Home Education in Mississippi
Every child who is homeschooled must register with the School Attendance Officer in the county of residence by submitting a Certificate of Enrollment every year on or before September 15. If you are withdrawing your child during the school year, be sure to send a letter to the principal that you are withdrawing your child. The major home education organizations have more guidelines and information to help you get started.
NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.
Home Education Resources and Support Groups
Families have been educating their children at home for years. You don't need to start from scratch!
Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.
You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more.
We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Mississippi. You can find more support groups at their website.
Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city! This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.
Laws and Standards
For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom. Here is an excerpt from NHELD:
Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.
We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the CHEC website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards).
If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know. Thank you!
You may want to start with the main home education organizations in your state.
Mississippi Home Educators Association (MHEA)
136 Parkside Drive, Brandon, MS 39042
Phone: (662) 494-1999
Mississippi Home Educators Association (MHEA) is a Christian home school organization established for the following purposes: Providing information to those interested in home education in Mississippi and providing encouragement for excellence in this endeavor through conferences with speakers, workshops, and curriculum fairs annually; and providing assistance to home educators in Mississippi in keeping the legal atmosphere for home educating positive by relating any legislation which would change the present freedom to area support groups. $20 annual dues.
Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC)
P.O. Box 1115, Clinton, MS 39060
Phone: (601) 372-8018
The purpose of CHEC is to support and encourage home educators by providing information and opportunities for fellowship both educational and social. Although CHEC is a Christian organization with Christian leadership, membership is open to all those in the local area wishing to homeschool their children. $20 annual dues.
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Christian Home Educators of Hattiesburg
Phone: (601) 520-2797
We are a support group of Christian homeschoolers whose goal it is to provide spiritual and emotional support as well as enriching ministry, academic and recreational activities to member families. Annual dues $25.
Good News Educational Fellowship
Contact: Colette Stanley, (662) 488-9072
Home Educated And Raised To Serve (HEARTS)
Contact: Adita Harrell
We provides classes once a week for homeschool families. Classes may include Spanish, Sign Language, Science, Art, Drama, Music, Etiquette, Speech, Debate, etc. The main focus is sharing Christ and serving others.
Home Educators of Central Mississippi
Contact: Sharon Armstrong, (601) 978-2204
Contact: Deborah Crump, (228) 224-3783
We offer support and information for military families who are homeschooling or interested in starting. We have art, music, and PE co-op classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. The group is planning fun field trips, class plays, parties, and an end-year graduation.
Area: Serving the military community of Gulfport
Contact: Jennifer Ackerman, (662) 890-0185
We are a community of homeschoolers whose goal is to develop relationships through homeschooling, but more importantly, deepening friendships that go beyond homeschooling. The purpose of this group is to be a support in all areas. Activities include skating days, IMAX Theatre shows, Mom's Night Out, Lichterman Nature Center hikes, Zoo Classes, Kid's Craft nights, Mom's Book Discussion, and a variety of field trips offered in and around the surrounding area. $10/family annual dues.
Area: Olive Branch
Pinebelt Christian Homeschool Fellowship
Contact: Steve and Lisa Phelps, (601) 583-4841
Area: Hattiesburg and surrounding areas
Victors Homeschool Sports of Central Mississippi
Contact: Jim and Robyn Fehrenbacher
We are a Christian non-profit athletic organization created to provide competitive sports for home-educated students in grades 7-12.
Area: Jackson, Madison, Ridgeland, Brandon, Pelahatchie, Richland, Florence, Clinton, and beyond.
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Last updated September 16, 2008