GWCHE Hosts a Resource Fair in August where we welcome many area businesses and organizations that offer services to enrich and support our homeschools.
2023 Resource Fair Booth Participants
Homeschool Resource Fair 2023 hosted by Greater Waco Christian Home Educators
GWCHE is a volunteer, Christian homeschool support group in Waco, Texas. We are dedicated to helping families who have chosen to educate their children at home by providing various opportunities for local homeschooling families. Please take a look at our site to learn more about our organization. We hope that your homeschooling family will be able to join us! If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2024 GWCHE Graduation Informational Meeting will be Aug 21, 7 pm at Crestview Church of Christ.
Come learn what is involved in GWCHE graduation. We will discuss dates/location, coordinating in teams, and all the graduation details. Reminders: You must be a full member to graduate with GWCHE. Deadline to sign up your senior with GWCHE will be 11/1/23. Please make sure your student's grade is updated in the GWCHE profile, and check the Graduating Senior box to stay informed. Remind other friends with graduating seniors of the meeting and relevant deadlines.
GWCHE Science Fair
Learn more about participating in the GWCHE Science Fair. All ages are welcome. In addition, 6th through 12th grade students may be eligible to advance to the regional science fair through participation in the GWCHE fair.
American Heritage Girls Troops 3567
American Heritage Girls is a Christian discipleship scout organization for girls ages 5-18. This troop meets just off Hwy 6 at 380 Compton Road Between McGregor, China Spring, Valley Mills, and Woodway. Meetings are 1st and 3rd Sundays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The AHG program helps your daughter grow in her faith, develop a heart for service, learn valuable skills, and participate in outdoor activities. Citizenship and leadership are central to the program. Contact Donna at 254-722-1330 or email@example.com
American Heritage Girls Troop 4123
AHG is a Christ-Centered community where girls learn valuable skills, grow in faith, explore new opportunities, and serve others. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Arts Cool Waco
Arts Cool Waco - Art classes for grades K-9
Small group classes and Individual classes
Full art curriculum which includes art history and literature.
Lesson alignment with the National Core Art Standards (NCAS)
Each artist will discover a wide variety of art techniques, vocabulary and mediums.
Students will build art skills while exploring their individual artistic abilities, express themselves authentically and find joy and fulfillment in the creative process.
For more information contact - Text - 254-292-2179 or Email - ArtsCoolWaco@gmail.com
Baylor Collections of Political Materials
The Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) is a center for research and study of the modern American political system. Established in 1979, our collections explore the dynamic relationships between people and government. We seek to collect and preserve materials related to local, state and national governments and to facilitate research of those materials. BCPM provides programming for students, scholars and the general public engaged in the study of representative democracy.
Baylor Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
Baylor University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
This facility provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients of all ages with difficulties such as disorders or delays in language or literacy (both verbal and written), speech sounds, voice, swallowing or feeding, social, augmentative, or alternative communication, and hearing.
Baylor String Project
The Baylor University String Project is a unique program that introduces low-cost group string instruction to Waco-area 4th - 12th graders. Students enrolled learn how to read music and play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). In the process, they develop good work habits and improve their ability to collaborate and cooperate in groups.
The BU String Project functions as a training ground for university students enrolled in string music education classes have the opportunity to teach beginning string students from the local community. The practical teaching experience gained in this program has a powerful effect on their preparation for the teaching workforce.
Because we use college students in supervised teaching roles, Baylor is able to offer these music lessons at substantially reduced fees, making the program accessible to all families in the community who wish to participate.
Classes meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:15-5:00 PM in Waco Hall East. Classes rotate between large group and small group instruction.
Students are encouraged to rent their instrument, as string instruments come in fractional sizes and growing students may need to move to a larger instrument as often as every 4-6 months. After the Master Teacher has determined the appropriate size of instrument for each child at the new student / parent meeting, an instrument dealer will be on hand to arrange for rentals.
