Columbus and Central Ohio Home School Guide

Columbus Ohio has a vibrant home school community

Home schooling is growing in popularity and with the number of home school classes, co-ops and activities in Central Ohio, it’s easier than ever! Central Ohio offers a variety of private and charter school choice options.  While charter schools are often FREE (because they get funding from the state and through property taxes that would normally go to your local school district), private schools can be cost prohibitive, especially with the depressed economy. Home schooling is a flexible, affordable and rewarding educational alternative.

My son has friends who are home schooled, and after hearing their positive experiences, we decided to investigate to see if home schooling is right for us.  We were thrilled to learn about the abundant Columbus home school co-ops, classes and activities all over Central Ohio. I have discovered information from a variety of sources and am sharing what I learned below, to make it easier for anyone else considering home schooling in the Columbus area.

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Below is a list of various home school co-ops, classes and activities, in the Central Ohio area. I hope you find this information helpful, in your home school journey. If you know of any other Columbus area home school classes, co-ops or on-going activities, CONTACT PETRA with the details, and I’d be happy to share the information here.

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The Homeschool Gym

The Home School Gym Canal Winchester location will meet at, The Grace Bible Church, 424 Gender Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio on Tuesdays.  The HomeSchool Gym was founded by Chris Quickert,  in order to provide a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere, in which children of varying ages, can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness and fun.  For schedule info and to register for classes: VISIT:





Classical Conversations

The Cintonville Classical Conversations meets on Wednesdays. See bottom of this page, for more information or visit, to learn more about Classical Conversations classes in Clintonville.

The HomeSchool Gym

The Home School Gym Clintonville location will meet at, The Whetstone Recreation Center, 3923 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio on Thursdays. The HomeSchool Gym was founded by Chris Quickert, in order to provide a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere, in which children of varying ages, can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness and fun. For schedule info and to register for classes: VISIT:






CAPA- Columbus Association for the Performing Arts

EDUCATION THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT – Light the spark of learning in your students with CAPA’s educational performances, making history and science come alive on stage!  As part of its regular theatre season, CAPA offers select student matinee performances each year. These shows are an enjoyable way for students and teachers to experience a performance and learn about the works and artists who present them. Some performances include advance program materials and/or artist-hosted master classes. Select artists also make in-school appearances for master classes and/or demonstrations.

Columbus UnSchoolers Coop

The Columbus UnSchoolers Coop is a family-centered home school group, whose members seek to support each other and augment our children’s educational and social enrichment opportunities in a supportive, nurturing, hands-on classroom environment. All parents whose children take classes, serve in volunteer roles to make the program a success. Our co-op is composed of a diverse range of families, and we request that members respect the diversity of the group. The one thing we have in common is an interest in trying to do what is best for our children and our families. We are committed to maintaining unschooling principles while participating in co-op.

Community Music Centers

Community Music Centers, featuring The Columbus Children’s Show Choir, The Sing & Sign Chorus and The Columbus Community String Orchestra, is a community outreach program, offering affordable and sometimes FREE music, language, art, and typing programs at eight convenient locations in the central Ohio area.

COSI – Center of Science and Industry

COSI offers a variety of science education oriented home school workshops, during the day.  Workshops include pre- and post-visit lessons for use at home, to further your child’s science inquiry. Participants socialize with other young scientists while exploring science careers, too!  REGISTER ONLINE AT:

COCHC – Central Ohio Christian Home School Chorus

Here at COCHC we have a tremendous desire, for each child to a receive a great Christian choral music education.  We long for each child to learn to read music, develop their God-given musical voice, learn to sing in a group setting for a variety of audiences, and glorify their Heavenly Father while doing it!  Central Ohio Christian Home School Chorus was founded in the Fall of 2009 as a way to bless home school families, in our area with an excellent choral/general music education.  In each class, we work on many areas of music education including rhythm, pitch, excellent singing technique, reading music, and just an overall enjoyment of singing about God and for God.  At the beginning of every semester, each family receives a rehearsal CD and a COCHC folder, in which to keep track of everything we have learned, as well as each week’s take home page.  This gives each family the information they would need to show a local school district or assessment administrator about their child’s music education.  WEBSITE: Central Ohio Christian Home School Chorus

Columbus Art Mobile Classes

Composed of a staff of local artisans operating on a volunteer basis, the Artmobile gives kids the opportunity to learn the basics of studio arts- everything from charcoal and pastel drawing to ceramics to mixed media projects. In addition to hands-on art classes, local artists from the Columbus community would also visit to speak about their chosen profession, giving an insight to what life is like for a painter, a sculptor, a glass artist, etc.  For art class info visit:

Columbus Metro Parks

The Columbus Metro Park system offers a variety of nature oriented FREE home school programs, during the day, in parks throughout Central Ohio. REGISTER ONLINE AT:

Columbus Parks and Recreation

The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department offers home school gym and art classes during the day, in various recreation centers around Columbus and some are even FREE.  WEBSITE:

