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Co-ops and Academic Enrichment Classes

by Mary Ann Kelley

California Homeschool Co-ops & Academic Enrichment Classes

California Homeschooling Co-ops

Synergy Homeschool CooperativeFresno

Enrichment co-op offering classes and activities year round for all ages.

California Homeschooling Classes & Academic Enrichment

Adelphia Classical Christian AcademyAnaheim, Orange, Garden Grove

Adelphia is a hybrid school offering full time Christian school experience combined with homeschooling. Students meet on campus 3 days a week for full time instruction. The other two days the learning takes place at home under the direction of the parents. The school establishes the curriculum, and provides the framework for the parent to be a success while at home.

Branford Grove SchoolArleta

Assisting the homeschooling family with: obtaining and maintaining cumulative files, record keeping assistance, communicating with school officials as needed, directing you to curriculum resources and homeschooling support groups, and offering, through our publications, encouragement and the knowledge we have gained through years of facilitating our own children's education.

Placer Nature Center - Homeschool ProgramsAuburn

For homeschoolers, science can be one of the hardest subjects to fulfill and keep up in. Placer Nature Center offers fun, outdoor, hands-on classes to fulfill curricula needs. Students, of all ages, enjoy the camaraderie of other homeschoolers while learning through affordable, experiential programs. Placer Nature Center classes engage students in learning through real-world, hands-on experiences with a focus on environmental literacy, science and nature. All programs are designed to meet the California Content Standards.Open to all homeschoolers. Families are invited to bring lunch for a picnic in the courtyard after class! Placer Nature Center will also schedule customized classes for any student group size of 10 or more - groups can be mixed grade levels.

Placer Nature Center Homeschool ProgramsAuburn

Animals, bugs, birds and rocks are just a few of the things that Placer Nature Center's homeschool programs focus on. An outdoor classroom located on 60 acres in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. A place where children can find their place in the natural world as they develop science literacy.

Engineering for KidsBakersfield, Rosedale, Lamont

Engineering for Kids is a fun and exciting hands-on learning experience for children ages 4 to 14 years old. Program teaches engineering concepts that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Program is designed to help bridge the gap between what students are learning and how to apply it to real life experiences.

Summit AdventureBass Lake

Summit Adventure is a leader in faith-based adventure experiences, using service, mountaineering, climbing, rappelling, and extended time in nature to help thousands of people build relationships, explore faith, connect with what is most important, and challenge perceived limitations.

Helping Hands for HomeschoolersCastro Valley, Dublin,Hayward, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Ramon

Helping Hands for Homeschoolers is an English language arts teaching and tutoring service for sixth through twelfth graders. Those who can benefit are: homeschooled students who need a deeper analysis of more complex texts to prepare for college; international students and English learners; and students in private schools who need tutoring services.

Rock-N-Water California Christian CampsColoma

Providing high quality Christian Camps in California to church youth groups, families, college groups, and individuals looking to further their relationship with our savior Jesus Christ through fun and challenging adventures in the outdoors. Camps include whitewater rafting and rock climbing retreats, summer adventure camps (whitewater rafting, climbing, backpacking, team building...), and snowshoeing winter camps or retreats. Also provide Christ centered California living history trips for 3rd and 4th grade students in their study of California history and American history.

Cub ScoutsElk Grove

Scouting for boys grades 1-5

Homeschool Days at Pretend City Children's MuseumIrvine

Learn through play while you visit Pretend City as a field trip for your homeschoolers! Have unlimited access to our 17 interactive exhibits that foster problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and more on the day of your visit.Discounted rates are available for your homeschool group on the 3rd Friday of each month. Tickets are $9 each for students and adults. Reservations are required the Wednesday prior to your visit date.

BrainStorm STEM EducationIrvine

Preparing students with classes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Boston School (School of Choice)Joshua Tree

Boston school is a national private school based in California that serves homeschoolers through independent study programs. Elementary, junior high and high school programs. High school diplomas, transcripts and transfer assistance are available.

France Exchange School and ServicesLos Angeles

France Exchange School is dedicated to the learning of French language. They offer a variety of French classes, specialized workshops and immersion camps for and children and teenagers of all levels. They also offer private tutoring as well as small group classes with French native fully qualified teachers. Summer camps welcome children from 5 to 13 years old.

