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Be sure to submit an Establishment of a Home School Notification (from the CAPE-NM website) by mail or online to the state superintendent within 30 days of establishing your home school and annually thereafter by April 1. If you submit the form online, be sure to print a copy for your records.
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 organization in New Mexico. 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.
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.
P.O. Box 3203, Moriarty, NM 87035
Phone: (505) 898-8548
CAPE-NM is dedicated to serving God by providing Biblical encouragement and information on home school law and resources to interested parents, legislators, and officials. CAPE's purpose is to minister to, to encourage, and to inform the entire home school community, regardless of religion.
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Offering New Mexico homeschoolers information and support, including online forum, a detailed overview of local homeschooling law, and advice about local resources. We are also a support group offering social support, fun, and enriching educational activities. We welcome all homeschoolers to our two weekly park days on the east and west sides of Albuquerque.
We focus on facilitating our children's growth and helping them find information and answers that are relevant and meaningful to them while providing stimulating environments to explore and learn. We watch our children learn and grow joyfully, by being part of the real world every day. It all ends up looking like a lot of people playing and enjoying life.
Phone: (505) 401-4080
DRIVE is a Christian support group for homeschooled teens. Participants meet regularly for social functions, student-led community service projects, study groups, etc. Membership is free, and new members are welcome at all times throughout the year.
Area: Albuquerque metropolitan area
Contact: Lisa Silva
In Him Home Schoolers of the East Mountains is a primarily Christian outreach ministry of experienced home school families. Our desire is to support families in the education of their children at home through encouragement, prayer, training, field trips, classes, and the sharing of information and ideas. One of our primary concerns is friendship and support between our children and our home school parents. $10 annual dues.
Area: East Mountain
Rio Grande Valley Home Learners
Contact: Teresa Jeansonne, (505) 865-0927 or (505) 489-3652
We are an informal homeschool group with one or two field trips a month. We also have PE days and special events. Everyone is welcome, come share your ideas and talents with us!
Area: Valencia County
Sandoval County Homeschoolers
Contact: Michelle, (505) 994-2524
One field trip per month, two park days per month, library program at the Rio Rancho Public library, and a newsletter.
Area: Rio Rancho
We are inclusive, cooperative group offering support to homeschooling families including homeschool 4-H club, Field Trips, Parent Support Meetings, occasional Classes, Clubs, Annual Science Fair, Parties, End or Beginning of Year Family Picnics, Musical & Theatrical Events, Weekly Ice Skating, Park Days, and a Teen Group. The SFHA is comprised of families of many different faiths, beliefs, creeds, and walks of life, and is open to all homeschool families regardless of educational methods or religious beliefs.
Area: Santa Fe
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