Please contact Kristen Jones for more information at: Kristen_Jones3@Baylor.edu
Baylor University Piano Laboratory Program
The Baylor Piano Laboratory Program offers beginning piano lessons to students in first and second grade, ages 6-8. The $200/semester tuition pays for one hour of instruction weekly throughout the 15-week semester, including a 30-minute private lesson with a Baylor piano major and a 30-minute group class. All lessons are supervised by the Director of Piano Pedagogy, Dr. Lesley McAllister. Students often register several years in advance for the program (our enrollment is full through Fall 2028).
Bezerra Piano Studio
Bezerra Piano Studio, Private piano lessons for ages 5 through adults; classical, church music including lead sheets & chords, and jazz;
contact Jeanenne at (254)855-4530
Brazos Valley Co-op
A Christian organization that meets each Friday, September thru April, and offers affordable academic and enrichment classes for homeschoolers Pre-K – 12 such as art, PE, the sciences, foreign languages, theater, choir, writing, dance, Legos, Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, economics, computer classes, and much, much more! BVC is unique in that you may leave your child at co-op during the day and enjoy some time on your own. We have a 29 year tradition of excellence in walking alongside local homeschoolers.
Email email@example.com with questions.
Cameron Park Zoo
The Cameron Park Zoo offers a Zoo School program that meets once a month Sept-Jan. Our education department also runs our volunteer programs where we have teen and adult opportunities.
Centex Bearcats offers, 6man football, volleyball, basketball, and track for 6th-12th grade athletes.
Athletic Director: Adam Mahar
Cell Phone (254) 339-5494
Admin (254) 450-3330
Facebook @CenTex Bearcats
CenTex Sport Association
CTSA Outlaws offers FREE 11-Man football to homeschool boys ages 12-18. Our goal as an organization is to keep the sign up cost as low as possible so that money is never a reason a kid can’t play sports. You can find more info on our website at ctsaoutlaws.com
Facebook: CenTex Sports Association
Central Texas Science & Engineering Fair
Interested in scientific research or engineering? Join us for the 68th annual Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair (CTSEF) being held in Waco on February 13-14, 2024. This fair is the gateway for 6th through 12th graders to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, and for 9th through 12th graders for the International Science and Engineering Fair. The CTSEF representative to the international fair in 2023 was GWCHE student Abigail Olmstead. For information on how you can get started, please visit our table or contact Linda Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central TX Special Needs Homeschoolers
Central TX Special Needs Homeschoolers. Contact Rebecca Ruiz at email@example.com or 817-932-2168. Our group exists to provide support, advice, ideas, and suggestions for families who homeschool their child/ren with special needs. We offer monthly support group meetings and activities throughout the school year. You can also find us on Facebook.
City of Waco Youth Council
City of Waco Youth Council the application deadline for the 2023-24 Youth Council have been extended through August 18, 2023.
The mission of the Waco Youth Council is to provide Waco’s youth with an active role in addressing community issues and to serve as a voice for youth in all aspects of the community.
To qualify to serve on the Waco Youth Council, applicants and members must be:
• Waco residents (live within a Waco City Council District);
• Entering 9th through 12th grade public, private, or home school;
• A role model for local youth and able to serve as ambassadors for the City of Waco;
• Committed to accomplishing the purpose of the Waco Youth Council; and
• Able to consistently attend regular meetings and events for or by the Waco Youth Council.
Youth Council meets the first and third Monday of each month September - May. Meets are generally at one of the three City of Waco Community Centers, but are sometimes at other sites. Dinner is provided for the members at each meeting. There are no application fees or cost to participate.
For more information, call (254) 750-5980 or email WacoYouthCouncil@wacotx.gov
Classical Conversations support and equipping for home educating in a classical Christian model. Join a CC community where you’ll make friends and together with the children practice the classical tools of learning. Programs available for Pre-K through 12th grade.
