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 December 2019.

Homeschool Resources

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 Wednesday from 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.

Active Homeschoolers

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

Description:

Active homeschool 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 secular supportive group, all ages, all educational methods, and all religions are welcome.

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 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 homeschooling and to the area are welcome to join at any time during the year.

Christian Workshops of the Fox Valley

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

Contact: Michelle Pollard at [email protected]

Description:

Currently meets in Elgin, IL and includes members from Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, and Hanover Park.
If you are looking for enrichment classes to add to your homeschool, CWF may be what you are looking for. Christian Workshops of the Fox Valley is a co-op of families that meet on Mondays at Epworth Church in Elgin. A wide variety of classes are offered for multiple ages.
Because parents volunteer their time on Monday during classes to teach and assist, Christian Workshops of the Fox Valley is an affordable option compared to some of the more expensive co-ops. Families commit to stay the day and students have four class periods. Our family fee for attending is $125.00 per semester not including individual class fees which start at $5 on up, usually not going higher than $15 for a class.
CWF is currently interviewing interested families to fill slots in their upcoming semesters. Since registration closes once the families and schedule are set, there is usually a waiting list to join CWF. If interested, please contact us through our website.

Classical Consortium Academy

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

C.C. is a one-day-a-week, comprehensive, academic program that follows a classical method in both the subjects taught and how those subjects are taught. Students are in C.C. classes on Mondays and are responsible to accomplish homework from those classes during the week under their parents’ supervision. C.C. serves students in 3rd through 12th grades.

The Classical Consortium meets every Monday from mid-August until mid-May, except holidays, at the Village Church of Barrington. Students are in classes from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.

Tuition for C.C. Grammar students is $1,375 per year, Logic students is $1,475 per year, and Rhetoric students is $1,775 per year. Tuition may be paid in monthly installments. Books must be purchased separately. A comprehensive booklist is provided by C.C. No Statement of Faith is required for student’s families.

DREAM Homeschool Life Support Group

Website: http://www.homeschool-life.com/il/dreamhomeschoollife

Contact: Brandi Sulak at [email protected]

Description:

A Christian group that seeks to provide opportunities that relate to the education of children and support of families. Our supportive efforts through discussion, resources, education, activities and mentoring. Check out the calendar for upcoming workshops, field trips and group activities!

EverReady Speech and Debate Club

Website: https://www.facebook.com/everreadyspeechanddebateclub

Contact: Christos Dimoulis at [email protected]

Description:

The Eveready Speech and Debate Club strives to create an environment in which home-schooled students can develop analytical and oratorical skills for the purpose of addressing life issues from a biblical worldview.

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: Jennifer at [email protected]

Description:

Grace Community is a dynamic group. Grace changes yearly with the gifts and educational desires of the group’s member families.
Grace Community is a community of Christian homeschool families cooperating to Educate, Stimulate, and Support one another in our calling to education our children at home to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph 6:4). As a cooperative, Grace Community meets on Thursdays, September through December and February through May. 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.

Heartland Homeschool Workshops

Contact: [email protected]
Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2290/

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 one 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 or [email protected]
Website: www.hearthsenrichment.com

Description:

H.E.A.R.T. 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.

No Statement of Faith required. Yearly tuition for H.E.A.R.T. students in Kindergarten through 4h grade is $900. Students in 5th through 8th grades are able to join us for the morning ($585 per year), afternoon ($450 per year), or all day ($945 per year). Tuition may be paid in equal monthly installments. In addition, parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade students must volunteer roughly 15 hours per student enrolled and parents of 4th through 8th grade students must volunteer roughly 7 hours per enrolled student. When parents are not volunteering, they are not required to be on site.

The program is one Thursday from 8:30am to 3:20pm at The Village Church of Barrington.

Homeschool Support Group

Description:

The Homeschool Support Program at Nature Walk Montessori School, for children in 1st to 8th grades, integrates homeschooled students with those in our full-time Elementary Community. Homeschoolers attend classes on Thursdays during regular school hours (8:30 am to 3:15 pm) and receive lessons in the various area of the Montessori Cosmic Curriculum, with an emphasis on Math and Science. Additionally, there are two half-days, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 3:15 pm, to follow up on lessons and assignments. In every case, students are dropped off and classes are guided by trained and certified Montessori Elementary Teachers. Parents participate by receiving weekly class summaries, attending observation sessions, and parent-teacher conferences, and joining us for outings and school festivals and events.

Indian Hill Home School Group

Contact: [email protected]

Description:

IHHSG is a Christian co-op offering non-credit enrichment classes for preschool 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

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]

Tapestry Fellowship is an offering of the Lakeland Church Home Educators ministry of the 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, an 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.

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. Note that due to space constraints, priority is given to those who attend Lakeland Church and others who indicate interest early.

Liberty Liberal Arts Academy

Website: classicalconversations.org
Contact: Ann McNeill at [email protected]

Educating Outside the Box and Inside the Church. Offering affordable, fun and challenging classes for Homeschoolers through High School in the Fox Valley, IL area. Meets Wednesdays September -May Larkin Avenue Baptist Church, Elgin.

McHenry Classical Conversations

Website: classicalconversations.org
Contact: Belinda Brushaber (815)900-4529 or [email protected]

Classical Conversations is a classical, christian, Community Supporting homeschooling parents by helping them lead their children to know God and to make him known in a supportive community.

Our McHenry Campus is located at:
The Light House Church Assembly of God
2742 Barney Ct.
Mchenry IL, 60050

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 online 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.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Home Schooling Group

Contact: [email protected]

Website: http://www.catholichomeschoolinggroup.com

Description:

We are a Catholic homeschooling group offering clubs, field trips, group prayer opportunities, support meetings, social opportunities, and holiday parties for our members.

Schaumburg HOUSE

Contact: [email protected]

Website: http://schaumburghouse.org/

Description:

Schaumburg HOUSE is a large, Non-Sectarian group of Home Schooling families 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 2 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 members come from McHenry, Kane, Lake, Cook and Dupage Counties.

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/

Description:

Veritas is a Catholic cooperative for home-educating families located at St. Mary's in Huntley. We meet on Wednesdays for Holy Mass, classes, and fellowship. We offer parent-led academic and enrichment classes for Pre-school aged children through high school. One day a month we join together for a special event, which may be anything from a field trip, park date, guest speaker, or liturgical year celebration.

West Suburban Home School Band

Website: http://www.wshsb.com

Contact: Karen Borow at [email protected]

Description:

Also known as The Patriots. Students range in age from 9 to 19. There are four band levels to accommodate those with no musical training whatsoever to those with advanced experience and abilities. The levels are Cadet, Concert Junior, Concert Senior and Symphonic. There is also The Patriots Marching Band that performs during the summer, and The Little Patriots marching corps for younger siblings.