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6 Free Public Homeschool Options in California

Looking into learn-from home options? Check out these six California providers.

Looking into learn-from home options? Check out these six California providers.

If you want to homeschool your kids in California, public homeschool programs are one option available to you. Students in these programs are California Public School students. All books and supplies are provided for free by the school. With most, a full curriculum is provided, while with some, you will get help putting one together.

Below is a list of some of the public homeschool options available in California. Many of these programs also offer actual classes, so children can enjoy both the benefits of one-on-one learning and classroom experience. Keep in mind that public homeschool students will have to take state tests, and that in-class programs may not be available depending on public health concerns.

1. California Virtual Academy (CAVA)

The California Virtual Academy is an online school that uses the curriculum. In-person classes may be offered in some areas. Online instructor-led classes are also available. Learning coaches (the term for the teaching parent or guardian) must implement the CAVA curriculum. Students must use the textbooks provided by the school. This is a good option for parents who don't want to put together a curriculum themselves. has a curriculum overview on their website.

2. Connections Academy

Like CAVA, Connections Academy offers a pre-made curriculum. You can view some sample lessons on their website.

Springs Charter School

Springs Charter School (formerly River Springs Charter School) has a public homeschool program that serves students in San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties. With River Springs, you can choose your own materials, so this is a completely independent option.

Independent charter school programs are great for homeschoolers who don't want to go it alone but who don't want to be told what to teach. As long as you cover certain requirements, you are free to create a program that works for you and your child. Homeschool classes are offered at learning centers in Temecula on Margarita Road, Corona at 2nd and Grand Ave, Riverside on Chicago Ave, Santa Ana on N. Grand Ave, and Hemet on North Girard St.

4. American River Charter School

American River Charter School is located in Garden Valley in Northern California. The school offers a personalized homeschool program with optional weekly classes. You may choose your own curriculum and supplies. Sports, drama, band, and dance are offered to high school students. This charter is contracted with Black Oak Mine Unified School District and follows all of the district's policies.

5. San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools

San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools, which is located in Oceanside, serves San Diego County. The school requires monthly teacher meetings for K-8 students and weekly meetings for high school students. Parents and teachers work together to pick a curriculum that aligns with California's content standards.

6. Circle of Independent Learning (COIL)

Circle of Independent Learning (COIL) is a charter school located in Fremont in Northern California that serves the San Francisco Bay area. The program is for students in Alameda County and adjacent counties. COIL offers a personalized program for each student. Field trips are also offered.

"Specific grade level field trips are also provided throughout the year to NASA, Monterey Aquarium, science/social studies camp-over experiences, art galleries and other educational facilities."

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 LT Wright


Inspire Charter Schools on April 27, 2015:

Can you please add the Inspire Charter Schools program to your list? More information on the program can be found here:

Thank you!

Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on March 16, 2012:

A great list of plaes to find home schooling info... voted up interesting and useful