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North Carolina: Support Groups
Agape Leadership Development
Carol Oakley
Geographic Area Serving: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Description: Providing Christian group activities and support for homeschooling families. We are a "no pressure" group in which all our activities are optional. You decide how our group activities fit into your schedule. Our focus is encouraging each other and having our children develop lifelong friendships.
Requirements: All our activities and planning meetings are optional. Our goal is to bless you and not to overwhelm you.
Benefits: Activities include: roller skating, ice skating, bowling, swimming, bike rides, field trips, park play times, mom's night out, pajama parties, monthly planning meetings, annual promotion ceremony, annual standardized testing, prayer chain, etc.
Cost: None

Brunswick County Homeschool Activity Group
Geographic Area Serving: Brunswick County, NC
Description: This is an activity group for homeschool families. We meet weekly to provide support and social opportunities for our members and their children, We offer activities, field trips, holiday celebrations, classes, mom's night outings and family fun events.
Requirements: Must be a homeschool family
Benefits: Support and activities.
Cost: $20/family

Carolina Home Educators Family Support
Chrisynda Samuel
Anne Fyans
Geographic Area Serving: Anson & Richmond counties - NC AND Chesterfield & Marlboro counties - SC
Description: Support for independent home school families along the NC/SC border counties of Anson & Richmond Counties of NC and Chesterfield & Marlboro Counties of SC. Inclusive, Christian, Cooperative, Open Registration for New Members
Requirements: Annual Dues
Benefits: Monthly Parent Meetings, Park Days, Annual Educational Fair, Annual Kick-off, Holiday Socials, Field Trips, Website with Members Area, Annual Standardized Testing, Community Involvement Projects, Parents' Night Out, Family Fun Night, Contests, Clubs, Other Activities
Cost: $15 yearly

Charlotte Christian Homeschool Network (CCHNet)
Christina Brown
Geographic Area Serving: The Greater Charlotte area, North Carolina
Description: The mission of CCHNet is to connect Christian homeschoolers in the greater Charlotte area while serving as an information portal for events, activities, and information.
Requirements: This is an online email group that provides support and resources. We have a facebook group page.
Benefits: Updates in homeschool laws, information about homeschool friendly businesses, classes, co-ops, field trips, volunteer opportunities, events and activities in the area, and also the opportunity to connect with like minded homeschool moms, and the venue to resell homeschool books. Park days and meet ups are an excellent way to network and are good for pre-school mamas to teens and everyone in between.I have seen co-ops form, play groups started, and even friendships emerge. It is a wonderful way to determine interest or need in an area and can result in classes or unique learning environments created as a result. Community events and cultural opportunities are often posted that you may not normally know about and which are particularly of interest to homeschoolers.
Cost: None

CHEW - Christian Home Educators of Wilmington
Kathryn Iandoli
Geographic Area Serving:
Description: Christian Homeschool group that exists to provide information, support, and encouragement, activities, educational experiences and fellowship for Christian home educating families of all races and to promote home education in our community. We offer monthly mom meetings, field trips, a weekly co-op of classes for all ages, a private email loop, and an active teen group.
Requirements: Membership form and yearly $20 dues.
Benefits: Private email loop, directory, field trips and other activities, a weekly co-op, amazing support and mom meetings for encouragement.
Cost: $20 yearly

Cleveland County Homeschool Association
Jan Stone
Geographic Area Serving: Cleveland, Rutherford, Gaston and surrounding areas.
Description: CCHA is a Christian, faith-based group of families who work together as volunteers to provide opportunities for fellowship and networking.
Requirements: Each member, after their initial year of membership, is required to complete at least one service activity during the school year in order to make the group successful.
Benefits: Mom's Night Outs monthly, holiday and other parties, youth events, park days, history and science fairs, clubs (yearbook, knitting, etc), cooperative learning access through sister group SHARE (Shaping Homeschoolers for Accountability, Respect, Excellence--separate cost)
Cost: $25 yearly ($15 early bird renewal April 1-May 31.)

