Georgia: Support Groups
Athens Cooperative Experience
Stephanie Jordan
ksjordan@earthlink.net
Geographic Area Serving: Homeschool co-op. Sessions, fun and friends
Description: Athens, Georgia
Requirements: None
Benefits: Meet other homeschool families
Cost: None
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Atlanta Alternative Education Network (AAEN)
AAEN Leader
mail@aaengroup.com
404-636-6348
Geographic Area Serving: Roswell - north metro Atlanta, Georgia
Description: AAEN is an inclusive homeschool group, founded in 1991, serving the Atlanta area. Most of our members are from the northern suburbs, but we have people from all over. We meet one day a week for enrichment classes in the morning and parkday all afternoon. We also offer occasional field trips, parent's nights out, and potlucks.
Requirements: Everyone is welcome at AAEN gatherings! There are no requirement for membership and becoming a member is optional. (Contributing the $20 annual dues helps cover our expenses.) We are a secular support group with no religious affiliation.
Benefits: Our weekly classes and parkdays are very popular, as are our field trips and outings. Many classes are taught by homeschooling parents. We sponsor used curriculum sales in the fall and spring. Check our website for the latest happenings and to join our yahoo discussion group.
Cost: None
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Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative
Karen Gimnig
gimnig@gmail.com
678-705-9007
Geographic Area Serving: Metro Atlanta, most events occur inside the perimeter
Description: We are a group of families that gather to support one another through classes, park days, parties and more. We strive to be diverse in all ways and are welcoming to all.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support, fun, social events, learning
Cost: None
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Catholic Homeschool Connections
Toni Hillebrand
toni_hillebrand@yahoo.com
770-632-2740
Geographic Area Serving: Fayette & Coweta counties, Georgia
Description: We are a Catholic homeschool group comprised of families from many different parishes on the southside of Atlanta.
Requirements: Catholic homeschoolers
Benefits: We offer support, yahoo group, parkdays, field trips, activities, feast day celebrations, little flowers/blue knights, moms nights out, etc.
Cost: None
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Central Savannah River Area Home Education Association
Timothy Kelley
webologist@abelwebsolutions.com
Geographic Area Serving: CSRA, area surrounding Augusta, Georgia
Description: The mission of the Central Savannah River Area Home Education Association (CSRA HEA) is to provide resources to parents who home educate their children.
Requirements: Parents must homeschool at least one child during the upcoming school year and volunteer to help with one activity during the year or pay a service fee to opt-out. We were founded as and continue to be a Christian organization. Applicants should understand that our activities will be conducted with a decidedly Christian emphasis and they must be willing to quietly accept this, even if they do not agree with it.
Benefits: Once you have joined our organization you will be given access to our Curriculum Classifieds, Helpful Hint Blogs, the Polished Apple Newsletter, the CSRA HEA Calendar and other resources on this website.
Cost: $30 New Members
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CHART-Christian Homeschool Assn. of Regional Thomasvill
Jill Hunter
ohunter@rose.net
229-227-9194
Geographic Area Serving: Thomasville/Thomas County, Decatur, Grady, Brooks and Colquitt Counties, Georgia
Description: CHART, Christian Homeschool Association of Regional Thomasville, Inc., is a group of home school parents and students, committed to helping each other achieve excellence, both academically, socially and spiritually. We accept members from all backgrounds and faiths, however our group is Bible-based, incorporating Christian values, principles, and beliefs. We are located in Thomasville, Georgia, however, many families from surrounding counties travel to our activities and meetings.
Requirements: We are membership based, and also require that each member participate in some way to lighten the load on each of us. After all, homeschooling is quite a job in itself!
