Before I became a mom I thought about homeschooling, thinking it would be a good alternative to private school if I were unhappy with the public school options.  Then I had a child.  Wow.  Hats off to all of the homeschooling families out there.  I don’t think I could do it!

If you’re considering a homeschool education I encourage you to check out these groups/resources to learn more.  I’ve always know homeschooling families to be very open to sharing information and wanting to support other families in their education decisions.  You can also check out the Home Schooling page on the Texas Education Association website for more info and links to legal stuff.

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Co-Ops

Plano Area Texas Homeschoolers (PATH)
a collection of multi-denominational Christians providing a fun and social learning environment as an additional enrichment to the home school education experience.  Each semester we provide a variety of classes spanning from infant to 12th grade

Plano Area Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (PARCH)
an official Parish organization of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Organized for purpose of facilitating information and support for Catholic homeschooling families, PARCH sponsors a yahoo group, support meetings, curriculum informational sessions and homeschooling workshops, field trips, park days, and daily Mass attendance, along with seasonal activities and celebrations for Catholic homeschooling families.

Plano Educational Association of Christian Homeschoolers (PEACH)
a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to serving home school families in Plano and surrounding North Texas communities.  Services include member newsletters, Teacher ID card, PEACH Yahoo Group, 70+ discounted field trips, teen events, clubs, mom mentoring meetings, Mom book club and Mom’s Night Out.

Straight and Narrow of Dallas Homeschool CO-OP (SAND)
We are a Christian homeschool co-op serving the Collin County area.  Our co-op features multi-age groups that encourage real world social scenarios. Classes are grouped by preschool, k-3rd, 4-6th, 7-9th and 10-12th.

DFW Unschooling Families
Our colorful group of unschooling parents, grandparents, teens, and children of all ages converge in both Dallas and Ft. Worth (and elsewhere in the metroplex) for personal connections, lots of play, and thought-provoking discussion. Meetups are held in Dallas, Plano, Ft. Worth, and Arlington.

Sharing Adventures in Learning (SAIL)
a member-governed, inclusive community of homeschooling families in the McKinney, Texas area.

Playgroups/Social

Frisco Home Is School (FHIS)
a Christian Homeschool support group for homeschooling families in the Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm and surrounding areas.  Monthly meetings, field trips, park visits.  Annual membership dues.

Collin County Homeschool Playgroup
We have park days twice a week year round, several parties throughout the year and occasional field trips. Our group is strictly a social group that is open to all homeschoolers. We have no co-op, dues or member statements to sign.

McKinney Homeschool Friends
Our main focus is making long lasting friendships for both kids and parents. We will have lots of play outings, some field trips, and maybe some learning along the way! This group is for preschool and early elementary homeschool children (ages 3-8).

Other Organizations

North Texas Home Educators’ Network (NTHEN)
to provide homeschool leaders and families with the tools and services necessary to enable their support group or their individual home schools to thrive. Our services include sponsoring two annual conventions (summer and winter), consultations, meetings, training sessions, seminars, local and regional activities, and a variety of other forums. We also work to foster cooperation among local support groups and promote events that support the homeschool community at large.

Home School Athletic Association (HSAA)
A Plano-based organization providing homeschooled youth with competitive athletic events in a Christian atmosphere

The CHANT Chargers
a homeschool sports organization based in the North Dallas area of Texas, created for homeschooled athletes to participate in interscholastic athletics. We have athletes from Plano, Frisco, Wylie, Allen and McKinney as well as many other cities in the area.

Texas Homeschool Coalition (THSC)
THSC works to promote home schooling and parental rights through lobbying the Texas legislature, communicates with school districts and other public officials, monitors court cases, and raises awareness of important issues that impact home schooling.

Home School Legal Defense Association: Texas
a nonprofit ministry to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.