Jon's Homeschool Resource Page

Jon's Homeschool Resources


This page has five parts:
Support Groups Neighbors to meet
Mailing Lists Neighbors to talk to
Web Pages Texas-specific web pages
Law Texas homeschooling laws
Sports Leagues Team sports for homeschool students

Support Groups top
Neighbors to meet

Over the years, many people have contributed to these listings. The seeds of the collection came from Ruthann Biel, Growing Without Schooling, and Home Education Press.
Inclusive group in the Brazos Valley area - also maintains a Yahoo mailing list.
A Christ-centered support group, formed in 1982 by plaintiffs in the famous Leeper case which defined the rights of Texas homeschoolers. Meetings, activities, newsletters, &c.
All Austin, TX area families who have been inspired by "A Well-Trained Mind" by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer are welcome to connect, discuss and exchange resources, ideas, information and issues involving home-educating in the classical method.
Bastrop Area Hs
A Hs Co-op for Bastrop County. Secular. Creative, scientific, artistic. All ages. Needs more teens.
Dail Hershberger
Rt.2 Box 196-G
Smithville, Texas 78957
Fellowship, encouragement, support, and various homeschooling activities.
Becky Davis
1005 Delta Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
BACH - Brownwood Area Christian Home School Families
"To encourage Christian support among families who educate their children at home and to share information relevant to home schooling."
P. O. Box 711
Brookesmith, Texas 76827-0711
A regional support group for Bryan/College Station, Texas and environs.
CLACH - Canyon Lake Area Christian Homeschoolers
Monthly meetings, field trips, Moms' nights out.
Christian Home Educators
201 N. Moore St.
Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482
(903) 439-0701
CONTACT: Khris & Cheryl Devoto
CHEWA - Christian Home Educators of the Wimberley Area
Playgroup, coop, and field trips. Monthly meetings at 6:30pm every 2nd Monday in the basement of the First Baptist Church.
Wimberley, Texas 78676
Tricia Kurtz <> or
Mary Hogan <>
A "very large group" with regional subgroups.
For any and all homeschoolers in the Collin County area of Texas. Online email list and IRL meetings.
CHEC - Crossroads Home Educated Children
P.O. Box 5175
Victoria, Texas 77903
(512) 576-6633
Deer Park/LaPorte Home School Support Group
A small group (21 families) that coordinates field trips and offers phone support for local families that have questions. Also coordinates "hot issues" and redistributes information to members.
c/o 214 W. Oak
Deer Park, Texas 77536-4004
Support, community education about homeschooling, and political alerts. "DCHSA has been founded upon a distinctively Christian world view and officially acknowledges that all things, including the education of our children, is in subjection to the authority and power of Jesus Christ, our Savior."
F.A.I.T.H. - (No, I don't know what it expands to.)
Over 12 years old: field trips, monthly meetings, sports day and much more!
New Braunfels Texas 78130
Mary Hogan <>
An "outreach ministry" of Restoration Church in Euless (DFW). Seeks to network homeschool families through weekly enrichment classes, special events, seminars, & field trips.
Christian-run but open to all.
Gloria Dei H.E.R.O. (Home Educators Reaching Out) Care Group
Loving care, support, encouragement and fellowship for families during the education of their children plus educational and social opportunities for children and families in a Christian atmosphere.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
18220 Upper Bay Road
Houston, Texas 77058
281-333-4535, 281-335-0574 fax
Sue Hansen
10903 Highland Meadow Village Drive #204
Houston, Texas 77089
An all inclusive Christian homeschooling support group serving the West DFW Airport area. No statement of faith to sign and no dues! Meets once a week for a "Park Day" and has scheduled field trips or craft times once a month.
Inclusive/nonsectarian association of homeschooling families in the Greater Houston area. Monthly meetings, park days and field trips.
Heart of Texas Home Educators
About 50 families in four counties. No by-laws and no conditions for membership: most (all?) families are Christians but this is not a condition for participation. 4-H group, band class, science lab at the local 4-yr college, art lessons, and weekly activities like bowling, park days, field trips, and family nights.
