|The Home School Mission Statement
- Honors the diversity of homeschoolers
- Supports and promotes the entire spectrum of homeschooling
- Provides information
- Monitors and influences legislation
- Offers opportunities for families to get together
- Empowers families to make the choices that respect the rights, needs, and aspirations of their children
HSC welcomes anyone with an interest in homeschooling.
The Home School Association of California has been around for a decade now, ever since a small group of Bay Area homeschooling moms got together in 1987 to start what was then called the Northern California Homeschool Association.
They've grown up a lot since those early days of the two-page mimeographed newsletter. They're a statewide organization of homeschooling families with lots to offer you to help you and your family in its homeschooling adventure:
- California HomeSchooler, the bimonthly newsletter, carries news and information about HSC, about local and regional support groups, homeschooling resources, and more, and it will keep you up to date on the legal and legislative climate for homeschooling in California.
- The HSC Legal/Legislative Committee monitors legislation and other state activities which might affect homeschooling in California. HSC's legislative advocate in Sacramento keeps legislators and bureaucrats informed of HSC's positions and interests, and keeps HSC members up to date on any potential changes.
- The HSC Website contains information about HSC, including its history and current board of directors, as well as an online version of California HomeSchooler. You'll also find "The Legality of Private-School Homeschooling in California (May 2000)," appellate attorney Stephen Greenberg's overview of California laws affecting homeschoolers, a current list of HSC County Contacts, and information on resources, both online and off.
- HSC County Contacts can be reached in most California counties. These are HSC members' experienced homeschoolers who volunteer to answer questions from homeschoolers or prospective homeschoolers in their area. They can give you advice and information about local support groups and activities as well as general moral support.
- HSC has been a long-time sponsor of the California Home-Education Conferences, at which homeschoolers gather together to hear interesting and provocative speakers, see resource displays, and most of all, meet and share ideas and experience and just plain fun.
- HSC Campouts offer low-key, fun opportunities to spend time with other homeschooling families from around the state, usually at group campsites in state parks.
- HSC Publications help California homeschoolers find the information they need to homeschool the way they want to. They're planning a series of white papers on topics important to homeschoolers, including an updated version of Steve Greenberg's "Toward a Theory of Legal Homeschooling in California," a paper on daytime curfews, and another on dealing with public ISPs.
HSC is a membership-supported California non-profit corporation. A membership/subscription is $30 per year.Click here to go to the printable HSC Join form web page.
For more information, questions about legal/legislative matters, advertising or communications to the board, write to:
HomeSchool Association of California (HSC)
P.O. Box 868
Davis, CA 95617
888-HSC-4440 --Toll Free
For homeschooling questions, or to join HSC by credit card.
Contacting the HSC Board
For board member listings see http://www.hsc.org. Questions sent to the entire board go through a process to determine the responsibility for replying. You will get a quicker response if you can direct your question to a specific board member or committee chair.
Jill Dixon-Mentor Teacher-Home School Santa Barbara