Homeschooling in Oregon is vibrant and growing in the Portland area. There are an estimated 22000 students currently enrolled for homeschooling in Oregon. For those families interested in homeschooling there are steps to follow.
First things first, you will need to register at a local Education Service District within 10 days of withdrawal from public or private school. Additional information regarding state and district information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website at www.ode.state.or.us.
Resources for Homeschooled Students
- Homeschool PDX: www.homeschoolpdx.com
- Oregon Homeschool Groups: www.home-school.com/groups/OR.html
- The Oregon Department of Education Homeschooling: www.ode.state.or.us
- Homeschooling in Oregon: www.homeschoolinginoregon.com
- Basic Skills: www.basicskills.net
Social Activities for Homeschooling in Oregon
Finding social activities while homeschooling in Oregon can be challenging. For this purpose, there are resources to help. Below are several schools and clubs that focus on providing social activities for homeschooled students.
Oregon Homeschool Science Club (OHSSC)
OHSSC at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland offers classes from kindergarten through 8th grade. Moreover, science levels overlap by grades to challenge students or introduce them to a traditional classroom. www.homeschoolomsi.com
Saturday Academy connects students and professionals. Although, class sizes are small (10-12 students), focus is on science, technology, engineering, math, humanities and the arts. www.saturdayacademy.org
Village Home Education Resource Center
Village Home is diverse learning community. This education resource center provides class field trips, workshops and travel programs for homeschooling families. Also, Village Home offers non-graded, non-credit weekly classes in all subject areas for all ages. In addition to academic enrichment, Village Home offers a community for homeschooling families. www.villagehome.org
Community Colleges accept homeschoolers 16 and up (younger with permission) to all regular college classes. Of course a College Placement Test will be required to place students. For more Alternative Education Programs including Charter Schools, Correspondence Courses and Distance Learning Programs go to www.ohen.org/resources/alternatives
In short, to begin homeschooling in Oregon visit the Oregon Department of Education website to learn more about the legal requirements for homeschooling as each state has different requirements. www.ode.state.or.us