Colonial Homeschoolers
Scott Wylie
Geographic Area Serving: Cary and the greater Raleigh area.
Description: Colonial Homeschoolers is a support group for Christian homeschoolers in Cary, NC and the surrounding area. Our group is sponsored by Colonial Baptist Church, but any family may join.
Requirements: Agreement with a statement of faith.
Benefits: Activities vary widely – everything from small groups and clubs to science co-ops, field trips and group testing. Members also have the ability to plan lead new events and opportunities. Some of what we offer includes: Field trips, classes, clubs, co-ops, socials, networking opportunities, email updates, National Honor Society, Homeschool Graduation Ceremony, annual group testing, “Mentor Mom” program, and teen activities and Socials.
Cost: None

Common Thread Kids
Geographic Area Serving: N.C. - Members residing in Southern Wake & Surrounding Counties. Group activities are throughout the Triangle, Triad, & Sandhills area. Overnight trips to the N.C. coastal & mountains are also scheduled at least once a year.
Description: Common Thread Kids Home Schooling families with the common goal of encouraging their children to build positive & lasting friendships among a similar peer group-through weekly opportunities to particiapte in group activities. We also provide a welcoming community of home schooling Moms (& Dads) for support & encouragement. Membership is available to any family that has at least one home schooled child born between 2000-2002 & the siblings regardless of age. However, no family will be turned away based on age or any other reason. The years mentioned above, are just a guideline to maintain a general age range within the group.
Requirements: Group participation at least once every 2 months.
Benefits: A home school group offering fun & friendship-through organized activities & educational programs. Examples of monthly activities include: field trips, holiday celebrations, hiking/park days, educational travel, and ongoing educational classes. Group opportunities & events are scheduled at least once a week.
Cost: $5 yearly per family

East Coast Homeschooling Organization
Stacey Roberts
Geographic Area Serving: MCB Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River, Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina
Description: We are a Christian support group for military and civilian homeschooling families. ECHO has many family-friendly activities (including but not limited to): enrichment activities that vary per age/grade level each semester, annual yearbook, field trips, mom's night/afternoon out, scholastic book clubs for toddler-teen, box tops for education program, community service projects and interaction with other local homeschool groups as schedules allow. We're looking forward to adding a National Home School Honor Society Chapter, annual complete-battery standardized state testing and other activities as the needs of the group dictate. We meet on Thursdays (except federal holidays) from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Bible Church in Jacksonville, NC. ECHO offers FREE membership to Region11hsers yahoo support group for ALL homeschoolers in the 10 counties that make up region 11 in eastern NC.
Requirements: Members must agree to abide by the ECHO bylaws, contracts and disciplinary procedures that were read and signed at registration. Members are required to teach or assist during 2 out of 3 activity hours each week during each semester and must remain on the JBC campus at all times during ECHO meetings or events. Members need to contact the group's activity coordinator AND find a replacement if they are going to be absent from an activity that they teach or assist with so that adequate supervision and safety requirements are maintained at all times. ECHO membership fee is $15 per family per semester. JBC Building/Utilities fee is $50 per family per semester. Activity fees for children may vary by age/grade level each semester depending on the activities offered. Fees are due at registration and are non-refundable.
Benefits: Membership includes notification of upcoming events and field trips via email on the ECHOhsers group loop which also has many other members-only features (ie. ECHO handbook, member directory, ECHO resources library listings, group calendar, useful links and much more).
Cost: Membership: $15/family per semester; Building/Utilities: $50/family per semester

Enrich, Inc.
Doreen Browning
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Charlotte are of North Carolina.
Description: Enrich is a home education support organization for current, new, and prospective home educators in the greater Charlotte, NC area. Enrich brings the knowledge and experience of 16 years of supporting home educators to help you find the answers and resources that you need. We help parents educate their children.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information, support network, and resources
Cost: None

