The information below was gathered from the Johnsburg Public Library and Homeschool World. Inclusion in this list does not signify the endorsement of any group by the Algonquin Area Public Library District. Updated July 27, 2020 to reflect the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Homeschool Resources

Active Homeschoolers

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560931014191544/

Description:

activehomeschool is an active group and we are looking for new members to join. We meet up weekly for lots of fun activities, park days, nature walks, holiday parties and more. We are located in Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Algonquin and Crystal Lake areas. We are a volunteer-based group and hope every family in the group creates a field trip fo us all to enjoy. We are a secular supportive group, all ages, all educational methods and all religions welcome.

Afternoon Occupations: A Charlotte Mason Gathering Co-Op

Description:

We meet at conservation areas around McHenry County bi-weekly. We, as a group, cover the Charlotte Mason subjects best done with a small group: nature study, scouting, folk dance, handicrafts, sloyd, and others. 2020-2021 school year: Please note that the membership must remain small and that COVID-19 activity may change any and all plans. If you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler interested in joining please contact [email protected]

AIM Home School Cooperative

Contact:[email protected]

Description:

IHHSG is a Christian co-op offering non-credit enrichment classes for preK through high school, and for-credit high school classes. Non-credit classes meet on Tuesdays generally from early September to late March. For-credit classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (day depends on the class) from August to early May. We take a substantial break in December Meeting location: Indian Hills Bible Church in Ingleside, IL

Apple Tree Christian Homeschoolers

Website: www.appletreeil.org

Description:

Apple Tree Christian Homeschoolers Inc. is a Christian homeschooling co-operative for children 1st-12th grade and their younger siblings. We desire to bring glory to God by providing activities, fellowship, and learning opportunities to enhance a family’s homeschooling journey. We meet several times monthly in Lake Villa, IL on Wednesdays, September through April. Apple Tree has a scope and sequence for each grade that offers alternating unit studies of history, science, and literature, along with weekly music, drama, physical education, and art.

Barrington Area Homeschoolers

Membership Coordinator: Tammy Massey at (847)836-2347 or [email protected]
BAHS Leader: Mari Jaeger at (224)688-4349 or [email protected]

Description:

Barrington Area Homeschoolers exist to strengthen Christian home school families by fostering relationships, providing activities and inspiring learning. We hold monthly support meetings for parents and offer a GREAT variety of field trips and enrichment and service opportunities for students. The monthly meetings are held in Crystal Lake. Through our email group, private Facebook group and newsletters, members can find out about all kinds of opportunities (such as teen and pre-teen club events, special needs support) and have the opportunity to ask questions as they come up in life/school. Membership closes October 1st. New families to home schooling and to the area are welcome to join at any time during the year.

Chain of Lakes Homeschoolers

Contact: Jen at (815)404-4479 or [email protected]

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/777913476016641

Description:

Chain of Lakes Homeschoolers (CoLH) is an inclusive, non-sectarian support group for families exercising their right to homeschool (and those who are considering or simply support homeschool families) regardless of age, color, ethnic background, family composition, financial condition, learning or physical disabilities, political affiliation, race, religion or lack thereof, sexual preference or identity, or special educational needs. We do this through virtual and in person meet ups, field trips, and parent support meetings with plans to initiate an academic, parent led co-op when meeting space can be identified. Centered in the Chain of Lakes area of Lake and McHenry Counties, most of our activities, with the exception of field trips, are held in this region.

Classical Consortium Academy

Website: www.ClassicalConsortiumAcademy.com
Contact: Jennifer Burns (847)863-6867 or [email protected]

C.C.A. is a comprehensive, academic program that follows a classical method in both the subjects taught and how those subjects are taught. Students attend classes and are responsible for accomplishing homework from those classes during the week under their parents' supervision. Homework is graded by C.C.A. Grade reports are given twice a year. Primary, Grammar, and Logic Levels (Kindergarten-8th grade) meet on Mondays. Rhetoric Levels (9th-12th grades) meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday mornings. The Classical Consortium meets from August until mid-May, except holidays, at the Village Church of Barrington. Students are in classes from 8:00am to 3:45pm. Tuition for C.C.A. Primary Students is $1,200/year, Grammar Students is $1485/year, Logic students is $1535/year, and Rhetoric students is $2,500/year. Tuition may be paid in monthly installments. Books must be purchased separately. A comprehensive book list is provided by C.C.A. No Statement of Faith is required for students' families. No volunteer hours must be served. Parents are not required to be onsite.