The Knowing GardenLos Angeles

Field day with The Knowing Garden is designed to enhance academic learning through an extended connection to nature and a community with which to explore social/emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Homeschool and families who want a day off from traditional settings are welcome to join this drop-off experience. This adventure is open to students ages 7 to 11. Registration covers the program and materials.

High School Spanish CoursesLos Angeles

Language Bird offers 1 to 1 high school Spanish courses online with a live, private, bilingual native speaking teacher. Courses are University of California (UC) approved (college prep) high school courses accepted by all four-year universities. Currently, offering Spanish levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. All individual lessons are personalized and flexible. A student only needs internet access and Skype to meet their instructor. In 24 tutoring hours students earn one year of foreign language credit.

Homeschool Enrichment classesLos Angeles

Creative Learning place is a vendor for: Sky Mountain Charter School, Golden Valley Charter School, and Gorman Learning Center. Variety of classes offered throughout the year.

CA Science Center Classes at Creative Learning PlaceLos Angeles

A variety of classes for grades 1-8.

Next Level HomeschoolLos Angeles

Next Level Homeschool provides both live classes near downtown Los Angeles AND online flexi-schedule classes for student's who have extra busy schedules. Next Level is a secular school, striving to educate children from ages 7-18 in science, history, geography, and lower math. Some of the very unique classes offered include: Harry Potter Genetics, Virtual Field Trips Around the World, Marine Biology, French History, and more.

TeachPlayLearnLos Angeles

TeachPlayLearn is a boutique educational service company that is based in Los Angeles, CA. Offering custom educational services and unique consulting projects. TPL's service list includes tutoring in major academic content areas, a multitude of enrichment options, and test preparation. Also offer a variety of homeschooling packages to meet your family's individual needs.

Tutored TalentLos Angeles

Tutored Talent provides in-home and online tutoring, homschooling, and test prep services for children, pre-K through high school. Contact at (310) 909-4387 or at tutoredtalent@yahoo.com

Ready Set ResourcesLos Angeles/Orange Counties

Beginning/Advanced Public Speaking and Debate Club

EIE AcademyMonrovia

EIE offers a wide variety of classes ranging from basic math to AP history as well as lab science for high school level courses. Classes are meant to supplement the homeschool courses. Ages 6 through high school age.

Present ThyselfMurrieta / Temecula

Present Thyself is a fun interactive communications program designed to teach teens and preteens the fundamentals of public speaking and presentation skills. The best way to learn, is to do. Students will begin presenting on the first day. This program incorporates improvisational speaking, collaborative brainstorming and interactive teamwork. This is a forum that encourages each participant to experience public speaking and receive constructive feedback for continuous improvement. Working in groups and teams is an important skill that can develop leadership qualities. Collaboration is a tool used daily in business, athletics and in the community. Learning how to be an Out-Of-The-Box thinker is difficult in the traditional academic setting. This program introduces multiple brainstorming techniques and demonstrates through activities how to apply structure and organize results to be relevant to the task.

Kolbe AcademyNapa

Kolbe Academy is an orthodox Catholic, Ignatian, classically-based, day school and home school program for grades K-12, fully accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS).

Newport Landing Whale WatchingNewport Beach

Whale Watching is an enriching and educational experience! Offering discounted rates for home school groups! Nov through May is Gray Whale Season. May through October is Blue Whale Season. April through October the Humpback Whales are in the area. Late December through January Orca Pods have been sighted in the area! Throughout the year visitors can see Common, and Bottlenose Dolphins, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Sea Lions, and Sea Birds. The thrill of seeing large marine mammals swim alongside the boat is an experience that students will never forget, and a great way to integrate marine science into your curriculum. If you're looking to make your cruises more educational, Newport Landing works closely with the non-profit organization, The American Cetacean Society of Orange County (ACS-OC). Based upon request and availability, your class has the option for an onboard Marine Mammal Naturalist to accompany your group on the water, and answer any questions they may have. Trips last about 2.5 hours, and are available every day of the week. Whale watching trips usually depart 10am and 1pm. School groups can enjoy an $11.00 per person rate all year long! (No minimum group size) This rate applies to all students, teachers, and chaperons within the school group. If you are interested in booking your class,please feel free to call me at 949-675-0551 x 118 or send an email at jessica@newportwhales.com

Laurel Tree's Independent Study ProgramNorthern Humboldt County

A k-12 hybrid Independent study program. Offer services such as twice a week primary and high school classes in core areas, credentialed teachers providing appropriate curriculum and weekly support all in one convenient location in Arcata. 707-822-5626

OCHomeschooling.comOrange County

Online resource for homeschoolers in Orange County, CA, Charter schools, classes, field trips, and events listed.