Benefits: Event Day, Enrichment Program, Monthly Field Trips, Pizza Hut Book-It Program, Cultural Center Classes, Athletics, Monthly newsletter, Members Area and Email forum, Yearbook, Annual group testing, New and used book sales and Encouragement and advice
Cost: $30
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CHASE Academy
Leah Mitchell
homeschool8@bellsouth.net
770-787-9383
Dawn Link
sanityinquestion@yahoo.com
770-778-5203
Geographic Area Serving: Walton, Newton, Rockdale & Gwinnett Counties, Georgia
Description: CHASE Academy is a Christian homeschool co-op that meets weekly for co-op classes in the Loganville area. Classes are held on Mondays. We offer academic, elective, and fine arts classes for ages Preschool through 12th grade. Most classes are parent-taught so cost is minimal. Participation is a 30 weeks commitment. This group is a ministry - we strive to serve each other and be served, to grow and learn, and to lift each other up as we follow God's call to homeschool our children. Motto: Uniting in prayer and friendship, Building Christ-centered academics, Serving each other in love.
Requirements: Parental involvement is required - students may not be dropped off for classes. Parents are required to help and/or teach in several classes each week (on a planned schedule, not randomly) and to help with facility clean-up on a rotating basis. Both parents and students are expected to maintain a Christ-like attitude, and show respect to each other at all times. Students generally take classes all day. Study halls are available for periods that students are not in class. A Member Handbook is provided to every member with more specific information and expectations.
Benefits: Academic and elective classes for all ages, dance and acting classes w/professional instructors ,field trips and social activities, friendship and prayer support, academic planning help, yahoo group for centralized & secure communication, experienced leadership, low membership fees per family per year, a friendly environment, a spirit of cooperation among all members, accredited high school program (in process).
Cost: $100 yearly
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Christian Home Educators Association
Carole Pate
cpate@cybersouth.com
912-557-8906
912-739-2428
Geographic Area Serving: Evans and Tattnall County, Georgia
Description: We meet every Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 at Hagan Baptist Church unless otherwise noted. We are a small group of about 15 to 20 families. The ages of the children range from birth or preschool to 12th grade.
Requirements: We are a Christian organization and require that families read and accept our statement of faith. They must also read and accept our rules of conduct.
Benefits: We provide a monthly newsletter to keep everyone up-to-date on what is going on. We plan field trips, art, PE, spelling bee, track and field day, and other events.
Cost: None
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Christian Homeschool Adventurers
Lynda Preston
mommy881@yahoo.com
770-948-6929
Geographic Area Serving: Atlanta's western suburbs (Mableton, Powder Springs, Austell area), Georgia
Description: This group is a Christian group, but you do not have to be a Christian to be a member. Our group is small. We do field trips, play days (once a week), homeschool roller skating, etc. We have kids ranging in age from a baby to a 16 year old. We meet at Hurt Road Park, Austell.
Requirements: None
Benefits: We do homeschool roller skating once a month, field trips, Play Day (every Thursday 1:00 - 3:00).
Cost: None
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Coastal Unschoolers
Wendy Linden
owlinden@coastalnow.net
912-884-3943
Geographic Area Serving: Coastal Georgia and South Carolina low country
Description: This is a secular group set up for those interested in unschooling in Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina low country. Children of all ages are welcome. We are in the beginning stages so size isn't an issue yet.
Requirements: Members must be respectful of one another. Members of all faiths (or lack there of) are accepted. Proselytizing will not be accepted. There is no commitment of faith required. Children must be treated respectfully.
Benefits: We will offer field trips and play groups. The biggest advantage is that unschoolers get to hang together.
Cost: None
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Conservative Homeschoolers
Lynn Flournoy
prov2206@bellsouth.net
706)672-3161
Geographic Area Serving: Meriwether County and surrounding areas, Georgia
Description: Christian Homeschool Group. Also see our helpful website that all homeschoolers will enjoy.
Requirements: Christian
Benefits: Free Science Co-Op every Wednesday. Free Adventure Club second Friday of each month. Field Trips every month, Family Socials & Free Homeschool Choir
Cost: None
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Coweta Home Educator's Association
Melanie
homeschoolrocks@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Coweta County (Newnan) and surrounding areas, Georgia
Description: CHEA is a loosely organized group of families that homeschool in the Coweta and surrounding counties.
Requirements: All homeschoolers in the Coweta and surrounding counties of Georgia, regardless of religious affiliation or membership in existing local support groups are invited and welcome to join.