Field Trip of the Month Club

Centered in Woodstock, but open to anyone in the Chicagoland area! This informal, once a month club will meet at a previously discussed location to network, support, and explore different places together! Information for our monthly places of interest and other homeschool support can be viewed on our Facebook page, “Woodstock Homeschoolers.” If you are not on Facebook, you can email Becky Corbin at [email protected] to be placed on our email mailing list with information on upcoming trips and outing opportunities. Runs September through May. Open to all ages!

Fox Valley Free Learners

Website: foxvalleyfreelearners.wildapricot.org/

Contact: [email protected]

Description:

We meet on Tuesdays from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin, IL. Once we get enough interest, we hope to add another day so members can choose to attend Tuesday, Thursday or both days.

Godly Influenced Fine Arts Training Homeschool Enrichment Program

Description:

Meets at the Church of the Brethren in Elgin, IL, on Tuesdays. G.I.F.T.'s mission: To facilitate Godly influenced fine arts training for homeschool families in a positive learning environment.

Grace Community

Contact: Crystelle at (254)251-0400 OR [email protected]

Description:

Grace Community is a group of Christian home school families cooperating to educate, stimulate, and support one another in our calling to educate our children at home to "...bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4) Grace Community is not affiliated with any particular denomination. Our families attend a variety of area churches. One of the purposes of Grace Community is to provide experiences that home educated children can only experience in a co-op situation. Students experience being part of an academically oriented class in a classroom situation with a teacher other than their parent; they have a ready audience for their academic achievements; and practice group cooperation and appropriate competitive skills.We meet Thursdays 9:30am to 1:50pm September through December and again February through May. We Meet in Crystal Lake. We offer classes for pre-k through high school.

Heartland Homeschool Workshops

Contact: [email protected]
Website: homeschool-life.com/il/heartland

Description:

The purpose of the workshops is to provide high quality, academically challenging, spiritually uplifting classes to supplement, support, encourage, but not to replace, what is being learned at home. Our workshops are a unique educational experience in that we combine a high level of commitment from parents, students, and teachers. Interview and Statement of Faith required.

Heritage Homeschool Group

Contact: Karen Savino at (815) 943-1934

Description:

HHG is a Christian mother's support group that meets once a month in Harvard. They offer occasional field trips for member children. Statement of Faith required.

Homeschool Enrichment Achieved Respectfully Together

Contact: Annie Johnson (847)287-6881
Website: www.HEARThsenrichment.com

Description:

H.E.A.R.T. (Homeschool Enrichment Achieved Respectfully Together) is a nine-month, weekly program for homeschooled children from Kindergarten through 8th grade that supplements the teaching they receive at home through qualified instruction in the areas of art, science, Spanish, and physical education. In addition, students may choose between music, drama, strategic games, and a bible study. Older students are able to take classes in speech, physical education, Spanish, sign language, home economics, sewing, project club, robotics, stop motion animation, advanced art, 3D art, business basics, cool chemistry, phun physics, cooking and baking, gardening, tae kwon do, and critical thinking. Also students are exposed to a wide variety of other subjects during month-long unit studies taught by parent volunteers. The program is on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3:20 pm at The Village Church of Barrington.

No Statement of Faith required. Yearly tuition for H.E.A.R.T. students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grades is $900. Students in Fifth through Eighth Grades are able to join us for the morning ($585/year), afternoon ($450/year) or all day ($945/year). Tuition may be paid in equal monthly installments. In addition, parents of kindergarten through third grade students must volunteer roughly 15 hours per student enrolled and parents of fourth through eighth grade students must volunteer roughly 7 hours per enrolled student. When parents are not volunteering they are not required to be on site.

Lake County HOUSE

Contact: Katie Cavanaugh at [email protected]

Description:

We are located in and around Lake County, Illinois. Our mission is to provide non-sectarian and non-political support and information for homeschooling families, as well as providing socialization and shared educational opportunities for our children.

Lakeland Tapestry Fellowship

Website:http://www.tapestryofgrace.com.
Contact: Kate at [email protected]

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, out of an abundance of caution, Lakeland will be conducting all of our 2020-2021 classes online, and we will not be opening up to any new members. Please check back with us for the 2021-2022 school year!