Columbus Zoo – Home School Adventure Series

The Columbus Zoo is excited to continue to offer a series of guided adventure programs for home school students.  Join us to discover the fascinating lives of animals at the Zoo and around the world.  Guided adventure programs may include live animals, bio-facts, hands-on activities, and/or a tour of the Zoo. WEBSITE:

Generation Joshua – Central Ohio Chapter

The Vision of Generation Joshua is to assist parents to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders and citizens, equipped to positively influence the political processes of today and tomorrow. To accomplish these goals, Generation Joshua provides training opportunities for teenagers ages 11-18, throughout the US.  Our goal is to use these opportunities to challenge teens to stand up for what is right, to grow in their own beliefs, and to learn about how they can make a difference in their communities and nation.   The Columbus Chapter of Generation Joshua will meet throughout the year, on the second Friday of every month from 1-3pm, at the Fishinger & Kenny Roads church of Christ. Contact Kathy Schwartz for details. Website:

Levite School of Music – GROUP LESSONS FOR YOUR COOP

Levite School of Music offers private voice, guitar, piano/keyboard, recorder, saxophone and song writing lessons as well as reasonably priced summer music camps and group music lessons for your home school coop, in Central Ohio.  The Levite School of Music can provide reasonably priced group music  lessons, for your Columbus area home school coop, at your location and will bring the musical instruments for kids to play.

Levite School of Music is committed to bringing the finest music education to your children and assisting in drawing out the many creative talents that will build confidence and prepare your child for a successful future.   Karen Leigh, the Director of Levite School of Music, LLC and Levite Summer Music Camps, has taught vocal and instrumental music in private schools, for more than 17 years.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education K thru 12 degree, from the Ohio State University.  As music teachers and professional musicians, we have seen first hand the benefits that music education provides for children both socially and academically. An educational curriculum that includes music has been found to enhance a child’s ability to learn other subjects. Recent studies show that any music instruction even for as little as a year improves a child’s memory skills permanently. Contact Karen at (614) 216.3151 or visit:

Ohio Virtual Academy – OHVA

While Ohio Virtual Academy is a public school option, it still can fit in the profile of a homeschooling family.  OHVA uses curriculum and services provided by K¹².  Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.  OHVA affords students the individualization and flexibility to school on their own time, in the safety and comfort of their own home.  WEBSITE:  Ohio Virtual Academy

Our Lady’s Mantle Catholic Home Schooling in Central Ohio

We are a Catholic homeschooling group with activities centered in the West Columbus area. Our goals for this group are to develop relationships between families, support the Church, and to build our community. We welcome Catholic families of all ages to join us. WEBSITE:

Opus Domini Catholic Home School Group

Opus Domini, Works of the Lord, is a Catholic Home School Group serving Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas. Our members belong to Catholic Parishes all over the surrounding Columbus area. We are a group of families who have chosen to educate some or all of our children at home. We are diverse in our schooling approaches but united in our desire to raise our children to be followers of Christ. The purpose of the Opus Domini Yahoo group is to facilitate communication and friendship among Catholic homeschooling families, to grow in the faith, and assist in finding resources for these things. Members are welcome to post messages for discussion, and invite other members to play dates, fairs, religious events, etc. Community events or home school days may be posted here, as long as the event is Catholic or home school related and not contrary to a love for the Catholic Church. Members are also encouraged to be involved with planning a field trip, activity or special event annually. Members pay annual dues of twenty dollars which pays for party supplies, class supplies, Service Projects, Lending Library and gifts in kind. We offer New Members Mentors, Adult Support and Events, Group Offers, Community Service, Spiritual Guidance, Student Education, Clubs, Groups and Classes. Opus Domini members strive to be in full communion with the Catholic Church, fully supporting our Holy Father, our bishop, as well as our pastors and priests, with fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. WEBSITE:

South-West Columbus Area Homeschoolers group (SWCAH)

SWCAH is an inclusive homeschool group that typically meets quarterly – on the third Thursday. See the group calendar for dates and times. Everyday online discussions may include questions, support of other homeschoolers, field trip and play date ideas, monthly meeting information, educational resources or anything else relevant to homeschooling.  This group is open to anyone regardless of race, religion, home school styles, parenting styles, etc. Public online charter school families are welcome to join our group and participate in our activities. If your child attends public or private school, you are welcome to join to learn more about homeschooling. WEBSITE:

Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures has a rock climbing program for homeschoolers on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10am – 11:30am. Rock climbing is enjoyable for kids of all ages and adults too! Climbing promotes self-esteem, cooperation, self-relance, endurance & strength.

