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Orlando Homeschool Guide

After homeschooling my kids cumulatively for five years in the Orlando area, I’ve compiled a list of local resources that provide homeschool classes, programs and support for families looking to enrich their at-home education.

Secular Homeschool Programs in Orlando

4-H Youth Programs
Kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Each 4-H group is unique with a different focus and some are geared specifically to homeschoolers.
florida4h.ifas.ufl.edu

Astro Skate
Enjoy Homeschool Skate on the 2nd Friday of every month for only $5.
https://fb.me/e/2QIXE6yWy

All Kids Spanish
A fun Spanish immersion program for children. Many homeschooling families partake in their virtual and in-person clubs and one-on-one lessons.
Orlando, 321-460-2844
allkidspanish.com

The Art Room
Kids ages 6 and up will learn about a featured artist and their works cultural significance while creating your own piece in the same style and medium. Learn art history while painting! $50 supplies included.
Windermere, 407-909-1869
https://artroomorlando.com/workshops.htm

Big Dreams Bloom
Elementary school students meet once a week in a virtual setting to explore influential women through popular children’s literature, book club-style discussions and maker-style STEM projects. This program was invented by a local teacher who sends supplies in an adorable kit right to your home!
bigdreamsbloom.com

Central Florida Zoo Homeschool ZOOventures
Monthly virtual and in-person classes for children ages 5–13 starting in September and concluding in May. Each class comes to life with a natural science lesson, activity and up-close animal encounters. 
Sanford, 407-323-4450 
centralfloridazoo.org

Cheyne Ranch Homeschool Nature Club
Weekly Nature Club focus on caring for and learning about the health and behavior of horses, goats and bunnies in a small group setting.
Oviedo, 407-680-3348
cheyneranch.com/nature-clubs

Code Ninjas
Kids learn to code in a fun, safe and inspiring learning environment, with a game-based curriculum that kids love.
Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary & Waterford Lakes
codeninjas.com/fl-orlando-waterford-lakes

Crealdé School of Art
This highly respected art program provides a wide variety of art classes for all ages. Try out their Clay for Homeschool classes on Tuesday morning in Winter Garden or Cartooning & Toy Design class on Saturdays in Winter Park.
crealde.org

Creative Jane Art Studio
Creative Jane offers a Homeschool Mixed Media Art Class on Wednesdays in Winter Park.
1781 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park
https://www.hisawyer.com/creative-jane-art/schedules/activity-set/291591?fbclid=IwAR0BuEce6hdm9RShCGCnaXUTs4-nMCsHIDvp4AejXkiFdLzj7MVpi_hHqlE

North Park Learning Group at Engage the Brain
Homeschool students ages 7 – 14 may participate in this homeschool hybrid micro-school. In-person classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Students work in small groups in an experiential and academically-focused environment. Their project-based instruction encourages communication, teamwork and problem-solving. Instructors bring learning to life with activities based in real-life application.
620 North Wymore Road, Suite 240, Maitland | 407-636-9281 | info@engagethebrain.org
https://engagethebrain.org/services/homeschooling-support/northpark-learning-group-homeschool-hybrid/

FIRST Lego League
FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4–16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Find a team near you.
firstinspires.org

Florida Film Academy Home School Studio
Film production, editing, makeup, illustration, photography, animation and more creative classes are available for home school students aged 7–18.  
Winter Garden, 407-654-8400
flfilmacademy.com/home-school

Florida Virtual School
Offers a free, standards-based, full-time and part-time, online curriculum and live classes supported by Florida teachers for Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Flvs.net

Homeschool Activity Program
The Homeschool Activity Program (HAP) is offered the first three Thursdays of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Oviedo. HAP is designed for children ages 6-13 who are homeschooled and would like to get involved in structured activities, including recess games and an exercise program and to socialize and have fun with other children.
https://www.cityofoviedo.net/532/Homeschool-Activity-Program

Homeschool Conference & Secular Book Fair
The Florida Homeschool Association hosts an annual Homeschool Conference for Florida’s homeschool families on May 12, 2022, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Center at Deltona! They’ve created a day full of learning, shopping, information and support. Parents will gain confidence as they begin or continue a Florida home education program. Attendees have all-day access to the giant exhibit area, to preview and purchase the curriculum and other instructional materials they need for the upcoming homeschool year. Go for an hour, or stay the whole day. 
floridahsa.org

