Columbus and Central Ohio Home School Guide


Columbus 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! Home schooling is a flexible, affordable and rewarding educational alternative, especially for those who can't afford private schools.

My son had home schooled friends and after hearing their positive experiences, we decided to try home schooling. We were thrilled to learn about the abundant Columbus home school co-ops, classes and activities all over Central Ohio. I am sharing what I learned to make it easier for anyone else considering home schooling, in the Columbus area. Hope you find this information helpful in your home school journey.

Add Your Home School Co-op, Class or Activity

Below is a list of various home school co-ops, classes and activities, in the Central Ohio area. 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.

Slate Run Historical Living Farm

The Slate Run Historical Living Farm is a great place to learn history and experience first-hand what daily life was like on an 1880s Ohio farm. They offer home school field trips and activities throughout the year.  Website: metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/slate-run-historical-farm/

Classical Conversations

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

Homeschool Gym

The Home School Gym Clintonville location meets at the Whetstone Recreation Center, 3923 N. High Street, Columbus. 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: homeschoolgym.com

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. Capa.com/about-capa/education

Columbus Learning Cooperative

The Columbus Learning Cooperative is an alternative to school based on self-directed learning, community and empathy, serving families whose needs aren’t met by the traditional, factory-style school environment. Members register as homeschool students and attend the CLC on a part time or full time basis. We empower kids and teens ages 10-18 to take control of their own education with inquiry-focused personal projects and optional classes/workshops led by local volunteers. We’re cultivating lifelong learners by giving students the freedom to choose what, when and how they learn, with one on one mentorship, a resource-rich environment and no standardized tests. The CLC is located in Olde Towne East at 731 East Broad Street in the W. H. Jones Mansion and online at www.learning.coop.

Columbus UnSchoolers Co-op

The Columbus UnSchoolers Co-op 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. ColumbusUnschoolers.com

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: www.cosi.org/educators

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: www.cochc.com

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 AT: www.metroparks.net

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: www.columbus.gov/RecreationandParks

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: www.columbuszoo.org

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 meets throughout the year, on the second Friday of every month from 1-3pm, at the Fishinger & Kenny Roads church of Christ. Contact Kathy Schwartz schoolmom22@gmail.com for details. Website: www.Generationjoshua.org

Ohio Virtual Academy - OHVA

Ohio Virtual Academy is a public school option open to homeschooling families. Learning can happen anywhere with an internet connection at home or on the road. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, lessons use K12 curriculum, 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: ohva.k12.com

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: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWCAH/

Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures has a rock climbing program for homeschoolers. Rock climbing is enjoyable for kids of all ages and adults too! Climbing promotes self-esteem, cooperation, self-relance, endurance & strength. VerticalAdventuresOhio.com

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 @ www.vineyardcommunitycenter.org.

YMCA of Columbus

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

Delaware Arts Castle

The historic Arts Castle features a variety of creative workshops, summer camps, exhibitions, and special events for the whole family, including homeschool art classes providing students the opportunity to explore many cultural art experiences.  VISIT:  Artscastle.org

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: www.firstfruitshs.com

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: www.fbcdublin.org

Knights of Joshua Fencing Club

Knights of Joshua Fencing Club meets at Radiant Life Church on 7100 Post Road in Dublin. Ofering classes and summer camps for children ages 9 through high school.  Classes are taught by Jim Dunkerly, a certified fencing coach with the US Fencing Coaches Association and a professional member of the US 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 to be one of the largest in the area offering classes for youth, adults and families. Visit  Royalarts.org

Gahanna YMCA

The Gahanna YMCA offers art, gym and swim home school classes. WEBSITE: www.ymcacolumbus.org/gahanna

Springhills Baptist Church – Spring Hills Homeschool Group

We are a ministry of Spring Hills Baptist Church, for families who are educating 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: www.Springhillshomeschool.org

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, Code of Conduct and charge a membership fee, to cover the costs of our 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 more. WEBSITE: www.homeontherock.org

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: http://www.bsa136.org/troop/troop.htm

Classical Conversations

See bottom of this page, for more information or visit www.ClassicalConversations.com, 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. WEBSITE: Stjohnsgc.org/