FACT (Families Advocating Christian Training)
Tami Fox
Geographic Area Serving: Taylorsville, North Carolina
Description: We are a group of Christian, homeschool families who have formed a support group. We have Mom's Meetings, PE classes, Music class, a Library class at our local library, and many field trip opportunities. Our children range in age from newborn through teen. We would love to have more families in our area participate in our group.
Requirements: Each family is required to pay a yearly membership fee. We do not require new homeschool families to have a job, but we encourage all members to help share the load of the group by volunteering for various jobs throughout the year.
Benefits: We have a monthly newsletter. We plan field trips as a group, and we have a homeschool lending library.
Cost: $10 yearly

Forsyth Home Educators, Inc.
FHE Representative
Geographic Area Serving: Forsyth and surrounding counties, North Carolina
Description: FHE is a Christian support group of home educators in Forsyth County and surrounding counties.
Requirements: Those wishing to become members of FHE must agree (by signing the annual membership form) to: 1.respect Christian principles AND 2.honor the ideals of home education AND 3.abide by the Standards of Conduct as established by the Board.
Benefits: The annual membership entitles you to 10 monthly issues of the newsletter, and the calendar of group events, as well as support from other families involved in the same endeavor.
Cost: $10 membership/electronic newsletter $20 membership/paper newsletter

Frassati Friends
Emily Ayala
Geographic Area Serving: Greensboro area including but not limited to: Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Kernersville, High Point, Jamestown, Browns Summit, etc.
Description: Catholic Homeschool Playgroup Co-op in Greensboro NC Triad area. Created to provide fellowship and support to parents, and fun fellowship for children following the model of Blessed Pier Frassati.
Requirements: Be Catholic and homeschooling or considering homeschooling.
Benefits: Fellowship and support
Cost: None

Fusion Homeschoolers
Jenni Woods
Geographic Area Serving: Hope Mills and direct surrounding area
Description: Inclusive group providing enrichment classes, fun and friendship.
Requirements: Volunteering as needed
Benefits: Support, park days, fun days, field trips, etc.
Cost: $10/term

Greensboro Catholic Home Educators
Celeste T.
Geographic Area Serving: Greensboro, North Carolina
Description: Welcome! This is a list for Catholic homeschoolers in Greensboro NC to keep in touch, share ideas, inspire, and encourage each other in our call to homeschooling
Requirements: Be a Catholic homeschooler in Greensboro, NC
Benefits: Support and encouragement
Cost: None

HEArts: Home Education Arts
Sheree Harrell
HEArts Moderator
Geographic Area Serving: Wilmington, North Carolina
Description: HEArts is a Wilmington, NC based online news group and a real time activity group for homeschoolers. Our group is for families using creative, integrated techniques to facilitate learning at home; that is, using the Arts to learn all subject matter. We are a fully inclusive, nonsectarian group that embraces diversity.
Requirements: This is a restricted Yahoo group. If you want to join our online group you will need to email the moderator directly to introduce yourself with your name, address and phone number(s) in order to keep up with our fun, spontaneous activities and planned events. Parents and children of all ages, both boys and girls, are invited to attend our events.
Benefits: We also plan park play dates, fieldtrips, parties and spontaneous activities.
Cost: None

HOME - Asheville
Julie Houston
Geographic Area Serving: Asheville and surrounding area, North Carolina
Description: A forum for secular homeschooling families in and around Asheville, North Carolina
Requirements: Currently homeschooling or interested in homeschooling in or around Asheville, NC.
Benefits: Yahoo group for support, communication, and resources for activities for and with other homeschoolers
Cost: None

Homeschoolers of Knightdale
Geographic Area Serving: East wake and the surrounding area of the triangle
Description: We are a homeschool group for children of all ages. We'll take advantage of some of the great resources we have right here in Knightdale, but also explore the rest of the triangle for museum field trips as well as classes. Our main goal is socialization and presenting opportunities to learn through fun.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Socialization opportunities, tours, classes, and long term friendships.
Cost: $10 yearly