Vineyard Columbus Home School Network

This is a network group open to all homeschoolers, in the Columbus area. We offer support and information through our online network. We also offer social time for homeschoolers, on Fridays at the Vineyard Church of Columbus Community Center. Details @ Join the Yahoo Group:

YMCA of Columbus

YMCA has locations throughout Central Ohio, that offer some home school art, swim and gym classes during the day.  Visit:






First Fruits – Christian Delaware Ohio Home School Support Group

First Fruits is a group of home school families in the Delaware County area of Ohio.  Members seek to support each other in our work of training our children for the Kingdom, by participating in support group meetings, mom’s night out, Bible study, gym days, home school bowling, field trips, annual hayride, annual Christmas party, end of year book sale, and more!  VISIT:





Dublin Baptist Church – Mighty Arrows Home Educators (MAHE)

Mighty Arrows Home Educators Co-op strives to minister to home school families, within the Dublin Baptist Church (DBC) community, as well as reach out to families who home school in the surrounding areas.  MAHE is a Christian-focused cooperative, where members support one another, in the adventure and responsibility of homeschooling our children.  WEBSITE:

Fellowship Baptist Church – The Shema Academy for Excellence in Homeschooling

We are group that is founded on a commitment to embrace a Biblical worldview and to infuse that into our homeschooling. We meet in Dublin on Wednesdays from September through May, and offer classes using Apologia Science, Progeny Press Literature Study Guides, and also offer a high school Apologetics class. High school teachers are paid a modest tuition fee; middle school classes are taught in a co-op format. Enrollment period is May 15 to June 30. WEBSITE:

Knights of Joshua Fencing Club

Knights of Joshua Fencing Club meets at Radiant Life Church on 7100 Post Road in Dublin, Mondays 3:45 to 5:00. We are open to all children ages 9 through high school. Also offering summer camps. Classes are taught by Jim Dunkerly. Jim is a certified fencing coach with the United States Fencing Coaches Association and a professional member of the United States Fencing Association. He has been fencing for over 30 years and competed at the college level where his love for fencing was solidified. Contact: Jim Dunkerley at 614-496-8746.





Royal Arts Fencing Academy

Royal Arts was formed in 2001, to teach fencing not only as sport, but as a lifelong love, providing lessons for life. Focusing on youth fencing in America, Ms. Richey built the program up to be one of the largest in the area and offers classes for youth, adults and families.  Visit: for schedules and more information.

Gahanna YMCA

The Gahanna YMCA offers art, gym and swim home school classes.  WEBSITE:





Springhills Baptist Church – Spring Hills Homeschool Group

We are a ministry of Spring Hills Baptist Church, for families who are educating some or all of their children at home (Pre-K through High School). Our families represent many communities, educational styles, and church affiliations. We welcome all families who desire to support each other as we undertake the joyous and challenging task of educating our children at home!  We empower home schooling families by helping them connect with Jesus Christ, resources and each other.  WEBSITE:


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Home on the Rock Christian Home Educators (HOTR)

We are an all-volunteer Christian home-education support group, for families in the greater Columbus area. We require a signed Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct and charge a membership fee, to cover the costs of our various programs. We provide support meetings for parents, enrichment programs for all ages, newsletters, field trips, student organizations (such as Cub & Boy Scouts, Keepers at Home, Teen Activities, Sports), annual testing, and many more programs and activities.  WEBSITE:

Boy Scouts of America – Venture Crew 136

For the adventurous teen, Venture Crew 136 meets at the First Presbyterian Church of Grove City and do big activities monthly. Typically they go canoeing, mountain biking, zip lining, white water rafting, etc. WEBSITE:

Classical Conversations

See bottom of this page, for more information or visit, to learn more about Classical Conversations classes in Grove City.

St. Johns Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grove City offers a science co-op class on Tuesdays for $3.50/class. WEBSITE:

The Reading Doctor

Since 1992, Dr. Karen Holinga has helped over 5,000 Central Ohio homeschool families and students, with reading difficulties, achieve their educational goals.  While Dr. Halinga is based in Grove City, Ohio, she serves homeschool families throughout Central Ohio and her services include:

  • Homeschool Narrative Assessments
  • Homeschool Curriculum Consultation
  • Reading Assessments
  • Tutoring for reading, spelling and writing
  • Seminars and Workshops

Visit the website for details on all these services and more. You can also download the Ohio homeschool notification forms that school districts require, when notifying them of your intent to homeschool.

Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA of Southwest Columbus

The Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA of Southwest Columbus is located just outside Grove City anoffers art, swim and gym home school classes.  WEBSITE:






Groveport Recreation and Aquatic Center

The Groveport Recreation and Aquatic Center offers home school gym and swim classes.  The 67,000 square foot state-of-the-art Groveport Recreation Center proudly serves the City of Groveport residents and all of southeast-central Ohio. The facility is located in the beautiful 82-acre Groveport Park. WEBSITE:






Classical Conversations

See bottom of this page, for more information or visit, to learn more about Classical Conversations classes in Hilliard.

Vitoria Dance Studio

Vitoria Dance Studio is a place where students and professionals alike can come to grow and worship in dance, art, music and drama. The program will hold a standard of excellence and strive to achieve an encouraging environment for everyone involved. God will always be the focus of all programs.  VISIT for homeschool class times or call 551-5423.






