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by Mary Ann Kelley

Illinois Homeschool Co-ops & Academic Enrichment

Illinois Homeschooling Co-ops

Classical Consortium AcademyBarrington

Classical Consortium provides a classical Christian educational experience for homeschooled students in the Northern Illinois area. Classical Consortium is a one-day-a-week, comprehensive, academic program for students in 3rd-12th grade that follows a classical method in both the subjects taught and how those subjects are taught. CC meets every Monday from late August until late May. Students are in class from 8:00am to 3:45pm.

Joy in Learning Homeschool AcademyChampaign

Joy in Learning Homeschool Academy was founded in 2009 in order to create an academically-focused, college preparatory, and nonsectarian learning environment for homeschooling families in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area. In addition to focusing on academics such as science, history, writing, and literature, we spend a significant part of our day on computer science, art, PE, and recreational math. By sharing the group's talents and perspectives, as well as utilizing the latest online resources and technology, Joy in Learning provides an environment where students from all walks of life com

Christian Homeschool ConnectionChampaign / Urbana

We have a new co-op family center opening this fall 2008. Infants-12th gade. Inter-denominational group coming together once a week to give our children the opportunities that lend themselves to learning in a group setting.


MICAH is a new, inclusive homeschooling group forming in the Central Illinois area. We offer an exciting slate of cooperative classes plus all the things you want in a support group. We have a monthly newsletter, starting August 1st, containing details about MICAH activities such as field trips and special classes. MICAH members will enjoy: Field trips, Co-operative classes for K4-12th grade, Moms-only meetings, Family activities, School pictures, Homeschool ID, Book fair, Standardized testing, Private online groups for support and social networking, and small, specially arranged classes like horseback riding

Homeschool KingdomDuPage County

Homeschool Kingdom is a Christian homeschool co-op located in Villa Park, IL. Offering elective and gym classes for students age 4-18 and nursery for age 0-3. Mom's Hour for homeschool help, discipleship, and support. Most classes are parent-led, however during Mom's hour outside instructors are available for karate, piano, ballet as well as babysitters for Fun hour and Nursery. Graduation and Yearbook. Optional field trips, Moms Nights, Date Night, and Dad events.

Christian Workshops of the Fox ValleyElgin

CWF is a Christian home school co-op offering classes for homeschooled children pre-school through high school.Students meet Mondays from 9:45am - 2:30pm at Epworth United Methodist Church in Elgin.One parent of each family volunteers to teach at least one class which keeps the co-op reasonably priced.

Illinois Homeschooling Classes & Academic Enrichment

Champaign County Forest Preserve DistrictChampaign County

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District's Museum and Education Department is offering homeschool classes and educational resources for families looking to supplement their science and history curriculum. Please visit the website or call 217-896-2455 for more information.

Illini TutoringChampaign-Urbana

Illini Tutoring is a small group of tutors who specialize in middle school - college levels of math and science. Tutors are particularly interested in homeschool tutoring and helping older students with advanced math (through calculus II) and science (biology, chemistry, physics, and more).

Anita Purves Nature CenterChampaign-Urbana

Bring your students to the nature center, or have a traveling naturalist come to you! The Anita Purves Nature Center offers a variety of environmental education programs and services to area educators. Programs complement local school district curricula and are Illinois Learning Standards-based. Home school groups are also invited to use these services.

The Great Adventure Lab STEM ClassesChicago

Pre-K - 5th graders are having a blast with Great Adventure Lab STEM enrichment courses. From Lego Robotics to Storybook Science to Video Game Programming to Space Engineers, students are developing new skills and a passion for science all while having an outrageously fun time.

Parliament TutorsChicago

Parliament Tutors is a private tutoring and test preparation service covering all academic subjects, homeschool subjects, and standardized tests.

