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Herewith, a partial list of support groups throughout the state. Many of these groups have regular gatherings and activities; some publish newsletters, and some have websites, e-lists, and Facebook pages. If you live near a neighboring state, be sure to look for support across the border. Find support groups in VA at http://vahomeschoolers.org/guide/local-groups/. For support in other nearby states, check http://www.nhen.org/state-pages/state_homeschooling_information_2.html or http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/support.htm#.UWlFIRbD_cv.

If your support group is not listed here or you need to change your support group listing, please email support at wvhea dot org or call 800-736-9843. Thanks!

Statewide

Appalachian Regional Cooperative
Inclusive Yahoo group for support. Visit http://ephsc.org/ for information about our annual conference and monthly newsletters.

West Virginia Homeschoolers (WVAHS)
Inclusive Yahoo group for support.

West Virginia Secular Homeschoolers
Online statewide support group where field trips and meet-ups can be planned. Exclusively for secular homeschoolers.
syberchick70@gmail.com;  erin814@gmail.com

Eastern Panhandle

Charles Town Christian Home Educators https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CTCHE/info
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SomethingCTCHE/
Shepherdstown
A group of homeschool families located mostly in Jefferson and Berkeley counties in WV. We seek to glorify God by ministering to each other and offering friendship, support, and guidance to each other. In addition to our monthly support group meeting for moms, we also get together for field trips, PE programs, testing, social events, and community service opportunities. If you are looking for a great homeschool community and you live in Jefferson County or the surrounding counties, please contact us for more information. Contact: Veronica Culley  verolyn@gmail.com; Allison Adams allisonadams@gmail.com

Covenant Homeschool Group
 
Shepherdstown
A faith-based Christian homeschool group. Field trips, yearbook, co-ops, dances, graduation, testing. Open to all homeschool families. We meet at 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd Sunday of each month from September through May. Contact: Jane Paradis janeparadis@comcast.net

Homeschoolers of the Eastern Panhandle
Eastern panhandle: Martinsburg and surrounding areas. http://www.facebook.com/groups/homeschoolersoftheeasternpanhandle
An inclusive social networking and resource sharing group for families with homeschooled children in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. Members collaborate in planning field trips, educational activities and group lessons as well as social gatherings and holiday events. Members offer peer support and information sharing as well as references to local practitioners that are relevant to homeschool families.

Homeschoolers of Jefferson County
Facebook support group with activities around Jefferson County.
Group members get together for play dates, open gym days, park days, book club, and more. Contact: Ann Mountz chann74@gmail.com

Jefferson County Christian Homeschoolers

Mineral County Christian Homeschoolers
We are a group of homeschooling Christian families in Mineral County. We have co-op classes every other Friday from 12:30-2:30 pm at Keyser Assembly of God with classes such as gym, art, guitar, drama, etc. On Facebook, search for Mineral County Christian Homeschoolers. Contact: Teresa Davy edandteresadavy at gmail dot com

Morgan County Homeschool

Panhandle Family Schools
Eastern Panhandle Counties Homeschool support group
Contact: Rusty & Cindy Biedler 304-229-3640
        

Potomac Home Learning Circle (PHLiC)
Hagerstown, MD and surrounding areas (Martinsburg, WV) 
A group of families working together to make homeschooling our children a rewarding and communal experience. Our group is secular, not faith-based, and all-inclusive. We hope to attract open-minded individuals seeking a progressive environment in which to grow and learn with our children, as well as create lasting friendships. Our intent is to utilize the different skills and abilities of member families to offer new learning and social opportunities for the greater homeschooling community of Washington County, MD, and surrounding areas. Contact: info@phlic.org or membership@phlic.org

Potomac Valley Christian Home Educators
A group of homeschoolers in Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton Counties in West Virginia. We meet once a week and welcome everyone.

St James Homeschoolers  
A Catholic homeschool group for WV’s Eastern Panhandle. We meet the 4th Thursday at 7 pm at the St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV.  Contact: homeschool@stjameswv.org or (304) 725-5558

 

North Central 

Catholic Homeschoolers of West Virginia
Morgantown, WV – St. John’s University Parish. Our group has been meeting for more than 10 years. We gather on the first Friday of each month to study Scripture, the lives of saints, catechism, and virtues. The group is subdivided into 4 smaller groups: younger boys (up to age 12), younger girls (up to age 12), older boys (13 and up), and older girls (13 and up). We gather to celebrate the liturgical year, for field trips, to participate in service projects, etc. A Catholic group open to all who are interested. Contact: Patricia Johnson  304-292-0474   wildhillclam@gmail.com; Louise Deal   304-599-3902   u1b04062@mail.wvnet.edu

Classical Conversations of Clarksburg, WV
We are a Christian-based community whose mission is to know God and make Him known. We meet on Tuesdays at Horizons Church from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. We offer specially trained parent/tutors who lead classes from Pre-K - 12th grade in Bible, Grammar, Science, Fine Arts, Math, History, Geography, and Latin. Each week we also conduct hands on science experiments. Our 4th - 6th graders also have an opportunity to partake in a complete Language Arts program during the afternoon sessions. Childcare is available for 3 and under for an additional fee. Contact: Director Stephanie Adams at (304) 629- 9908 or  stephL730@icloud.com.