Excellence In Learning Community Cooperative – ELCC

Excellence in Learning Community Cooperative is a community of families who desire to glorify God while we use our strengths and talents to uplift, encourage, and support homeschooling families.  Our purpose is to enhance and supplement the home schooling of each family.  We hope to accomplish this by offering classes which pursue excellence and by having teachers who truly enjoy the subject they are presenting.  Our desire is to encourage the child’s natural enthusiasm to learn and to do that by encompassing all of their many learning abilities and styles through hands-on, interactive classes.  We hope to offer classes that will enable all children to participate in any class within their age/grade range.  ELCC co-op meets on Mondays from September to May, in Newark at Licking Valley Church of Christ. WEBSITE:

The Works

Central Ohio’s hands-on learning, creating & doing place. The Works is an interactive learning center where people of all ages can have fun and be inspired by the history, technology and artistic accomplishments of the communities we serve. The Works is an official Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Our Smithsonian Affiliation gives us access to special traveling exhibits and other resources from the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. With an ASTC membership, members of The Works receive free general admission to more than 280 Science & Technology museums around the world.  WEBSITE:

The Works Arts and Sciences Academy (WASA) is designed specifically for the alternative schooling community and has developed great programs for children participating in homeschooling! Students are grouped in grades 1-4 and 5-8, with a maximum of 20 in each group. WASA groups meet the third Friday of every month from October through April (with the exception of December) and study a class curriculum consisting of science and art education. WEBSITE:






Cornerstone Home School Group in Pataskala

The Cornerstone Pataskala Home school Co-op features weekly classes for 24 weeks, 12 in the fall and 12 in Winter/Spring. $25 to join the co-op as well as fees for classes. Families must have a 7-12 grader to join the co- op. High School classes are given priority. A parent must be onsite every hour their child(ren) attends and serve 2 hours as a “parent helper”. The Pataskala Home School Coop meets at the Pataskala Church of the Nazarene, 8100 Hazelton Etna Rd, Pataskala, Ohio 43062.  WEBSITE:






The HomeSchool Gym

The Home School Gym Pickerington location will meet at, The Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Rd., Pickerington, Ohio on Mondays.  The HomeSchool Gym was founded by Chris Quickert,  in order to provide a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere, in which children of varying ages, can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness and fun.  For schedule info and to register for classes: VISIT:






Classical Conversations

See bottom of this page, for more information or visit, to learn more about Classical Conversations classes in Powell.

Liberty Township/Powell YMCA

The Liberty Township/Powell YMCA offers home school art, gym and swim classes during the day.  WEBSITE:






Learning Tree Home School Coop

Learning Tree provides homeschooling families with Christian based enrichment and supplemental classes, in a group setting. All home schooling families are welcome. The Learning Tree Home school Co-op offers a variety of classes for children in preschool through high school. The classes are divided by age groups. As a general guideline, the maximum class size is set at 12 students for the younger grades and 15-20 for the older grades. There is also a nursery available for those members who are teaching classes as well as for those who are volunteering.

Classes are offered during two separate 10-week semesters. In the fall semester, classes begin in September. In the winter/spring semester, classes begin in late February. You can choose to attend one or both semesters. The co-op meets on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Reynoldsburg Church of the Nazarene, 1340 Crest Road, in Reynoldsburg. The Learning Tree Co-op is run by families that participate. Each family plays an important role in its operation. The co-op depends on many members to volunteer as teachers each semester. To provide a varied range of classes for each grade level/age group, the co-op needs approximately 15-20 teachers to teach one or more classes.

We also like to have fun outside the classroom by participating in a variety of  field trips, throughout the year. WEBSITE:

Classical Conversations

See bottom of this page, for more information or visit, to learn more about Classical Conversations classes in Reynoldsburg.






Bloomfield Music Studio

Music Lessons– Homeschoolers Welcome! Piano, guitar, voice, and songwriting. Sunbury/Centerburg/Sparta area.
*All ages, all levels, all abilities
*Learn to read, play, and write music
*Experienced teacher with Master’s in Education
*Daytime and evening lessons available
Phone: (740)973-2192

Sunbury Home Educators (SHE)

The Sunbury Home Educators (SHE) is a Christ-centered home school group which welcomes all home-schooling families for encouragement and support. We hold monthly mom’s meetings, organize field trips, offer standardized testing to members, and hold weekly co-op classes on Thursdays, for preschool through high school-aged children. WEBSITE:

The Lex Center of Performing Arts

The Lex Center Of Performing Arts is a facility located in the heart of Sunbury, Ohio. Launched in July 2011, The Lex Center offers dance, music, theater and more. This is not a dance studio. This is not a music shop. This is a performing arts center; a place where a young person can show off his or her talents and abilities. Whether its music, dancing, poetry slam or drama, we have something for everyone.