Classical Conversations of Chicago West and Southwest SuburbsChicago Western Suburbs

Classical Conversations is a community of families drawn together by their desire to educate their children classically at home with a Biblical worldview. Classes are available for children ages 4-12th grade. Following the classical model, children will participate in weekly presentations, memorization, science projects and fine arts. As they grow, added classes in grammar and writing are built in to this wonderful core curriculum. A full curriculum is available for children ready for grades 7-12. Contact Support Manager, Angela Walters, at

Leslie Murphy Resourceful AcademicsDowners Grove

A private reading and writing tutor with over 10 years of experience providing individualized, multi-sensory instruction for children ages 5 - 18 serving students located in Naperville and Downers Grove, IL.

Liberty Liberal Arts AcademyElgin/Fox Valley

"Educating Outside the Box and Inside the Church". Offering affordable, creative, and challenging core and fine arts Christian education classes for Homeschoolers in Fox Valley, IL. Meeting every Wednesday during the School Year at Larkin Avenue Baptist Church 1158 Larkin Avenue, Elgin, IL. See website for fees, class descriptions and teacher bios.

Wildlife Prairie ParkHanna City

Monthly Homeschool Classes at Wildlife Prairie Park 3826 N. Taylor Rd. Hanna City, IL 61536 Topic: Eyes on Eagles; Learn about our Nation's Bird! See wedsite for date of each monthly class

Pilcher Park Nature CenterJoliet

Pilcher Park Nature Center offers 18 field trips based on science and history. The goal of the park is to bring science and history alive in through hikes and hands-on activities. Programs cover topics including maple syrup, geology, trees, the Underground Railroad, wilderness survival, pond study, and much more. All field trips meet current state learning standards. Offers field trips year-round with special events for the general public. Programs last from one to four hours.

Temple Christian School Homeschooling support servicesMoline

Temple Christian School Offers the following services to homeschooling families in the Moline, Illinois area. Administering Stanford Achievement Tests annually. Sign up deadline January 31. Assisting homeschool families in purchasing used curriculum (Primarily Abeka and Bob Jones). Offering classes in Math, science, reading, language, history, phonics, writing, computer, music, physical education and foreign language. Offers participation on sports teams. Band lessons and band once a week. Help for learning differences through an educational therapist on staff who is certified by NILD (National Institute for Learning Development). Full and part day summer camps available for children ages 3 years old - 6th grade.

Daniela BiseniusNaperville

Professional violinist, performer and teacher has openings for students during the week, mornings, for violin and viola lessons. Cntact Daniela at 630) 504-9221.

Baby Bear LearningNaperville

Baby Bear Learning provides customized lessons to K-8 students in the Fox Valley area at prices comparable to or less than chain tutoring centers. Lessons can take place in the comfort of your home, or you may choose to meet at a public library. Appointments are available seven days a week to fit you and your child's busy schedules.

Naperville Area Humane SocietyNaperville

September 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017

Homeschool Heroes allows home-educated children to, not only learn about and enhance the lives of shelter animals, but also participate in hands-on STEM learning that incorporates humane education. The 6-class sessions that are held on Thursdays from 1-2pm, and the registration fee is $60. Session 1 (ages 7-10): Sept. 15, 22, 29 / Oct. 6, 13, 20 Session 2 (ages 7-10): Oct. 27 / Nov. 3, 10, 17 / Dec. 1, 8 Session 3 (ages 7-10): Dec. 15, 22 / Jan. 12, 19, 26 / Feb. 2 Session 4 (ages 11-15): Feb. 9, 16, 23 / Mar. 2, 9, 16 Session 5 (ages 11-15): Mar. 23 / Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 / May 4

Discover This! Science ProgramsRochester/Sangamon County

Discover This! is a weekly hands-on program for children to be introduced to science. Programs can be held at your house or mine. Appropriate activities and experiments to encourage a love for science. The science topics change at a flexible rate to promote what interests the children and the grade level of the child. The materials used are mostly household materials that are safe for children of all ages.

Center for Innovative ChangeSt. Charles

Creating solutions and answers with innovative approaches for well-being and lies challenges. Offer services provided by clinicians with extensive clinical experience, training and credentialing in the following areas: Eating disorders, disordered eating behaviors, self-injury and self-destructive behaviors, and Trauma.

Illinois 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.

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