Sonoma County Homeschoolers Nonprofit
Statewide groups with a variety of information on most homeschool-related topics, including how to homeschool in California:
•HomeSchool Association of California (HSC)
HSC's publication, "Empowering Families, Starting
the Homeschool Journey," contains everything
you need to get started.
•California Homeschool Network (CHN)
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.
"Welcome to one of the most exciting, challenging, frustrating and fulfilling journeys of your life."
How to Homeschool in California:
Other Recommended Resources:
•Madrone Homeschool 4-H (Sonoma County): leadership, community service, responsibility, public speaking, and more.
For info call: Diana 707-833-2002.
•http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/BAHFT: 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 http://holtgws.com/gwsarchives.html. Lots of interesting reading from an early advocate of homeschooling.
For more information, please
Some Public ISPs and Charter Schools available in Sonoma County include:
•Pathways Charter School:
•California Virtual Academy:
•Orchard View School:
•Valley Oaks School:
• Mark West Charter School
•Piner Olivet Home Study Program:
Nancy Morton, 522-3033x17,
•Pivot Charter School North Bay
•SunRidge School Waldorf Inspired Home Study Program, (Sebastopol)
707-824-2844, contact Theresa Thomasson
Scroll down below the letter to see a list of the current independent study programs in Sonoma County:
Member HSC Contacts:
Sarah Ford, phone: 939.9584
Joanna Murphy, phone: 529.2128