Homeschool Groups: ILLINOIS
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Local & State homeschool groups or organizations in ILLINOIS
ILLINOIS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY
Equip for Equality (Northeastern Illinois)
20 North Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 341-0022
FAX: (312) 341-0295
Toll Free: (800) 537-2632
Toll Free TTY: (800) 610-2779
Equip for Equality (Central Illinois)
235 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Toll Free: 800-758-0464
Equip for Equality (Southern Illinois)
300 East Main St., Suite 18
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 457-7930
FAX: (618) 457-7985
Toll Free: (800) 758-0559
TTY: (800) 610-2779
: Zena Naiditch
Christian Home Educators Coalition (CHEC) of Illinois
PO Box 47322, Chicago, IL 60647-0322
Phone/Fax: (773) 278-0673
Christian Home Educators Coalition of Illinois is a state organization whose purpose is to preserve homeschooling liberties in the state of Illinois.
Illinois Christian Home Educators
P.O. Box 307, Russell, IL 60075
Phone: (847) 603-1259
Fax: (847) 360-9875
Illinois Christian Home Educators is a not-for-profit Christian organization composed of families dedicated to the success of home education in Illinois.
ICHE was started in December of 1983 by four Christian families seeking the support and fellowship of like-minded home educators. They decided to form ICHE for the purpose of encouraging the establishment of distinctly Christian support groups; compiling information helpful to the creation of such groups, and making it available to support group leaders.
ICHE is governed by a Board of Directors and is not a membership organization. ICHE is largely staffed by volunteer home-educating families. Its affiliation with Christian support groups is informal; at no cost to these groups. Its annual operating budget is met through the monies received for various publications, books and conferences each year, as well as generous donations from the friends of ICHE.
Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)
CHESS of Illinois
11110 Revere Road, Mokena, IL 60448
Contact: Brenda Luchene
Phone: (708) 479-2728
Fax: (708) 479-9045
Based in Chicago, IL
Contact: Alice Hollowed
We are a group of homeschooling and unschooling families that meet in the City of Chicago. Currently we meet twice a week. Our activities include group play, field trips, park days, and member-led learning activities, classes and experiences.
Children's Educational Institute, Inc.
1319 Scott Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Contact: Kathryn Durkin / Amy Wolf
Phone: (708) 756-2638
We are a homeschool group which meets regularly to provide children with additional learning experiences. We organize field trips, educational classes and athletic activities.
Christian Chicago Area Relaxed Educators (CCARE)
1334 Gunderson, Berwyn, IL 60402
Contact: Julie Polanco
Phone: (708) 484-5014
Our group is for those Christians who are committed to a lifestyle of learning in a relaxed way. We have monthly support meetings, an e-mail list, regular park days and children's activities, and more.
Christian Home Educating Families (CHEF)
Based in Crete, IL 60417
Contact: Carl Triebold
Phone: (708) 672-5158
Monthly meetings, monthly newsletter, field trips, guest speakers.
Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF)
Serving the tri-state area of IL, WI, and IA
Contact: Ellen W
CHEF is a Christian-based homeschool group serving the tri-state area (IL, IA, and WI) homeschooling community.
Christian Home-Oriented Individualized Curriculum Experience (CHOICE)
P.O. Box 425, Wheaton IL 60189
Phone: (630) 415-3609
Meets monthly, September through May.
College of DuPage Youth Education Homeschool Enrichment
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Contact: Jane Trotter or Cindy
Phone: (630) 942-2849 or (630) 942-2841
Taught by experienced and qualified instructors, our program provides affordable courses throughout the traditional school year for students grades 3-12, including literature, writing, science labs, computer web design, robotics, constiTuition review and so much more!
Cornerstone Christian Homeschool Co-Op (CCHC)
Serving the Will County Area
Cornerstone is a Christian homeschool cooperative in Joliet, IL dedicated to assisting families in nurturing their children by providing excellent instruction from a biblical worldview.
5457 W. 137th Place, Crestwood, IL 60445
Contact: Dino Pavoni
Crestwood Cavalry is a homeschool basketball organization. We currently have boys primary, junior high, junior varsity, and varsity, and girls high school.
Crossroads Area Homeschool Association (CAHSA)
Based in Bloomington, IL 61704
Contact: Shelly Nelson
Phone: (309) 662-8396
CAHSA unites Central Illinois homeschoolers where I-74, I-55 and I-39 connect by providing information about activities and academic opportunities. We offer field trips, annual testing, a chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha (National Homeschool Honor Society), B.A.C.H.S. (Homeschool Choir), Homespun 4H Club, Toastmasters, Enrichment Group, Mom's Night Out, Teen Group, Google Discussion Group and The Connection newsletter.
Crossroads In Education
Serving the south Cook County suburbs of Alsip, Oak Lawn, Burbank, Worth and Evergreen Park
Contact: Karen Hoogland
Phone: (708) 388-1496
A home education study and support cooperative, offering study groups, outings, field trips and other events. Crossroads also offers a newly formed 4-H club to homeschoolers.
Eastern DuPage for Godly Education (EDGE)
Family of Christian Home Educators (FOCHE)
115 Prairie Manor Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Contact: Mark & Kyla Unick
Phone: (618) 692-1839
A Christian, family-oriented homeschool group whose membership can be found in St. Clair County, Macoupin County, as well as Madison County. We meet every other month informally to encourage, answer questions, and support beginning homeschoolers. Various activities are held for children throughout the year, although our emphasis is more on family activities.