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Upper Arlington Christian Home schoolers

The purpose of Upper Arlington Christian Home schoolers Co-op is, to support and encourage parents in their homeschooling effort, as they endeavor to disciple their children, to the glory of God. The group offers classes which would be difficult or impossible in a single home setting, through emphasizing group activities to complement our schooling endeavors at home. UACH is a volunteer-run ministry. Through the involvement and effort of all of its member families, UACH can provide encouragement, resource exchanges and curriculum ideas for families, assist new home schoolers, form field trips, arrange academic events/competitions, and provide academic and social interaction with other parents and children with similar concerns and educational goals. We also offer Standardized Testing using the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills every spring. Membership registration runs through August 31st, for the coming school year. Others interested in joining after that date are enrolled based upon space availability or placed on a waiting list for membership in the coming year. Membership often re-opens in November for second semester enrollment.  WEBSITE:  Upper Arlington Christian Homeschoolers






Classical Conversations

The Westerville Classical Conversations meets on Tuesdays. See bottom of this page, for more information or visit, to learn more about Classical Conversations classes in Westerville.

Columbus Music Academy

The Columbus Music Academy offers a weekly band & strings program for homeschooled children on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30pm at our studios in Westerville. Our mission is to provide instrumental music instruction to your children as part of a well rounded education. We are able to offer class instruction for beginners as well the more advanced student. The program goes year round, but is divided into 8 week sessions. Visit:

Genoa Christian Academy Fencing Club

Genoa Christian Academy Fencing Club meets after school at Genoa Christian Academy, 7562 Lewis Center Rd Westerville, OH 43082, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 3:30 to 5:30. Also offering summer camps. We are open to children 5th grade through high school. Classes are taught by Jim Dunkerly. Jim is a certified fencing coach with the United States Fencing Coaches Association and a professional member of the United States Fencing Association. He has been fencing for over 30 years and competed at the college level where his love for fencing was solidified. Contact: Jim Dunkerley at 614-496-8746.

Heritage Christian Church – Home Builders Academy

Established in 1999, HBA offers Christian homeschooling group classes under the authority of and with the support of Heritage Christian Church.  HBA offers classes, field trips, and other educational opportunities in a positive and encouraging environment for children from kindergarten through 7th grade.  Students will be divided into groups by age and will rotate through each class.  Classes meet on Tuesdays from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m, September thru April. CONTACT: HBA Coordinator Rebecca Thompson at 614.428.9005.

Westerville Community Center Parks and Recreation Programs

The Westerville Community Center offers a variety of home school classes, during the day, including: swimming, arts and crafts, gym, ceramics and more.  Visit for class schedules.

Westerville Home School Cub Scout Troop

Meet Homeschool Pack 779. We are a pack dedicated to teaching the ideals of Scouting to our sons, while having fun. If you’ve got a boy (or boys) between the ages 6-11 (or 1st through 5th grade), why not give cub scouting a try?  We meet at Northside Fellowship Church, 6841 Freeman Rd, north Westerville, the first and third Monday of each month. Our pack is made up of mostly home schoolers, but all are welcome. We like  to have mothers and fathers volunteer and participate as much as possible.  In Cub Scouts all parents and siblings are usually welcome to participate in all activities. The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are: character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure.

We will spend much of our time working on rank advancement, playing, fun games, doing volunteer work, spending time outdoors hiking and camping, and going on interesting field trips. Here’s a list of some of the things we did in the past couple of years:  volunteer at Ronald McDonald house at Children’s Hospital Columbus, Pinewood Derby, build and launch bottle rockets, visit the Ohio State Highway Patrol, visit to and tour of a local radio stations, pack bonfire with skits and song, father/son camp out, a tool workshop where scouts built napkin holders and tool boxes, Cub Scout day camp where scouts participate in activities like archery and BB gun shooting, tour of the State House and a private meeting with Representative Kris Jordan. CONTACT: for details.






Grace Brethren Home Education Fellowship (GBHEF)

The purpose of the Grace Brethren Home Education Fellowship is to support and encourage home-educating families as we faithfully endeavor to train up our children in the Lord. We are a Christ-centered group with the desire that parents will be enabled to take on the important task of discipling and educating their children.

GBHEF sends out a monthly newsletter that contains a calendar of events, encouraging articles, and details about field trips and other opportunities. Throughout the year there are many opportunities for shared learning experiences. These are set up by different members of the group and include: a Fall Festival, Friday Gym Time, Monthly Mom’s Night Out, Mentoring program, Invention Convention, Winter Game Night, and numerous field trips.  Other activities include standardized testing, used curriculum sale and celebration banquet, at the end of the year.   WEBSITE:

The HomeSchool Gym

The Home School Gym Worthington location will meet at, The Worthington Adventist Academy, 900 Proprietors Road, Worthington, Ohio on Wednesdays. The HomeSchool Gym was founded by Chris Quickert,  in order to provide a safe and positive physical education experience for home schooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere, in which children of varying ages, can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness and fun.  For schedule info and to register for classes: VISIT:

Linworth Road Academy
LRA is a Columbus Ohio Christian cooperative homeschool support group. As a ministry of Linworth Road Church, LRA is rich with inspired and enthusiastic teachers leading ideal-sized group classes for students K-Middle School. Growth opportunities abound through field trips, group activities, special events, and so much more!