Inclusive Homeschoolers of Wilson
Tiffany Abells
Geographic Area Serving: Wilson, North Carolina
Description: We are a welcoming group. Inclusive Homeschoolers of Wilson is open to all families interested in alternatives to traditional public education regardless of faith, ethnicity, lifestyle and homeschooling method. We meet casually to exchange ideas and offer support to each other.
Requirements: There are no membership fees. Everyone is welcome, and our only requirement is that members are tolerant of others' beliefs.
Benefits: We have a discussion list through yahoogroups. We meet twice monthly for park days. We meet once a month for Coffee Night. Based on members' interests, field trips, arts & crafts and service projects will be planned.
Cost: None

LIFT Co-Op: Learning in Faith Together
Samantha Cernock
Geographic Area Serving: Cumberland County and surrounding areas.
Description: We are a ministry of Arran Lake Baptist Church to homeschooling families in Cumberland and surrounding counties. We meet once a week from September to May. We also participate in field trips and social gatherings outside of our weekly meetings. Membership is open to anyone, however please keep in mind that we are a Christian organization and follow the teachings of Arran Lake Baptist Church.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support, fun, learning, a varying selection of classes, communication and interaction with other homeschooling families as well as standardized testing opportunities.
Cost: $50 annually

NC Adventurous Home Educators
Veronica Wright
Geographic Area Serving: All of NC, but the group is based out of the Piedmont Triad in N.C.
Description: Field trips will be planned across the state and various types and costs (including free ones) will be planned so that each member has plenty of ones to choose from for their family. Homeschool families are welcome to bring other non homeschool families or relatives to outings with them. For those members not on Facebook, we also offer a Yahoo Group and a website to keep you updated with events and group activities. Membership includes access to all three.
Requirements: Yearly membership fee will be due on before September 1st each year. We do require that our members be actively homeschooling in NC, VA, or SC and participate in at least 3 activities per year. As always, this group will remain an all inclusive group. This means that we will not discriminate against religion, race, etc.
Benefits: Included with the membership you will recieve the opportunity to participate in: Weekly Planned Field Trips, Monthly Moms Nights Out, Monthly Teen Nights, Play s/Concerts, Yearly Out of State Trips, Volunteer Opportunities, Various Holiday Parties, Annual Prom, Group Exclusive Discounts on Martial Arts Classes and others Speakers, Classes, Twice Annual Group Picnics, Annual Zoo Club, Field Days, School Pictures, And much, more more!
Cost: $10 yearly

Tammy Thornton
Geographic Area Serving: Raleigh (Wake/Johnston Counties), North Carolina
Description: STARS (Southeast Triangle Area Resources and Support for Homeschoolers) is a Support Group for Home Schooling families in Eastern Wake and Western Johnston Counties and the surrounding areas. The principle purpose is to provide online support, educational opportunities, field trips, activities, and information to families in these areas. The group currently consists of over 150 families and activities and ages range for all.
Requirements: Family must be home schooling or planning to home school and provide minimal personal information to group leaders.
Benefits: Support, activities, information, field trips, opportunity to be a part of a group with minimal requirements, participate at your family's current "seasonal" level, and be as involved as you would like to be.
Cost: None

Newfound Baptist Church Homeschool Ministry
Andrea Clark
Geographic Area Serving: Buncombe County
Description: We are a group of Christian homeschool families seeking to love, support, encourage and enrich families who have chosen to teach, train and educate their children at home. Our ministry is open to all area homeschoolers and we are honored to walk beside you in this journey of home education. There are many opportunities to minister and serve together in our support group. Our group meets on the 4th Monday of every month for Project Day. Our projects will always be educational or community service related and will be appropriate for all ages, preschool through high school.
Requirements: No requirements.
Benefits: We also offer field trips, parties, support group meetings and special events throughout the year for our ministry members.
Cost: $25 yearly/family

North Carolina Unschoolers
Pam Genant
Geographic Area Serving: State of North Carolina
Description: As unschoolers we recognize that learning is a byproduct of living life. We respect our children, and trust that our children will learn everything they need to know through living their lives and following their passions. This group is created to support and connect unschoolers in North Carolina.
Requirements: Being an unschooler in North Carolina
Benefits: We have regularly scheduled day trips, impromptu gatherings, a quarterly newsletter and much more!
Cost: None