Fun Club Too
Based in Lake County, IL
Contact: Patty Reinarts
An inclusive homeschool group founded in 2004, Fun Club Too desires to provide our children with opportunities for social interaction and friendship. We meet weekly on Thursdays and offer field trips, gym days, seasonal parties and community involvement projects.
Grassroots Homeschoolers H.O.U.S.E.
Greenhouse Home Educators
1756 N 2525 East Rd, Moweaqua, IL 62550
Phone: (217) 768-3214
Highland Hope's Family Homeschool Group
12846 Daiber Rd, Highland, IL
Contact: Karen Paubel
Phone: (618) 654-5315
A Christian-based homeschool group. Emphasis on support and loving interaction with children. Excellence in academics and training our children in the Lord through homeschooling.
Home Educators Loving Parents (HELP)
Meeting at the Elk Grove Village Library
The group seeks to provide opportunities that relate to the education of children and support of families. Our supportive efforts include time set aside for fellowship and encouragement through supportive speakers and discussions and also through offerings of resources, workshops, field trips and group activities.
Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (HOUSE)
Homeschool Alliance of Various Educational Networks (HAVEN)
6630 W. Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
Contact: Lea Dean
Phone: (708) 863-5804
Meets weekly Friday mornings September- May. We offer classes, field trips, a monthy book club and other activities.
Based in Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Contact: Nikki Mackovitch
Homeschool-Illinoi is an online support group for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Illinois and surrounding states. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome. We have many offline activities and events as well.
Illinois Home Education
Jackson County Home Educators (JCHE)
801 N. Almond, Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 549-3333
Meetings every other month, activities, field trips, email network. We also have a high school commencement ceremony once per year.
Kankakee Christian Home Educators
520 S Cleveland Ave, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: (815) 939-3470
Lincoln Area Homeschoolers
Macomb @ Home
Many Rivers Unschoolers
Based in Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities
An all-inclusive unschooling support group of families from Will County, DuPage County and surrounding counties in the west, far west, and southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We meet weekly in Plainfield, Illinois and for other special events.
Metro East Catholic Home Educators (MECHE)
Serving the Belleville, IL area and Scott Air Force Base
Contact: Dorothy Burke
Phone: (618) 222-9575
We are a Catholic homeschool support group. Our activities include field trips, first Friday masses, geography night, etc. We have a Yahoo group for member communication.
P.O. Box 1253, Lake Villa, IL 60046
Contact: Leba Miller
Phone: (815) 404-7606
Mighty Oaks is a local, non-denominational Christian homeschool group for students in 6th to 12th grade. We meet year-round, and our summer activities include educational field trips, community service projects, physical education, arts and crafts, and monthly family picnics. Our academic program begins after Labor Day and supplements homeschool curriculums through classes in debate, public speaking, foreign languages, drama, cooking and more.
Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators (NICHE)
Based in Lake Zurich, IL
Contact: Karen Dempsey
A network of 38 Catholic home schooling support groups around Illinois. Web site is for this year's conference.
Northside Unschoolers Group (NUG) of Chicago
Peoria Area Homeschoolers (PAH)
Plainfield Area Homeschool
Potters Hand Home School Group
Based in Joliet, IL
Contact: Lorri Wilke
Monthly "Activity Days" provide several classes for kindergarten through 12th grade students. These classes vary and can include topics such as gym, meteorology, reptiles, cooking, occupational info, and professional "assembly-style" programs. Monthly newsletter lists field trips, contests, events, activities.
Riverbend Christian Home Educators Coalition (RCHEC)
Meets @ Abundant Life Community Church, 3986 Humbert Road, Alton, IL
Contact: Carrie Floyd
Phone: (618) 467-8190
We meet September through May on the first Friday of every month (parties in Dec, Feb, and April), Bowl on the 4th Friday of each month and have Sign Language, Choir & PE on most Thursdays. We also have at least one field trip per month. In January we had a Science/History/Geography fair and in May we have an "End of Year" celebration where the kids are invited to share their talents and parents can give children diplomas.
Sauk Valley Christian Home Educators
1202 Parkview Rd, Sterling, IL 61081
Contact: Tara Gillam
Phone: (815) 622-0617
Scott AFB Homeschoolers
2675 Brookmeadow Drive, Belleville, IL 62221
Contact: Susan Lawson
Phone: (618) 277-1794
We are a group of military, homeschooling families that live on or near Scott AFB. We are active duty, retired, reserve, National Guard or previous military families. If you are in any way affiliated with Scott AFB or other surrounding military organizations you may join us. We are a Christian group of many different faith backgrounds. Members are not required to share our Christian faith but must recognize the nature of our group and understand that we will not in any way compromise our beliefs.
St. Clair County Christian Home Educators
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The Prairie Connection
Tri-County Christian Home Educators
Wabash Valley Home Educators
Rt 1 Box 760, Sumner, IL 62466
Phone: (618) 456-9004
West Suburban Home School Band (aka The Patriots)
Membership from W, NW, SW suburbs,
primarily DuPage and parts of Will,
Kane,and Cook counties.
Contact: Karen Borow
Students range in age from 9 to 19. There are four band levels to accommodate those with no musical training whatsoever to those with advanced experience and abilities. The levels are Cadet, Concert Junior, Concert Senior and Symphonic. There is also The Patriots Marching Band that performs during the summer, and The Little Patriots marching corps for younger siblings.