Colorado: Support Groups
285 Homeschoolers Network
Lish Wilson
mtnmom@wispertel.net
303-838-7669
Geographic Area Serving: Morrison, Conifer, Pine, Bailey, Shawnee, Grant, Jefferson, and Fairplay, Colorado
Description: 285 Homeschool Network is an "electronic bulletin board" designed to facilitate communication among homeschoolers living along the U.S. Highway 285 corridor, specifically the Colorado Rocky Mountain Front Range communities of Morrison, Conifer, Pine, Bailey, Shawnee, Grant, Jefferson, and Fairplay. It is simply a way for a loose-knit, wide-spread group of homeschoolers to keep in touch!
Requirements: Due to the personal nature of information shared on this board, membership is restricted to homeschool families living in the designated area.
Benefits: This email loop is not associated with any specific homeschool organization, although local homeschool organizations are invited to post their newsletters. Members are free to post messages regarding local homeschool events and activities, curriculum, or whatever is on their mind within the scope of homeschooling.
Cost: None
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ACE (Aurora, Colorado, Eclectic) Homeschoolers
Seana
ACE-Homeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Aurora, CO and surrounding areas
Description: Our families have children ranging in age from infant through high school. Teens! Teens! Teens! We have teens and we're looking for more! We are a group comprised of a variety of families with many learning styles. Our views on education are as varied as the ages of our children; from unschoolers to those using home-based Charter schools.
Requirements: We request that you live in Aurora, CO or surrounding communities, attend one activity before joining and pay a $12 annual membership fee.
Benefits: Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly environment for our children to socialize and develop friendships. Since there is no group "leader" everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to plan activities and provide input into group direction.
Cost: $12 annual membership fee
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Agape Family Schools
Maria Mitchell
info@agapefamilyschools.iwebc.net
Geographic Area Serving: Loveland and surrounding areas, Colorado
Description: Agape is a Christian support group for home school families in Loveland and the surrounding area. Our goal is to foster support and relationships, driven by educational and social opportunities.We are a forthright Christian group, with no affiliation to any specificchurch or denomination. We are simply homeschooling parents who desireto come together with like-minded believers to support each other.
Requirements: Certain positions within the organization require a signed statement of faith.
Benefits: Agape hosts monthly support meetings on the last Monday of the month, during the school year. There will be a speaker or activity scheduled, and time to socialize is always part of the agenda. This year we have scheduled a science and geography fair, round table discussions, career night, a curricula show and tell, as well as several dynamic speakers. Fathers are welcome and encouraged to come. Childcare and Kids Pak are also available.Small groups are an active part of Agape. There are many different groups to choose from, each with a different focus. Some groups organize field trips, while others get together for crafts, or play time. Mom time and a teen group are also available. The Agape Messenger is an excellent source of news and information for the local homeschool community. It provides contacts and information for many of the local activities, both within Agape, and the community as a whole.The newsletter is distributed 10 times each year. A library is available for Agape participants. It holds a wealth of homeschool books and resources. Supplies (microscope, educational games, test prep resources, etc.) are also available for check out.The Agape Participant Card is distributed to each family. It can be used as proof of homeschooling, or to receive a discount at many local retailers. Each spring Agape provides several outstanding opportunities. Testing with Iowa Test of Basic Skills is available, as well as a six week series of Friday classes, and an outstanding Graduation service for Seniors. The Loveland Museum provides Agape participants free checkouts of their educational trunks.
Cost: $25 yearly
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Alpine Homeschool Alliance (AHA!)
Whitney Glenn
info@alpinehomeschoolalliance.org
719-852-2769
Geographic Area Serving: Monte Vista, Colorado
Description: The Alpine Homeschool Alliance is a valley-wide inclusive homeschooling group that embraces ALL lifestyles, belief systems, education styles, and ages. All who homeschool or support homeschooling are welcome to join. The world is our classroom! Come learn with us! We meet weekly in Alamosa and Monte Vista for conversation, information, friendship, and fun.
