Like all good stories, our collective started in a coffee shop. Board games, lattes, and laughter framed the excuse to bring our families together each week. We discovered we shared a desire for a secular homeschool community with a focus on progressive views of education. A space that would embrace our teens' unique personalities and perspectives. We found the answer in ourselves, each family contributing their skills and talents. After months of discussion and consensus, the Richmond Homeschool Collective was created.
What does it mean to be inclusive secular?
Richmond Homeschool Collective accepts and welcomes all families regardless of their race, ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, or national origin. Our member families come from many different backgrounds and may practice a variety of religious traditions or none at all. We do not have a religious worldview, and our classes are taught using currently held scientific theories, based on empirical evidence.
What is RHC?
RHC is a dynamically governed community of homeschool families curating opportunities for shared learned experiences and social activities. Parents who are members of the collective keep track of their children's courses and prepare their own transcripts. Families often share information and their personal experiences with one another about curriculum, transcript apps, college admission process, testing, and evaluations. We collectively rent a space where members can gather one day each week. We support instructors/facilitators by creating a course schedule within the available space and times of our rental. The instructors/ facilitators are not employees of RHC. They are independent, set their own fees, and collect those fees from enrolled families. Courses and clubs may change each term.
What classes are offered?
The collective organizes classes based on the community's needs, with a mixture of middle/high school academics, interested-led projects, and exploratory/enrichment courses. Please check out this link to see some of our previous offerings: