Homeschooling is growing across the country and in New Hampshire. This means that there are many educational and networking resources available for families; parents don’t have to recreate the wheel or go it alone. Many experienced homeschoolers are happy to share their resources and coordinate learning opportunities.
Below are some organizations that provide services to homeschoolers and support groups. These groups can facilitate connections to other homeschoolers in the local area as well as those that share a similar educational approach or focus.
Local Support Groups
Local Homeschool Groups and Co-Ops
Bridge Homeschool Group
The Classical Co-Op - Westford, MA
First Agape - Auburn NH
Gear Up Homeschoolers
Hampton Christian Homeschool Group
The Journey - Townsend, MA (for teens)
Lighthouse Homeschool Co-op
New Horizons Homeschooling
Pembroke Homeschool Writing Club
Rockingham County Co-Op
Southern New Hampshire Homeschooling Support Group
Voyagers - N. Chelmsford MA
WeAre Home Educators
Homeschool Facebook Groups
Central NH Homeschoolers
Chocorua Area Homeschoolers
Concord Area Homeschoolers
Concord NH Early Elementary Homeschoolers
Early Elementary Homeschool Co-Op of Southern NH
Fremont Area Homeschoolers
Greater Derry Homeschoolers
Greater Nashua Homeschoolers
Hampstead Homeschool Gym
Homeschooling Families of Seacoast
Homeschooling in Chester NH
Lakes Region Homeschoolers
Manchester NH Homeschoolers
Monadnock Area Homeschooling Families
Monadnock Homeschool Theater Group
New Hampshire Homeschooling Rotating Recess
New Hampshire Homeschool Teen Meet-up
New Horizons Homeschooling
North Country Homeschoolers
Plymouth Area Homeschooling!!!
Seacoast Christian Home Educators (SCHEA)
Additional Statewide Support Groups
Catholics United for Home Education (CUHE-NH)
Catholics United for Home Education was incorporated in the State of New Hampshire in September 1989. It serves as a network for Catholic homeschoolers, providing support through an email list while connects groups throughout the state. It was established “to provide encouragement and support for [NH] Catholic parents who desire to educate their children at home…to protect the rights of parents to home educate their children and to provide information on Home Education.” They also have a Facebook group.
Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire (CHENH)
Christian Home Educators of NH began as a local homeschool support group in Hillsborough in 1988 before there was a home school law. In those days parents had to ask permission and show evidence of some hardship (religious, etc) and then submit to the whims of local officials. This was changed in 1990 with the passage of RSA 193-A and associated rules Ed 315. CHENH became a statewide organization intent on lobbying the legislature during a contentious process that pitted state bureaucrats, wanting complete control over home education, against parents who wanted complete autonomy. The result was something in the middle and CHENH has remained active trying to keep State regulation to a minimum ever since. They have a Facebook page.
Classical Conversations (CC)
Classical Conversations desires to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning. These “lost tools” reignite a love of learning and enable students to tackle any subject with confidence. We empower and support parents and students through our Classical Conversations Communities across the nation and hope that you will join us for an information meeting soon! For an overview of all three programs, watch this short video. It is a Christian program. They have four coordinators responsible for multiple locations across New Hampshire who may be contacted for more information: Laura Zimmerman (Barrington and Rochester), Jill Santoro (Nashua and Merrimack), Leslie Burns (Spofford), and Pam Tengdin (Concord to Lebanon).
Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC)
HEAC is an advisory board, created by NH statute, comprised of some homeschool organizations, state agencies, and education associations. Their purpose is to provide a platform for better communication and understanding of homeschooling. They meet every other month in Concord. The public may attend, but cannot address the council unless invited to do so.
New Hampshire Homeschool Coalition (NHHC)
The NHHC welcomes all those interested in homeschooling. They support all reasons for homeschooling and are not tied to any particular method, religion or philosophy. With over 5,000 homeschooled students in New Hampshire, the statewide New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition functions as an important source of information. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such, may not attempt to influence legislation or participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. They have two members on the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC), which works to “encourage an understanding of home education.” (Ed 315.10(a)) at the Department of Education. They also have a Facebook page.
NH Homeschooling Resources (NHHR)
NHHR is a website with many resources for homeschoolers, including some of the longest running discussion forums. Much of the information is dated, but many of the forums are still quite active. This is a good alternative for people not engaged via Facebook.
Relaxed Homeschoolers of New Hampshire
RHNH is a social network of relaxed, eclectic homeschoolers. Membership is inclusive, and events are purely secular. For more info or an invitation, email email@example.com. Their mission is to provide a collaborative platform for arranging educational field trips, forming educational cooperatives, facilitating social interactions, exchanging educational ideas, and discussing educational challenges. They also have a Facebook group.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA was founded in 1983 by two attorneys and homeschooling dads, Mike Farris and Mike Smith. Through the years, HSLDA’s primary goal has remained the same—to bring together a large number of homeschooling families so that each can have a low-cost method of obtaining quality legal defense. Today, HSLDA gives tens of thousands of families the freedom to homeschool without having to face legal threats alone. They charge a membership fee for services.
National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD)
NHELD is a national organization that seeks to protect and defend the rights of families who wish to educate in freedom. They have three goals: empowerment of individuals, unity of purpose, and freedom to educate. They provide various services to members including informing them of federal legislation that may impact their ability to educate in freedom and empowering them with the resources to make informed decisions about the issues. They charge an annual membership fee.
GSHE is always looking to expand its lists of support groups. If you know of a homeschool group that would like to be added, please contact us at info@GraniteStateHomeEducators.org.