Best Resources For Homeschool Families In Washington DC

January 18, 2013 8:00 AM

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These support groups can be a great way to collaborate with other parents who are homeschooling, offering access to resources parents couldn’t otherwise dream of. Those benefits may include more than just educational tools and information. Some groups offer field trips, sporting events and other socialization activities. Area resources provide online assistance and policy updates, while others offer a diverse array of opportunities to get together periodically as a homeschool community to share common interests. These are the best resources for homeschool families in D.C.

Families In Support of Home Education
P.O. Box 203
Oakton, VA 22124

Price: free membership

A network of Christian homeschooling families comprise the FISHE organization. FISHE is an interdenominational group whose members are mostly from small churches that are not connected to any organization. Take advantage of monthly support group meetings in which families may share with one another, as well as online updates on events and activities. The organization has a testing program, sponsors a Geography Bee and offers a soccer league for sports-minded homeschoolers.

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
P.O. Box 5131
Charlottesville, VA 22905
(866) 513-6173

Price: $29 annual membership fee

This is a comprehensive state-wide membership organization. Support is offered to families that includes local seminars and homeschool conferences. A homeschool journal also offers advice, information and tips. The organization maintains a list of online, local and regional groups that are comprised of experienced homeshoolers useful to those who are new to homeschooling.

Bolling Area Home Educators 
P.O. Box 8401
Bolling AFB, DC 20032

Price: $30 membership fee

BAHE is a support group designed for military families who homeschool their children and live in the D.C. area. Department of Defense civilians are also welcome to join the group, as are military retirees. Membership benefits include a variety of activities that support learning and socialization. Members of the group have access to resources for families in education as well as activities and events.

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MD DC VA Educators

Price: free

An online support forum that provides information to homeschooled families, this network serves the D.C. metro area including the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia, and offers a listing of homeschool activities, field trips and events. Support is also available for parents in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Hampton Roads, Va. Membership is free and gives members access to message boards, online resources and homeschool news.

Columbia Homeschool Community

Price: free

This family focused support group serves counties in Maryland including Prince Georges, Montgomery, Carroll, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Charles, Baltimore and Baltimore City. Members participate in socialization and enrichment activities. Some activities include new-member orientation and annual kickoff, family math games, an end-of-the-year ceremony, and teen mixers and dances. As part of its education track, qualified instructors lead advanced placement co-op class programs for those in high school using  a syllabus of AP-approved courses.

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