Schooling For LifePasadena/Los Angeles

Schooling For Life is a non-profit that provides enrichment classes for high-achieving homeschooling students ages 11+ in the Los Angeles area. Students enjoy summer trips, weekly workshops and weekend seminars throughout the year.

Wholistic Learning ResourcesSacramento

WLR supports homeschooling families by offering a variety of wholistically-based classes, inspired by significant contributors to the field of education including Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf), Charlotte Mason (Living Books), and others.

Mad Science of Sacramento ValleySacramento

Homeschool families are invited to participate in science enrichment programs held at the "lab" in Sacramento and cooperating public schools. Accepting homeschool vouchers, purchase orders and direct payments. Programs are offered at homeschool locations throughout the greater Sacramento area, including Horizons, Visions, Inspire, Sutter Peak and South Sutter. Join through one of the existing programs or call to arrange custom programming for your local homeschool group. Also offering a weekly homeschool class series on Wednesdays at the lab!

Choices Charter SchoolSacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Loomis, Granite Bay

Choices Charter School is a Personalized Learning Public Charter School. This is a FREE public school option for families who seek a partnership with school in the educational process. Offering three different types of programs: Blended classroom, One on One, and Virtual Learning. Families who choose the Blended classroom programs are provided a campus setting for classes, electives and additional support, and a positive and safe environment.

A Love of LearningSan Carlos

A full service tutoring agency with courteous, supportive, and professional staff who look forward to bringing out excellence in your child. Will work with your child according to his/her unique needs. Takes pride in skill development, improved academic performance, and instilling a love of learning in every student.

Reading ClassesSan Carlos

Come learn to read or enhance current reading skills while having fun. Morning classes for Reading, Writing, Math, and Comprehension/Fluency. Individual tutoring available.

West River AcademySan Clemente

West River Academy is an international fully accredited independent private school in California. It is for families who desire the benefits of private school enrollment AND minimal oversight over their educational activities. Families may use the curriculumof their choice, or use no curriculum . Offers assistance in designing or choosing a program and learning style that fits your children's needs.

Regina Caeli AcademySan Diego

Catholic - Christian homeschooling in San Diego. Regina Caeli Academy is a service provided to homeschoolers who want to independently home educate their children. A private school which supports families who wish to educate their children at home. A "satellite" school as parents educate their children at their own home, considered a satellite campus of Regina Caeli Academy's home office.

San Diego ScribblersSan Diego

San Diego Scribblers offers Creative Writing, Journalism and Academic Writing classes designed specifically for homeschoolers in San Diego. Features small class sizes capped at 8 students and hands on learning.

Botany for KidsSan Diego

Wednesdays from 2-4pm. Botany classes for children. Classes include basic information about various plant families, as well as relevant crafts. $12/student, 50% off first class. 3685 Voltaire St. San Diego, CA 92106. Phone: (619) 223-5229 adifonzo@botanyforkids.net http://www.facebook.com/botanyforkids

Gizmos and Gadgets Kids LabSan Diego

Gizmos & Gadgets uses a cross-disciplinary and a hands-on approach to complete the STEAM formula, creating an innovative atmosphere and a well-rounded educational experience. Offering classes specifically for homeschool students and work with several San Diego Charter School.

Regina Caeli Academy, ISPSan Diego and Statewide

Private ISP for Catholics and Catholic-friendly Christians. The only Catholic ISP which allows families to choose their own curriculum and teaching method. While based in San Diego, support is available for families throughout California. Please visit our website for a full description of our services, and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReginaCaeliAcademyISP

Oasis Camel DairySan Diego County

Located 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, the Oasis Camel Dairy is America's first camel milking farm. Featured on Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, our camels, farm animals and exotic birds make great teachers. Field trips for educational groups offered at a discounted rate.

Help You Achieve Center ProgramsSan Diego, Rancho Penasquitos/Poway area

Educational and enrichment programs for children in the San Diego, Rancho Penasquitos/Poway area. Specialties include: Chinese Language and Culture, "Mental Math"/Abacus, Kungfu, Drama/Acting, and Film-making. Also offering Art, Journalism, Modeling, Dance, Chess, Spanish, American Sign Language-ASL, Korean, Engineering/Robotics, Private Piano lessons, and other elective classes. For more information please contact Bonnie text/phone at (858) 442-7483 or email Helpyouachieve.bonnie@gmail.com

JCS Learning Center ClassesSan Diego, Temecula, Murrieta, Encinitas, Orange County

Julian Charter School Learning Center Classes are offered in San Diego and Temecula/Murrieta areas. On-line (virtual classes) are also available to all JCS students. JCS is a WASC accredited K-12 public school offering site based and homestudy programs to over 2700 students.