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. Thereadingdocinc.com

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: www.ymcacolumbus.org/hairston

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 76-acre Groveport Park. WEBSITE: www.groveportrec.com

Classical Conversations

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

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: www.ExcellenceinLearning.org

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 learn about arts, sciences, history and technology. 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. The Works embraces alternate schooling methods and welcomes homeschool students to learn about art and science with us. WEBSITE: www.attheworks.org

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. Fees vary for co-op 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 Co-op meets at the Pataskala Church of the Nazarene, 8100 Hazelton Etna Rd, Pataskala, Ohio 43062. WEBSITE: Cornerstonecoop.weebly.com

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: Homeschoolgym.com/

Classical Conversations

See bottom of this page, for more information or visit www.ClassicalConversations.com, 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: www.ymcacolumbus.org/liberty

Learning Tree Home School Co-op

Learning Tree provides homeschooling families with Christian based enrichment and supplemental classes, in a group setting. 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. The co-op depends on many members to volunteer as teachers each semester. We also like to have fun outside the classroom by participating in a variety of field trips, throughout the year. WEBSITE: Learning Treet Home School Co-op

Classical Conversations

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

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: www.sunburyhomeeducators.org

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. www.thelex.co

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: www.homeschool-life.com/374/

Classical Conversations

The Westerville Classical Conversations meets on Tuesdays. See bottom of this page, for more information or visit www.ClassicalConversations.com, 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 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 and advanced students. Visit: Columbusmusicacademy.com

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 by Heritage Christian Church, HBA offers Christian homeschooling group 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 September - April. Website: Heritagecc.org/children

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. Class Schedules at:  www.Westerville.org

Grace Brethren Home Education Fellowship (GBHEF)

The Grace Brethren Home Education Fellowship exists 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. WEBSITE: gracehomeeducators.org

The HomeSchool Gym

The Home School Gym Worthington location meets on Wednesdays at the Lazelle Road Community Center, 8140 Sancus Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43235. 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. Register at:  Homeschoolgym.com

Linworth Road Academy

Linworth Road Academy is a Worthington 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 more! homeschool-life.com/oh/linworthroadacademy

Veritas Academy

Veritas Academy seeks to provide a classical and Christian education for home schooled students. The curriculum 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.

Veritas Academy 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. Established in 1995 as a private, Christian school committed to providing a classical and Biblically based education to kids in primary and secondary grade levels. Education is intended to be inherently different in philosophy and content than public schools. The 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 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: Veritasacademy.org

COACH Yahoo Group

COACH – Central Ohio Area Christian Homeschool is a Christian yahoo group 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. We desire to encourage one another in our faith walk as followers and believers in Jesus Christ and 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, to help support area Christian homeschoolers. WEBSITE - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/COACHfamilies/

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. cheohome.org

Columbus Metro Unschoolers’ Yahoo Group

News, announcements and discussion for the Columbus Metro Unschoolers Group. WEBSITE:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ColumbusMetroUnschoolers/

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:  Homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/homeschool-id/

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 families are welcome to join this support group and participate in activities. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/INCHESgroup/info

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. Thereadingdocinc.com

Columbus Childrens Theatre

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

The Dawes Arboretum- Home School Investigations

Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Dawes Arboretum offers hands-on science classes with both an indoor and outdoor component. See calendar and registration information visit dawesarb.org

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Built in 1895, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a 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:  fpconservatory.org

One of the most popular home school classes in Central Ohio, is Classical Conversations. Classical Conversations follows Classical Christian homeschooling methods. Groups meet in these and other Central Ohio communities: Clintonville (Wednesdays), Grove City, Hilliard, Powell (Tuesdays), Reynoldsburg (Thursdays), Westerville (Tuesdays).  VISIT:  ClassicalConversations.com, to find all the 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.

Foundations

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 providse 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 segment, 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. 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.

Essentials

This dynamic program provides Classical Christian community for home school families with students in grades 4-6th, incorporating highly-dialectic lessons 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 uses 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.

Challenge

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 providing the tools you need for record keeping.

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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