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Home Education in Massachusetts

Be sure to notify the local public school authorities of your home education plan prior to removing your child from public school. The Catholic Homeschoolers in Massachusetts East (CHIME) has a guideline that will help you comply with the laws, as well as other information to help you get started.

NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more. 

We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Massachusetts.  You can find more support groups at their website.


Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the CHIME website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


You may want to start with the main home education organizations in your state.

Catholic Homeschoolers In Massachusetts East (CHIME)


CHIME is a group of faithful Catholic homeschooling families providing not only mutual support and encouragement to one another, but also a variety of academic and spiritual activities, field trips, classes, and clubs for our members and their children.
$15 annual dues.

Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators (Mass. HOPE)

46 South Rd, Holden, MA 01520

Phone:  (508) 829-0973



Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM)


AHEM is a nonprofit, independent, grassroots, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. We believe that informed and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining the right to independently homeschool. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Massachusetts.



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Adams MA Homeschoolers


Ongoing monthly classes in Library Research Club, and Music and Arts Club are held, and other events are scheduled by parents, geared to their children's interests.

Area:  Berkshire County, Western MA


Apple Country Homeschooling Association

Phone:  (508) 456-8515

Area:  Harvard


Athol Orange Homeschooling (AOH)


Field trips, monthly meetings for educational activities, and more!

Area:  Athol and Orange and surrounding areas


Berkley Area Homeschoolers

Contact:  Tina Shorey, (508) 821-9669


Homeschool support group. Field trips, classes, play dates, outings, picnics, science and geography fairs, and other homeschool events. Membership is free and group is inclusive.

Area:  Berkley, Lakeville, Taunton, Dighton, Fall River, and surrounding areas


Berkshire Homeschoolers

Contact:  Alison Drozd, (413) 329-8632


This group is a way to connect with other moms who have chosen to homeschool their children. We are a small group but we are growing into a great support network. We have several activities for children of all age ranges.

Area:  Berkshire County


Central Massachusetts Homeschoolers


A Christian group of families that meet for a co-op and many other opportunities.

Area:  Hudson, Northboro, Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Marlboro


Eagle's Wings Homeschool Co-op

Contact:  Christine Guest, (508) 223-1828


We are a Christian co-operative of homeschool families. We pool our resources, expertise and children for group activities.

Area:  Rehoboth


F.A.I.T.H. Home Educators Group

Contact:  Lillian Fischer, (781) 237-2633


A Christian group that provides a forum for members' children to make presentations to one another and their parents.

Area:  Weston


Heritage Homeschoolers

Phone:  (508) 478-2524


Area:  Milford


Homeschooling Together

Contact:  Sophia Sayigh


Group activities includes regular park days, field trips, a preschool playgroup, an annual craft fair, support meetings, winter ice skating, classes, beach days, and a yearly May Day celebration. The group exists as a framework for networking, communicating and supporting each other.

Area:  Arlington


Pilgrims' Progress Homeschool Support Group

Contact:  Debbie Clemons, (781) 293-6103


Our support group meets once a month during the school year. We organize many field trips and classes throughout the year. There is a fee for membership as well as the co-op classes and field trips, etc.

Area:  South Shore - Quincy to Sagamore Beach ... and beyond!


Worcester Area Homeschooling Organization

Phone:  (617) 755-9553

Area:  Worcester



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