Benefits: Any member may organize a field trip, holiday party, or play date at any time. By joining the group, you will also benefit from receiving e-mails regarding general homeschool information.
Cost: None
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Creative Homeschoolers NW Georgia
Laura Chisholm
mamachis@comcast.net
lauralouchis@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Cartersville, Calhoun, Adairsville, Rome, Dalton, Georgia
Description: Creative Homeschoolers is a homeschooling family support group that does not discriminate on the basis of race, faith, gender, lifestyle, or educational philosophy. Because we believe that we all learn and benefit from a sharing of diverse backgrounds and belief systems, we encourage families to share their own personal, cultural, and spiritual histories in an atmosphere of mutual toleration. We invite you to join in our open door policy of acceptance and support.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Weekly play days, monthly group outings/trips, monthly Mom's Night Out.Teen Group with teen activities
Cost: None
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DASCH (Dunwoody Area Support for Christian Homeschoolers)
Geographic Area Serving: Dunwoody, Roswell, Peachtree Corners, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Buckhead and Brookhaven.
Description: DASCH (www.daschhomeschool.com.), Dunwoody Area Support for Christian Homeschoolers, is a family-integrated support group organized to help Christian home educators in the Dunwoody, GA, area. Our purpose is to support Christian homeschoolers through social and educational activities which promote a biblical worldview. We offer moms meetings, park days, a co-op and field trips. Park Days are on Fridays and rotate through various local parks. Moms meetings are generally the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm at a DASCH mom's home. As a family-integrated organization, we strive to offer whole-family activities whenever possible. DASCH is a distinctly Christian, family-integrated organization with a statement of faith that exists to render support and encouragement to Christian parents who homeschool their children of all ages.
Requirements: Steps to Membership *Complete our online application and agree to our Statement of Faith and Disclaimer *Have a signed Declaration of Intent to home-school in GA* Agree to the guidelines laid out in our handbook *Pay annual membership fee *We also welcome families whose children are not yet of legal school age, but have already made the decision that they will be homeschooling under GA law.
Benefits: DASCH seeks to provide fun, educational activities for families that are wholesome, social, develop character and fall completely within the parameters of Judeo-Christian principles. DASCH also holds to the biblical tenets that parents are ultimately responsible for their children's education and that spiritual training is of the utmost importance.
Cost: $30 yearly
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Destiny Homeschool Ministry
Destiny Homeschool Leader
destinyhomeschoolers@gmail.com
770-474-0718
Geographic Area Serving: Henry, Clayton, Rockdale, Dekalb, Spalding counties, Georgia
Description: We are here to minister to the whole home school family. We provide opportunity for fellowship and activities for all ages! Our purpose is -To represent the Home School Community in a manner that honors Christ. -To keep the group informed of any pertinent home education current evens such as seminars, conferences, and legal issues. -To provide an atmosphere of encouragement and support to families. -To provide socials, educational field trips, and group activities for the children and parents
Requirements: Membership in Destiny is open to anyone who is currently home schooling or plans to home educate in the near future. The registration form is on our website. As soon as we receive your completed application and payment, you will be added to our directory.
Benefits: Members receive regular emails regarding activities and classes available to the homeschool community. Members also have access to our newsletter, calendar and private message board.Membership in Destiny Homeschool Ministry makes you eligible for HSLDA's group discount program. The Group Discount Program was established to encourage and promote homeschooling support groups by offering their members HSLDA services at a discount. Individual families who belong to an HSLDA discount group save 17% on the HSLDA membership fee.
Cost: $25 yearly
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Eagle's Nest Christian Home Educators Association
Geographic Area Serving: Coweta and Fayette Counties, Georgia
Description: We are a Christian Home School support group with members of Coweta, Fayette, South Fulton and Troup Counties. We have opportunities for young children all the way up through high school. We have a wonderful newsletter, field trips, coops, small groups, teen classes, art classes and many other opportunities for home schoolers. We currently are around 200 families.
Requirements: You must sign a statement of faith to join our group. This is not a doctrinal statement of faith - we have around 66 churches represented.
