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(Our volunteers try to keep the list as accurate as possible. Please email us with any additions, corrections, or broken links.)

MHLA encourages homeschoolers to maintain contact with a homeschool support network, either in person or via the Internet, in order to meet other homeschoolers who live nearby and share experiences of interacting with local school districts.

As a service to the homeschooling community, MHLA maintains the following lists containing contact information for homeschool support groups. Any homeschool support group may be listed here by emailing a brief group description with contact information (as you wish it to appear here) to MHLA.

We know from experience that each support group has its own unique character; you may need to search out several groups before you find one that is a good match for your family's needs. For further support, you can talk to other homeschoolers in your area and across the state by joining the MHLA email discussion list at Yahoo!Groups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/masshomelearningassoc/.

The listing of a support group, organization or business below does not imply MHLA endorsement of that group. MHLA is not associated with any of these independent homeschooling support groups.

The Homeschool Social Register is a service developed by a Massachusetts homeschooler. Organized by towns, cities, and counties within each state and province, it provides a mechanism for you to get in touch with other homeschoolers in your area. http://www.homeschoolmedia.com/register


Massachusetts Groups
North Shore/Merrimack Valley
Boston
Metro-West of Boston
South Shore/Cape Cod/South Coastal
Central Massachusetts
Western Massachusetts

Regional and Special Interest Groups

National Groups

Businesses, Non-Profit Organizations and Co-ops Serving Homeschoolers



North Shore/Merrimack Valley

About Our Kids Home Learners (A-OK)
A-OK's goal is friendship: forming new ones and strengthening old ones, both for kids and parents. A-OK members get together at free and low-cost activities and events that we find and that we create together. All local homeschooling families are welcome. Attend an activity or two to see if we are a good fit for yours! Gatherings throughout Greater Boston, especially metro area and western suburbs.
For more information, please contact Tammy Tatum at tammy.tatum@gmail.com
or visit our website at http://www.aokhomelearners.webs.com


Billerica Homeschooling Association
Billerica Homeschooling Association is a resource and support group for homeschooling families in and around Billerica, MA. We are an open group that respects all homeschooling approaches and philosophies. The mission of our group is to increase homeschooling awareness and visibility, assist new homeschooling families, be a means for homeschooling families to connect, communicate and network, to create partnerships within the homeschooling community and those they live in, to develop homeschooling classes, events, activities and community service/outreach projects.
For more information please visit our website, www.billericahomeschooling.com,
or contact Jen Croce at billericahomeschooling@live.com.


Catholic Homeschoolers in Massachusetts East (CHIME)
Please visit our website http://www.chimehomeschool.com/content/.


Essex County Inclusive Homeschool Group
The Essex County Inclusive homeschooling group is a new homeschooling group open to all homeschoolers in Essex County, Massachusetts and beyond (including Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly, Danvers, Manchester, Magnolia, Gloucester, Ipswich, Topsfield, Methuen, Lynn, Nahant and Peabody etc.). We have many families from the North Shore. This group will serve as a support group, an activity group and an on-line discussion group. The group is open to homeschooling families and to those families considering homeschooling. By inclusive, we mean accepting of all homeschoolers regardless of race, religion (e.g. Unitarian-Universalist, Jewish, Hindu, Quaker, Mormon, Muslim, Pagan, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist etc.), homeschool methods and lifestyle. We look forward to meeting everyone.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EssexCountyInclusivehomeschoolinggroup


Greater Lawrence Homeschoolers
Membership: Free. We make use of free community resources as much as possible.
Homebase: Nevins Library in Methuen, MA (While not all our activities are here, we reserve their free meeting space to meet up on a monthly basis.)
Members: Secular and religious homeschoolers from any and all homeschooling approaches and philosophies in Greater Lawrence/Merrimack Valley area, including: Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Dracut, Haverhill, Windham and Salem, NH.
For more info, please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GreaterLawrenceHomeschoolers/
Contact: Amy Berard amyberard2002@yahoo.com.


