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Statewide groups with a variety of information on most homeschool-related topics, including how to homeschool in California:

•HomeSchool Association of California (HSC)
  (888) HSC-4440 or
   HSC's publication, "Empowering Families, Starting
   the Homeschool Journey," contains everything
   you need to get started.

•California Homeschool Network (CHN)
  (800) 327-5339 or
  CHN's free publication, "Just the Facts:  A Step-by
 -Step Guide" provides information about your legal   options. 
You have many options for homeschooling in California.  Below are some resources you will find useful for exploring different options.
You have four options for homeschooling in California:

1.  Establish a private school for your children by filing a Private School Affidavit with the California Department of Education. Visit HSC or CHN, call one of our contacts, or visit: 

2.  Use a public independent study program or charter school (see the box at right for a list of some of the programs available in Sonoma County)

3.  Use a private school satellite program.  

4.  Parents with a teaching credential can act as tutors for their children, or parents may employ a tutor, following certain legal requirements (see the resources above for details).
A list of SCHN contacts who are available to discuss your homeschooling questions are listed on our Contact page.
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"Welcome to one of the most exciting, challenging, frustrating and fulfilling journeys of your life."
                         HSC website
How to Homeschool in California:

Other Recommended  Resources:

•Legal 101 at

•Madrone Homeschool 4-H (Sonoma County): leadership, community    service, responsibility, public speaking, and more.
 For info call: Diana 707-833-2002.

•  A group for and by homeschoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Posts are limited to ANNOUNCEMENTS ONLY of field trips, classes, and local events of interest to homeschoolers. 

•John Holt's magazine, Growing Without Schooling, 1977-2001, is archived at  Lots of interesting reading from an early advocate of homeschooling.

Some Public ISPs and Charter Schools available in Sonoma County (in alphabetical order):

California Virtual Academy

Mark West Charter School

Orchard View School

Pathways Charter School

Piner Olivet Home Study Program

Pivot Charter School, North Bay

Rincon Valley Home Study Program

SunRidge School Waldorf Inspired 
Home Study Program

Stony Point Academy Homeschool

Valley Oaks School

Scroll down below the letter to see a list of the current independent study programs in Sonoma County:

Member HSC Contacts:  

  Sarah Ford, phone: 707-939-9584

  Joanna Murphy, phone: 707-529-2128

  Katie Perry
  phone: 707-829-2382