Pam Polaksi <> 325-643-5550
Hill Country Homeschool Association
1103 W. Main
Kerrville, Texas 78028
HOPE [Home Oriented Private Education] for Hidalgo County, Inc.
A Christian organization in the Rio Grande Valley: co-ops, field trips, athletics, and social interaction.
P.O. Box 720573
McAllen, Texas 78504
An inclusive support group for homeschoolers seeking cooperative, non-sectarian, non-partisan educational and social opportunities. Members from all parts of the Dallas, Texas metroplex who get together for field trips, co-op classes, gym play, park days and lots of fun.
A Christian group in the Round Rock/Pflugerville area. Various activities and support.
Homeschoolerz ROCK [Religiously Organized Calendar Keepers]
Weekly park days amd supervised field trips; monthly newsletter; annual prom, homecoming, graduation; &c.
Jolanda Harris
12302 Bowsman Dr
Tomball, Texas 77375
281-255-9172, fax 281-255-3599
Christian. Provides information and support to homeschool families, organizations, and support groups.
Houston Alternative Education Alliance
psam ordener <>
1902 Dove Court
Friendswood, Texas 77546
(281) 996-0527
Open to all Houston area teens. Has four or five field trips a month as well as get togethers for other fun activities.
A multi-denominational Christian Home School Group serving the Spring, Texas area.
"Serving the L.D.S. homeschooling community in the greater Dallas area since 1993."
Co-operative, member-led support system in Fort Bend area of Houston. All homeschoolers are welcome; creative activities, clubs and field trips for all ages, including an active teen group.
LACHE - Lewisville Area Christian Home Educators
PE, field trips, Mom's Night Out, "and a whole lot more."
Elizabeth Heflin <>
145 Yale Ave.
Lewisville, Texas 75057
Mesquite and the surrounding suburbs of Dallas.
For "Messianic inclined believers" (in some stage of Torah observance and learning, and having a love for Israel) in the West D/FW area - meet monthly in Ft Worth
"to encourage, motivate, nurture and promote minorities as they train their children in the way of the Lord in the spirit of excellence."
A network of Christian support groups.
North Texas Self-Schoolers
Sarah Jordan
150 Forest Lane
Double Oak/Lewisville, Texas 75067
Barb Lundgren
3013 Hickory Hill
Colleyville, Texas 76034
New Boston Homeschooling Association
A Homeschooling support group for those in the New Boston area. Monthly meetings and PlayDay at the park. $2 per year per family covers the cost of a laminated membership card, which increases your chances of getting bookstore discounts.
Kingwood area. Alternative group, welcomes all homeschool styles. No statement of faith or registration fee; most field trips free or very low cost.
PATH - Parents in Alvin teaching at home
Seeks "to unite home schooling families ... in Alvin, Texas ... in activities that are beneficial to the physical, spiritual and educational development of the entire family."
Stuart E. Alexander <>
Christian homeschool coop. [No connection with the older group in Alvin.]
A Christian group that offers "a good teaching co-op".
Gainesville, Cooke County and surrounding areas. 60+ families, Co-op classes, field-trips, park days &c.
SAHFL - San Antonio Homeschool Fun and Learning
Secular; San Antonio and the surrounding area. A tolerant place for all homeschoolers: no statement of faith; everyone is welcome regardless of religion.
Beth Barfield <> or
Lili Dombeck <>
Christian-led group, dedicated to serving first-year homeschooling mothers.
A "Christian-led" support group for southeast San Antonio and surrounding areas.
West Texas group providing field trips, science fairs, legal advice, &c.
Christian. Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Desoto and the surrounding areas.
SCHA - Spindletop Christian Homeschool Association
A Christian group in the Beaumont area
TAFFIE - Texas Advocated for Freedom in Education
Tam Voynick and Paul Saletan
6502 Bradley Drive
Austin, Texas 78723
A nonprofit, nonsectarian, nonpartisan homeschooling organization serving the greater Tarrant County [Fort Worth] area.
Dedicated to the preservation of the rights of parents to educate their children at home free from government interference.