Haverhill Area Homeschool Group
Haverhill Area Homeschool Group is associated with MassHope as a Christian homeschool organization. We have monthly "parent" support group meetings, various group activities/field trips and a website/private forum at www.homeschool-life.com/ma/hah. Yearly dues of $18 are all that are required to receive the benefits of being a part of our local group.
For more information, contact Lis Penney penneys5@gmail.com or if you prefer telephone contact, Cathy Huppe 978-352-4122.


Homeschooling Together
Web page at http://www.homeschoolingtogether.org/.
To request more information, email bermudes@verizon.net.


L.E.A.R.N.
This is a group of Life learners, interested in Education that is child-led. We are Accepting of others and their ideas and Respect the natural, inborn curiosity of all people to learn. We want to Network, especially with other parents. Most of us are unschooling families that live on the North Shore of MA. We welcome anyone who is looking for support, resources and fun gatherings.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nutsaboutlearning/


New Horizons Learning Co-op - Chelmsford Area
Our Mission is to support homeschooling families to live a relationship of joy, connection, and trust with their children, support them in building a community where everyone matters and create a safe environment where our youth can explore, learn and discover together by inner motivation. We serve about 25 families and over 60 kids (from nursing babies to 16 year old teens). We offer weekly classes for elementary, middle school and high school levels.
For more info, please go to http://newhorizonslearningco-op.org
Contact Phone: 978-571-2111
Contact e-mail at NewHorizonsCo.op@gmail.com.


North Shore Christian Homeschoolers (NSCH)
NSCH is a ministry whose leadership and direction is based on the Christian faith. Our website www.nschonline.org keeps members in the know about group and area events, as well as email notifications and discussions. Those interested in membership must attend at least one support group meeting, pay a yearly family membership fee, and fill out an online member profile.
Contact: www.nschonline.org


North Suburban Homelearners
NSHL is an inclusive group whose primary focus is providing educational and social opportunities for our children and support for ourselves as homeschooling parents. We welcome the participation of all members of our group. Everyone is encouraged to become involved in group organization, as well as planning of field trips and other activities. We are open to anyone who is either currently homeschooling or interested in learning about homeschooling.
For more information, please contact Laura Weymouth or Natasha Vogt at nshlcontact@gmail.com.


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Boston

Hub Homeschoolers
Hub Homeschoolers is a Boston-area group for homeschooling families living within the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill/Roxbury, South End, Dorchester, Roslindale, Hyde Park, and West Roxbury. Activities are centered in Jamaica Plain. The median birthyear for children in the group is 1998.
For further information please see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hubhomeschoolers/


Winthrop-East Boston Homeschoolers
Winthrop-East Boston Homeschoolers is a group to help homeschooling families in Winthrop, Revere, and East Boston meet up and share activities.
Contact: robertwholzbach@yahoo.com.


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Metro-West of Boston

Franklin Area Home Learners
Newly forming group open to a diverse community of home school families.
For more information, please see the Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Franklin_area_home_learners2/


Marlborough Mayflower Homeschool Network
We're homeschoolers in the Marlborough, Massachusetts area sharing resources, ideas and support. We're an inclusive group of homeschoolers who respect our neighbors' choices.
Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarlboroughMayflowerHomeschoolNetwork/.


Metrowest Homeschoolers
An inclusive group open to any home educator (or anyone looking to home educate) interested in activities, connections, and support in the Metrowest Boston area.
For more information, contact Cindy or Raffaella at mwhsers-owner@yahoogroups.com .


Nashoba Valley Homeschoolers
A small diverse group primarily serving the Acton, Boxborough, Concord, Maynard, Stow, and Sudbury area, with an e-list announcing local activities and events. We offer support to local homelearning families.
Contact: Kate Wheeler, kate.wheeler@verizon.net


Tri-County Homeschoolers
Serving Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties.
All inclusive support network to connect homeschoolers throughout theses areas of Massachusetts to share events, park days and activities of smaller local groups with a larger more wide spread home school network.
Visit our website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/tricountyhomeschoolers/
Join our Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tri-county_Homeschoolers/


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South Shore/Cape Cod/South Coastal

Attleboro Area Homeschoolers
Monthly parent meetings at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, in Norton at the Trinitarian Congregational Church (East Main and Pine Streets). Park days, field trips, classes, book groups, Boy Scouts.
Join the discussion list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AttleboroAreaHomeschoolers/.


