McHenry County Homeschooling Groups


This contact list is for the exclusive purpose of helping homeschoolers to find the support group right for their family. This list is not to be used to promote sales, events, or any religious or political causes. Anyone found to use this list for a purpose other than intended will be publicly named and homeschoolers throughout the state will be asked to boycott your cause, service or other promotion.
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Statewide Support (and basic legal information):
Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators
Illinois Christian Home EducatorsWebsite:
Illinois H.O.U.S.E.
(Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience)
SUPPORT GROUP (families get together for social time, activities and field trips),
COOPERATIVE(volunteer hours are required and parents teach each other's students)
OFFERS CLASSES (the group hires teachers for anything from piano to Calculus)
Active Homeschool
activehomeschool is an active group and we are looking for new members to join. We meet up weekly for lots of fun activities, park days, nature walks, holiday parties and more. We are located in Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Algonquin and Crystal Lake areas.
We are a secular supportive group, all ages, all educational methods and all religions welcome.
Apple Tree North (Cooperative)
Appletree is a Biblically-based cooperative learning enrichment program for homeschoolers pre-K through 12th grade. We provide hands-on supplements to your home curriculum including PE, drama, art, sports, music, accountability, fellowship and fun.
Meeting Schedule: We meet every Wednesday from September to April.
Meeting Location: Lake Villa, IL
The Ark Academy Schoolhouse & Ministry Center (Offers Classes)
The Ark is a total Family and Group Support Center offering Indoor and Outdoor Education Spaces and Opportunities.
Academic programs include Homeschool Partnerships, Live Teaching, Individual Courses and Tutoring.
Extra-curricular activities include Community Service Mission Opportunities, Field Trips, Drama/Musical Theatre, Chess Club, Art, Music, Parent Time-Out, Senior Citizen Mentoring Opportunities, and more. Bring your group activity, or participate in one of ours!
Serving Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas, located in Harvard / Capron, Illinois.
Laura Straus 815-569-2803 OR info @ OR Web site:
Barrington Area Home Schoolers (Support Group)
Barrington Area Homeschoolers exist to strengthen Christian home school families by fostering relationships, providing activities and inspiring learning. We hold monthly support meetings for parents and offer a GREAT variety of field trips and enrichment and service opportunities for students. The monthly meetings are held in Crystal Lake. Through our email group and newsletters, members can find out about all kinds of opportunities (such as teen and pre-teen club events, special needs support) and have the opportunity to ask questions as they come up in life/school. Membership closes October 1st.  New families to home schooling and to the area are welcome to join at any time during the year.
Tammy Massey, Membership Coordinator (847) 836 - 2347 or godskd2 @>,
Barb Olsson, BAHS Leader 847-658-0229 or barbolsson @
Classical Consortium Academy (Offers Classes)
C.C. is a one-day-a-week, comprehensive, academic program that follows a classical method in both the subjects taught and how those subjects are taught. Students are in C.C. classes on Mondays and are responsible to accomplish homework from those classes during the week under their parents' supervision. C.C. serves students in third through twelfth grades.
The Classical Consortium meets every Monday from mid-August until mid-May , except holidays, at the Village Church of Barrington. Students are in classes from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
Tuition for C.C. Grammar students is$1.300/year, Logic students is $1,400/year and Rhetoric students is$1,600/year. Tuition may be paid in monthly installments. Books must be purchased separately. A comprehensive booklist is provided by C.C.. No Statement of Faith is required for students families. Check out their web site at:
Jennifer Burns fourthdegree @ 847-713-2674
Crystal Lake Park District (Offers Classes)
Provides classes on Thursdays and Fridays for homeschoolers. Please visit or see a current brochure for details.
Grace Community
Grace Community is a dynamic group. Grace changes yearly with the gifts and educational desires of the group�s member families.
If you would like to add your gifts and talents to our cooperative please contact Jennifer:
 jennifer @ gracecommunitycoop . org  
  • Christian home school cooperative
  • Accepting new families
  • Meets Thursdays 9:30 to 2:30
  • In Woodstock
  • Kindergarten through high school
  • Academic and enrichment
  • Questions: jennifer @ gracecommunitycoop . org

Grace Community is a community of Christian home school families cooperating to Educate, Stimulate, and Support one another in our calling to educate our children at home to "...bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)

As a cooperative, Grace Community meets Thursdays, September through April.

Grace Community is not affiliated with any particular denomination. Our families attend a variety of area churches.

One of the purposes of Grace Community is to provide experiences that home educated children can only experience in a co-op situation.  Students experience being part of an academically oriented class in a classroom situation with a teacher other than their parent; they have a ready audience for their academic achievements; and practice group cooperation and appropriate competitive skills.

