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Home Education in Montana

Be sure to submit a Letter of Intent to the county superintendent when you begin homeschooling and every year thereafter. The Yellowstone Coalition of Home Educators has 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 Montana. You can find more support groups at their website.


Private Schools

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 MCHE 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 organization in your state.

Montana Coalition of Home Educators

P.O. Box 43, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730

Phone:  (406) 587-6163

Fax:  (406) 587-5630


The Montana Coalition of Home Educators came together in 1988 as a cooperative effort of many individuals, organizations, and support groups in the state. The goal was to bring homeschoolers together to protect Montana's home school freedom while maintaining the independence and autonomy of the individual families and the existing local and state organizations. To accomplish this goal, a loose network of these groups, individuals and organizations was formed. An executive committee was selected to serve as a central clearinghouse for information, to set up and maintain a communication network, to watch for political and legal threats to Montana's freedom, and to inform homeschoolers and suggest possible actions to meet those threats.



Statewide Publications:


Montana Homeschool Reference Guide

P.O. Box 960, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

Phone:  (406) 754-2481

Published by Montana Coalition of Home Educators.


The Grapevine, Montana Homeschool News

P.O. Box 3228, Missoula, MT 59806

Phone:  (406) 542-8721

Published monthly by Montana Coalition of Home Educators during the "school year," September through May. Subscriptions are $20.00 per year.


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MCHE Support Groups

Extensive list of phone contacts throughout the state


Ravalli County Parent Educators

Contact:  Erin Brown, (406) 642-3748

Area:  Ravalli County



Homeschool HotSpot Information hub for

 - Flathead Valley Home Educators Association
 - Mission Valley Home Educators Support Group
 - Sanders County Homeschoolers

Contact: John & Connie Doty, (406) 849-5169

Email: - Mission Valley

Email: - Flathead Valley

Email: Sanders County

Those new to home schooling, "veteran" home educators, and anyone simply interested in pursuing the idea of teaching their own children are all invited to participate.  Get to know other home schoolers, ask questions, give support, and enjoy fellowship.

Area:  Flathead Valley, Mission Valley, Sanders County

Yellowstone Coalition of Home Educators

Contact:  Vicki Holle, (406) 259-6756


Christian based organization open to members of all faiths. The purpose of YCHE is to serve the interests of home education, including support of and assistance to members of YCHE, dissemination of legislative and other information affecting the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, and sponsorship of educational resources for YCHE members; activities and field trips; email support group. $10 annual fee.

Area:  Greater Billings and Statewide



Alternative Montana Unschoolers


This is a list for unschoolers and homeschoolers in Montana who feel they don't fit into the standard mold of "Montana Homeschoolers," due to differences of religion, educational philosophies, parenting ideas, or what-have-you. We welcome people of all faiths, as well as non-religious people. This is a group where alternative religions and way-out-there ideas are welcome. We will discuss all aspescts of unschooling, what our families are doing, events in the area that might interest the group, etc. We are interested in holistic education, nature study, children being treated like people, instead of possessions. People may feel free to discuss off-topic issues, for all of life is learning.


Bitterroot Valley Homeschoolers


Field trips, gatherings, study groups, discussion groups, and more.

Area:  Bitterroot Valley


Bozeman Homeschool Network


Inclusive gathering of families who share an interest in at-home learning. Through our activities we seek to support learners of all styles and philosophies. As a group we create opportunities for projects, field trips, community service, park days, family gatherings, discussion groups and sharing of resources

Area:  Gallatin County


Carter County Homeschoolers


Area:  Carter County


Cascade County Homeschoolers


Predominantly a Christian Home School group , we welcome home school families from all walks of life and faith denominations. The main purpose of this site is to bring families together who are home schooling or considering home schooling, provide information that may make it simpler to get involved and connected with other families in the area, exchange information, post services that you offer to the home school community, keep a current and up-to-date calendar of home school activities offered by individual families or local community organizations.

Area:  Great Falls and surrounding area

Central Montana Homeschoolers


Area:  Fergus


Helena Area Learning co-Opportunities (HALO)


The purpose of this group is to provide support and networking for homeschooling families with children of all ages; facilitate activities, classes, cultural events, field trips, and general gatherings.

Area:  Helena and surrounding area


HOUSE in Montana


Home Oriented Un-Schooling Experience in Montana... You will find people of all different lifestyles, educational styles, religious beliefs and unbelief's. If you like learning about how all different kinds of people think, live and homeschool, this place could be for you. An open forum to communicate, discuss ideas, and events in the area and the world that might interest the group, to generally keep in touch with all homeschoolers in MT and those inquiring about homeschooling in MT. 

Jefferson Valley Homeschool Association


The Education Station is a multi-purpose building available for homeschool group activities as well as other family reformation functions. We maintain a resource library and host and/or facilitate classes and fieldtrips.

Area:  Jefferson Valley and surrounding area


Joliet Area Home Educators


Choir and band practice weekly, 4H meetings, and other planned activities.

Area:  Joliet and surrounding areas


Mid-Mountain Home Education Network


Area:  Montana City


Missoula Area Homeschool Network
We are a relaxed, easy-going homeschool & unschooling community. We are hoping to get regular gatherings and activities planned for our families. Unschooling and homeschooling discussion is welcome as is discussion about parenting and life in general. Our members include families with children ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers. Please be considerate of others - this is not a religion based group - everyone is welcome!

Area:  Missoula and surround area


Montana Homeschool


This is a mailing list for people who home schooling or are thinking of homeschooling in Montana. Kids and Parents alike! Here you can exchange ideas! support each other! give links for school stuff! just talk including, scripture, God, church, parents, kids, home cleaning, lessons and curriculum, on-line courses, and web sites.


Montana Homeschooling


Open group for all Montana Homeschoolers, regardless of religious affiliation, political point of view, or educational method. This group is primarily support and discussion for not only educational purposes, but for world events, or what's happening at home that day. Anyone is welcome. It doesn't matter "how" you homeschool, everyone is here for support, to help others, suggestions, discussions or, just to relate experiences of life.


Park County Homeschool Network


Membership based cooperative of home educators created for the purpose of providing support to parents and students who have chosen to educate in a home environment. The web page provides a calendar of our activities and an information resource for all of our members. The e-mail loop allows any member to post questions or announce activities to the entire group.

Area:  Park County

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