I would like to get some other mamas' input about places to find large homeschooling communities. We used to live in a small suburban town in Texas and we had a wonderful homeschooling community with a Board, cooperative learning, sports teams, play groups for the younger set, and dances for the teens. I am wondering what other cities have resources and community like that? I know that Southern CA has wonderful homeschooling communities but we are priced out of that housing market and we would really like to find some acreage again.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
You won't find any really large homeschool communities in Vermont, because there aren't any large population centers. The largest city, Burlington, has a population of under 50,000. Our state capital is the smallest in the country, with a population of under 10,000. But the percentage of families who homeschool seems fairly high compared to a lot of places, and there's generally a favorable attitude toward homeschooling. People homeschooling for religious reasons seem to be in the minority. (Vermont is the least religious state in the country, according to some recent poll results.) You could probably find a decent-sized community with quite a few organized activities in Burlington. Elsewhere, you'll find other homeschoolers but mostly not very large groups of them.
I have the impression that Washington and Oregon have big homeschooling communities.
I love it here! But I must also add that it is expensive to buy or rent here.
Yes, loads of homeschoolers. Not sure about communities, though I tend not to seek out that kind of stuff as much so I'm unaware of everything that goes on. Don't know about the dances and all that, though I'm pretty sure it's out there. Relatively affordable, and a good supply of acreage nearish to midsize and smaller population centers. I doubt, though that it's as affordable as Texas. You really have to get out there (or in my case "out here") to find the truly affordable properties. I would say that Oregon has the edge on affordable acreage in close proximity to homeschooling hotspots.
Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.
In general, places where the public schools are not well-funded have the strongest homeschooling communities. The lack of funding can be because of overall poverty or because of the values of the legislature and the people, but I've found this to be generally true -- though of course, there are a couple of exceptions.
We have large and strong homeschooling communities in some areas of Colorado. I think some states have strong Christian homeschooling communities, but not a lot of resources for secular homeschoolers. I've been part of both types of communities here and find that the resources are plentiful for both.
Madison has a large well organized homeschool community. All kinds of classes at museums, coops, and the free zoo. Lots of groups for all different philosophies and religious inclinations. Wisconsin has great laws. The cost of living is relatively low, but very low outside the city (we're an hour from Madison). Madison is also a great place for crunchy living as well (lots of great resources for local foods). We consider ourselves spoiled.
North of Seattle had quite a few homeschool groups, co ops, and an awesome homeschool used book store in Kirkland.
We started our homeschool journey there and LOVED it and still miss our wonderful friends we made there.
There are really no homeschool regs there either if you are independent-just test each year (you can do your own test!) and you do not have to report to anyone or give test results to anyone.
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