For more information concerning Grace Community and Registration details, contact Jennifer:
jennifer @ gracecommunitycoop . org

H.E.A.R.T. (Homeschool Enrichment Achieved Respectfully Together) (Cooperative)
H.E.A.R.T. (Homeschool Enrichment Achieved Respectfully Together) is a nine-month, weekly program for homeschooled children from Kindergarten through 8th grade that supplements the teaching they receive at home through qualified instruction in the areas of art, science, Spanish, and physical education. In addition, students may choose between music, drama, strategic games, and a bible study. Older students are able to take classes in speech, physical education, Spanish, sign language, home economics, sewing, project club, robotics, stop motion animation, guitar, photography, advanced art, and critical thinking. Also students are exposed to a wide variety of other subjects during month-long unit studies taught by parent volunteers.
The program is on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3:20 pm at The Village Church of Barrington.
No Statement of Faith required. Yearly tuition for H.E.A.R.T. students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grades is $900. Students in Fifth through Eighth Grades are able to join us for the morning ($585/year), afternoon ($450/year) or all day ($945/year). Tuition may be paid in equal monthly installments. In addition, parents of kindergarten through third grade students must volunteer roughly 15 hours per student enrolled and parents of fourth through eighth grade students must volunteer roughly 7 hours per enrolled student. When parents are not volunteering they are not required to be on site.
Check out their web page at:
Jennifer Burns fourthdegree @ 224-677-6237
Heartland Homeschool Workshops (Cooperative)
The purpose of the workshops is to provide high quality, academically challenging, spiritually uplifting classes to supplement, support, encourage, but not to replace, what is being learned at home. Our workshops are a unique educational experience in that we combine a high level of commitment from parents, students, and teachers. Interview and Statement of Faith required.
Check out their web page at
For more information or to apply for enrollment, please contact our new family coordinator:
Heritage Homeschool Group (Support Group)
HHG is a Christian mother's support group that meets once a month in Harvard. They offer occasional field trips for member children. Statement of Faith required.
Karen Savino 815-943-1934
IL Teen Activities (Support Group)
Centered in and around McHenry, Lake, Kane and Cook Counties, this volunteer run group runs a wide variety of dances and other events throughout the year.
Contact: TeenActivities @ or visit
Indian Hill Homeschool Group (Cooperative)
IHHSG is a Christian co-op offering non-credit enrichment classes for preK through high school, and for-credit high school classes.  Non-credit classes meet on Tuesdays generally from early September to late March.  For-credit classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (day depends on the class) from August to early May.  We take a substantial break in December 
Meeting location: Indian Hills Bible Church in Ingleside, IL
McHenry County Homeschool Happenings (Support Group)
The homeschooling community of McHenry County, IL is widespread and diverse. This on-line only group is designed to help all of us in McHenry County stay in touch with one another, share events, and help each other find the local resources we need to succeed beyond our wildest dreams. This group is for all McHenry County homeschoolers no matter your educational philosophy, curriculum, or religious background and is not intended to discuss those issues. Respect for all is mandatory.
Web Page:
List Owner: McHenry_Co_Homeschool_Happenings-owner @
McHenry County H.O.U.S.E. (Support Group)
McHenry County H.O.U.S.E. is a chapter if Illinois H.O.U.S.E., a non-religious based, all-inclusive group for child and parent peer support. They meet throughout the area. Please email Renee for the next meeting time and location:  reneek807 @ and visit for information about this statewide group.
McUnschooling (Support Group)
This is on-line only group that is dedicated to the unschooling lifestyle.
Heather Taite 815-356-007 or jhtaite @ or visit
Roots Christian Home Educators (Cooperative)
Roots Christian Home Educators is a family run home school cooperative which meets in McHenry two Fridays per month from September thru May. The goal of Roots is to provide enrichment activities and Christian fellowship for our children and ourselves at an affordable cost. In addition to our enrichment classes we offer Mom's night out and an optional field trip each month as well as a few special events throughout the year such as our annual art show and family fellowship night. As a not for profit group we strive to keep our materials fee to a minimum. Application and agreement with statement of faith is required. There is no application fee. If interested please contact Melissa via email at lovinglife26 @ or by phone at 847-414-6471.
Society of St. Scholastica Homeschoolers (Support Group)
This Catholic support group offers mom meetings the third Friday of the month in private homes throughout the region. Support for the entire family in the form of field trips and activities such as spelling bees, recitals, rosary making sessions, and May Crowning ceremonies help to immerse the children in their Catholic culture.
Debbie Servi 847-540-6623 ldservi @
Wauconda Area Christian Homeschoolers
Offers monthly enrichment activities such as field trips, opportunities for community service, and chances for students to share what they have learned.  We also offer mothers' encouragement meetings about every six weeks.  Children in our group range from babies to highschoolers.

For more information contact Andrea Weadick, 847-487-2870,

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