Portland Area Email Groups & Web Sites
Homeschool Support Groups
Greater Portland Homeschoolers
Greater Portland Homeschoolers is a non-profit, participant-driven support group of homeschooling families run like a cooperative. GPH welcomes families of all backgrounds and philosophies. GPH runs an email mailing list for GPH members. Subscribers post announcements of field trips, activities, workshops, parties, performing arts, other learning opportunities and social events.
Homeschoolers in Portland
Membership is open to all home and unschooling families in and around Portland, Oregon, regardless of religious or political beliefs, homeschooling style, or ages of children. The goal of this list is to provide a space for all Portland area homeschoolers to find and lend support, advice, and ideas, to connect with others, post stories or links that may be of interest to other homeschoolers, offer curriculum, tutoring, etc., vent, share, and hopefully gain a laugh or two along the way.
Charlotte Mason Support Group
This is an inclusive group that is open to anyone interested in a Charlotte Mason or classical education. This group meets on most first Sundays in Hillsboro to watch a segment from the All Day Seminar DVD (from Simply Charlotte Mason), try out actual methods, and share resources.
This is a group for families in the Portland area who are unschooling. Unschooling does not begin with a parent's notion of what is important to learn and then turn the choices of how to learn the content over to a child; rather, it begins with the child's natural curiosity and expands from there. Unschooling is not "instruction free" learning. Unschoolers often do no traditional school work, yet they do learn traditional subject matter as a natural extension of exploring their own personal interests.
PDX Homeschool/Unschool Teens (PDX-HUT)
This group is for people more-or-less age 12 through 18 in the Portland Metro area who are homeschooled/unschooled. If you're in that group, welcome! If you are over 18, and still consider yourself a homeschooler/unschooler, welcome! If you're younger than 12 and would like to be part of this group, welcome! You can discuss anything of common interest on this group. What are you learning? What are you doing in life? Want to set up an activity? Find something fun on the Internet to share? Go ahead and post!
Portland Homeschool Connection
This group is for families who are either homeschooling or considering homeschooling children over the age of 10. The main purpose of this group is to work together as a group to help our children find new ways of socializing. This group is not open to businesses or persons without at least one child over the age of 10.
Westside Homeschool Active Teens (WHAT)
Westside Homeschool Active Teens (WHAT) is a social activity club for homeschooled/unschooled teens and older tweens based in the West Side of the greater Portland, Oregon area.
Tualatin Homeschool Support Group
Tualatin Homeschool Support Group provides opportunities for new and experienced homeschoolers to share philosophies, discuss curriculum, develop friendships, and organize field trips, special events, park days and a whole lot more! Though not exclusive to the Tualatin area, we encourage those who are living in the Southwest Portland areas, Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, West Linn, and Sherwood areas, to come join us.
South West Social Homeschoolers (SWSH)
A member led, Christian homeschool group, open to anyone, for social activities/field trips/support in SW Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Tigard.
Village Home Education Resource Center
Village Home is an inclusive, diverse learning community providing classes, field trips, workshops, and travel programs for homeschooling families. Village Home offers non-graded, non-credit weekly classes in all subject areas for all ages to supplement your family's unique homeschool education plans. In addition to academic enrichment, Village Home offers community for homeschooling families.
Learn Educate and Play (LEAP)
A small group of relaxed homeschoolers located in Washington County who get together for field trips, crafts, and games - giving parents a chance to socialize and kids a chance to play, connect, and make friends with other children in the area. Come discuss topics of interest, and help plan group projects and outings.
Home Grown Family Education
The Home Grown Loop is a cyber extension of our physical support group. We welcome new members to get to know us by attending a class, activity, field trip or mom's meeting. We are an inclusive group of homeschool families in the 99E/I-205 corridor, largely Clackamas County. Our group is a place where we can support each other, ask for advice, and share resources and our experiences in all aspects of homeschooling.
Eastside Homeschool Network (EHN)
A free, inclusive homeschool network, open to all ages of homeschoolers. Utilize this network to announce activities, ask questions, offer support, share ideas, build community, or anything else related to homeschooling, parenting or child rearing! Our networking area focuses on the far eastside of the Portland Metro Area.
This is a secular and inclusive homeschool support group for all ages. This is an active, in-person, social homeschool group, available for families who are interested in actively participating in such a group.
Estacada Home Education
An e-mail discussion list for homeschoolers in Estacada to promote community, plan field trips and local activities, and announce relevant news.
Sandy Homeschool Hub
Provides a forum for Sandy area homeschool families to connect for friendship, encouragement, shared learning opportunities and for sharing homeschool information. Everyone interested in homeschooling is invited to participate; however, any posts that are overtly hostile toward Christianity or generally offensive to the group will be deleted. All members are invited to plan events and activities, and to participate in those offered by others.
Clark County Homeschoolers
An e-mail list to encourage networking and support for homeschooling families in the Clark County, Washington area. All religions and spiritual paths, and all homeschooling educational styles are welcome.
Clark County Homeschool Teens
An inclusive social group for homeschooled youth, ages 12 and up, who reside in Clark County. Participating families and youth take turns organizing social events for the group. Most activities will be held every other Saturday evening throughout the year, starting at 6:00 PM, and including dinner. Alternative times may be scheduled in order to participate in community events such as plays, concerts, fairs, or special exhibits. This group is for mature teens who socialize well with other youth. Chaperones will be present at all events; however, their job will be to ensure safety, not enforce discipline.
ExCEL Academic League (EXplore, Create, Enjoy, Learn)
A non-profit organization which gives homeschooled students opportunities to participate in group activities. A weekly co-op offers a variety of classes that enhance the core education the students receive at home. We also organize a variety of nationally sanctioned academic competitions and teams such as Science Bowl, National Geographic Bee, Word Power Challenge and Science Olympiad.
Southwest Washington Homeschoolers
This inclusive group is for all homeschooling families in Southwest Washington State wanting to stay connected to events happening in our area. It is also for sharing ideas & support in homeschooling.
Libraries and other Resources
Portland Parks and Recreation
Portland Parks and Recreation offers a variety of physical and learning opportunities. To find the current list of classes, search for the keywords "homeschool" and "home school" under the advanced search option.
Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Library is committed to serving all families in Multnomah County, including families schooling their children at home. Includes booklist, programs & services offered by the library, and links.
Ledding Library in Milwaukie
The Ledding Library offers programs for homeschoolers 5 and up on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of most months.
Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC)
Click on the Online Resources tab on the top right to visit the LINCC databases segregated into age appropriate groups. Contact your local Reference or Children's Librarian to receive training on using databases.
Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS)
Your Washington County library card gives you free, 24/7 access to thousands of full-text online magazines, newspapers, journals, images, audiobooks, reference books and more, including homeschool specific resources.