North Wake Teen Homeschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: Northern Wake County, North Carolina
Description: North Wake Teen Homeschoolers is a secular support group for families with homeschoolers of middle and high school aged children (ages 11 and up) in Northern Wake County, North Carolina. (Parents and siblings are welcome to join in on many of the activities, but not all.) The group is member directed - meaning everyone is welcome and encouraged to plan events and activities. Our group's goal is to form lasting bonds and a sense of community for our teens and their families. This can only happen if everyone is willing to participate and plan events and activities. It's free to join the group, the only requirement is families are expected to host or co-host at least one event per year for the group. Also, you must attend one public event in person, before you will be approved to join the group.
Requirements: Must be homeschooling a child 11 years of age or older. Members are expected to host or co-host at least one event per year for the group. Also, you must attend one public event in person, before you will be approved to join the group.
Benefits: Community and activities
Cost: None

Piedmont HomeSchoolers
Suzanne Banks
Pat Ashley
Geographic Area Serving: Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point North Carolina
Description: Piedmont HomeSchoolers is an online support group. We sponsor annual fall picnics and spring barbecues for our members, as well as a homeschool, Christmas Bazaar.
Requirements: This group is open to all.
Benefits: Members may post notices of support group events, curriculum for sale, yard sales, classes, activities, park days, library information etc.
Cost: None

Queen Vashti Home Schoolers
Emma Marlow
Geographic Area Serving: Vashti, North Carolina
Description: We are a diverse group. We are unschoolers that share ideas and programs. We have a 4-H group, a girl scout troop, (and brownies) and we use American Girls and the Little House books for many of our projects. We are close to Taylorsville, Statesville and Wilksboro if you'd like to join us.
Requirements: None
Benefits: We would love to have you join in our field trips and participate in our activities.
Cost: None

Roanoke Valley Association of Christian HomeSchools
Sarah Lumsden
Geographic Area Serving: RVACHS is convenient to families on Lake Gaston and surrounding towns and cities. Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties in Virginia and Halifax, Warren and Northampton counties in North Carolina.
Description: RVACHS endeavors to give help and guidance to those who call with questions, as well as to its group members. This is done by meeting almost every Friday throughout the school year from September to June, at Lake Gaston Baptist Church, for fellowship and physical activities for the kids. RVACHS also offers the following activities: field trips, fellowship, physical education, craft time, sometimes a workshop or two, swimming, mini golf, hiking, walking trails. RVACHS tries to vary the activities and include different ones each year. No one is required to do all activities, however, RVACHS hopes you will attend as many as possible.
Requirements: RVACHS is a Christian group and with the membership form is a statement of faith. Every member is expected to sign this in good faith that they believe the statements written.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $15 per family

Secular Homeschoolers of North Carolina
Christie Smith
Geographic Area Serving: Johnston, Wake and Harnett counties, North Carolina
Description: Secular Homeschoolers of North Carolina [SHNC] was founded in July 2004 out of a need for a welcoming group for homeschooling families in and around Johnston County inclusive of all ethnicities, faiths, ages, lifestyles and homeschooling styles.The purpose of the group is to provide social and educational opportunities for a variety of ages since homeschooling involves the entire family. Our on-line goal is to provide an open forum to discuss any subject pertinent to homeschooling with tolerance, dignity and respect. Our off-line goal is to gather and build a community that will support us throughout our homeschooling experience.
Requirements: Acceptance of and respect for diversity
Benefits: Our members typically organize events such as museum trips, theater trips, play-dates, seasonal gatherings, park days, family picnics, classes, etc.
Cost: None