To learn more about CC’s programs and to connect with a local community, contact Susannah Salmans, CC Support Representative for the Waco area . Email: ssalmans@classicalconversations
Cobalt Music Studio
Cobalt Music Studio is open to anyone ages 5 through adulthood for individual (private) piano lessons as well as group/siblings with pricing adjusted accordingly. A non-traditional play approach using Simply Music curriculum is the focus of lessons.
Contact Theresa Jurls for more information 254-717-7265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College Prep Genius
College Prep Genius is an award-winning company featuring test prep that works for SAT, PSAT, CLT and ACT. Students can raise their test scores to receive scholarship money, even free college. Their students have raised their SAT as much as 700 points, ACT, 11 points, top 1% on CLT, become National Merit Scholars and even gone to Ivy Leagues for free. We also feature Free Degree and Scholarship tools, annual courses and one-on-one consulting.
College Prep Genius
Connections seeks to provide a safe and fun environment to meet with friends, snack, and play.
After school activities Mon-Thurs 3-7pm (Monthly membership)
Discover Texas History
Learning should be an adventure! We've curated the best Texas History resources to help you create a family-integrated learning experience. Our engaging narrative tells the Story of Texas. You choose from coordinating web links, projects, library books, critical thinking questions, and field trips to design a course that brings history to life!
This course covers:
- Geography & Indian Cultures
- Early Explorers
- Missions & Colonies
- Texas as a Nation
- Texas in the Civil War
- Statehood & Government
- Cavalry & Indians
- Ranches, Cotton & Oil
- Texas Today/Famous Texans
- My Place in History
Come discover Texas History...one adventure after another.
Because experiencing history is more meaningful than just reading about it.
Full Fall schedule is at flipswaco.com
We offer a discounted Homeschool class for boys and girls 5-12yrs. The class is Tues or Thurs 3:00-4:00. Registration fee $35 1st child, $25 2nd child, $15 all remaining kids.
$60/child a month
Heart of Texas Regional History Fair
The Heart of Texas Regional History Fair (HOTRHF) is a regional affiliate for the Texas History Day and National History Day annual competition. As such, HOTRHF operates under the guidelines of National History Day. Founded in 1986 under the sponsorship of the Strecker Museum at Baylor University, the HOTRHF is currently sponsored by The Texas Collection at Baylor University. The fair is held each February at the Bill Daniel Student Center at Baylor University. Participation in the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair develops academic, artistic, and social skills that provide lasting benefits to students in all areas of study. For more information email email@example.com, call 254-710-3783, or go to our website historyfair.web.baylor.edu.
Hill College offers a variety of pathways to include STEM, Business and industry, Health and Public Service and Arts and Humanities. Moderate fees and tuition with an excellent education. For more information contact Scott Glasscock 845-667-1047 firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Payne University
A Christian liberal arts institution, Howard Payne University prides itself on fostering a close community where personal connection is valued. Through teaching, learning and service, the faculty and staff truly invest in students’ success.
At HPU, students choose from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model UN, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and more than 25 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.
HPU’s eighty-acre, tree-lined campus in Brownwood sits on the northern side of the Texas Hill Country. Off-campus activities include visits to nearby Lake Brownwood. Students who enjoy athletics take part in well-attended intramural sporting competitions. Student athletes at HPU compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference.
HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY · 1000 FISK STREET · BROWNWOOD, TX 76801 ·
800-880-4HPU · 325-649-8020
J Best Studio - Voice
VOICE LESSONS with J BEST STUDIO
Half-hour lessons slots are available for Fall!
Primarily before 4 pm on selected weekdays
Contact Julianne Best for more information
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
UMHB is a Christian High Education located in Belton, Texas (just 45 minutes South from Waco). UMHB is the oldest continuing college in Texas, and has been committed to it's mission to prepare students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education distinguish our Christ-centered learning community. Visit out campus for a personalized tour!