Berkley Area Homeschoolers
Berkley Area Homeschoolers is an informally organized inclusive group serving Berkley and surrounding areas (Taunton, Berkley, Middleboro, Somerset, etc). Classes, field trips, play dates, and informal get-togethers are all organized through our yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BerkleyAreaHSers/
Contact: Pam Bolton at boltonpamela@yahoo.com


Coastal Free Learners
We are a Home Schooling support network along the southeastern coast of Massachusetts. We welcome all types of home-learners to share ideas for activities, field trips, and playgroups, etc. We are a group of like-minds with the intention of making homeschooling a positive experience for all!
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coastalfreelearners/


INHARMONYHomeschoolNetwork
South Shore based but open to all homeschoolers in MA. "A network for homeschoolers in MA who are inspired by nature and who want to strive to live in Harmony...with each other and with the Earth"
To join the yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INHARMONYHomeschoolNetwork
Contact: Marcia, marsi77@aol.com


MaNNH
MaNNH is a group of home-schoolers that welcomes ALL homeschoolers. Areas local to most of our members are: Attleboro, Plainville, North Attleboro, Mansfield, Foxboro, Wrentham, Norfolk, and parts of northern R.I. MaNNH is member-participant-fueled. For this to be successful, it takes you! No ONE person posts the activities, all members should post something HOMESCHOOL related. Every member should TRY to contribute. If you want to lurk for awhile and gather ideas, that is fine too.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MaNNH/


Outside the Box Homeschoolers
We are a group of families in southeastern, MA who meet once a week for activities around the area. During inclement weather, join us at the Old Town Hall in Somerset, MA (1458 County St, Somerset, MA) on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30 for kids to play games, make crafts, play and socialize (free & open to all philosophies).
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutsideTheBoxHomeschoolers
Website: http://outsidetheboxhomeschoolers.wordpress.com/
Email: Krysten at outsidetheboxhomeschoolers@gmail.com


Outside the Box Teens
We provide an opportunity for homeschooled tweens and teens in the southeastern Massachusetts and the surrounding area to get together socially at least once a month. Most of the activities will be along the Rt. 195 belt from Providence to the Cape.
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OTBTeens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outsidetheboxteens
Website: http://outsidetheboxteens.wordpress.com/
Email: Krysten at outsidetheboxteens@gmail.com


SoBien - South of Boston Indpendent Education Network
South of Boston Independent Education Network (SoBIEN) is an open and inclusive group for home educating families. Our goal is to provide a respectful and welcoming network for the sharing of social and educational opportunities and general support in the communities south of Boston.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoBIEN/


South Coast Homeschoolers
We are a member-led inclusive support group that operates on a pay-as-you-go basis for field trips, classes, and other activities that require fees. All activities are arranged through our online Yahoo Group.
Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/schomeschoolers/ to join.


South Shore Home Learners
South Shore Home Learners was founded in 2003 by a small group of families who believe in home-based learning and attachment parenting. Our mission is to provide families with opportunities to be part of a harmonious homeschooling community where all who gather feel welcome and supported. Provides support meetings, classes, workshops and activities.
For more information, visit our Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SSHLSupport/
Or contact Kris at keckland02@yahoo.com or Heidi at heidiconner@hotmail.com or by phone at 781-582-1187.


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Central Massachusetts

LEAF Home Learners Network
LEAF or "Learning Enrichment Active Partnership" is an inclusive, participant- directed network that welcomes all homeschool families in many communities in south-central Massachusetts, northern Rhode Island and northeastern Connecticut. The main purpose of LEAF is to give families the opportunity to share resources and talents, field trips and events, learning enrichment opportunities, and overall fellowship with others, in a variety of group settings. A Yahoo group and online calendar of events connects network families.
Visit the LEAF website for more information: http://learninks.org/leaf.