Benefits: We have a wonderful newsletter, field trips, coops, small groups, teen classes, art classes and many other opportunities for home schoolers.
Cost: $40 yearly
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FAMILIES of the Greater Albany Area
Debby
familiesofgreateralbany@gmail.com
229-431-8586
Teresa Knight
MyAw4Hm@aol.com
229-776-8823
Geographic Area Serving: A wide area including, Lee county, Dougherty County, Worth County, Tift County, Terrell County, Turner County, Crisp County Mitchell County and more
Description: FAMILIES is a homeschool group designed to encourage the entire family through relationships.We offer co-op classes, clubs, field trips, 4-H, book fairs, workshops, graduation and more.
Requirements: We do have yearly dues and ask each member to find a way to make the group run smoothly by volunteering.
Benefits: FAMILIES benefits others by building relationships and offering encouragment to homeschool your children from birth through high school if you choose.
Cost: $25 yearly
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FRIENDS in Bainbridge Georgia
Tonya Austinson
muchosninos2000@yahoo.com
229-246-5419
FRIENDSinBainbridgeGeorgia-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Decatur/Seminole/Miller counties of SW Georgia, Gadsden County in NW Florida
Description: We get together the 4th Friday in each month for 4H meeting, followed by fellowship at someone's home or local park.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support, field trips, e-news
Cost: None
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H.E.M. (Homeschool Enrichment Ministries)
Tracee Wood
woodshed4@att.net
770-483-7387
Geographic Area Serving: Rockdale, Newton, & Henry Counties, Georgia
Description: The goal of H.E.M. is to provide enrichment opportunities. This is not a typical support group. We are here to answer your questions and offer educational opportunities as they come available to us. Examples are: Book It, 6 hour reading, Science Fair and regional qualifying.
Requirements: This is a Christian organization. Requirements, fees and qualifications are determined per program or activity.
Benefits: We provide mentoring, practical helps and enrichment opportunities.
Cost: None
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HA - Homeschoolers of Alpharetta
Deedee Muehlbauer
dmule@mindspring.com
770-475-2593
Carri Tootle
carritootle@bellsouth.net
770-754-3064
Geographic Area Serving: Alpharetta, Georgia
Description: We are a fun and exciting group that meets for various activities during the week. We have park days on Tuesdays, co-op on Thursdays, and field trips, special events, Enrichment Days, or service projects on Fridays.
Requirements: We are a Christian-based group though we welcome people of all backgrounds.
Benefits: Great families to socialize with, park days, co-ops, field trips, special events, Enrichment Days, service project, Mom's Night Out, and a HA Chat where we discuss homeschooling issues
Cost: $15 yearly
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Hall County Home Educators
Melissa Tingle
hchehallcountyhomeeducators-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Gainesville City and Hall County, Georgia
Description: Hall County Home Educators (HCHE) is a nonprofit homeschooling organization in beautiful Northeast Georgia whose purpose is to assist homeschooling families in the area by providing opportunities for friendships and mentorships of a diverse people who live, worship, and operate their homeschools in many different ways. We do not prescribe to any one particular method of homeschooling our children. We do not require a "Statement of Faith" nor do we require that only Christians be members. However, most of our members are of the Christian faith and any advice or support given will be Christian in nature. We strive to provide activities and field trips for all ages and interests. HCHE thrives on the volunteer efforts of its members to organize such adventures. Each activity and field trip is required to be fully self-supporting so members who will not benefit from them will not be required to subsidize them. It is the responsibility of each family to decide which of these activities or field trips it will organize or participate in: play days (to places such as parks, Lake Lanier beaches, pools, skating rinks, bowling allies, gyms, libraries for board games, hiking trails, bike trails), annual field day, clubs (such as chess, Spanish, national homeschool honor society, 4-H), field trips (to places near and far), annual used curriculum sale, co-ops, mom’s night outs, share days, science fairs, new homeschool seminars, parent roundtable discussions on homeschool topics, holiday parties, spring formals, graduations, teen night outs, annual group standardized testing.
