Local Groups

We’ve compiled a list of local Salem, OR area homeschool groups and resources. If you have something to add, please let us know with the form at the bottom of the page.

Facebook Discussion & Networking Groups
Programs for Homeschoolers
Programs with Homeschool Options
Museums
Other Educational Opportunities
Websites
Email Lists
Online or Personalized Charter Schools

 

Facebook Discussion, Event, For Sale & Networking Groups

Most of these are smaller groups where you can connect with likeminded homeschoolers.

Salem Inclusive Homeschoolers
That’s us! We aim to be a place where all kinds of homeschoolers can share their groups’ activities and events, find like-minded people, and get to know people with different homeschooling styles, too.

Woodburn Area Homeschoolers Facebook Group
This group is a place for Woodburn area homeschoolers to connect for friendship, games, park days, book clubs, and support meetings. They have a corresponding website with calendar, too!

SACHSN (Salem Area Christian Home School Network) Facebook Group
“We have been promoting and encouraging parent led private home-based education and discipleship in Salem and surrounding areas for nearly 30 years.” Besides their closed group on Facebook, SACHSN also has a sale away group where homeschool families can buy or sell items with each other.

Outdoors in Oregon with Homeschoolers
“Group of homeschoolers/unschoolers/road schoolers who are exploring Oregon’s Great Outdoors a little bit at a time! Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, etc.”

Salem area homeschool curriculum swap
This is a place to trade, buy, and sell any kind of curriculum and homeschooling-related supplies.

Salem Area Family Forward Homeschooling Association
“We are a group of parents that just want to educate our children the best way we see fit. While we have beliefs based on Christian values we don’t discriminate against anyone that wants to join. All we ask is that you respect everyone’s beliefs.”

Secular Homeschooling Group of Marion County
“I started this group because of the need for a secular homeschool community in our area. This group is a non-religious group. Please add whomever you would like to join us :)”

 

Programs for Homeschoolers

Village Home Salem Campus
Village Home provides engaging classes in art, drama, science, math, and social studies areas on Fridays. Visit the Salem program page of the main website to learn more and register. You may also call 503-400-7854.
Email: salemoffices@villagehome.org

Zena Learning Center
Choose from a variety of structured classes from art to crafts to science. Classes are held in a schoolhouse and out in nature on a gorgeous farmed and forested property. ZLC also provides educational consulting and transcript management, helps develop Individual Education Plans, and offers for-credit classes to homeschoolers.

LIFE Academy of Salem
“LIFE Academy is a New Commonwealth School serving homeschooling families in the Salem, OR area. Our foundational practices are built upon the principles taught in the Thomas Jefferson Education (TJEd) books by Dr. Oliver DeMille. We use the 7 Keys of Great Teaching and honor the Phases of Learning. We meet once a week, offering classes for children of all ages.”

Gateway Christian Co-op
Gateway Christian Co-op is a new homeschool co-op that meets once a week in south Salem. We offer enrichment classes such as PE, cooking, performing arts, knitting, lego building and much more! This co-op serves all ages from babies to high school!

Masters School of Art
Masters School of Art provides rigorous classical art instruction focused on representational art in a classroom environment. The organization has a Christian statement of faith which it adheres to. Learners who do not have the same faith may participate if they are respectful. You can find them on Facebook. All ages are accepted.
Please note: Only call during school hours (when school is in session). Otherwise, please email them. Also, they will not be holding classes in Salem this fall, but in Clackamas at Sunnyside Church instead.
Phone: (503) 786-3428; Email: msoaonline@gmail.com

George Fox Science Outreach Program
Science classes are taught by George Fox University in Newberg for undergraduate students in a laboratory setting. These classes are popular with, but not restricted to, homeschooling families. Resources, equipment, and field trips are also available. George Fox is a Christ-centered organization and brings that perspective to its science program.
Phone: (503) 554-2728; Email: scienceoutreach@georgefox.edu

Classical Conversations
“We empower and support parents not only through our Classical Conversations Communities across the country but also through our specially designed CC Connected online community, Parent Practicums, and academic retreats. All of these services ultimately equip parents to educate their children with the classical tools of learning and a biblical worldview so that they might impact the world for God’s glory.”