Admissions Counselor, Waco
Joy Beth Howard: Learning Mentor and Math Tutor
Learning Mentor and Math Tutor
254-644-9887 (call or text)
www.facebook.com/learningmentortx (includes parent reviews)
Math tutoring and homeschool consulting from experienced homeschool mom with an empty nest. Teaching experience in public middle and high school, homeschool, and community college, plus training in educational therapy for students with learning disabilities. Math levels include elementary through pre-calculus.
Mathnasium is a learning center that empowers every child to achieve excellence in math by building a strong mathematics foundation through customized math tutoring learning plans and face-to-face instruction. Contact us at 254-863-8763 or www.mathnasium.com/waco
McLennan Community College
Our mission is to educate our students - improving their lives and enriching our community
Mommy ISD is a faith-based organization established in 2021 that encourages, equips and empowers homeschooling moms and families to invest in their Faith, Family and Future in Community with others. Our first Mommy ISD Homeschool Co-Op starts late August 2023 and more information can be found at www.mommyisd.com on our EVENTS page. For additional information about our other products and services please see our website. Contact us with questions at email@example.com.
One Day Academy - Heart of Texas
We are an educational resource for Homeschool Families with students in 3rd - 12th grades. We teach classes in core subjects as well as electives. Our teachers hold degrees in their subject area, and they share their passion for their chosen subject to our students. We take an unapologetic Christian stance to all of our subjects.
For more information, please check out our website onedayacademy.com or contact Mrs. Elizabeth Gonzalez, the Heart of Texas Regional Director.
Skate Waco, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been an essential part of the Waco sports and entertainment community since 1996! With a rich history and deep love for roller skating, the Lucas family welcomes you to both of our facilities in town; Skate World Waco and Skate Country Bellmead to offer a premier entertainment venue for skaters and families of all ages and abilities! Come to either of our locations to enjoy public skating sessions, birthday parties, private events, skating lessons, roller sports, even weddings and Quinceaneras! Want to skate outside of the rink? Ask about our mobile skating experience with The Skate Truck Texas, where we bring the roller rink to you! The team at Skate Waco is dedicated to providing the perfect venue for you and your family to skate for fun, skate for health, and skate for life! Come make memories with us!
Skate Country Bellmead - Address: 500 N. Loop 340 Bellmead, TX 76705 Ph: 254-799-8899
Skate World Waco - Address: 401 Towne Oaks Dr. Waco, TX 76710 Ph: 254-772-0042
Texas Wind Athletics
Texas Wind Athletics provides home-schooled athletes, grades 6th-12th, with competitive sports opportunities while developing both athletic skillset and Christian character. Current sports programming includes: six man football, cheer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, and track.
More info https://www.txwindathletics.net/
Texas State Technical College
The Gideons International, Waco Camp
The object of The Gideons is to win others for the Lord Jesus Christ, through:
a) the association of Christian business and professional men for service;
b) personal testimony and personal work by individual Gideons;
c) placing the Bible––God’s Holy Word––or portions thereof, in hotels, hospitals, schools, institutions, and also through distribution of same for personal use.
Any questions may be directed to Currie Bishop, 254 772-7857.
The Saint Constantine College
Saint Constantine College seeks to cultivate virtue, wisdom, and joy during a student’s course of study. The college uses the canon of the Western tradition and some from the east to train students in thinking, reasoning, writing, and understanding the context in which we live. Weekly discussions of primary texts with one’s cohort and individualized writing and reasoning instruction in Oxford style tutorials make up the majority of weekly classes. While it is an Orthodox Christian College, the student body and faculty comes from Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant backgrounds. The faculty is dedicated to providing a rich community life for students to study and flourish.
A degree from this college is perfect for the student who wants to pursue grad school in the humanities, law school, theology, creative and professional writing, teaching at a classical school, a life of homeschooling one’s own children, or a degree focused on human flourishing.
