By: Andrea Dillon
Homeschooling is a grand adventure for both parents and children. One of the first steps when deciding to homeschool is to reach out to local homeschoolers for support, comradery, and interactions. Below we have different Massachusetts co-ops and Massachusetts homeschool groups to help get you started on your homeschooling journey.
Navigate the page by clicking the sections below to go to statewide, regional, and local groups by county. To have your group listed please add the information in the comments below or contact me here.
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Massachusetts Statewide Homeschool Groups
Statewide homeschool groups can help you find different resources that are available throughout the state. These groups can help locate local homeschool groups, co-op homeschool groups, and virtual homeschool groups in Massachusetts.
“Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) is a nonprofit, independent, grassroots, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. We believe that informed and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining the right to independently homeschool. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Massachusetts. AHEM does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.”
“MHLA, the oldest statewide homeschooling organization in Massachusetts, sponsors this inclusive list for our members in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Home Learning Association represents no specific religion, political party or educational philosophy but acts as an information clearinghouse and advocacy organization. All are welcome to join.”
Massachusetts Homeschool Regional Groups
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Eastern Massachusetts Homeschool Groups
“CHIME is a group of faithful Catholic homeschooling families who live in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. We provide not only mutual support and encouragement to one another, but also a variety of academic and spiritual activities, field trips, classes, and clubs for our members and their children. ”
“We are a secular community of inclusive families in northeastern Massachusetts who come together to provide rich social and learning opportunities for our children. We offer weekly study groups and social events where children, teens, and parents can make new friends, find their village, and join fellow homeschoolers for fun and interesting experiences.”
Central Massachusetts Homeschool Groups
“We are a group of Christian families who have two primary goals. The first is to offer enrichment opportunities to the homeschooling community via bi-monthly co-op classes. Our second goal is to support and encourage each other as parents/caretakers while offering our children the opportunity to participate in age appropriate activities. ”
“We aim to have a close-knit, active group of families who meet up frequently with their homeschooled children. Events are organized often, from playground days and play dates to educational activities and classes. “
Western Massachusetts Homeschool Groups
“Western Mass Homeschoolers (WMH) is an organization that exists primarily to encourage and support homeschool families. Our group provides a plethora of information and resources valuable to homeschoolers.”
Massachusetts County Groups
Most homeschooling families are looking for the direct personal connection that local homeschooling groups can provide. Below are Massachusetts homeschool groups and Massachusetts co-ops sorted by county.
Homeschool group for unschoolers in Cape Cod.
“A way to connect with other homeschooling families and/or learn more about homeschooling on Cape Cod.”
“Each week we learn game skills, game rules, safety rules, positions, offense, defense, kicking, aiming, catching, throwing, scoring, etc.”
“South Shore Home Learners was founded in 2003 by a small group of families who share the following values regarding education and parenting.”
“South Shore Unschoolers is a group for unschooling parents on the South Shore of MA.”
“Southcoast Homeschoolers & Unschoolers is a group for parents living on or near the Southcoast of MA and RI (along the I-195 from Fall River to Wareham, MA and including Little Compton and Tiverton, RI), who are currently home/unschooling or are interested in learning how to make home/unschooling work for their families.”
“The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is dedicated to nurturing the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth of each child so they may continue life’s journey as free, capable and independent individuals. We are committed to the ideals, educational philosophy, concept of human development and spiritual impulses set forth by Rudolf Steiner.”
“Do you live in or around Berkshire County in Massachusetts? Do you currently homeschool? Are you planning to homeschool? this is the place for you!”
“This group is for Homeschool Teachers to chat, plan and discuss homeschooling. Selling curriculum is also allowed.”
“Hilltown Families’ mission is to support the common good of our community through the development of a sense of place by a shared understanding of the value of self-directed learning through community engagement.”
“Explorers is a support group for homeschooling families. The majority of our members are located in the Northern Suburbs of Boston (Woburn, Wilmington, Reading, Billerica, Tewksbury, etc). It is a forum for sharing ideas, encouraging one another, collaborating for service projects, field trips, and social activities.”
“We welcome families from our surrounding area to join with us and encourage each other on the homeschool journey. We are a Christian fellowship of families from many area churches in Middlesex County, MA. We are affiliated with MassHOPE and HSLDA. We offer frequent organized field trips and a homeschool cooperative which meets for 24 weeks during the school year on Fridays in Chelmsford, MA. Membership is available at any time during the year.”
“This is a group for homeschoolers from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Homeschoolers in surrounding towns are welcome, but the majority of meetups will take place in Plymouth.”
“This is the place where home educators from Braintree to Plymouth can come and meet.
We share events, field trips and resources. We off advice for the new and seasoned homeschooler. Most of all we support each other in our homeschooling journey.”
“The Boston Area Homeschoolers’ Queer-Straight Alliance (BAHS QSA) is a safe, confidential space where teens can come together to:
-Support each other, -Fight for social justice, -Educate one another and the community, -Plan social and educational events.”
“This is a space for Black or Non-Black POC Boston-area homeschooling parents, Parents of any race who homeschool Black or Non-Black POC children, as well as adults who work with homeschooling and nontraditional students in other capacities. These adults should have an existing connection to homeschooling communities of color; joining just to advertise is not permitted.”
“A group for Boston area homeschoolers to connect, find friends, and ask questions. All are welcome!”
“NSCH is a ministry whose leadership and direction is based on the Christian faith. We seek to promote Christian home education by sharing resources, information, and ideas, as well as providing opportunities for fellowship through educational and social experiences. Everyone is welcome to join our group, regardless of religious affiliation. The support group ministry is not-for-profit and run by volunteers.”
“We are a group of unschoolers who are seeking real-life connections with others in the Northeastern MA/Southeastern NH area. We believe that children should have a say in their own education, and that curriculum, agendas, tests and grades don’t have to steer learning. Instead, we believe that mindful living, free play and exploration, and child choice lead to intrinsic, intuitive, organic, life-long learning.”
“Seacoast Unschooling is a group for *unschooling* families to come together, find like-minded parental support, share interesting activities, discuss unschooling philosophy and organize social events.”
South Of Boston Homeschoolers
“The BBC Homeschool Co-op, a ministry of Bethlehem Bible Church, offers weekly co-op classes for area homeschoolers.”
“A local group for homeschooling parents and kids to get together, to learn from each other, share ideas and materials, have group activities and maybe even a coop, a social group for our children and a support for the adults.”
“The Village of Greater Milford Homeschoolers is a secular group of homeschooling families in central Massachusetts.”
“A group for homeschooling families of North Brookfield, Spencer, Barre, Rutland, Oakham, New Braintree, West Brookfield, East Brookfield and Brookfield.”
“We believe children benefit from learning in the comfort and security of a home-based education setting.”