Veritas Academy

Veritas Academy seeks to provide a classical and Christian education for home schooled students. The curriculum as a whole is rigorous and stresses literary excellence along with sound reasoning in the Biblical and Western tradition. We provide students an intellectual challenge that will prepare them to both proclaim and defend the faith.  We exist to help students of homeschooling families acquire knowledge and a love for learning, while also developing critical reasoning and communication skills.

A Partnership with Home Education. Veritas Academy, as a study center, fosters a vital partnership between the academy and the home– where parents and teachers work together to create a climate in which students can grow in knowledge, character, and faith. Veritas Academy was established in 1995 as a private, Christian school committed to providing a classical and Biblically based education to young people in primary and secondary grade levels.  Education at Veritas Academy is intended to be inherently different in philosophy and content than that offered in the public schools. Veritas Academy strives to operate as a servant to the family under the assumption that the education of young people is the responsibility of parents and the immediate family rather than the responsibility of the State. Accordingly, we operate primarily as a supplemental educational experience to home schooled students. Veritas Academy provides a Biblically based curriculum and teaches subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center.   WEBSITE:





 COACH Yahoo Group

COACH – Central Ohio Area Christian Homeschool is an inclusive Christian yahoo group list designed to share information relevant to Columbus area Christian homeschooling families. If you believe the Bible is breathed through God, Jesus is the Son of God, and that the only way to heaven is through Him, you are welcome. Our purpose is to unite area Christian homeschoolers and groups, while respecting and preserving each one’s unique community. This is not a list on which to debate technical faith issues or show superiority in your Biblical knowledge. We desire to encourage one another in our faith walk as followers and believers in Jesus Christ and we welcome prayer requests. COACH is an appropriate place to post classes, field trips, socials, play dates, etc. or to seek local Christian homeschooling friends. If you have classes, services, or products that you think may be of interest to COACH members, you may occasionally post this information and then communicate with those interested privately. This is not intended to become a daily buy, sell or trade list. Please respect the main purpose of the group, which is to help support area Christian homeschoolers. WEBSITE –

Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO)

CHEO acknowledges that the Lord Jesus Christ must be central and supreme in the rearing of our children, and that Biblical education is an inseparable part of the Christian faith. CHEO seeks to preserve the God-given, constitutional right to home educate, and to support and encourage families in fulfilling this Biblical responsibility.

Columbus Metro Unschoolers’ Yahoo Group

News, announcements and discussion for the Columbus Metro Unschoolers’ Group. WEBSITE:

Home School Buyers Coop

Offers group buy discounts on home school curriculum.  Print a FREE home school ID to use for teacher discounts at retail stores.  Visit:

Homeschool Activities In Central Ohio

Open to anyone who is interested in homeschooling in Central Ohio. Our homeschooling support group meets the second Thursday of the month at the Church of the Redeemer United Methodist Church located at 235 McNaughten Road in East Columbus (very close  to Reynoldsburg).  We are meeting every month on the second Thursday, from 7:00-9:00 pm. In May we have our annual Homeschool Showcase event at the same location.  Great place for anyone in the homeschool range — from ‘thinking about it’ to ‘seasoned veteran’! Please join our e-mail loop as this will keep you connected with events and announcements in Central Ohio and East Columbus.

Homeschoolers For Life

Homeschoolers for Life, is a networking list for pro-life home educators in the Central Ohio area. It was created to gather homeschooling families to help end abortion right in our own neighborhoods. You say you always wanted to do more – this is the place to help you do just that. As home educators we are able to teach our children the value of life. We have the opportunity to provide our children with meaningful experiences that not only teach about the life issues, but allow them to participate tangibly in building the Culture of Life. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the evil of abortion, our children will learn how to be the “Light in the Darkness”. This is not a list to debate the topic of abortion but a place to find out how you can help end abortion. To discuss current legal, educational, philosophical and practical issues relevant to abortion. Post your ideas and opinions, your sources and resources, news of interest, events and activities, internet links, as well as your support and suggestions for others in this member forum. This list does have a Christian foundation. Conservative religious viewpoints are respected as the dominant viewpoint. Anti-Christian sentiments have no place here and will not be allowed. Keep in mind members come from all faiths and no one faith is the dominate faith. We are all home educators and all pro-life.

Free tuition for an online AP course, for eligible students.  Ohio public or private high school students may apply for a one-time waiver of the fee for an online Advance Placement course through ilearnOhio. This is an excellent option for schools that are not currently offering AP courses to provide this opportunity to students. To be eligible, students must attend an Ohio high school or be homeschooled, with an Ohio school of residence. The home district or school submits the waiver application and agrees that the student will receive credit for successful completion of the course.

