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Support for Homeschooling


7 Reasons to Connect with a Homeschool Support Group


Homeschool Organizations, Groups, Co-Ops in NW Arkansas and Beyond


National Organizations


HSLDA - HomeSchoolLegal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA20134-9000
Telephone: 540-338-5600
FAX: 540-338-2733


National Black Home Educators(NBHE)

Nationwide organization dedicated to mentoring parents and training youth


National Home Education Network(NHEN)

Homeschooler-led “virtual” national group on the web


State Level Organizations

The Education Alliance (a division of Family Council)

  • State Lobbying group in Little Rock
  • Office with full-time staff, attorney, etc.
  • HSLDA discount
  • State Homeschool Convention
  • Homeschool Honor Society
  • Transcript Preparation
  • Fundraisers
  • E-mail updates

The Education Alliance
414 S. Pulaski Suite 9
Little Rock, AR72201
Telephone: (501) 978-5503
FAX: (501) 375-7040




While not a home school "organization", the state provides...

The Home School Officeof the Arkansas Department of Education,

  • Notice of Intent Form
  • Example Notice of Intent Form
  • HomeSchoolWaiver Form
  • HomeSchoolLaw
  • HomeSchoolTesting Information and Coordination

ArkansasHomeSchoolTesting Office



HomeSchoolGroups in Arkansas

With Multiple Meeting Locations



NorthwestArkansasChristianHomeEducators Association (NWACHEA)

Serving Bentonville/Bella Vista, Rogers, Prairie Grove, Elkins, and Springdale/Fayetteville, AR NWACHEA exists to provide information, encouragement, and support for parents who choose to educate their children at home.  Each group listed below has class times, usually 2 times a month, and various field trips, activities, and outings that they do throughout the year.

Donna Farris

PO Box7596

Springdale, AR72766


NWACHEA of Rogers
Julie Campbell
PO Box 1414
Rogers, AR72757
Telephone: 479-925-7232

NWACHEA of Fayetteville/Springdale

Donna Farris

PO Box7596

Springdale, AR72766

Prairie Grove

 Prairie Grove
NWACHEA of Prairie Grove
Carla Cox
17973 N. Skylight Mountain Road
Canehill, AR 72717 (Canehill is one word for USPS purposes)




NWACHEA of Elkins

Debbie Royal

1794 Madison7750

Hindsville, AR72738

Telephone: 479-456-7116



HomeSchoolGroups By City

Bella Vista

BentonCountyHomeSchoolin Action

Kate O’Mara

Benton County Homeschool in Action is meeting regularly at RiordanParkin Bella Vista on Fridays 11am - 1 pm



Kings RiverHomeSchoolAssociation

Barbara Hale

255 CR 402

Berryville, AR72616

Telephone: 870-423-4535




NWACHEA of Elkins

Debbie Royal

1794 Madison7750

Hindsville, AR72738

Telephone: 479-456-7116


Eureka Springs
Helping Ozark Parent Educators
Christina McDonald
905 CR 214
EurekaSprings, AR 72636
Telephone: 479-253-2623


NWACHEA - NW Ark.ChristianHomeEd. Association

Donna Farris

PO Box7596

Springdale, AR72766

They meet the 1st and 2nd Friday of the Month from Sept. through May.  Currently they are meeting at the ShilohCommunityChurchin Fayetteville.




Contact Margie at


HEAT - Home Educators Aspiring Together
Michelle Burleson
3864 Black Ranch Road
Lead Hill, AR72644
Telephone: 870-414-1485



Shooting Stars 4-Hin MadisonCountyis open to all ages 5 to 19. Yearly registration is required, but there is not a fee. 4-H provides learning opportunities and projects for youth based on many areas of interest including (but not limited to) agriculture, home arts, fine arts, health, technology, and history.  We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 1 pmto 3 pmat the community room next to the County Extension Office. All are welcome. The main leader is: PJ Johnson, contact information: phone # 479-643-2885, email:


Prairie Grove
NWACHEA of Prairie Grove
Carla Cox
17973 N. Skylight Mountain Road
Cane Hill, AR72717


NWACHEA of Rogers
Julie Campbell
PO Box 1414
Rogers, AR72757
Telephone: 479-925-7232


EACH or Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers which meets the first and third Fridays of the month at the Rogers Activity Center starting in Sept , will be holding a planning meeting at  the Rogers Public Library Aug 1 from 3-5 pm. All are welcome. For more info call 479-925-3515. Thank You! Jan Wierman


Siloam Springs

CHESS(Christian Home Educators of Siloam Springs) will hold their fall
membership meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.on Monday evening, August 4th,
at the Community Christian Fellowship church in Siloam Springs. CHESS is
a local support group of home educators whose purpose is to encourage
parents in their home education decision and to provide academic, cooperative, and fellowship opportunities for children. CHESS is parent-led; all of our activities are coordinated by parent volunteers.
The group consists of approximately 100 member families from NW Arkansas
and NE Oklahoma. CHESS offers field trips throughout the year, family events in the fall and spring, athletic activities including swim days and PE classes, monthly meetings of the MUMS (Moms Uplifting Moms)
support group, discounted tickets for the Walton Arts Center Classroom Series, and more. All group-sponsored activities are open to members only. Please visit the CHESS website - more information.