Fairmont Area Home Schoolers Together (FAHST)
Faith-based support group for homeschoolers in the Fairmont and surrounding areas. Contact: Betsy Batson bpaigebatson@yahoo.com

FREE (Families Realizing Excellence in Education) 
Buckhannon, WV, and surrounding counties
http://www.freehomeschoolhelp.com
Support group serving Upshur, Lewis, Barbour, Braxton, Webster and surrounding counties. Weekly meetings. Calendar is on the website. Field trips, workshops, playtime, and informational seminars for potential homeschoolers. Contact:
info@freehomeschoolhelp.com or 304-924-1366

Harrison County Homeschoolers ROCK 
We meet in Bridgeport, in Harrison County, WV. We welcome all families who homeschool or are planning to homeschool. If you are thinking about homeschooling but are not sure if it is right for you, please join us to learn more. All members must be approved. Find us on Facebook. Contact: Sandi Wilmoth: 304-796-4815 or email barnes at marshall.edu.

Learning Out Loud 
Fairmont, WV
Songbird Learning Center
http://learningoptionsinc.org
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/learningoptionswv
All ages, co-op style, continuing and one-time classes, meets on Thursdays, 3-4 times per month September through April. The supporting organization is Learning Options Inc., which runs other programs including Science Saturdays and summer day camps (see website). All inclusive. Contact: Julie Rea  
learningoptionswv@gmail.com

Monongalia Area Homeschoolers Association 
Monongalia County, WV and Surrounding Areas.
A group dedicated to serving the needs of homeschoolers in the area, and providing information to all those interested in homeschooling. Services we provide: newsletters, field trips, monthly meetings, playgroup, special events and activities, annual testing, portfolio evaluators. Open to any homeschoolers or those interested in homeschooling in our area. Our purpose is to provide support to all families involved in home education regardless of educational philosophies and approaches. We welcome people of all races, religions, lifestyles, and approaches to homeschooling. monhomeschoolers@gmail.com

Trinity Home Educators Supporting in Service (THESIS)
A support ministry of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Fairmont to homeschooling families in a four-county area. It is co-operative, requiring parental participation of all member families. Activities include  enrichment classes for Pre-K through high school, field trips, whole group events, moms’ events, and testing services, all with a distinctly Christian emphasis. Members must be homeschooling and able to sign and uphold the THESIS statement of faith and values.

 

Northwest

Calhoun County Homeschoolers 
A casual group that meets most Fridays from 1-3 pm at Upper West Fork Park, Route 16 in Chloe for socialization and support. Members are glad to answer questions for new and potential homeschoolers. While there is no schedule of activities, input and ideas are welcome. Everyone is welcome. New members should call to confirm that there is a meeting. Contact: Shelly Stehman   304-655-6745   nutcluster@frontier.com; Tracy Cottrel   304-655-7415  

Ohio Valley Christian Home Educators (OVCHE)
For home-educating families in Ohio and West Virginia in the Northern Panhandle region. Contact: Judi Meyer cmeyerj@juno.com.

Ritchie County Home Educators
We are a Christian (non-denominational) homeschool group with several veteran homeschool moms who are here to give their expertise to those in need. Our group offers fun events, activities, field trip, workshops, seminars, etc. We are excited to announce that we also have several newbies this year!   [9/13]
Contact:
Tina Rippy
RCHE1234@yahoo.com

Wood County Christian Homeschoolers 
Wood County, WV 
Online support group for homeschoolers in Wood County, WV. Exclusive paid membership for those in the Wood County, WV area.
Contact: Ronda Hinzman wcchwv@yahoo.com

Southwest

Boone County Homeschool Association 
Homeschooling support group including the counties of Logan, Lincoln, Boone and Kanawha. Monthly co-op classes, gym class, field trips, testing, and science and social studies fair. Contact: Donna Lovejoy 304-524-2945

Cabell County Homeschool List 
Yahoo group focusing on homeschooling in Cabell County.