Requirements: No requirements outside of being a past, present, or future homeschooling family
Benefits: Regular gatherings, field trips, community service, lending library, and more
Cost: None
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Anderson's Home School
Jeannie Anderson
kidsnme@rtebb.net
303-849-5267
Geographic Area Serving: Roggen, Colorado
Description: We have only 25 children and family attending right now.. We meet on Thurs, at 1 PM. I teach signing and then we do crafts, and play etc.. mom's visit and exchange ideas.. we do go on field trips also.. free Zoo days etc..
Requirements: No requirements.. love to have anyone in area join and come when u can..share
Benefits: We plan together field trips , etc..
Cost: None
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Children's Discovery Workshop
Rhonda Norman
saintquixote@netzero.com
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Denver Metropolitan, Colorado
Description: The Children's Discovery Workshop is a cooperative of home schooling families who meet weekly to share music, crafting, inquiry, games and fun. The purpose of CDW is to provide an opportunity for our children to build meaningful relationships through consistent contact, to explore scientific concepts and artistic materials together and to do the sort of activities that work best in small groups.
Requirements: All adults are expected to contribute to the Workshop experience, either through facilitating activities, providing materials or coordinating events. Child participants range in age from 1 to 9. In addition, participation in Workshop is fee-based (to cover facility costs); currently $5 per child per week, $3 per sibling. Workshop is non-denominational and its membership represents a wide array of home schooling philosophies, from unschooling to Core Knowledge.
Benefits: Workshop is a regular event where children play, explore, grow and learn in a stimulating, nurturing environment. In addition, parents often build supportive relationships that extend beyond their Workshop involvement.
Cost: See requirements.
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Colorado Homeschool Network
Mary Carroll
mcarrroll@gmail.com
303-862-8916
Geographic Area Serving: State of Colorado
Description: The COLORADO HOMESCHOOL NETWORK (COHSNET) is an information network of the whole state of Colorado homeschooling community. We post on our web all activities, events and support groups within the homeschool communities all within one website. No meetings, no commitments, just disseminated information.
Requirements: No requirements. If you'd like to sign up to the newsletter, you may do so by sending an email.
Benefits: COHSNET also provides information to the homeschooling community through an email newsletter sent out every two weeks. If you would like to receive our newsletter through email, please subscribe at mcarrroll@gmail.com with the subject line SUBSCRIBE.
Cost: None
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Common Ground Homeschoolers
Common Ground Leader
commongroundhomeschoolers@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: South Denver Metro, Colorado
Description: Common Ground Homeschoolers is an inclusive group of families seeking educational alternatives for our children. We follow no specific religious or political agenda, nor do we espouse any particular educational or homeschool philosophy. We welcome all independently learning families, and choose to honor our differences while building on our combined strengths. We offer park days, field trips, monthly teachers' nights out, co-ops, opportunities for presentations and other activities. Our Goals: To encourage and support the sharing of resources, knowledge and experience, to the benefit of all -To provide support and guidance to both beginning and veteran homeschooling families -To empower homeschooling families to meet their educational goals, within a cohesive community. We try to keep our park days and meetings in the South Metro Denver area, however have members from all over the metro area.
Requirements: We require a confidential application to be filled out for our record-keeping purposes, and a $12 yearly fee.
Benefits: We offer park days, field trips, monthly teachers' nights out, co-ops, opportunities for presentations and other activities.
Cost: $12 Yearly
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Denver Homeschool Connection
Karen Kincaid-Smith
karenkincaidsmith@auxano.com
720-530-1425
Karena Leurssen
303-332-1311
Geographic Area Serving: North West Denver, Colorado
Description: The Denver Homeschool Connection (DHC) is a support group open to families seeking home-based educational alternatives for our children. We follow no specific religious or political agenda, nor do we espouse any particular educational or homeschool philosophy. We welcome all independently learning families, and choose to respect our differences while building on our combined strengths. We offer a variety of member-sponsored activities, including field trips, co-op classes, park day, and parents' night out. At present, most activities are centered around the north and west suburbs of the Denver Metro area (but our group is open to homeschoolers from other areas too.) Field trips take place all over the city and beyond. To get involved with DHC, check our online calendar for upcoming open events. We welcome you to meet us and become involved in this community!
Requirements: A family considering membership with DHC must attend an open event to get to know some of DHC's members and submit their membership form and fees. All finances are used by year end to sponsor activities for member students. This year finances were used at the Fall "Not Back to School" sports day and family picnic to bring Renaissance Adventures to the park to do adventure quests with the kids.