N. Central Mass Homeschool Friends
We are a group of homeschoolers from Gardner and the surrounding areas. We welcome all types of homeschoolers and unschoolers. This group is about fun and socializing for our children and their parents :) We are starting this group in hopes of finding other homeschoolers interested in hanging out and having fun. Our children do plenty of "learning" at home and need a chance to get out and just have fun with other kids. So please join us in our quest for fun :)
For more information, please see the Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NCMAhomeschool_friends/


Tri-County Homeschoolers
Serving Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties.
All inclusive support network to connect homeschoolers throughout theses areas of Massachusetts to share events, park days and activities of smaller local groups with a larger more wide spread home school network.
Visit our website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/tricountyhomeschoolers/
Join our Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tri-county_Homeschoolers/


Worcester Home Educators' Network (WHEN)
WHEN is a group of Worcester area home educators who meet for support, activities and discussion monthly.
For more information check out our website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WorcesterHEN/


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Western Massachusetts - Listed by county

Berkshire County

Berkshire County Homeschool Community (BCHC)
BCHC is a resource and support group for homeschooling families in Berkshire County. We organize activities that create a welcoming and diverse homeschool community. We offer friendship and support to new homeschooling families. This group is non-exclusive, not affiliated with any religious or political organizations and welcoming to all! There is no membership fee. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Berkshire County.
For more information, contact us through the site at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/berkshirecountyhomeschoolcommunity/.


Berkshire Homeschoolers
Berkshire Homeschoolers is open to all homeschoolers, and is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations. We are a cooperative, participating as little or as much as possible for our children's benefit in the areas of field trips and activities set up by the members. All homeschoolers in and near the Berkshire area, and those traveling by, are welcome to participate.
Contact: Amy Najimy at amynajimy@yahoo.com.
A website for all area group meetings and their events (in and around Berkshire County) has been created and can be seen at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BerkshireHomeschoolers/.
All area groups are welcome to participate.


Hilltown Families
Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA. Founded in late 2005, Hilltown Families serves homeschooling families in Western Massachusetts, including the Hilltowns, Pioneer Valley and parts of the Berkshires. Through a dynamic web site/blog, social networking, listserv, podcast, online bulletin boards and collaborations with civic and nonprofit groups, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of Western MA by helping area residents share ideas, organize activities, support their children's education and increase participation in community life. A list of Weekly Suggested Events highlights community based educational opportunities while building community by sharing family-friendly events throughout the region. An easy and open online forums promote activities that enrich our childrens' education, serving a wide variety of educational choices.
Hilltown Families website: http://www.hilltownfamilies.org/
Contact email: hilltownfamilies@gmail.com


Franklin County

Athol-Orange Homeschooling Group
We are an inclusive group and welcome all homeschoolers, local or otherwise, with all styles. Other towns represented in our group are: Royalston, Warwick, New Salem, Phillipston, Templeton, Wendell, Gill, Erving, Gardner, Barre. Petersham.
Support list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AtholOrangeHomeschooling/


Hampden County

Hampden County Homeschoolers
Hampden County Homeschoolers is a yahoo group that is open to anyone interested in home schooling. We currently do not have regular meetings but offer our site as a way to network with each other, list activities and field trips and ask questions. We serve Westfield and the surrounding area.
We can be reached at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HCH/info?tab=s


Pioneer Valley Liberated Learners
We are an all ages, all inclusive group of homeschoolers in the Pioneer Valley. Our focus is on providing social opportunities for home educated children. This includes teens and tweens. All are welcome to join us. This is a student and family focused group that is not "owned" by particular members. We are a member-driven group that values the input of all of the member families. Whether you are thinking about homeschooling or are already homeschooling, we would love to have you join us.
Contact Mercedes Echevarria, email mersieme@yahoo.com


Western Mass Catholic Homeschoolers
Members gather from across the Pioneer Valley to support each other as faithful Roman Catholics and to bring the Catholic way of life to greater fruition and brilliance in our homes. Our foundation is faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Our group features the Catholic Cantor Newsletter, First Friday Devotions, Monthly Parents Meetings, High School Classes and Coops, and Field Trips.
Contact: Christine Hebert at nechc@ourladyqueenofsaints.org.
Website: www.westernmasscatholichomeschoolers.com.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152924458119001/


