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Be sure to submit a Letter of Intent to home educate to your district superintendent by July 1 (the beginning of the school year) or within 14 days of starting home education during the school year. The state organizations have additional guidelines and information to help you comply with the many state regulations.
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 New York. 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 438, Fayetteville, NY 13066-0438
Phone: (315) 637-4525
LEAH has over 150 chapters, serves as a watchdog to protect your right to home educate in New York State, provides workshops and training through local chapters, newsletter, and other resources.
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Albany Area Homeschoolers
Phone: (518) 346-3413
A support group and networking forum designed to share information, news, ideas and events relevant to home schoolers.
Area: Syracuse, Rome, Utica and surrounding communities of Central New York
Members of the group plan activities such as field trips, play dates, and learning co-ops, as well as discuss homeschooling issues. If you need ideas for activities, or just want to put out feelers to the group about ideas you might have, feel free to post your questions or ask for support. We also schedule regular family get-togethers at least six times a year.
Area: Nassau County
A nonsectarian activity and support group for homeschoolers and those exploring educational alternatives. We respect each child's interest, learning style, and rate of progress and strive to preserve and promote the joy of learning.
Area: Southern Tier of New York
Contact: Penni Boucher, (315) 455-8116
The purpose of Home Instruction Ministry is to provide the opportunity for home schooling families to come together in a Christian atmosphere. To be a source of encouragement, a guide to information and an opportunity to develop lasting friendships. HIM enrollment is available to all home schooling families. Parents and their children actively participate in our once a month program.
All inclusive, inter-denominational/CHRISTIAN! Post your questions, leave your answers! Share your joys, vent your frustrations! Buy, sell, trade your curriculum! Join field trips and events, make new friends and meet with some old! Join the homeschooling email world and be part of the email community!
Area: Western New York, Northwest Pennsylvania
Homeschoolers Network of the Mid-Hudson Valley
Contact: Dana and Cathi Belcher, (914) 733-1002
Area: Mid-Hudson Valley
Long Island Family Teachers United in Prayer (L.I.F.T.U.P.)
Contact: Ralph and Pam Cipriano, (516) 277-6646
Newsletter, parent meetings, children's activities, original printed materials
Area: Long Island
Long Island Homeschoolers Association
Phone: (516) 795-5554
Area: Long Island
LIGHT is a secular grassroots non-profit organization directed by member consensus. The purpose of this organization is to offer information, organize activities for members by members (and their children and families), hold meetings, and help members to introduce themselves to one another.
Area: Queens & Long Island
Contact: Isabel Alvarez
NYCHEA offers support, information and connection opportunities with other homeschool parents. We have hundreds of events or activities including Game Days, Craft Fairs, Performances, Museum Tours, Picnics and more. NYCHEA members also have access to classes ranging from Physics to Robotics to African Dance. Sports are also organized by NYCHEA families, including basketball and soccer.
Area: New York City
NOBHA was founded for all homeschoolers regardless of their homeschooling philosophy or religious beliefs. From unschoolers to eclectics and everyone in between, you are welcome here! We hope to provide information, support, resources, and lasting friendships along our wonderful adventure in Homeschooling.
Area: Niagara County and surrounding area
The purpose of the group is to provide community-based educational and social actvities for our children and networking opportunities for homeschooling families. Members of the group take turns arranging activities.
Area: Orange County
Phone: (585) 234-0298
RAHA is a community of families dedicated to supporting one another in our common commitment to learning without schooling. Our membership gathers together for philosophical rather than religious reasons and therefore welcomes families of all backgrounds who share our vision. We are deeply devoted to our children and believe that their growth is best fostered in a child-led, rather than curriculum-driven, learning environment that is centered in the home and reaches out to explore the world around us.
Any and all homeschoolers are welcome regardless of your religious, political or philosophical beliefs. We get together for positive socialization, educational enrichment, encouragement and inspiration. We encourage all members to participate in and contribute to the group by planning and organizing activities.
Area: Rome and surrounding areas
Staten Island Christian Home Educators (SICHE)
Contact: David Garzetta, (718) 300-0698
SICHE meets monthly between September and June. We are members of LEAH and provide support for the born-again Christian homeschooling family. Field trips, spelling bees, science fair, co-ops, Mom's night out, and more. All volunteer-led - fee required for membership.
Area: Staten Island
Phone: (212) NY-MOM-01
The Hut’s African–centered approach towards a curriculum will best fulfill the needs of our children, our communities and our people in hopes to initiate global solutions. In implementing a holistic and balanced African and Multi-Cultural curriculum, we will instill within our children a sense of self, a sense of purpose and a sense of duty towards the upliftment of our communities.
Area: North Bronx
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