Benefits: DHC is a member directed group. Members take the initiative to set up activities that are of interest to them and invite other members to join in. Often an activity is sponsored through out co-op program which enables the sponsoring family to participate in other co-op activities sponsored by other families. The sponsoring member can set up their activity any way they want. If somebody doesn't like the way it was set up, they have the right to do it their way next time. Activities that have been set up include: "not back to school" sports day and Family Picnic, kick ball, laser tag, park days, cricket matches, Renaissance Adventure Quests, academic classes, hikes, swimming, bowling, camping trips and lots more. Members make it work.
Cost: $15 Yearly
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Diocese of Colorado Springs Homeschool Community
Chris Phelps
cbphelps@catholicisp.com
Geographic Area Serving: Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Description: This is an informational group set up for the Catholic Homeschooling Community in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Requirements: Catholic Homeschoolers in the Diocese of Colorado Springs
Benefits: To be informed on things going on within the Diocese which affect homeschoolers
Cost: None
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Fremont Home Educators Network
Information
info@fremonthomeeducators.org
719-423-6053
Geographic Area Serving: Fremont County - Canon City, Penrose, Florence, Pueblo West and Fremont County at large.
Description: We are a Home Educators support group with a focus for encouraging new and existing homeschooling families during all the home education years--preschool, elementary, junior high, and senior high school. F.H.E.N is about supporting every family's right to educate their children at home in Colorado, and to provide connection and supplementals for those families.
Requirements: Membership is open to any homeschooling family that agrees with and commits to upholding our Code of Conduct.
Benefits: We at Fremont Home Educators Network know that homeschooling can be time consuming, so we offer classes at times that are convenient for you! Rather than meeting on one day for a whole day of supplement classes. Classes are held according to the teachers schedule.
Cost: $20
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FRIEND
Seana
FRIEND_HS-owner@yahoogroups.com
303-317-3228
Geographic Area Serving: Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Commerce City, Denver, Henderson, Hudson, Northglenn, Thornton, Superior, Westminter and surrounding areas, Colorado
Description: FRIEND (Front Range Independent Educators North of Denver) is an, inclusive, non-directed, homeschool, support group located in Colorado with most members living in parts of metro Denver including, Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Commerce City, Denver, Henderson, Hudson, Hugo, Northglenn, Thornton, Superior, Westminster and more.
Requirements: Our group has an open membership policy; however, we request that you attend a group activity before being added to the Yahoo groups list. For more information, please email us. We'll send you a list of our upcoming activities and a contact person for questions you may have. Thanks for your interest!
Benefits: The primary focus of this group is as a social outlet for parents and children. Weekly events, get-togethers, field trips, and a monthly Moms' Night Out are member planned.
Cost: None
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High Country Home Educators
Shelle Kyle
HCOffice@hche.org
719-278-9135, Ext 3
Pam Newberg
HCAdmin@hche.org
Geographic Area Serving: Colorado Springs / El Paso County, Colorado
Description: The home schooling families of New Life Church offer a three-part program. High Country is first of all a support group. We offer a variety of services, group activities, and events for support and fellowship to our member families. A monthly newsletter, family directory, and legislative updates, field trips, and HSLDA discount are included.Secondly, we operate an independent school, High Country Christian Academy. HCCA is incorporated as a private school and children enrolled are considered off-campus students. They are not under the homeschool law, but under the private school regulations. In addition, High Country, in conjunction with the Small Group Ministries of New Life Church, offers a variety of enrichment classes geared toward supplementing your home schooling program.The three divisions of High Country Home Educators are optional services and each division must be joined separately. You need only join the division(s) that suit your family needs.
Requirements: No requirements except for paying membership fee
Benefits: Our support group offers a monthly newsletter, fieldtrips, and other group meetings and support. Please see our website for other perks of membership.