School Contact: Jovia Godfrey, College Admissions Officer
Phone: (832) 975-7075
7177 Regency Square Blvd. Houston, TX. 77036
The Texas Collection
The Texas Collection
Established in 1923, The Texas Collection is a special library, archival research center, and the University Archive that collects, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the history, heritage and culture of Texas for the Baylor community and the public.
Trail Life USA Troop 3567
Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered, boy-focused, man-led mentoring and discipleship program designed to develop the next generation of character-rich servant leaders through outdoor adventure. In only 10 years they now have over 1,000 troops nationwide. Serving ages 5-18, the program provides an environment where boys can be fully boys and develop into winning, confident men. Troop 3567 meets at 380 Compton Road, just off Hwy 6 between China Spring, McGregor, Valley Mills and Woodway. Meetings: 1st and 3rd Sundays 1:30 to 3 p.m. Contact Donna 254-722-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trail Life USA Troop 4123
Trail Life Troop 4124 at Bethel Methodist Church in Robinson. www.traillifeusa.com. Contact Rebecca.TL4123@gmail.com
Vertical Journey Martial Arts
Vertical Journey Martial Arts exists for the purpose of helping people reach a higher personal potential by guiding them to become more confident and capable. We aim to provide a platform from which to glorify God and spread His love to the local community!
Come check out our classes with a FREE 2 week trial! We offer a daytime homeschool class as well as evening classes. For more info: 254-447-4271 or VerticalJourneyMA@gmail.com
McLennan County College Achievement Program (CAP)
This program encourages students to continue their education after completing high school. CAP advisors conduct informational presentations at schools and community sites, and meet individually with high school students and their parents to assist them in planning for, applying to, and financing college.
Waco Christian Academy Athletics
We offer sports for 6th-12th grade! We have Football, Cheer, Volleyball, softball, baseball, soccer!
Waco Christian Academy's athletic program is a unique opportunity for homeschool students to engage in competitive sports while receiving championship-quality coaching both on and off the field. With a commitment to excellence, the academy provides a supportive environment that fosters skill development, teamwork, and character growth. For the fall of 2023, Waco Christian Academy offers a range of exciting sports including Six-man football, Volleyball, and Cheer. Homeschool students can join these teams and experience the thrill of competing at a high level, while also benefiting from a well-rounded education that combines academics, athletics, and personal development.
Fill out this WCA SPORTS INTEREST FORM if you are interested in WCA sports.
Waco Homeschool Chess Club
The Waco Homeschool Chess Club meets twice a month to play chess. We meet 7:15 pm-8:45 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at Crestview Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost or commitment. Just show up! We have all skill levels of players (from beginners to tournament players), and we are happy to teach anyone how to play! For questions contact: email@example.com
Waco Rowing Club
Waco Rowing Center is established to bridge the community together through the sport of rowing. With the best equipment available in the sport, an Olympian as our Head Coach, we strive to be both competitive on a national level and also instill the life lessons that make the vehicle of rowing so unique. Waco has some of the best rowing water in the country, and it's time we use it. https://www.wacorowing.org/
World Hunger Relief Institute
Want to learn more about Searching for an educational TEKS based Field Trip?
Interested about World Hunger Relief Institute's work in the Waco community?
Planning an exciting adventure for your family or group?
We love sharing our farm with groups of all ages and sizes!
Interactive TEKS based Farm Tour,
Plant Focused Activity,
Animal Focused Activity,
Guided Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt
(specific activities changes by season).
Check out our website for more info at: www.worldhungerrelief.org
Contact our Education Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Chorus of Central Texas
Schedule an audition at email@example.com
The Youth Chorus of Central Texas promotes music literacy and excellence in vocal artistry through the preparation and performance of choral singing. Through YCCT, youth in Central Texas experience sequential, comprehensive choral music education within an environment that instills the values of respect, discipline, kindness, service, individual creativity and leadership. Membership includes male and female singers from grades 3-12.