St. Gabriel's

A Catholic group that meets in Springdale. You can contact Melanie at shewasadaytripper@yahoo.comfor more information.


Charlotte Mason Study group:
Meetings on the first Thursday of the month, from 7-9:30pm at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. 
  Directions from I-540 heading south: turn right onto exit 412/Sunset; turn right onto Co. Rd. 909/?Jones Rd.  Circle of Life will be on your right  (Circle of Life Hospice, 901Jones Rd., Springdale, AR 72762).  It is right behind the Harps grocery store (corner of Sunset and Jones Rd.)   
We are finishing our summer study of the book When Children Love to Learn. Beginning in September or October we will begin Ourselves by Charlotte Mason.
email Alison Hendrix at



4H Washington County-Meets at the JonesCenteron the 2nd Monday of the month.  Contact: Natalie for more information


Homeschool Groups in the NWA Area


Eclectic Teaching Consortium of NorthWest Arkansas- ETCNWA functions as a support system for Christian home educators who strive to implement non-traditional teaching methods. We each aspire to prayerfully disciple our own children as the Lord directs us and in a manner that takes into account the dynamics of our individual families, our unique gifts and talents, our personal convictions, our children’s strengths and weaknesses, and our goals for which we aim to train our children. 

Those who teach using a boxed curriculum, bringing the institutional school model home, have the support of the curriculum publisher and the educational community in general. ETC offers support for home educators who teach “out-side the box”.

(Examples of non-traditional teaching methods include, but are not limited to, a Classical approach, Charlotte Mason approach, the use of unit studies, the Principle Approach, a Montessori model, a Thomas Jefferson Education, Unschooling, *etc.*)


Tri-State Home School Athletic Association was created to provide home school students in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in the area of athletics.  Come and learning about the organization.


NWA Homeschoolers meets regularly for park days and such. Most information about get-togethers is discussed on our sister list which is a private list. You can join by coming to an activity. You can get more information about the sister group by e-mailing Vicki at


    GPS - Generating Possibilities in Schooling - is a Northwest Arkansas homeschool group with kids ranging in age from tots to teenagers. GPS is a support group established to offer organized social and educational opportunities to families working to provide the best possible education to their children. Educational options may include homeschool, charter school, public school, virtual school, college, and beyond. We are focused on life long learning. This is a private group and is not open to the public at large. It is a participatory group. All members are actively involved in planning and attending activities on a monthly basis. Activities range from weekly park days, regular field trips, roller skating, bowling, biking, trail clean-up, and other educational and social opportunities. GPS is an eclectic group made up of people from different philosophical backgrounds. Sensitivity to educational, political, cultural, and religious differences is important. For more information please contact    



Novus is a support group with families from all over NWA.  NWA Homeschool is it's sister list on Yahoo Groups.  Novus meets regularly for field trips, park days, and other activities.  You can join by coming to an event.  At that point you will be added to the Yahoo Group and roster.

Novus is an inclusive group.  All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or method of homeschooling!  Contact the following people for information about an upcoming event you can attend:

Kristal Carlson

Debbie Jo Harvey



There is an LDS homeschool group that meets once a month for park days and for field trips and activities regularly.  Contact Debbie Jo at for information on how to join their e-mail list.



ChristianHomeEducators of McDonaldCounty(CHEMcD)

Contact:  Michelle Curren,, 417/435-2808

This is a group for Christian home educators in McDonald County, MO, and Benton Co, AR.  There is no requirement for membership such as fees or statement of faith.  Just send a request to be added to the Yahoo group.  During the school year, when weather permits, we have a weekly Park Day at Pea Ridge park.  We also have other activities such as field trips and get togethers occasionally when someone organizes them.  We are a relaxed group that was formed primarily for making friends.


Classes and Services for Homeschoolers in the NWA Area

There is a day school in Rogers called Providence Academy. They follow a Biblical approach to classical education. They hold classes two days a week. Their e-mail is info@providence-academy.comand their website is


Living Waters Martial Arts offers FREE, traditional Japanese karate for fun, fitness and sport. 479-531-7280 Dave & Joanne Johnson

Representing Usborne Books, for more than 32 years offering children ages 2 through 18 colorful, stimulating, educational resources -- and now featuring internet interactive books. Trisha McKenney (479) 456-2013,


NWA Knights-Homeschool basketball.