Cost: $25 yearly
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Longmont Homeschool Group
Longmont NICHE moderator
LongmontNICHE-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Longmont, Colorado
Description: Here in Longmont, Colorado, we enjoy park days, play dates, Mom's night out and all sorts of other wonderful gatherings. Longmont Homeschool Group is an inclusive group welcoming people of various faith and belief systems, various homeschool styles, various lifestyles. Just Plain Variety in general! Things are never dull. Everyone is welcome!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Gatherings, support, community
Cost: None
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Northern Inclusive Colorado Home Educators (NICHE)
Lynn Farmer
ColoradoNICHE-owner@yahoogroups.com
303-604-2406
303-665-4316
Geographic Area Serving: Boulder County and the surrounding areas, Colorado
Description: NICHE (Northern Independent Colorado Home Educators) is a large, active group of Boulder county families who get together for weekly park days, monthly book clubs and other fun activities. We encourage and support each other in the decision to educate at home, regardless of religious, educational or homeschool philosophy. Membership is FREE!
Requirements: Come play!
Benefits: Park days, mom's night out, field trips...the list is long
Cost: None
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Northwest Colorado Home School Association
Annie Reuer
anniereuer@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Craig, Hayden, Baggs, Colorado
Description: We are a Christian based organization that promotes homeschooling for the Northwest Colorado area, as well as Baggs, Wyoming. We offer a variety of events, such as coop classes, field trips, holiday celebrations, curriculum fairs, monthly association meetings and field day. We want to encourage anyone interested in joining our group to contact us - scholarships are available in for families who cannot afford dues, as we wish to make our resources available to as many families as possible. Thank you for considering our group as part of your homeschool experience.
Requirements: We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and welcome any homeschooling families who share this Christian belief.
Benefits: We do have newsletters, welcome "getting started" packets and many other events. We also have several member families who are happy to answer any questions anyone may have about homeschooling, as well as endless reference resources.
Cost: $20 yearly
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Parker Area Homeschool Coalition-PAHC
Crystal Flick
Geographic Area Serving: Parker, Colorado
Description: This is an inclusive, non-directed, homeschool group for families in or near Parker, Colorado, or anyone who does not mind the drive. Park days and meetings will take place in the Parker area. Our focus will be to offer many exciting get togethers like weekly park days, field trips, craft days, science experiments and mom's night out.
Requirements: Attend one park day before acceptance into Yahoo Group message board.
Benefits: Park days, field trips, science experiments and educator support
Cost: None
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Rocky Mountain Homeschoolers
Nancy
contact@RockyMountainHomeschool.org
970-206-9569
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Collins- Loveland, Colorado
Description: We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month, August through May, 2:00 pm. We have members mainly from Fort Collins and Loveland, but are not restricted to that area.
Requirements: We only ask that each family organize an event at least once a school year.
Benefits: We provide a monthly newsletter, field trips, arts and crafts, family game nights, Kid together (park, pool, bowling, hanging out time) and book group.
Cost: None
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Spiral Academy Homeschool Co-op
Pamela Yarborough
pamelayarb@yahoo.com
719-597-0126
Geographic Area Serving: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Description: Spiral Academy© is a Colorado based homeschool group for Pagan, and other like minded people homeschooling without Christianity. Our group is for those living in or moving to Colorado. Our children range from newborn to age 16.Although most of our members are too far apart to make field trips possible, I have created a Colorado Springs based Spiral Academy© Co-op to facilitate projects and activities to benefit the children. All members are welcome to attend our activities.
Requirements: Spiral Academy co-op is dedicated to teaching our children to respect others. Parents must be willing to participate in co-op classes if your child is signed up to take a class.
Benefits: Field trips, earth based classes
Cost: None
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Steamboat Springs Homeschool Group
Geographic Area Serving: Routt County, Colorado
Description: Brave Steamboat Springs area homeschoolers! We homeschool differently for different reasons - a lifestyle we think is best for us and our kids. Come join us to connect with local homeschoolers, find fun events to attend, have interactive on-line discussions, and make life-long friends! We meet once a week for classes, field trips, community service events, holiday parties, and just for fun. Plus, we offer many "elective classes" for kids to take (i.e., Spanish, drama, youth choir, art classes, and more!) Find more at: www.bigtent.com/groups/sshsg
Requirements: You must live at least part time in Routt County.
Benefits: Support, events and fun!