Requirements: Request an application from and return your completed application to hchemembership@gmail.com. All of our announcements and communication is done via our private (members only) Yahoo group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hchehallcountyhomeeducators/. Therefore, joining this group and having the ability to regularly access the internet is imperative.
Benefits: socialization, fun, support and encouragement, learning opportunities (for parents as well as children)
Cost: None
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Home Educators Linking People (HELP) in the CSRA
HELP in the CSRA Leader
HELPintheCSRA-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Savannah River Area, Georgia
Description: This group has been created to keep home educators in the CSRA - Central Savannah River Area - connected. Please feel free to post information regarding upcoming events such as field trips, local classes, curriculum fairs, used curriculum sales, etc. Also feel free to post questions about home school laws, curriculum, in addition to prayer requests. This is one way for us all to stay in touch as well as get to know each other better. My hope and goal is to create a true COMMUNITY of local home schoolers.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Many field trips are available, parties etc. are listed. Feel free to email suggestions and upcoming events.
Cost: None
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Homeschooling Our Way (H.O.W.)
Beverly Byrd
bbyrd1969@yahoo.com
706-728-0947
Geographic Area Serving: Serving Floyd and Polk Counties.
Description: Everyone is welcome at H.O.W. gatherings! There are annual dues that help cover our expenses. We are a inclusive support group with no religious affiliation.
Requirements: Members must be respectful of one another. Members of all faiths (or lack thereof) are accepted. There is no commitment of faith required. Children must be treated respectfully.
Benefits: Field trips, Moms night Out, Dads night Out, plus a lot more activities
Cost: $20
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Homeward Spirit Home Educators
Kimberly Deviese
deviese@windstream.net
Patty Spanjer
pmls49@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Murray, Whitfield, Catoosa & Gordon Counties, Georgia
Description: We are a Christian homeschool group of over 100 families in the North Georgia / Chattanooga area. We plan fun, educational field trips, have monthly parent support/planning meetings, and post information on local events that might be of interest to homeschooling families. Please feel free to email us if you have any other questions.
Requirements: Join our free website.
Benefits: Networking with other likeminded Christian homeschool families
Cost: None
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Johnson Ferry Homeschool Support Group
Rena Pearson
rena.pearson@gmail.com
770-321-1722
Alicia Kramer
a_kramer@bellsouth.net
Geographic Area Serving: Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton
Description: The Johnson Ferry Home School Support Group is open to parents of preschoolers through 12th graders. Our purpose is to encourage each other through prayer, fellowship, and idea sharing as we follow God’s leading in home education. Membership allows access to a variety of activities including special events, field trips, retreat, quarterly mom's night out, outdoor club and monthly support meetings. We invite you to visit our group during the monthly support meetings. The group specializes in mentoring parents and providing them with inspiration, teaching skills, helpful hints, scheduling, education requirements, and resources.
Requirements: Requirements for membership include: Acceptance of the Statement of Faith Payment of annual dues ($20)
Benefits: Fellowship with other Christian homeschool families, field trips, special events, mom's retreat, outdoor club, monthly support meetings.
Cost: $20 yearly
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Kid Cultivators Homeschool Support Group
Geographic Area Serving: Atlanta-metro area
Description: Kid Cultivators Homeschool Group is an inclusive support group for those considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling and/or experienced in homeschooling. Discussion topics focus on homeschooling, general learning, educational methods, and curricula to name a few. We share information on resources, field trips, activities and other information pertinent to our needs. We have regular support meetings, clubs, classes (that we attend together), park days, field trips and other activities. When you join you'll have access to our calendar that is usual quite full.
Requirements: You must be willing to participate! Come out and join in with us! Our group is interfaith and not affiliated with any church or denomination. We welcome everyone! We do not tolerate discrimination against people based on ethnicity, race, gender, sexual identity, faith, family size or type.
Benefits: Support from other homeschooling parents. Ideas and resources. Friends for yourself and your children.
Cost: None at this time
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Learners and Educators of Atlanta and Decatur
home@leadhomeschool.org
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Atlanta and Decatur although we have members from as far away as Carrolton and McDounough.