INCHES Yahoo Group

INCHES stands for Inclusive North Columbus Home Education Support. Inclusive means that it is open to anyone regardless of race, religion, home school styles, parenting styles, etc. Public online charter school and “08” school families are welcome to join this support group and participate in activities. Inclusive North Columbus Home Education (INCHES)

Licking County Catholic Homeschoolers

LCCH is a Catholic Homeschool group serving families in Licking County, Ohio. This group is open to anyone who homeschools or is considering homeschooling, and would like to be involved in events occurring in Licking County.

The Reading Doctor

Since 1992, Dr. Karen Holinga has helped over 5,000 Central Ohio homeschool families and students, with reading difficulties, achieve their educational goals.  While Dr. Halinga is based in Grove City, Ohio, she serves homeschool families throughout Central Ohio and her services include:

  • Homeschool Narrative Assessments
  • Homeschool Curriculum Consultation
  • Reading Assessments
  • Tutoring for reading, spelling and writing
  • Seminars and Workshops

Visit the website for details on all these services and more. You can also download the Ohio homeschool notification forms that school districts require, when notifying them of your intent to homeschool.

Used Home School Curriculum For Sale

Looking to to save money on used home school curriculum and more?  Visit:


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Columbus Childrens Theatre

The Columbus Children’s Theatre offers a variety of acting, comedy and theatre production classes and performances for children. REGISTER ONLINE:

The Dawes Arboretum- Home School Investigations

Join other home school students (ages 6-10) in exploration of our natural world. Classes are open and meet the first and third Tuesday of each month Sept.-May. Each 90 minute session includes hands-on science study with both an indoor and outdoor component. For more information contact Nancy Gregory, environmental educator, at To view the calendar and registration information visit

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Built in 1895, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical landmark two miles east of downtown Columbus. It is a premier horticultural and educational institution showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and a signature collection of work by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Set within the 88 acres of Franklin Park, the Conservatory houses 400 species of plants from a variety of global climate zones and features a Victorian Palm House with more than 40 species of palms. It is surrounded by botanical gardens and floral displays.

In addition to a wide range of educational classes and workshops for school groups, families, and individuals, Franklin Park Conservatory also has annual exhibitions including: The Orchid Forest, Blooms and Butterflies, and Holidays at the Conservatory. The Conservatory has developed a program of world-class exhibitions by national and international artists. WEBSITE:

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One of the most popular home school coops in Central Ohio, is Classical Conversations.  Classical Conversations follows Classical Christian homeschooling methods. Classical Conversations has groups meeting in these and other Central Ohio communities:  Clintonville (Wednesdays), Grove City, Hilliard, Powell (Tuesdays), Reynoldsburg (Thursdays), Westerville (Tuesdays). VISIT: click Ohio on the US Map. Then click Community Listing Links to find the contact info for Columbus area campuses.

Classical Conversations is a family-oriented service for parents who desire to train all of their children in classical Christian education. Classical Conversations’ purpose is to know God and to make Him known, our mission is to teach the tools of learning, and our goal is to create classical Christian community. The classical model requires children to practice skills that can be hard to practice just within your family. Classical Conversations provides children with the opportunity and motivation to practice in a warm, Christian environment. Classical Conversations is not a private school, but a service that is operated by tutors who have successfully home schooled their own children and want to complement your home school. Several different programs are available through Classical Conversations.

We empower and support parents not only through our Classical Conversations Communities across the country but also through our specially designed CC Connected online community, parent practicums, and academic retreats. All of these services ultimately equip parents to educate their children with the classical tools of learning and a Biblical worldview so that they might impact the world for God’s glory.

Classical Conversations’ programs model the three stages of classical learning—grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. Using age appropriate methods, children are taught the tools for studying any subject. The Classical model emphasizes mastery of facts during the early years. This gives students a foundation on which to build later learning and a solid framework where ideas can be categorized and compared as students mature.


The morning Foundations Program is for parents and all their children 12 and under. This simple, yet thorough program meets once a week, for 24 weeks during the school year. Trained tutors, who are home school parents in the program, lead each group of students as they participate in art projects, music study, science experiments, oral presentations, and a memorization program in history, geography, Latin, English grammar, math, and science.

Foundations: Foundations Programs provide a Classical Christian community for home school families with students in grades K4-6th. These power-packed programs typically meet once a week for 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the winter/spring months.

Based on the classical education model, families meet weekly to introduce new memory work (or grammar of a subject) and review old memory work using Classical Conversations’ Foundations Guide, as the heart of the curriculum. A trained tutor creatively introduces memory work and leads the classroom time. Memory work is divided into 6 subjects: timeline/history, geography, math, science, Latin, and English grammar. In addition to memory work, students also participate in a fine arts project/lesson, a science project, and an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills each week.

Each year students have an opportunity to participate in an optional Memory Master track, where a student strives to memorize all the information for that year and recite it at the end of the year. Through the Memory Master (MM) track, students are “pounding in” the grammar pegs of history, Latin, English grammar, geography, math, science, and history timeline they learned throughout the year.

Each week students have an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills, ranging from simple show-and-tell for the younger students to more structured and prepared presentations for the older students. The goal of our presentation time is for students to become comfortable standing, talking, and presenting, in front of their peers.

