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 Homeschoolers
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)
Apple Tree Christian Homeschoolers Inc. is a Christian  homeschooling co-operative for children 1st-12th grade and their younger siblings.  We desire to bring glory to God by providing activities, fellowship, and learning opportunities to enhance a family’s homeschooling journey.  We meet several times monthly in Lake Villa, IL on Wednesdays, September through April.  Apple Tree has a scope and sequence for each grade that offers alternating unit studies of history, science, and literature, along with weekly music, drama, physical education, and art.
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,
Barb Olsson, BAHS Leader 847-946-2103 or
Christian Home Educators Encouraging Relationships
C.H.E.E.R. Or Christian Home Educators Encouraging Relationships offers monthly to bi-monthly enrichment activities such as field trips, fellowship, community service, and academic enrichment. C.H.E.E.R.  offers occasional parent-support meetings and prayer gatherings, also. We meet all year long. We hope you'll find our group to be an encouragement to your family on your Christ-centered homeschooling journey. Our group has children ranging from newborn through high school, including veteran homeschooled families who have graduated students. 
For more information contact Grace at or Angel at
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 $1.375/year, Logic students is $1,475/year and Rhetoric students is $1,775/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 @ 847-863-6867
Field Trip of the Month Club
Centered in Woodstock, but open to anyone in the Chicagoland area! This informal, once a month club will meet at a previously discussed location to network, support and explore different places together! Information for our monthly places of interest and other homeschool support can be viewed on our facebook page "Woodstock Homeschoolers". If you are not on facebook, you can also email Becky Corbin at to be placed on an email mailing list with information on upcoming trips and outing opportunities. Runs September through May. Open to all ages!
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 December and February through May.

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, advanced art, 3D art, business basics, cool chemistry, phun physics, cooking and baking, gardening, tae kwon do, 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:
Annie Johnson or 847-287-6881
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
Homeschool Support Group
The Homeschool Support Program at Nature Walk Montessori School, for children in 1st to 8th grades, integrates homeschooled students with those in our full-time Elementary Community. Homeschoolers attend classes on Thursdays during regular school hours (8:30am to 3:15pm) and receive lessons in the various areas of the Montessori Cosmic Curriculum, with an emphasis on Math and Science. Additionally, there are two half-days, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 3:15, to follow up on lessons and assignments. In every case, students are dropped off and classes are guided by trained and certified Montessori Elementary Teachers. Parents participate by receiving weekly class summaries, attending observation sessions and parent-teacher conferences, and joining us for outings and school festivals and events.
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 Classical Conversations (Offers Classes)
Classical Conversations is a classical, christian, Community Supporting homeschooling parents by helping them lead their children to know God and to make him known in a supportive community.
Our McHenry Campus is located at
The light House Church Assembly of God 
2742 Barney Ct 
Mchenry IL, 60050
behind Culvers.
Brenda Brushaber, Director
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 @
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
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 @
Splendor of Truth Catholic Home Educators (SOTCHE)
We are a group of homeschooling Catholic families. Our location spans the IL/WI border: from southeastern Wisconsin to northeastern Illinois. We have families from Racine, WI to Lake Bluff, IL and from Lake Michigan to McHenry County, IL.
As like-minded Catholic home educators, we share information relevant to homeschooling. We share advice, activities for our children and learning experiences. 
Our member families and teaching styles all look a little different. We embrace the diversity our group represents in teaching and curricula. We support, encourage and learn from each other and pray for each other. 
Our activities include field trips, Co-op, gym classes, support meetings for moms and moms’ book club, to name a few. 
Veritas Catholic Home Education Cooperative
Veritas is a Catholic cooperative for home-educating families located at the (former) St. Joseph School in Harvard.  We meet on Wednesdays for Holy Mass, classes, and fellowship.  We offer parent-led academic and enrichment classes for Pre-school aged children through high school.  One day a month we join together for a special event, which may be anything from a field trip, park date, guest speaker, or liturgical year celebration.
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