Description: Inclusive secular diverse group that offers, weekly park days, classes, field trips, support and more! We have members of many religions, races and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Requirements: $21 for a family to join the group and have access to the google group list. This takes care of insurance and fees throughout the year.
Benefits: Socially kids and parents alike benefit from interaction from a wide variety of folks.
Cost: $21 yearly/family
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Learning Opportunities
Beth Olson
learning_ops@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Gwinnett and surrounding counties, Georgia
Description: Learning Opportunities is a collaborative learning community.
Requirements: Inclusive & diverse
Benefits: wide variety of enrichment classes are held one day per week.
Cost: None
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Northeast Georgia Homeschool Association
Kim Martin
kimmers_zoo@hotmail.com
706-219-2459
Geographic Area Serving: Northeast Georgia
Description: We hold weekly play days and bi-monthly fieldtrips. We also sponsor a book trade, science fair, art in the park day and many other fun and educational events.
Requirements: We are open to all homeschoolers but REQUIRE the best behavior at all events!
Benefits: Message Board available on our website
Cost: None
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Paulding Christian Homeschoolers
Sharon Carrow
sharon.carrow@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Paulding, Georgia
Description: Paulding Christian Homeschoolers is a homeschool support group ministry of Bethany Christian Church. We partner with you to offer prayer support, field trips and supplemental academic activities for all ages. Regular meetings are on Thursdays, 10 - 12:30 at Bethany Christian Church.
Requirements: Members agree to abide by policies of the group. Non members are welcome to join us for field trips and prayer meetings.
Benefits: We partner with you to provide prayer support, mentoring, co-op classes for all ages, field trips, scholarship program to help at least one family purchase curriculum each year.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Pickens County Homeschoolers
Lorraine G Smith
missrainydaze@yahoo.com
706-337-3795
770-298-8896
Geographic Area Serving: Jasper, Georgia
Description: A local group providing socialization, education, and support for homechooling families in North Georgia.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Our group has monthly club days, field trips, play dates, community projects, holiday parties, park days, unit study programs, guest speakers, and moms night out on a regular basis. We try to meet the needs of all our home school families and attempt to keep any costs for activities to a minimum.
Cost: None
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Secular Home Educators of Augusta (SHEA)
Michelle Shuler
shellbie967@yahoo.com
706-771-9968
Geographic Area Serving: Augusta (encompassing the CSRA), Georgia
Description: We are an all inclusive support group for homeschool families in Augusta and the surrounding CSRA area. We meet weekly for play, monthly field trips both formal and in formal and meet once a month for Mom's Night Out.
Requirements: We simply require that members be of an open mind and a friendly disposition. We have a nice eclectic mix of families from all backgrounds and all faiths, as the name suggests this is group is Secular. The group will not continue to be successful if there is no participation from our members, we ask that planning meetings be attended when scheduled.
Benefits: Bi-monthly newsletter, monthly field trips, families who have been homeschooling for years for support
Cost: None
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South Georgia Homeschool Association
Dana Armstrong
dana@southgeorgiahomeschool.com
Michelle Simpson
austin-laura@juno.com
Geographic Area Serving: South Georgia
Description: South Georgia Homeschool Association is a homeschool support group created to support the needs of homeschooling families in the south Georgia area. SGHA provides a network of support that is based on Christian values. We provide knowledge to and opportunities for our member families that help them through the daily commitment of educating their children at home.
Requirements: An updated registration form on file
Benefits: Field Trips, Monthly Meetings, Newsletters, Website, E-mail Loop, special events, co-op classes, a Mentor Program, and much more!
Cost: None
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SouthWest GA Home Educators Association - SWGHA
Pat Fenner
fenner7@bellsouth.net
229-942-8957
Geographic Area Serving: SW GA - Albany
Description: We meet twice annually as a group to plan and post our calendar. We meet monthly for various field trips and events, as well as the 1st and 3rd Fridays for Friday classes. Our group has many activities for older (high school) students, and we do sponsor a graduation ceremony and field day in the spring. SWGHA has been in existence since 1993; our membership has hovered around 100 families for the past few years.