Western Mass. Homeschoolers
Western Mass. Homeschoolers is a Christian group but all are welcome. Moms (and a few dads) come from all over the Pioneer Valley and CT for our monthly support group meetings, which are held the 2nd Thursday of each month Aug-May (except Dec). Our meetings include warm fellowship, access to our curriculum lending library, a devotion, and a speaker or panel discussion. We also host a Used Curriculum Sale, Science & History Fairs, and enjoy a few extracurricular activities like bowling, roller-skating, swim & gym and more. WMH publishes a weekly e-newsletter: News and Notes to network for buying/selling, co-ops, classes, field trips and more.
Visit www.wmhomeschoolers.org for more information or email information@wmhomeschoolers.org.


Hampshire County

Pioneer Valley Homeschoolers
We are an inclusive, eclectic network of over 200 homeschooling families in western Massachusetts. All are welcome!
Website: http://pvhg.net
Contact: Karen at ktwilrainbow@gmail.com.


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Regional and Special Interest Groups

For more information on homeschooling gifted and special needs children, please visit the Homeschooling and Special Needs page.


Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM)
http://www.ahem.info/index.htm
From their website: "Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts is an independent, grassroots, volunteer-run organization working to foster informed and active homeschoolers empowered to be their own best advocates in defending the right to independently homeschool."


GT-Spec-Home Email List
GT-Spec-Home is an email list for families homeschooling gifted/special needs children.
To learn more about the list, visit http://gtworld.org/.
To subscribe to GT-Spec-Home, send e-mail to listserv@listserv.icors.org with the command "subscribe gt-spec-home" in the body.


Home Schooling Special Needs in MA
This is a support group for parents homeschooling their children with special needs. We are an inclusive group, supporting one another in decisions regarding traditional and alternative homeschooling and other therapies helpful to our children. Our children are as unique as the ways we homeschool them! Please write a brief introduction upon joining our group!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolingspecialneedsMA/


MA Gifted Homeschoolers
MA Gifted Homeschoolers is an on-line community for Massachusetts families who are homeschooling their gifted children. The focus of this group is how to meet the needs of these advanced learners in a homeschool setting. The goal is to share insights, resources, and general support in a respectful and supportive setting.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MAGiftedHomeschoolers/


Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators (MassHOPE)
http://masshope.org/
From their website: "Mass. H.O.P.E. was established in 1989 as a Christian ministry for the express purpose of encouraging home educators across the Commonwealth."
Contact them if you'd like an affiliated group near you.


Muslim Homeschoolers in MA
Support group for Muslim homeschoolers in MA and throughout NE. This is where we virtually can meet, talk, and discuss, as well as set up field trips and get-togethers.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MASalamHSers/


New England Buddhist Homeschool Group
This is a support group for Buddhist homeschoolers in the New England region -- Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. If you are a homeschooler interested in Buddhism, or a Buddhist interested in homeschooling, you are welcome here.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEBuddhistHomeschool/


New England Jewish Homeschoolers
This list is for Jewish homeschoolers in the New England area. That includes CT, NH, VT, ME, RI, MA. We welcome people who are interested in participating (and helping to organize) some of the activities we are planning. On this list, we are privileged to have Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews, Reform Jews, Reconstructionist Jews, secular Jews. We DON'T have so-called Messianic Jews (Jews for Jesus). There is no proselytizing allowed on this list. This list is NOT for discussing religious politics or "how" to be a Jew. Its primary goal is to make friends and organize gatherings. Note: NonJews married to Jews and raising their children as Jews or with Jewish traditions are also welcome.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nejhs/


New England Unschoolers
This is a list for unschoolers in MA, VT, NH, ME, RI, CT. We offer a place to connect with other unschoolers in the area, information, support and discussion.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewEnglandUnschooling/


Teen Connection
Teen Connection is for homeschooled teens/tweens ages 11 and up in the New Hampshire and Massachusetts area. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/4teenconnection/


Uniquely Gifted
The Uniquely Gifted website (http://www.uniquelygifted.org) is a collection of resources for families with gifted/special needs children and those who work with them. Topics include specific special needs, homeschooling, advocacy, bullying, and articles about the special needs of twice-exceptional children.


