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Be sure to keep a daily log showing that you maintain the records required by law. There is no requirement to submit the documents.
Filing a notice of intent to home school with the public school superintendent or recorder of county deeds is strictly optional and may compromise the family’s privacy.
The Clay-Platte Home Educators (CPHE) website has a nice summary of the law, the West County Christian Home Educators (WCCHE) website has some good information about record keeping – and both have other info to help you get started. The major home education organizations also have resources and information at their websites.
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 Missouri. You can find more support groups at their website.
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.
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.
Contact: Jon & Candy Summers, (314) 521-8487
Over 40 support groups statewide. No membership fee. Annual conference and curriculum fair, high school / college / accelerated distance learning conference, prayer and praise rally, used book sale, 12th grade graduation, spelling bee, science fair, math olympics, art festival, family craft fair, Christmas ball, mother/daughter tea, father/son campout, and more! Homeschooling attorney and legislative liasons.
P.O. Box 742, Grandview, MO 64030
Phone: (877) 696-6343
FHE maintains a full-time lobbyist in Jefferson City to ensure home school freedoms remain intact in Missouri. Regional Directors are available for information about home education throughout the state. Special events are held in each region. $10 annual dues.
2203 Rhonda Dr, West Plains, MO 65775-1615
MATCH is organized for the purpose of providing service and support to home educators and support groups within Missouri including: local support groups; legislative alerts; promoting the advantages of home education over alternative forms of education outside the home; reviewing and disseminating home education materials and information considered vital to home educators; newsletters; conventions. $25 annual dues.
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Phone: (888) 216-5823
Area: Kansas City Northland
Contact: Dawn Griffin
What makes us different from other groups is that we encourage the involvement of our children in our meetings. We feel it is important for children as well as parents to meet and socialize with other home school children. We offer a monthly meeting, newsletters for both the parents and for the students, field trips, holiday parties and so much more!
Phone: (573) 259-7493
Area: Greater Rolla Area
Phone: (417) 626-1292
We are a Christian Co-op that meets weekly during the school year offering a variety of classes for pre-k to high school. We also offer field trips, science and art fairs, yearbook class, orchestra, sign language, drama, and many more extracurricular activities. We also have opportunities for fellowship like our support group meetings, Mom's Night Out, and much more.
Jefferson City Home Educators (JCHE)
Contact: Coni Riley, (573) 893-4380
A Christian group operating by Christian principles, JCHE is composed of families who have chosen to home educate their children. Our purpose is to provide homeschool information and activities for social and educational development.
Area: Jefferson City and surrounding area
We are a Christian homeschool co-op offering a variety of activities for students and parents choosing to home educate. $10 annual fees.
As a Christian-based support group, LSHE goal is to promote educational excellence and help new home-educators get started. Member meetings and orientation classes are the 2nd Mondays of each month, September-May. Our volunteers organize a number of field trips and social & educational activities for pre-K through high school. Teens Getting Into Fellowship (TGIF) is our teen group specifically for junior high and high school students. New-member dues $30 - renewal $25.
Area: Lee’s Summit
Phone: (816) 509-5883
An all-inclusive, secular, home education support group, LEARN supports 200 families with a wide variety of ideologies regarding home education.
Area: Kansas City
Phone: (816) 308-1903
We are an eclectic, secular / inclusive homeschool support group offering encouragement and support, along with fun and sometimes educational activities, for homeschooling parents. $15 annual dues.
Area: Northland of Kansas City
Contact: Karen Orozco
The group's function is to give support for homeschoolers in the area that is not based in or around any particular religion. Homeschoolers, Unschoolers, and everyone in between are welcome! We have an email loop where we discuss our homeschooling lives and plan functions. We have a weekly playgroup, field trips, and are involved in a alternative scouting group; SpiralScouts.
We are a wonderful, close-knit homeschool group with regular monthly discussion groups, family fellowship nights, field trips, weekly skating, holiday parties and more! We have a weekly email digest and a monthly mailed calendar as our source of information. $15 annual dues.
Area: Grandview, Kansas City, Belton, Raytown, and surrounding areas
Phone: (417) 875-6418
Our purpose is to minister to homeschooling families by sponsoring various activities, such as new homeschooler information meetings, co-op classes, graduation, scholarships, support groups, and other resources; to work in a cooperative manner with other home-schooling organizations which promote benefits for, and freedom to home educate; and to inform the public of current laws relating to home education.
Area: Southwest Missouri
A place for homeschoolers to discuss homeschooling, plan park days, plan or inform of upcoming educational opportunities, buy and sell items of interest to other homeschoolers, and otherwise network with other homeschoolers in specific areas.
Area: Southwest Missouri
An inclusive group of active homeschoolers in and around the Springfield area, managed and operated by member volunteers. We meet regularly with the emphasis on providing social, fun experiences in a positive environment.
This is a very active group doing different classes and park days. We homeschool for our own personal reasons, wants and needs. We invite all to join us and want all to participate in activities. We encourage everyone to plan events, park days and field trips, but do not require that you do so. If you are looking for a place to learn and share about different ways of homeschooling without the religious flare, please come and join us.
Contact: Cathy Mullins
Monthly support group meetings, field trips, and newsletter; co-op classes; special parties for various celebrations; reading incentive programs; many other activities to choose from. The majority of us are Christians and we do start and end our activities with prayer. We all believe that homeschooling is a wonderful lifestyle.
Area: South city/county and mid-county areas of St. Louis. We also have many members who cross the bridge from Illinois
This is an inclusive group, and all are welcome, as long as you are accepting of people's differences, and are homeschooling or intend to begin homeschooling soon. We want to create a network of support for homeschoolers in the area that is not based in or around any particular religion. We look forward to hearing from you and having you take part in our fun activities!
Area: St. Louis Metro area
The key objectives are WCCHE are to compile and publish resources and information pertinent to homeschooling in our area; to help members find the resources and support they need in homeschooling; and to provide access and to help coordinate group activities and functions. $20 annual dues.
Area: West St. Louis County area
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