Tapestry Fellowship is an offering of the Lakeland Church Home Educators ministry of Lakeland Church, located in Gurnee, IL. Our focus is on providing support and fellowship as described in our mission statement: In our effort to effectively disciple and train our children as followers of Jesus Christ, Lakeland Home Educators will seek to provide support and encouragement to home educating families, foster Christian friendships, and grow in our individual relationships with Jesus Christ, becoming like Him as we relate to our children, each other and the world. Our co-op is based first on providing required class activities and discussions based on Tapestry of Grace curriculum and secondly providing additional accountability and fellowship through other optional courses such as Latin, Spanish, PE, science, art, music, and writing. We meet on Wednesdays. We have classes for grades K-12, with nursery and preschool for younger siblings. Note that due to space constraints, priority is given to those who attend Lakeland Church and others who indicate interest early.

In the morning, all levels use Tapestry of Grace curriculum and "living" books as students process the material and shape their biblical worldviews. The primary vehicle for Tapestry group learning in grades K-6 is hands-on activities, with supporting discussion; parents still function as their children's primary teachers and mentors following the curriculum at home the rest of the week. Grades 7-12 Tapestry students participate in group facilitator-led discussions which enrich their ability to process and understand the reading and questions the students have previously done at home. We also plan field trips and two yearly large group family Celebrations.

McHenry County Homeschool Happenings

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/McHenry_Co_Homeschool_Happenings/

Description:

The homeschooling community of McHenry County, IL is widespread and diverse. This on-line only group is designed to help all of us in McHenry County stay in touch with one another, share events, and help each other find the local resources we need to succeed beyond our wildest dreams. This group is for all McHenry County homeschoolers no matter your educational philosophy, curriculum, or religious background and is not intended to discuss those issues. Respect for all is mandatory.

Schaumburg HOUSE

Contact: [email protected]

Website: schaumburghouse.org

Description:

Schaumburg House is a large, non-sectarian group of homeschoolers that supports all educational philosophies and family lifestyles. We facilitate monthly social activities, holiday parties, classes, field trips, and general gatherings to help our children in making friends and being part of a larger community. We offer support for parents including a special needs support group. Our group hosts two teen events a month as well as middle school, tween, and younger children activities. We have private monthly roller skating and ice skating times. New members are accepted year round, membership year runs July-June. Our membership comes from all areas in a 20 mile radius of Schaumburg, but if you are willing to drive, you are welcome to come!

Society of St. Scholastica Home School Group

Website: http://sosscatholichomeschooling.org/

Description:

Society of St. Scholastica (SOSS) is a Catholic homeschool group that primarily draws from Lake and McHenry County in Northern Illinois. Established in 1985, we have 50-70 families in a typical year. As mothers we provide particular themed events throughout the school year and also activities that meet on a monthly basis. All activities vary but can include themes consistent with scholastics, tween groups, teen groups, events centered around the liturgical year, social gatherings, and monthly Mom’s meetings geared towards mutual support.

Splendor of Truth Catholic Home Educators

Contact: [email protected]
Website: http://sotche.org/ /

Description:

We are a group of homeschooling Catholic families. Our location spans the IL/WI border: from southeastern Wisconsin to northeastern Illinois. We have families from Racine, WI to Lake Bluff, IL and from Lake Michigan to McHenry County, IL.As like-minded Catholic home educators, we share information relevant to homeschooling. We share advice, activities for our children and learning experiences. Our member families and teaching styles all look a little different. We embrace the diversity our group represents in teaching and curricula. We support, encourage and learn from each other and pray for each other.Our activities include field trips, Co-op, gym classes, support meetings for moms and moms’ book club, to name a few.

Veritas Catholic Home Education Cooperative

Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/il/veritascatholic/

Email: [email protected]

Description:

Open Registration begins Wednesday, August 5 and ends on Friday, August 14, 2020

Veritas Christi (Latin for "Truth of Christ") is a homeschooling cooperative of Catholic families that meets in Huntley, Illinois. We gather once a week on Wednesdays for Mass, classes and community. Opportunities include courses for Preschool through High School children, as well as specialty events (group field trips, park play dates, liturgical year celebrations, etc.). Veritas Christi is an entirely volunteer-run organization. Our success depends on the generous support and volunteerism of parents.