Requirements: Any family who is legally registered to homeschool and pays annual dues is welcome. We are, however, a Christian organization, and while we have no faith or doctrinal requirements for membership, members should know we operate from a vantage point of Christian behavior and principles.
Benefits: A monthly newsletter is available online, as well as a membership directory and website for communicating.
Cost: $35 yearly
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Southwest Georgia Homeschool Association
Karen Allen
SWGHAemail@gmail.com
229-483-1664
Geographic Area Serving: Baker, Calhoun, Crisp, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Tift, and Worth
Description: Southwest Georgia Homeschool Association is a Christian organization of homeschoolers. We are open to Christians of all affiliations and non-Christians as well; however, all should understand that we are committed to Biblical standards in all that we do. Our guiding principle is this: The Lord our God is one Lord! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 ...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Leviticus 19:18c And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; And you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Requirements: Membership is open to all home education families who are in agreement with the statements of purpose of this organization and who agree to abide by the guidelines as published in the handbook. Application for membership is made by submitting a registration form and the annual dues payment to the secretary.
Benefits: SWGHA's goal is to provide support and assist families of southwest Georgia with the challenges of educating their children at home. Please visit our site to see all the benefits we provide.
Cost: $40 yearly
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Spalding Area Christian Homeschoolers (SACH)
Robb & Tonya Miley
sachdirectors@comcast.net
770-227-1622
Geographic Area Serving: Griffin-Spalding County and surrounding areas, Georgia
Description: Spalding Area Christian Homeschoolers (SACH) is a Christian & conservative homeschool support group, offering encouragement, support and serving more than 100 home educating families. We are dedicated to observing the Biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4. SACH is a very active and established organization that places an emphasis on offering many field trips, social events, and extracurricular activities that provide wonderful opportunities for children of all ages to increase their knowledge, and enjoy social interaction. SACH is the largest homeschool group based in Griffin-Spalding County, but we also serve the surrounding counties of: Fayette, Henry, Pike, Lamar, Butts, Coweta, Monroe, and Upson.
Requirements: SACH Members agree to follow the SACH Bylaws, which includes our Mission Statement, Statement of Faith & Decorum
Benefits: SACH is a very active and established Christian homeschool support group. We provide Educational Field Trips, Social Events (bowling, skating, holiday parties, park days, etc.), Art/ History/ Science Fair, Teen Events, Capitol Day. Gymnastics, 4H Club, Reading Incentive Book Clubs (Accelerated Readers Reward Program, Scholastic, Book-it, Six Flags Reading Club, etc.), Band, Choir, Scouts, Baseball, Art Classes, Civil Air Patrol, Boys Historical War Club, Physical Fitness Class, Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge, Mathathon, Karate, Service Projects, Moms Night Out, Graduation, Labels for Education, Password Protected Web-site or a Monthly Newsletter, an Online Membership Directory, Membership Card, Membership Packets, Support Group Meetings, etc. We are an Evangelical Christian group with all denominations present as members and we encourage participation.
Cost: $20 yearly
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St. Philomena Adjumentum
Theresa Howard
Howard_9@bellsouth.net
770-932-6185
770-338-0769
Geographic Area Serving: Atlanta Area (Chamblee-Tucker), Georgia
Description: St. Philomena Adjumentum (SPA) is a cooperative venture of Catholic homeschooling families who have agreed to follow the same curriculum and share teaching expertise. We meet twice each week, on average, from September through June, to introduce and review course material, hold discussions and work on group projects, and especially to foster peer community among both students and mothers. SPA is NOT a school. “Adjumentum” is the Latin word for “co-op,” and that is the extent of our aspiration. There is no central leadership; all families have an equal voice in decision-making, whether this regards scheduling, grading, long-range planning, or expanding. We are committed to decision by consensus. Our shared expectations derive from the principle expressed in Gravissimum Educationis 3: As it is the parents who have given life to their children, on them lies the gravest obligation of educating their family. They must therefore be recognized as being primarily and principally responsible for their education. The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. SPA consists of 10-15 families, including children ranging from newborns to 12th grade. We follow the Mother of Divine Grace syllabi for all grade levels, allowing for some modification if necessary, again following the co-op model when instituting such changes. All mothers remain with the group throughout the SPA day, assigning themselves to a class or activity according to their interests and the group’s needs. From its inception we met in a private home but have now moved to a larger facility at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tucker, Georgia. The day begins with Mass at 9:15, after which we separate into classes. We eat lunch and play together from 12:20-1:10, then close with a mothers’ “debriefing” at 3:40. Open and constant communication is our trademark. The high school courses are taught by mothers who take responsibility for the overall structure of how the subject is taught and graded. The grade school students are grouped by age, grade level and subject and are moderated by mothers throughout the day, but the parent is responsible for all assessment.