Each week we also have a fine arts time, covering one of the following: basics of drawing, music theory, special art projects, and finally exposure to orchestra and classical composers. Students enjoy this mixture of hands-on activities and listening skills.

Finally, each week students work with the tutor to have a hands-on science activity time. The goals are for students to become familiar with the scientific method and to begin to discover God through His creation and order in subjects like chemistry, physics, astronomy, physical science, and more. Students and parents rave about the time they spend together each week.


Love learning the essentials of … language, writing, and arithmetic.

This dynamic program provides Classical Christian community for home school families with students in grades 4th-6th. This program, which emphasizes language and writing “grammar” while also incorporating highly-dialectic lessons, is designed to reinforce language arts and structure, writing, and arithmetic mastery.

The Essentials Program meets once-a-week for twelve weeks in the fall and twelve weeks in the winter/spring. Students meet in the afternoons after the Foundations program. A trained tutor helps strengthen the “essential” subjects of language arts and structure, writing, and arithmetic.

The language arts and structure portion employs Classical Conversations own The Essentials of the English Language (EEL) Guide which includes lessons that provide a mixture of grammar and dialectic learning tools used to establish language structure understanding. The unique EEL approach takes students beyond “the worksheet” and the ubiquitous fill-in-the-blank method. Upon a firm foundation of memorized vocabulary, rules, and lists, students build strong language skills through the use of a series of analytical tasks. Students are taught how to thoughtfully analyze sentences and language structure, resulting in stronger language skills, which also strengthens students written and oral works.

The writing portion is based on the method of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) by Andrew Pudewa, utilizing IEW’s signature method of structure and style. This method teaches students how to organize their writing through different writing structures, while also providing stylist techniques that make a student’s writing more engaging. Students often practice writing skills on the same subjects that are being studied in their current Foundations cycle.

The math portion focuses on reinforcing the “essential” elements of arithmetic through challenging math games and problems. This program is designed to complement your home math program by drilling speed and accuracy with basic operations of arithmetic.


Our Challenge programs provide classical, Christian community for homeschool families with students in 7th-12th grades. The Challenge programs typically meet once a week for fifteen weeks in the fall and fifteen weeks in the winter/spring months.

Based on the classical model of education, students at this age move into the dialectic and rhetoric phases of learning. Students utilize our academically challenging curriculum, which is appropriately named the Challenge Curriculum. This curriculum involves Saxon math, Apologia sciences, classic literature, writing, debate, and much more. Students develop and strengthen the life-long learning skills of grammar, exposition, debate, logic, rhetoric, and research. This curriculum is supplemented by weekly classroom time with a trained Challenge Director/Tutor.

Many parents feel inadequate to homeschool their students through the high school years. Our Challenge programs can help by modeling how to school with confidence during these very important years. Being involved in our Challenge program also helps direct you through your transcript and college preparation needs by keeping you well-informed and providing the tools you need for your record keeping.

Classical Conversations Video

Learn more about Classical Conversations by watching this video:

Learn more about “Classical” learning

Based on the philosophy of education used in ancient Greece and in Europe during the Middle Ages, this is a rigorous style of education that views education in three phases. These stages correspond to the development of a child’s ability to reason. Also known as the Trivium. The first stage is when the student learns how to learn and has the ability to memorize many facts. The second stage is when connections are made of the facts already learned. The third phase is when the student is able to use the connections of facts and formulate and articulate his own opinions. Grammar, logic and rhetoric are all important components of the Classical method, as is Latin, usually. The Socratic method and the Great Books of Western tradition are also key parts of this method.  To learn more visit:  The Association of Classical and Christian Schools

Comments ( 2 )

  • Nancy Streets

    I am interested in learning more about the coops available in Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Pataskala as well as Classical Conversations. I have a 6 yr. old that we home school via OHVA she also has Down syndrome. I feel she could really benefit from a coop so I would live to learn about how to participate. I can be reached at the email above.
    Thank you,
    Nancy Streets

    24 January, 2013 at 7:47 PM
    • petra

      Nancy, thanks so much for your comments. I will share some information that you may find helpful, but for specific questions on these programs, you’ll want to contact them directly. I am mainly providing this page as a resource to help other home school families. First I want to say that I have heard so many great things about the Home School Gym, so I would imagine that would be a wonderful opportunity for your daughter.

      I have friends who participate in the Learning Tree Coop in Reynoldsburg and they love it, however, it is so popular that their classes tend to fill up quickly.

      I personally tried the Classical Conversations program and it’s quite rigorous. However, the morning program is quite enjoyable and doesn’t require any kind of grading so you can do it just to have fun, although it does tend to cost more than other Central Ohio homeschool coops. It’s really up to you how much time and effort you put into it. Classical Conversations usually has open houses and they will allow you to come and sit in on a class to see how it operates, so I think you would find that helpful. Just contact the location that interests you and I’m sure they’d be happy to accommodate you. I hope that helps!

      24 January, 2013 at 8:16 PM

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