Waldorf Family Network
Waldorf Family Network is a grassroots initiative serving homeschooling families inspired by Waldorf education. We offer a variety of opportunities for learning, networking, and community-building, including curriculum development, workshops, online resources, and an annual conference. Founded in 1999, Waldorf Family Network is based at Michaelmas Farm, a working farm and center for cultural renewal located in north central Massachusetts.
For more information, visit: www.WaldorfFamilyNetwork.org.

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National Groups

Homeschool to College
Very focused, moderated group to discuss homeschooling high school students for successful transition to college.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool2college/


Homeschooling Creatively
This list is a place where we can come to understand and give value to our creative children as we home/unschool with them.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolingcreatively/


Homeschooling Towards College
A group for parents of teenaged homeschoolers who are aiming toward college.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hs2coll/


Homeschooling Upper High School
Share with each other the concerns, ideas, curriculum choices, web-sites, and info to help one another homeschool through high school.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschooling-upper-grades/


Living Math Forum
By the group that began www.livingmath.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LivingMathForum/


LivingScience: A Secular Science List for Homeschoolers
The primary focus of this list is to discuss living science books for homeschoolers, afterschoolers and children of all ages.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LivingScience/


National Home Education Network (NHEN)
www.nhen.org
The National Home Education Network exists to encourage and facilitate the vital grassroots work of state and local homeschooling organizations and individuals by providing information, fostering networking and promoting public relations on a national level. Because we believe there is strength in a diverse network of homeschoolers, we support the freedom of all individual families to choose home education and to direct such education.
NHEN's Legislative Forums and Controversial Issues are both excellent places to learn about national homeschool issues. As one participant on the Legislative Forums commented: "NHEN is the only homeschool group in existence that is inclusive on the national level. It's the only one hosting a genuine exchange of information among all kinds of homeschoolers with all kinds of opinions."

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Businesses, Non-Profit Organizations and Co-ops Serving Homeschoolers

Massachusetts

Bay State Learning Center
At Bay State Learning Center we think that the best and most lasting kind of learning is self-directed learning. At BSLC each student has the opportunity to work with a mentor to design a specialized learning program to fit his or her own needs, strengths, and interests. In addition to personalized support and a regular schedule of optional classes, BSLC provides a safe, comfortable environment where students can work, socialize, and thrive free of the coercion and pressure of traditional school.

Memberships available from 1 - 5 days a week.

Bay State Learning Center
670 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
email: info@baystatelearning.org
website: www.baystatelearning.org


Little Ponders in Concord, MA.
The Pond Side Classroom is an alternative homeschool program using mostly Charlotte Mason and Waldorf methods. We are a group of parents, teachers and children who come together to shepherd the development of children in a peaceful, creative and conscious manner. Our program is intended to supplement your child's homeschool program and guide children with respect to their needs, interests and home activities. We also are committed to supporting parents in your own personal development as teachers. We honor the seasons together and love to include the greater homeschool community whenever possible in our seasonal celebrations.
http://littleponderers.org/


Macomber Center
Macomber Center is an alternative schooling resource for self-directed homeschoolers in MetroWest. We are a drop off Center, set on 100 acres of fields and woods.
The Center is open Monday - Friday 9-5pm from September through early June, perfect for working parents who wish to homeschool and for children seeking independent time away from home to socialize with other homeschoolers.

Children ages 4-19 are eligible for membership. We offer 2, 3 and 5 day a week membership options, as well as one-week trial memberships.

Macomber Center is neither a school nor a home - we offer the best of both worlds of schooling!

* All members must register as homeschoolers in their town.
* Children can be independent, away from home , but without mandatory hours of attendance so they are free to take classes or engage in activities outside of the Center.
* The Center empowers working parents with the option to homeschool - knowing their child is in a safe, enriching environment.
* Children join a community of like-minded homeschoolers.
* Families are completely responsible for their child's education, but can take advantage of the many offerings at the Center, if desired.
* Children can pursue what interests them, not a pre-defined curriculum.
* Children are not segregated by age - the natural age mixing of life allows each child to share their interests and have their voice heard.