Cost: None
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Summit County Homeschoolers
Michelle Vargus
vargasmm@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Summit County, CO... Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and surrounding areas
Description: Welcome! Summit County Homeschoolers is an eclectic community of families who homeschool in Summit County, Colorado. We gather together for support, fellowship, fun and learning opportunities. We have weekly Park Days during the summer, monthly Mom Night Out meetings with dessert, fellowship/presentation/discussion, annual Field Day, occasional group classes, Classical Conversations community, ski/snowboard/Nordic lessons, and field trips. We look forward to getting to know you all better this year as we walk together through this homeschooling journey.
Requirements: You need to live in the area full or part time and homeschool
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: None
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The Colorado Springs Christian Homeschoolers Meetup
Katie Githens
celebr8inglife@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Description: This meetup was created for Christian families in Colorado Springs who have chosen to homeschool their children and for those looking for more information about educating their children at home.Our monthly activities include field trips, curriculum discussion meetings, bible studies, show and tells, and more! Share tips and resources, get helpful advice, and network with other families who have chosen to give their children a Christ-centered, loving education at home.Our mission is to reach out to homeschooling families, providing fellowship and support. Join us as we grow, with plenty of opportunities to serve other families while serving the Lord. We appreciate you visiting our meetup and hope to meet you soon! If you would like to become a member, please view our Statement of Faith and Policies pages to learn more about us.
Requirements: There are no membership fees with CoSCHool. Donations are welcome to help pay for the meetup board (they charge a monthly fee to maintain the site with few advertisements), but are completely voluntary. Participation is not mandatory at any partcular event. We only ask that you participate in at least one activity per month, just so we can keep touch with you. If we know you, your family, and your needs, we can find ways to support you. This group fitting your family's needs is predicated on you participating in the planning process. We want all our members to be involved and enjoy being a part of our group!
Benefits: Monthly parent meetings with discussions and/or guest speakers, field trips, playgroups, PE activities, message board and discussions, Bible studies, Show and Tell/presentation activities, and more!
Cost: None
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TORCH of Colorado Springs
Becki Phelps
becki.phelps@gmail.com
719-536-9361
Geographic Area Serving: Colorado Springs
Description: Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes (TORCH) is an association of lay faithful established to promote homeschooling among Catholic families and to support those families who are engaged in providing their children's primary education at home. Number one in the TORCH statement of philosophy is, "Our single and most important purpose is that of aiding individuals and families into a closer and more intimate union with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is Lord and Savior to all and to thus spread the Kingdom of God on earth." The TORCH group is run by the Chapter Coordinator with support from the leaders. TORCH dues are $12 for the National TORCH group www.torchhomeschooling.org and $6 locally / per family / per year.
Requirements: Catholic
Benefits: Moms / Dads Night Out (Members Meetings), Family Meetings, Teen Dinner & Dance Evenings, Teen Bunco, 'Tween Game Nights, S.H.A.R.E. Fair, All Saint's Day / Valentine's Day, Christmas Parties, Children's Retreats
Cost: $18 yearly
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Two Roads High School
Rhonda Norman
mommanytasks@yahoo.com
Wendy Sullivan
wsulliva@jeffco.k12.co.us
303-423-3377
Geographic Area Serving: Denver metropolitan area
Description: TRHS is the creation of several actively home-schooling families and operates with the needs of home schoolers in mind. The school offers a unique, part-time high school track for families who wish to continue home schooling during the high school years, but are also seeking to provide to their students a broader range of social and academic opportunities. Students at TRHS can take as few as one and as many as three courses at the school, enroll in college courses at nearby community colleges and tech/vocational courses at Warren Technical School. TRHS offers courses in five languages, math, science, history, arts and drama, English. Two Roads uses a collaborative learning instructional model designed to challenge students to go beyond fact acquisition and to discover how concepts learned in the classroom are meaningful to their lives outside of it. Collaborative learning encourages students to take responsibility for their education by discovering what they do and do not understand; it insists that students frequently self-evaluate, ask questions, recognize meaningful answers, communicate clearly and work productively with peers. It is a method that lends itself to creative problem solving, critical thinking and the development of versatile, higher order thinking skills. Two Roads is also affiliated with the Home Option Program, a tuition-free, k-8 home school support program that has been in operation since 2000. For more information, please give us a call or drop us an email. We'd be happy to hear from you!
Requirements: None
Benefits: A broader range of social and academic opportunities
Cost: None - TRHS is tuition free
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