Keystone Academy Hybrid School
Keystone Academy offers PreK-12th grade classes for homeschool students in the greater Orlando area. Classes meet one day a week and give students the opportunity to experience the benefits of being in a classroom environment. Instruction is given by the parent the remaining four days of the week, with lesson plans provided by Keystone Academy.
keystone-academy.com

Leu Gardens
Adults attend these hands-on, nature classes with their kids. Learn about plants and animals, plus explore the gardens once a month during Leu Gardens’ Home School Classes.
leugardens.org

Mad Science of Central Florida
A leading science enrichment provider that delivers unique, hands-on science experiences for children. Homeschoolers can participate in a STEM Lab and/or Robotics classes provided twice a month at the Mad Science Lab or virtually.
Oviedo & Ocoee 386-898-4570
cfl.madscience.org

Orange County Library System
Kids can learn how to run a business, make a web page, build video games, embroider and even how to cook through free classes at the library!
Multiple branches, 407-835-7323
ocls.info/classes-events

Orange County Regional History Center
The History Center provides monthly Home School Days! These classes offer curriculum designed to meet grades K-5 standards, but all ages are welcome. Take your 4-year-old or your high schooler – they are sure to have a great time learning through hands-on activities and projects!
thehistorycenter.org

Orlando Science Center Homeschool Days
This bi-monthly science lab for homeschoolers in grades K–8, exposes students to a variety of exciting topics such as chemistry, astronomy, physics, renewable energy and more! 
Orlando, 407-514-2000
osc.org/learn/education

Planet Obstacle Homeschool Days
Every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Homeschool and Virtual School students are welcome to an all access pass for $15.95.
1150 Emma Oaks Trail, #100, Lake Mary
planetobstacle.com

The Dreamers’ School
The Dreamers’ School is a Waldorf-inspired enrichment program for homeschoolers in downtown Orlando. They offer classes twice a week for children ages four through thirteen.
thedreamersschoolorlando.com

The Lighthouse School of Winter Garden
The Lighthouse School offers non-graded, non-credit weekly classes in all subject areas for ages four and up to supplement your family’s homeschool education plans. Learning is facilitated through activities including experiments and projects in addition to more traditional lesson plans. In combination with academic enrichment, The Lighthouse School provides community and socialization for homeschoolers and their families.
thelighthouseschoolwg.com

Religious Homeschool Programs in Orlando

Christian Victory Academy of Central Florida
CVA Offers custom on-campus plans: 2, 3, or 5 days a week.
christianvictoryacademy.org

Circle Christian School
Parent Directed Education with Private School Credibility
A fully accredited private school with multiple campus locations across Central Florida. Circle Christian School offers parent-directed education with private school credibility for K4 through 12th grade.
circlechristianschool.org

Faithful Fruit Leadership, Inc.
Liz Washington provides in-person and online math tutoring, in addition to resume help, college advising, academic support, professional development, career counseling and educational events to the Central Florida Area.
407-341-6910
Facebook.com/FaithfulFruitLeadership

Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA)
The FPEA exists solely to serve homeschooling families in Florida. It executes that mission through support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, an annual convention in Orlando, local conferences and events, informative communications, and individual encouragement — all in accordance with Judeo-Christian principles.
fpea.com

IEW at the Farm
Mary Odell is a writing tutor and former NASA technical writer, who has been certified in the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) method.
Geneva, Florida
iewatthefarm.com

The Classical School at The First Academy
The Classical School at The First Academy offers a 2-day homeschool hybrid program, in addition to a full homeschool curriculum and support services such as testing, consulting and a private school umbrella program.
thefirstacademy.org/academics/classical

Willow Creek Home Educators (Co-Op)
This program ran by Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, offers many activities throughout the year, including co-op classes for students grades Pre-K through high school, special events (such as geography, biology, and science fairs), meet-ups and holiday parties — as well as a supportive environment for both parents and students to form lasting friendships. WCHE does not offer an “umbrella school” program.  They are true co-operative that relies on the time and talent of its members to make events successful. 
https://www.homeschool-life.com/fl/wche/

Homeschooling is a great alternative for parents to provide their children with the best education possible. While homeschooling is not for everyone, it does have its benefits.

Are we missing something? Email heather@playgroundmagazine.com to have it added to the list.

Written by
Heather Reneau

Heather Reneau is an Oviedo mom of two and a graphic designer/art director with a natural flair for writing. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her down many business paths, including conceiving and producing PLAYGROUND Magazine back in 2007. It's her passion to celebrate local people and spread the word about quality family businesses, services and events in Orlando and beyond.

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