 

Programs with Homeschool Options

Ballet Arts Northwest
North West Salem’s first and only ballet studio is offering a homeschool class. You can find them on Facebook.
Phone: (503) 480-5551; Email: balletartsnw@icloud.com

Salem Gymnastics Center
The Salem Gymnastics Center provides a discount to homeschooling families, and has offerings during regular school hours. You can find them on Facebook.
Phone: (503) 399-8240; Email: salemgymnastics@comcast.net

Instruments of Righteousness
Suzanne Cox offers violin and piano lessons. Homeschool discounts are sometimes available, as well. You can find her on YouTube and Facebook under the name of Vibrant Violin.
Phone: (503) 884-2545

4-H Youth Development – Marion County
4-H Youth Development – Polk County

The YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties
Swim classes are available for kids ages 6-14 during regular school hours!
Phone: (503) 581-9622

Straub Environmental Center
SEC provides hundreds of nature-based activities including lectures, screenings, hikes, and art intensives.
Phone: (503) 779-5227 Email: info@straubcenter.org

Honoring Our Rivers
“Since 2000, Honoring Our Rivers has showcased Oregon student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds. From poetry to prose and fiction, from illustration to photography, students from across the state submit their work to a juried-review process and finalists appear before the public in an annual anthology and at exhibits, events and readings hosted by Honoring Our Rivers.”
Phone: (503) 585-8789 Email: info@honoringourrivers.org

 

Museums

(Many of these have homeschool programs. If you have a membership at one be sure to ask if it’ll get you in at another!)
AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village (Gilbert House)
Gilbert House is great for the littles and has a wonderful wooden play structure that all ages can enjoy. It’s a real children’s museum, with a pretend grocery store, lots of manipulatives, and some cross cultural and science oriented exhibits. Adults and older kids will be entertained by a museum of AC Gilbert’s many inventions. There is a monthly homeschool science class, too!

Willamete Heritage Center
“Willamette Heritage Center collects, cares for, interprets, showcases, and promotes understanding of and education about the history of the Willamette Valley region, including Marion County and the greater Salem area.” Curriculum is available for teachers.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen is the home of the Spruce Goose! Check out all kinds of planes from different times in history, and learn about space travel, too. The water park is open now, so don’t forget your swimsuits!

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) (Portland)
OMSI has all sorts of hands on science exhibits and labs. They get traveling exhibits in as well. There is a planetarium, submarine, OMNIMax theatre, and cafeteria. They have lots of classes and summer camps.

OSH Museum of Mental Health
OSHMMH has artifacts from the way things used to be at the state mental hospital, oral histories, and art exhibits. It’s small, quiet, and appropriate for older kids and adults.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Willamette University)
Always free for ages under 17 and free for everyone on Tuesdays! Most Tuesdays they offer Gallery Talks at 12:30 PM.

Corban Library & Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum
The museum showcases over 900 items related to archaeology from the Middle East and Greece, and is part of the Corban University Library, which has a homeschool resource room with many curriculum options and videos available! Library cards are only $10 for 3 years!

Other Educational Opportunities

Willamette Girl Choir
The Hoop
Keizer Art Association
Set to Music English Country Dancing (McMinnville)
Willamette Art Center
Parkour Infinity

 

Websites

Woodburn Area Homeschooling Families Website
“We are a homeschool group for Woodburn and the surrounding area. Our hope is to offer support for homeschooling parents and lots of opportunities for our children to learn and play together.”

Homeschooling in the Mid-Willamette Valley
This site has listings of various educational experiences available in Salem and the surrounding areas.

Oregon Home Education Network
OHEN is a completely inclusive non-profit organization that supports homeschoolers across the state by: following legislative activity, collaborating with local homeschool groups and libraries, providing legal information for homeschoolers, providing direct support via email and phone, and sponsoring teen dances and a statewide convention. They also have a facebook page.

Salem Area Christian Home School Network (SACHSN)
SACHSN is the Salem, OR area’s biggest and most established homeschool resource. They also have a facebook group which is very active, member restricted, and heavily moderated. From their site: “SACHSN works […] to help encourage, inspire, and train parents in Christian home education and discipleship. Connecting you with the help you need to homeschool successfully ‘from fear to eternity.'”

Homeschool Classifieds
Listings of local groups, activities, and items for sale. You can search listings by a radius of your zip code!
 

Email Lists

Most of these email lists are yahoo groups which are currently very low volume. Most communication seems to have moved to facebook.

ORSig This is the most active, but it is a state-wide group.
Mid-Valley Homeschoolers
Teen Homeschool Events Board
Salem Area Support for Homeschoolers (SASH)
Salem Homeschool Independent Network of Educators (SHINEWeb)
Salem Home Grown KinderLearners
Polk County Homeschooling Resources
Newberg Area Home Educators Network

Online or Personalized Charter Schools

(If you use one of these options you are officially a public school family. However, for our purposes, we still welcome you as a homeschooler!)
Here is an Oregon directory of charter schools. Many of these options provide stipends which can be used to pay for secular curriculum and approved classes offered by other programs.

Connections Academy
K-12
Baker Web Academy and Early College
Silvies River Charter School
Tigard-Tualatin Online Academy
Renaissance Public Academy
Clackamas Web Academy
Summit Learning Charter
Dallas Community School
Paisley Charter School
Fossil Distance Learning Program

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