Mailing Lists top
Neighbors to talk to

An inclusive and tolerant list for all home/unschoolers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas.
A list for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Originally for Tarrant County, Texas but now open to all.
An email update newsletter for those interested in education news in Texas: public, private, and home education. Goes out on an irregular basis - at least once a month. To subscribe, just send ADD ME TO YOUR LIST to
The oldest Texas homeschooling list - for anyone interested in home schooling in Texas. Texas-specific and general homeschooling topics are welcome.
"Texas home educators enjoying their inalienable right to direct the education of their children & aimin' to keep it that way."
A meeting place for Rio Grande Valley homeschoolers,unschoolers and others involved in alternatives to public education. If you home school in Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Edinburg, Mission or Rio Grande City (and all points in between), let's communicate and help each other!

Web Pages top
Texas-specific web pages

Information and support for homeschoolers in and around the San Antonio area.
A resource for families homeschooling in and around San Antonio. Includes a calendar of events, listing of homeschool groups, local resources, and more.

Law top
Texas homeschooling laws

From: Susan Frederick <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 95 16:01:13 -0500
Subject: Re: Tests for fun

Here's what I have on the current laws in Texas. Go get the exact law and read it for yourself before you judge whether an unschooler can or cannot be bona fide.


Legal Requirements for home schooling in Texas

(This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only, for the exact wording and interpretation of the law please look at the Texas Education Code(sections 21.032 & 21.033) or consult a lawyer.)
  1. Compulsory Attendance ages are 6 through 17. This means that when a child turns 6 he must be "in school" and, if not enrolled in a traditional school, the following requirements apply:
    1. The home school must be run in a bona fide manner (not a sham or subterfuge.)
    2. A written curriculum (from any source including video or computer) must be used and must cover the basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, math and a course in good citizenship. The child is considered to be in a private school.
    3. Parents must reasonably cooperate with any reasonable inquiry from an attendance officer.
  2. The Texas legislature has not defined private or parochial school in the Education Code . Additionally, the legislature has given the TEA and State Board of Education authority just over Public schools, not over private or parochial schools. Under the compulsory attendance laws, there is a requirement of 170 days of attendance but this only applies to PUBLIC schools, not to private schools.
  3. There are no current testing requirements nor or you required to register your home school with the school district under current Texas law.

Leeper Case Upheld on Appeal.

On Wednesday, June 15, 1994, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously upheld the appeal of the Arlington v. Leeper case, which defined the current home-schooling rights of parents in the state of Texas. In a 30 page ruling, the court upheld the lower court rulings which said that students attending legitimate home schools are not required to attend public schools. The court said that the Texas Education Agency had no legal basis for prosecution of 150 homeschooling families and that legitimate home schools are exempt from the state's compulsory attendance law.

The Supreme Court agreed with the district court's ruling that a home school was considered legitimate if parents used some sort of curriculum consisting of books, workbooks or other written materials and that they met "basic education goals" by teaching reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship. Once that standard is met, the state's authority ends, although the district court said school officials could ask home-school parents about curricula and standardized tests.

The Supreme Court specifically said Wednesday that the Texas Education Agency could request evidence of standardized test, even though home-school parents are not required to give such tests. The Court also said that any new rules on home schools written by the State Board of Education would be subject to judicial review.

The Supreme Court also lifted, as unnecessary, a permanent injunction barring school districts from charging parents who educate their children at home with criminal violations. The court said that Texas law was never intended to criminalize home schooling and noted that home schools were a historical practicality for many Texas families in the 20th century.

And, finally, in an 8-1 decision, the Court upheld the ruling that the state pay $360,000 in attorney fees for the plaintiffs.

(The above article compiled from various news sources.)

Sports Leagues top
Team sports for homeschool students

A Christian sports league for "Dallas / North Texas"
HCYA is a Houston-area homeschool competitive sports league with some rather hard-core Christian rhetoric.
A competitive basketball program that has boys teams in four divisions and a junior girls team.
Christian homeschool baseball
Christian homeschool basketball

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