of southwest Florida.
Home Educators Network of Central Florida
Home Educators Network of Central Florida provides mentors to new homeschoolers, holds classes and co-ops including art, book club, history, science and foreign language. They also meet for social interaction, playdates and fun.
Parents Educating Children (PEC) Boynton Beach/Delray Beach Support Group
This support group offers park days, support, educational field trips, co-ops, nights out for mom, craft days, service projects and more.
Academy Of Biblical Character Development (ABCD)
850 N.E. 36th Terrace Unit E Ocala, Florida 34470 Phone: 352-694-ABCD (2223) The Academy Of Biblical Character Development (ABCD) began with a handful of families committed to the godly upbringing and teaching of their children. The school was incorporated in 1984 in accordance with Florida Statute Section 623 and operates solely in Marion County. Since its inception, ABCD has grown to an organization of more than 120 students, representing approximately 75 families from a broad spectrum...
Clay Virtual Academy
Clay Virtual Academy (CVA) is a K-12 public school providing elementary, middle, and high school academic programs to Florida residents for FREE. All of the courses are fully on-line and meet Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. As a Clay County District School, Clay Virtual Academy is a SACS accredited diploma granting institution. All Clay Virtual Academy courses are taught by Instructors who are Florida certified in their fields. Teachers regularly communicate with students and parents v...
Haven Homeschoolers, Inc.
Haven Homeschoolers operates as a cooperative group of homeschooling parents and children. They are Christian-based, but not Christian-exclusive. Their purpose is to encourage family members in their homeschooling efforts by providing information, socialization, fellowship and support.
Christian Homescholers in Pasco (CHIP) Homeschool Support Group
The CHIP support group is the oldest homeschool group in Pasco county. They offer one or two field trips a month, a park day the first Friday of each month (Sept. thru May), and a Christian homeschool skating party jointly with another homeschooling group on about the third Friday of each month.
NOAH Discussion
This is an offshoot of the North Okaloosa Association of Homeschoolers announcement list and is an open forum discussion list to chat about local events, ideas, prayer requests, curriculum, and related topics.
Sancta Familia Academy
1204 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32935 Phone: 321-259-6464 Sancta Familia Academy is a private school, organized as a Florida non-profit corporation and listed with the Florida Department of Education. The founders of SFA are Catholic parents who have educated their children at home. They offer a cottage school program, umbrella program, co-operative program, and an independent study program.
Charlotte Harbor Organization of Independent Child Educators (CHOICE)
A home school support group serving Charlotte, Desoto, and Sarasota Counties.
The Oaks Private School
P.O. Box 590278 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33359-0278 Phone: 866-998-TOPS The Oaks Private School was established to provide necessary structure to families who choose to homeschool. TOPS is a private, K-12, non-traditional Christian school offering academic support and administrative oversight.
Broward Christian Homeschoolers (BCH)
The Broward Christian Homeschoolers, Inc. (BCH), which is located in Hollywood, FL, supports Palm Beach, Broward and Dade county homeschooling families and those interested in home education through encouragement and love.
SDG Creative Pursuits
This is a small fellowship of families working together to share a love of the Creator with their children by instilling a love for and appreciation of art, poetry, nature, and music. They currently serve children in the elementary years. The teaching style is eclectic; however, curriculum choices and teaching approaches are primarily influenced by Charlotte Mason and Classical Christian models.
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