SpeakOut NC
Sue Gray
Geographic Area Serving: Cary / Raleigh, North Carolina
Description: Speak Out North Carolina is a Christian Speech club for homeschooled students. We support the mission of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), which states that formal speech and debate can provide a means for homeschooled students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a Biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. The mission of Speak Out North Carolina is to facilitate the training necessary to raise up the next generation of Godly leaders who demonstrate Christ-like love manifested through a servant's heart.
Requirements: The purpose of the Speech club is to train and prepare students for speech tournaments. Meetings will begin on time! Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to get settled so you don’t miss out on important announcements or valuable training time. We are volunteering our time and we want to make the best use of it while we are together.The club hopes to provides instruction, practice sessions and critiquing for the NCFCA speech categories. This will be accomplished cooperatively with both parents and students providing feedback and assistance as needed. Weekly meetings may include teaching time and small group exercise/practice time with parent coaches/assistants. Each week students may be given assignments to work on at home. We will communicate these assignments in writing and we hope that parents will assist their students to ensure that work is completed. Student success requires parental involvement! If at all possible, parents are encouraged to attend meetings with their students. This is especially important for those who have never competed before.
Benefits: WE have a communications loop which serves to inform parents about various activities and training that is available in our area.
Cost: None

T.E.A.C.H. (The Eastern Association of Christian Homeschools)
Geographic Area Serving: Beaufort, Martin, Pitt, Washington Counties
Description: We are a christian group. We have various sports teams, meet once a week for PE classes, have a Drama Club, History Club as well as parental planned field trips throughout the school year.
Requirements: Read and agree to our By Laws, sign a Statement of Faith, we ask that all parents participate to the planning and coordinating of the events.
Benefits: Fellowship, Support and Socialization
Cost: $15 yearly

Triad Homeschoolers
Jill Lockridge
Geographic Area Serving: Triad area-Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Description: Triad Homeschoolers is a support group for homeschoolers of all walks of life. We have families from all over the Triad and most activities are in Greensboro, High Point and Kernersville. We are an active group and require active participation from members.
Requirements: Triad members love to have new families join and to meet them. We like to have an active group and to get to know the families so we do expect you to come to something every 6 months. This is also for the protection of our members that we expect to meet you within 6 months of you joining us.
Benefits: We have park days, parties, field trips and educational classes. If there is something you would like to do or see happen in the group, please let us know!
Cost: None

TRIBE Homeschoolers
Gail Butler
Geographic Area Serving: Pitt, Beaufort, Greene and nearby counties, North Carolina
Description: TRIBE, Totally Responsible Individual Based Education, is an inclusive group open to homeschoolers/unschoolers in eastern NC. We are very casual and unstructured. We meet in a local park every Wednesday afternoon and also plan field trips and activity days as interest dictates.
Requirements: We ask that all members be respectful of the varied beliefs of other members.
Benefits: Group members plan field trips etc as they wish.
Cost: None

Wilmington Catholic Homeschoolers
Michele Pasch
Geographic Area Serving: Wilmington North Carolina and Surrounding Areas
Description: Wilmington Catholic Homeschoolers is a group of local homeschool families residing in the Wilmington area. We provide support to families through field trips, group classes and holiday celebrations. We give guidance and support to each other by offering Mom's Night Out, Book Club and Seminars.
Requirements: August to August Membership each year and be actively homeschooling.
Benefits: Access to friendship within the homeschooling community, group rates on field trips and activities and participate in service work to help the community at large.
Cost: $20/family yearly

WINGS (Wise Instructors Need Group Support)
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Charlotte, NC, primarily in the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius areas.
Description: WINGS is a Christian homeschool group serving primarily the north Charlotte (University), Davidson, Huntersville, and Lake Norman areas. We are a free homeschool group that "meets" online through forums, live chats, and weekly e-mail updates. Our online forums serve as both a community for building friendships and a source of information on local events of interest to homeschoolers.
Requirements: We do not have any requirements of our members except that they treat each other respectfully on the forums.
Benefits: Being free and having no requirements are major benefits! Money and time are both valuable commodities for homeschoolers and we respect that. Our hope is that our members would feel compelled on their own to plan events and post on the forums to express their appreciation.
Cost: None