4-H Homeschool Clover Club
A member-run organization where children learn leadership skills. Free participation is open to homeschoolers ages 5 to 18. For additional information, call the Campbell County Extension Office at (434) 332-9538.
Advanced Placement Courses and Tests
Subject material is covered in a year-long or semester-long class and the student prepares to take the AP exam administered by the College Board in May. If a student scores well on this test, it is possible to earn college credit. Contact the counselor’s office at a local public or private school to make arrangements to take an AP test. Visit www.collegeboard.com for more information.
Alliance Christian Academy (ACA)
ACA supports homeschool families by providing classes for college-bound students in Grades 6 through 12. Classes meet on Mondays and Thursdays (higher-level math classes also meet on Tuesdays). Supervised study halls are also available. For fee information visit www.alliancechristianacademy.org.
Book-It is a National Reading Incentive program sponsored by Pizza Hut. This program allows homeschoolers to take part. To join online, visit www.bookitprogram.com.
Classical Conversations is a nationwide network of cooperating families dedicated to instilling their children with a lifelong love of learning. In our area, groups meet in Lynchburg, Danville, Roanoke, Christiansburg and Charlottesville. Visit www.classicalconversations.com for more information.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP tests offer a way to accumulate college credits economically. Doing well on a CLEP test may earn college credit with the cost of the test ($80). Homeschoolers register directly with their local test centers. To find a test center near you, visit www.collegeboard.com.
Dual Enrollment Courses
When a high school student completes a college level course at a local community college or four-year university, or completes a course online through a distance-learning program, the course is called a dual enrollment course. The student typically receives both high school and college credit for completion of the course.
Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV)
This organization offers the annual HEAV of Virginia Homeschool Convention. HEAV also serves the homeschoolers of Virginia through information, legislation, and resources through their website. For articles and information on how to begin homeschooling, visit www.heav.org.
Home Front Educators
The mission of nonprofit support group Home Front Educators is to offer support for families with children grades kindergarten through 12 by providing practical educational opportunities, support for parents in their homeschool endeavors and family-oriented social opportunities such as Friday Arts and Fun. Visit www.homefronted.org for more information.
Homeschool Ice Skating Lessons
This program is for children ages 5 and up. Five 30-minute lessons are offered, along with combined ability groupings in two different 30-minute sessions. Call (434) 592-3953 for more information. Register at front desk of LaHaye Ice Center.
Homeschool SportsNet (HSPN)
HSPN is a nonprofit, national Christian homeschool sports network and ministry. They have held the East Coast Homeschool Basketball Tournament at Liberty University for a number of years and offer tournaments for other sports as well. Visit www.hspn.net/homeschool-sports.asp for more information.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
A nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA represents tens of thousands of families. Visit www.hslda.org/about/ for more information.
YMCA H.Y.P.E (Home School Physical Education)
H.Y.P.E. is led by a former Health and Physical Education teacher and offers children in grades 1-12 hands-on instruction in health, wellness and P.E. Children are divided into “classes” determined by their age and ability, which are held twice a week for two hours. Free for members. Non-members are $60/month.
Visit YMCA.org to register.
Lynchburg Area News and Information for Christian Home Educators (LA NICHE)
It is LA NICHE’s mission to share news, information and fellowship opportunities pertaining to home education, family and community life and related endeavors. Visit www.lynchburghomeschool.com for more information.
REACH Homeschool Group
REACH is Christian-led but is open to all, regardless of religion, race or politics. This group participates in many field trips and workshops for children of all ages, averaging anywhere between 30 to 80 field trips per month. Visit www.reachhomeschoolgroupva.com for more information.
Scholastic Reading Club
Scholastic Reading Club catalogs range from toddlers to 8th grade and up. Discover books and software for children at every reading level and interest at reasonable prices.
Visit www.scholastic.com for free downloads and information.
The Lynchburg Home School Athletics Association
The Lynchburg Home School Athletics Association (LHSAA) is the premiere venue for home school sports in the greater Lynchburg area. Currently, the LHSAA fields teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball and cross country. For more information, visit their website at www.lynchburgpatriots.assn.la or call LHSAA athletic director Todd Asselborn at (434) 851-5513.
Under the Son Academy
Under the Son Academy ministers to homeschool families by providing a Christ-centered atmosphere and options for educational and social support. For more information, visit www.utsacademy.wordpress.com.