Education and Group Learning Enrichment (E.A.G.L.E)
Barboursville, Cabell Co.
All-inclusive cooperative learning group that meets the first and third Tuesday, August-December and January-May, at Guyan Estates Swim Club Community Room. Members from other counties are welcome to join. Contact: Melinda Vance  304-972-6780  tshomeschoolnews@hotmail.com; Glenna Sadler  304-412-6877  glennasadler@yahoo.com

ENRICH Homeschool Co-op 
Cross Lanes
Two cooperatives, one field trip, and one mom’s night out. Inclusive Christian cooperative that meets monthly at Perrow Presbyterian Church, Cross Lanes. Some summer and holiday activities as well. Co-op meetings are required. Contact: Kelly Casebolt, Sara Wills, and Krista Kirk  enrichwv@gmail.com or 304-932-6766

Homeschool Activities for Teens (HAT) 
Tri-State Area (West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky)
We meet at least once a month & have the activity mostly between 5:00-9:00 p.m., some events possibly taking less time, of course. Open to homeschoolers 12-years-old and up and their parents. Homeschool graduates are also welcome. Contact: Lynda Vance homeschoolnews4u@gmail.com

Tri-State Homeschoolers 
Cabell and Wayne Counties and surrounding areas  http://www.tristatehomeschoolers.org  http://www.facebook.com/groups/tristatehomeschoolers
We welcome people of all faiths and homeschooling styles. We have no membership fees. Some of our activities include monthly skating, project day, homeschool band, teen activities and Mom's Night Out. All homeschoolers are welcome to join in our activities. Contact: Melinda Vance  304-972-6780  tshomeschoolnews@hotmail.com

The Unsocialized Homeschoolers of the Tri-Counties 
Putnam and surrounding counties, but open to all. Facebook support group and field trip planning. Contact: Cyndi Holbrook Terry 304-730-5301

Wayne County Homeschool Support Group (WCHSG) 
A Christian-based support group for Wayne County and surrounding areas. Our group enjoys getting together for various activities such as visiting museums, bowling, parks, and more.

West Virginia Homeschool Haven
Kanawha and surrounding counties, but all are welcome. All-inclusive online support group where field trips and other social and education activities are planned. Contact: Erin Baldwin erin814@gmail.com or Christy Lindsey christy777@ymail.com

 

 Southeast

Classical Conversations of Beckley, WV
We are a Christian-based community offering homeschooling families a weekly tutoring program that aids parents in equipping their students to know God and  to make Him known. We meet on Thursdays at Hilltop Baptist Church in Midway from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. We offer specially trained parent/tutors who lead classes from Pre-K - 12th grade in Bible, Grammar, Science, Fine Arts, Math, History, Geography, and Latin. Each week we also conduct hands-on science experiments. Our 4th - 6th graders also have an opportunity to partake in a complete Language Arts program during the afternoon sessions. Childcare is available for 3 and under for an additional fee. Contact: Director Jamie Buckland at 304-237-5292 or jbuckland8@live.com for more information.

Fayette County, WV Homeschoolers 
http://www.facebook.com/groups/537522006265575 This group is just starting up, so as of now (4/13) we don't have scheduled activities and where/when we meet can vary. Nature walks, mini field trips, and possibly some co-op type learning experiences are some things I had in mind, but all ideas are welcome. The purpose of this group is for homeschooling families of all thoughts, beliefs, and teaching methods to come together for friendship and support. All inclusive. Contact: Melissa Fedukovich fcwvhs@gmail.com

Greenbrier Area Homeschoolers' Network    
Greenbrier County. Contact: Jan Layfield 536-3379

Greenbrier Homeschool Co-op  
Contact: Martha Snider 536-2183 (if you get call interrupt, use code 5674) or SndHomer@aol.com


ORCHARDS Homeschool Cooperative
Fayette County
We are a faith-based group providing support, Mom's Nights Out, field trips, science fairs, and occasional co-op classes. Our Facebook page is listed under our name. Membership is required. Contact: Kristen Adkins orchardswv@gmail.com

Pocahontas County Homeschool Group

Raleigh County WV Homeschool Group
This group is for homeschooling families in the Raleigh County, WV, area; a group to socialize, stay up-to-date on news, ideas and interaction with others. We are not affiliated with the state of West Virginia, Raleigh County, or any board of education. Though we are not a group of any specific religion, we should remain tactful and respectful of others. The intention of this group is to support and help ourselves as well as our fellow homeschoolers as we all share this journey. We have the opportunity to share ideas and resources, create meet-ups, events and field trips. Contact: Constance Conley ConstanceConley.rcwvhg@gmail.com or 304-860-0536

Raleigh Educational Association of Christian Homeschoolers (REACH)
Raleigh County (also Summers and Wyoming)
Facebook: REACH Homeschool Group WV is a members-only page.
Homeschool support group.  Co-op classes fall/spring, field trips, swim & gym, social activities for kids and parents including roller skating, moms' night out, field day, family picnics. Membership required; information found on website.
Contact: Mistey Luikart reachwvhomeschoolgroup@gmail.com

             

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