Requirements: We have adopted a simple uniform policy at SPA. All students wear white shirts and closed-toe shoes. The grade school girls wear navy skorts, skirts, jumpers or pants, and the grade school boys wear navy pants. The high school girls wear khaki pants or skirts (of sufficient length to touch the floor when kneeling), and the high school boys wear khaki pants.
Benefits: Our goal is to assist and support one another as we grow daily in our vocation as Christian wives, mothers and teachers faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. The freedom of each family to follow Jesus Christ, in obedience to their Bishop, according to the specific spirituality and tradition they choose, is zealously protected. We have found SPA to be an effective and joyful vehicle toward academic excellence, genuine friendship and apostolic witness. We believe we have truly found the best of both homeschool and Catholic school worlds.
Cost: Yearly (Varies)
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Summit C.A.R.E.S. Co-op
Jane Harbin
n2butterflyz@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow and Paulsing Counties-Acworth, Georgia
Description: We are a Christian homeschooling support group that offers affordable enrichment classes for children ages 3 and up. We meet once a week (Thursday) from 1pm-4pm at Summit Baptist Church in Acworth, Georgia.
Requirements: We are not a drop off group. We ask you to stay and participate in our school day. As God has given each of us different talents and gifts, we feel this is the perfect avenue to use those in a safe and caring environment. We do have a structured base we function under and this helps set the guidelines and expectations of our awesome group.
Benefits: As a member of the co-op you will receive a membership binder with the guidelines for the co-op, field trip information, special programs we participate in and grocery cards to use towards rewards for our group. Each week you will receive an updated newsletter and any other information pertaining to upcoming events. During the time at co-op we offer a haven for mom's to gather to get to know each other, snack and all kinds of resource information to look over or check out. Contact is for more information and remember you can always come and visit to see if our co-op is for you and your kids.
Cost: (onetime) $25.00 and will prorate as the our school year proceeds
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Trinity Home'sCool Depot
Kealei Castle
kealeim@bellsouth.net
770-439-9235
Geographic Area Serving: Paulding, Douglas, and Cobb Counties in Georgia Powder Springs/Hiram area
Description: We offer 2 Fridays per month support group meetings, field trips, extra-curricular activities, sports activities. We also offer two-day/wk tutorial classes for K-12th grade as well as enrichment classes during support group meetings.
Requirements: Any homeschooler can participate in support meetings, extra-curricular, sports, field trips free of membership fees regardless of whether they participate in tutorial classes.
Benefits: Lots of academic and relationship-bulding opportunities in safe, Christ-centered environment
Cost: based on event or level of participation desired - many activities free - no membership fees
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Valdosta Area Homeschool Association
Dana Armstrong
dana@valdostahomeschool.com
Geographic Area Serving: Valdosta, Georgia
Description: The Valdosta Area Homeschool Association (VAHA) provides networking and support for home school families by field trips, monthly themed meetings, book clubs, co-op classes, programs for the moms, and several large events throughout the year including International Night, Christmas Party, and Honors Night.
Requirements: We ask that each member family volunteer for a committee. We are a very active group and need help from each family.
Benefits: We provide newsletters, a membership card which entitles the parent/teacher to certain discounts in the area, co-op classes, other educational programs (for the teachers as well as the children), standardized testing facilities and certified instructors, and much more!
Cost: $30 yearly
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