Contact us via email in the summer months, or join us at an Open House Sept-June to learn more about the Center.
http://www.macombercenter.org
Macomber Center, 63 Badger Rd, Framingham MA 01701
(Please note - this address is for driving directions - the mailing address is 1 Badger Rd)


New England Sports Academy
www.nesacademy.com
345 University Avenue, Westwood, MA 02090
New England Sports Academy prides itself as a community of instructors, students, parents, friends, and extended families together under one roof. We welcome Home-School families to share in our community, and at the same time to establish their own community within our facility. Home-School families have the opportunity, working together, to complement their own educational goals with sports, academic, and other classes, taught by professional coaches, at the Academy.
Starting this fall, NESA now welcomes Cooperatives of Home-School families to bring their communities to our location as their home. For a small monthly fee, each family may enjoy all the educational and collaborative benefits of its Cooperative while also appreciating the additional advantages offered by our facility.
Front Desk:
phone: 781-493-6345
e-mail: info@nesacademy.com
website: www.nesacademy.com

Home-School Program:
Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
NESA, Home-School Program Director
phone: 781-733-0849
e-mail: nsterling@nesacademy.com
website: http://www.nesacademy.com/?page=classes&id=42


North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens
http://www.northstarteens.org/
104 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
413-582-0193
North Star is a teen center for homeschoolers. Most of our members are coming from school experiences, though many life-long homeschoolers join North Star as well. We offer family support in choosing the homeschool option, as well as classes, tutoring, mentorship, and connections to internships and other resources for our teen members. North Star is committed to assisting teens in making their own positive choices for their lives and helping them to direct their own educations. Please visit our web site for more information.


Northeast Unschooling Conference
http://northeastunschoolingconference.com/
The Northeast Unschooling Conference is an annual gathering for unschoolers with presentations, Funshops, and entertainment. It gives unschoolers the opportunity to live in a great community for a long weekend where they don't have to explain themselves and they can get support and share resources.
Visit the website or call 978-744-4796 for more information.


Trellis Community Learning
At Trellis, our goal is to support home-schooling families and children by coordinating and offering a variety of hands-on enrichment activities that reflect the current interests of our young learners. We seek to promote community and facilitate cooperative learning experiences that are grounded in natural curiosity.
To learn more about our program, please visit http://www.trelliscommunitylearning.com/


Voyagers
Voyagers, a homeschool resource center and cooperative, is based in Acton, MA and serves over 80 families from Massachusetts & New Hampshire. Voyagers offers study groups, workshops, and support by and for homeschooling families. Educational programs include nature activities, science, art, music, theatre (including a yearly Shakespeare production), a high school-level Mock Trial team, and much more. Programs are based upon ability and interest, rather than age. Voyagers currently runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
For more information please visit www.voyagersinc.org or e-mail info@voyagersinc.org.


Worcester Area Think Tank
Worcester Area Think Tank is a resource center that provides young adults a place to engage in academics and endeavors that promote personal, social and intellectual growth. Our goal is to encourage students to be life-long learners who carry their talents and inspiration into the wider world.
Please see our website: www.thethinktank-worcester.com or email info@thethinktank-worcester.com.


Nationwide

Home Education Magazine (HEM)
http://homeedmag.com/
From their website: "Home Education Magazine presents free online newsletters, discussion boards, a networking list, and selections from the magazine, including articles, interviews, columnists, resources, reviews and more!"


Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
http://www.hslda.org/
In the Issue Library, you can review HSLDA's positions on state, national, and international issues.

From their website FAQ about HSLDA:
Q: Is HSLDA a Christian Organization?
A: Yes, however, HSLDA's mission is to protect the freedom of all home schoolers. Although our officers and directors are Christians, HSLDA membership is open to all home schoolers...


John Holt/Growing Without Schooling (GWS)
http://www.holtgws.com
John Holt and his legacy, including Patrick Farenga's books and Unschooling Workshops.

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