The Magic Bus ExperienceSan Francisco

Hop aboard the Magic Bus that will transport you to 1960s San Francisco for a fun-filled historical city tour. Located at Union Square on Geary street in San Francisco, CA. Duration is 2 hours.

Marine Science Institue Afternoon Ecology Classes 2012-2013San Francisco Bay Area

The Marine Science Institute is offering a hands-on science program for children ages 6-11. The Afternoon Ecology program will explore the different marine ecosystems found around the San Francisco Bay Area. Fall 2012 Session: 10/1-11/5, Winter 2013 Session: 1/21-3/4, Spring 2013 Session: 4/1-5/6. Check website for course listings.

Abacus EducationSan Gabriel Valley

Homeschooling reference, classes and resources which provide homeschooling children with access to a more diverse group of highly qualified intellectual role models than is possible in either traditional school or purely homeschool environments.Emphasis is upon high academic standards. All of the major core subjects are covered, including English through college entrance level, math through calculus, music theory, art, and science including chemistry and physics.

Society of Young InklingsSan Jose

The mission of the Society of Young Inklings is to inspire young authors to unleash the power of their unique stories. Instructors use active game-based principles to break the writing process into manageable steps. Students deepen their critical and creative thinking/real life skills which serve them not only in developing as artists, but in all parts of their lives. Society of Young Inklings celebrates diversity and offers classes, mentorships and publishing opportunities to all students ages 5-15 without exception.

Mater Ecclesiae AcademySan Jose

A full academic program offered once per week for homeschool families according to a Classical Catholic Educational approach. Students meet throughout the school day once per week to attend small classes divided per grade level(s) throughout K-6. Teachers service to homeschool families includes provision of daily lesson plans aligned to what is taught at M.E.A., which lesson plans parents may implement in the homeschooling of their children at home on the remaining days of the week. They offer L.A., Math, Social studies, Science, Music, Latin and Art.

San Luis Obispo Classical AcademySan Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy is an exciting and unique school serving students from Kindergarten through 10th grade with combined classroom instruction by credentialed or classically trained teachers and home school instruction by parents! Although there are many excellent public and private schools here on the Central Coast of California, many parents desire to be more involved in their children's education, spawning a renewed interest in educational alternatives. SLO Classical Academy emerged from a desire to offer a classical approach to education that combines the best of classroom instruction and home school parental involvement

Inspire Charter SchoolSan Luis Obispo county

Inspire Charter Schools is committed to providing a positive, challenging, and academic learning environment, with our amazing curriculum choices, for all students. Our goal is to provide learning activities which require high levels of critical thinking and reasoning, accompanied by application of learning to real-world situations. Additionally, our teachers provide support to our students on their home schooling journey by monitoring progress, tutoring as needed and providing online workshops.

Science ClassesSanta Clara

AN ELECTRIFYING EXPERIENCE: In a cooperative exercise, students learn the basics of making an electric circuit as they discover what happens when colored holiday lights are hooked up in series and in parallel. They also get to check a wide variety of materials to see if they are conductors.

California Classical ConversationsStatewide

CC is a national homeschooling program that uses a Bible based curriculum taught in a christian, classical tradition. Classes are geared for age 4 through high school.

Talega Preparatory AcademyStatewide

A California Private School offering satellite programs to support homeschooling families. Mission is to offer an alternative to public and charter school ISPs by providing your family the educational freedom to homeschool your way.

Cedar Life AcademyStatewide

Cedar Life Academy is a nonsectarian Private School Satellite Program (PSP) that provides California families who wish to home-educate their children with paperwork assistance and homeschool mentoring. Cedar Life Academy is limited to California homeschoolers. Cedar Life Academy files a private school affidavit and maintains all of the school records that are required by the State of California.

Epic Charter SchoolStatewide

An accredited/public, and FREE PK-12th online/independent study program starting in September. Epic Charter School combines the convenience of online learning with the support of one-on-one instruction from a California certified teacher. This blended learning model allows students and families to set their own pace

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