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Home Education in North Carolina

North Carolina defines a home school as a non-public school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.


When you decide to home school, notify the Department of Administration, Division of Non-Public Education of your intent to operate a school, including your school name and name of chief administrator. North Carolinians for Home Education has guidelines and more information to help you get started and comply with the state laws.


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 organization in North Carolina.  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 NCHE 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 organization in your state.

North Carolinians for Home Education

4336-A Bland Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone:  (919) 790-1100



NCHE has supported NC homeschoolers since 1984. We sponsor an annual conference, leadership training, a legislative watch, a statewide graduation ceremony, a bimonthly magazine and much more. Annual membership.


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Agape Leadership Development

Contact:  Carol Oakley, (910) 347-4890


Providing Christian group activities and support for homeschooling families. Activities include: roller skating, ice skating, bowling, swimming, bike rides, field trips, park play times, mom's night out, pajama parties, monthly planning meetings, annual promotion ceremony, annual standardized testing, prayer chain, etc. We are a "no pressure" group in which all our activities are optional. Free membership.

Area:  Onslow and surrounding counties


Dayspring Home Educators

Contact:  Victoria Cooley, 363-0567


Our purpose is to offer support, encouragement, and information to homeschooling families through monthly meetings and activities including field trips, science fair, spelling bee, arts, park days, International fair, holiday parties, graduation ceremonies, and more. $15 annual membership fee.

Area:  Greater Raleigh area


HEArts: Home Education Arts

Contact:  Sheree Harrell, (910) 632-9454

Egroup Moderator:

HEArts is a Wilmington-based online news group and real-time activity group for homeschoolers. Our group is for families using creative, integrated techniques to facilitate learning at home. We are a fully inclusive, nonsectarian group that embraces diversity. We also plan park play dates, fieldtrips, parties and spontaneous activities.

Area:  Wilmington


More to come!



ACE - Administering Children's Education


Egroup:  ACEhomeschoolers

Our ideals - to represent the homeschool community; to provide a positive socialization environment for homeschooled children; to support and encourage parents in the homeschooling process while providing an atmosphere for exchange of teaching techniques and curriculum information; to keep the group informed of any homeschool current events and information through yahoo group emails; and to provide public awareness of home education; diligence in moral and ethical instruction, educational excellence; and responsible citizenship.

Area:  Catawba County


Association of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH)

(formerly TORCH of Raleigh)

Raleigh Contact:  Colleen Henion -

Cary Contact:  Jennifer Freeh -

Thinking of homeschooling your Catholic family? Already homeschooling but looking for true Catholic support? We might have an answer to your prayers! Year-round activities include: First Friday devotions, Feast Day celebrations, Rosary, academic co-op classes, field trips and more. Annual membership fee $25.

Area:  Raleigh and Cary including Triangle area


Blue Ridge Christian Home Educators


We are a Christian homeschool group of about 60 families. We meet monthly to discuss homeschool issues and share curriculum and teaching ideas. Activities include 4-H, Co-ops, fieldtrips, Contenders and Keepers of the Faith, Teen Group, Holiday parties, music classes, choir, PE, and more. Annual membership fee.

Area:  Wilkes County and surrounding area


Cabarrus County Home School Association

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We are a nonprofit, nondenominational, Christian home school support group dedicated to providing tools and encouragement to home educators and their families.  Benefits of membership include educational and social opportunities, sharing of resources, updates on legal issues and requirements, group privileges and discounts as well as mentoring and group support. Annual membership fee.

Area:  Cabarrus County area


More to come!




Alamance County Home School Band

Contact: Steve Morris, (336) 266-2815


Making music helps show the public the truth about homeschoolers, conquers prejudices, and enriches the lives of all students. Our performances bring positive publicity to the group and show students a different perspective on education.

Area:  Alamance County


More to come!


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