POST COVID EDITION:
Homeschool co-ops come and go, but Covid accelerated the process tremendously. Many homeschool co-ops were shut down during Covid, and once things calmed down a bit, many new co-ops opened. Especially with a tremendous influx of people seeking alternative education for their children. Let’s see which of these co-ops survived.
This page has a list of NJ Homeschool Co-ops and Alternative Schools. We hope that you find it helpful.
If you have a co-op/alternative school that you belong to, or run, that is not on this list, please feel free to fill out the form below and tell us a bit about it. Would you like to have your co-op to have a small description page included on our website, with more info, and photos? Then, please reach out and we will be happy to do so for you! If you are an administrator of a group and would like to edit the description of your group, or would like your Co-op removed from this list, just let us know.
Alright, without further ado, here is the list of NJ Homeschool Co-ops that we know.
Some of these co-ops charge a nominal fee, while others (especially those that meet many days a week) charge quite a bit more. Many of these co-ops and schools are also at their full capacity and have a waiting list. The best way is to reach out and ask questions!
Homeschool Explorers Club re-opened and is still going strong!
They meet on Wednesdays in Edison on a weekly basis. They are a secular co-op, parent participation is a must, and one or more of the kids have to meet a minimal age requirement (5 years old). The link is a Facebook group where you can find out more information.
The Village Co-op is back on, however they moved to a new location in Edison.
This co-op is located in Dunellen. They meet regularly on Fridays during the school year once a week. There is more info on their website.
3. Green Valley
We should talk about Green Valley for a bit. When we were members, Green Valley is a supportive community, not a co-op in a traditional sense, but more like a support group for homeschoolers of all paths. There were no classes, and a weekly meeting on Tuesday. I reached out to GV to get more information, but for the moment, I heard they are having informal meetings in the park.
From their website: “Green Valley Homeschoolers is a welcoming, inclusive and diverse community participating in home education of varied philosophical, religious, or spiritual approaches. This includes support for homeschooling parents, socialization for children and adults, in a non-sectarian, cooperative structure that offers a variety of activities and a sense of community.”
E-Cubed was awesome, and they totally shut down during Covid. Because kids are generally older there, many of them graduated. There are talks of re-starting E-Cubed, though in a new location. Stay tuned!
E-cubed is a teen led group that meets once a week in Princeton. It is a teen group, so only kids 13 and up. There is quite a bit of information on their website. They do have a waiting list and it takes a while to get in, so if you have a kid on a precipice of being a teenager, you might want to reach out and ask to get on the waiting list.
It certainly looks like it is still operational. Their Facebook page looks very active and recent.
Located in Parsipany, NJ, and pre-k to 8th grade.
CHUC is still active as well.
CHUC stands for Christian Homeschoolers of Union County. From their website it sounds like the are more of a support group then a traditional co-op: “Christian Homeschoolers of Union County was founded in 1989 to provide support to homeschooling families living in the Union County, New Jersey area. We have a current membership of 50 families, including some from other counties. ”
There is also Somerset County Christian Homeschoolers. They meet in Bridgewater, NJ.
They don’t seem to have an active co-op group going, but there is a FB group by the same name for meetups and field trips.
INACTIVE Jersey Shore Home Educators meet in Bayville. Here is more about them from their website: “Jersey Shore Home Educators is a new co-op currently working with over twenty families. We incorporate extracurricular classes including Art with a younger and older group, Musical Theater with a younger and older group, Creative Writing (older group only), Archery for both age groups, and Science for both of our age groups. Our goal is to be budget friendly, while creating a fun environment for the children. ”
I reached out to the group to see what their plan is.
What is KHN? Kids Homeschool Nerwork is the longest running Secular Homeschool co-op in central NJ featuring enrichment activities and education where parents attend with children; for children age 4/5 through 18 who attend and participate happily in a group-structured relaxed environment. Interested? Please email: kidshomeschoolnetwork at gmail to meet the team on a Thursday in Central NJ. Weekly Location changes as it is based on individual pre-planned activities
Harmony Homeschoolers is still active. You can reach them via the FB page.
Harmony Homeschoolers was formed in 2014. There usually are various classes for middle-school and high-school aged kids being offered by a wonderful teacher! Check them out right Here.
PLC is still active and going strong.
Princeton Learning Cooperative is a school alternative learning center, located in Princeton, NJ. They meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year. There are two more programs in two different locations. One is Raritan Learning Cooperative in Flemington, NJ. The other is Bucks Learning Cooperative in Langhorne, PA.
Voyagers still seems active.
Voyagers is another alternative education school. There is a lot of information about them on their website. They are located in Eatontown, NJ.
Mosaic Free School is on and running in a lovely location, with lots of classes to choose from.
Mosaic Free School is back on, so be sure to check out all the new offerings on their website.
13. INACTIVE The Kaleidoscope Cooperative for Science and Math
INACTIVE: looks like they are currently not meeting, though the FB page stays updated with new ideas all the time.
The Kaleidoscope Cooperative for Science and Math focuses on, you guessed it, science and math. According to their website, it is a private enrichment program specializing in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). The program runs for 32 weeks, and is taught by volunteer parents.
Stone Hill Learning Center looks alive and well.
This is the description from their website: “The Stone Hill Learning Center (SHLC), established in 1984 as Westerly Road Church Learning Center, is an academic enrichment program for homeschooled students, grades K-12.” It is located at Stone Hill Church of Princeton. The classes are run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 3:00 pm. More information can be found by clicking on the name to go to their website!
Knowlton Fine Arts also looks like it is still active.
Located in Columbia, NJ. Here is a short description from their website: “Knowlton Fine Arts is a Christian non-denominational homeschool group drawing participating families from across Northern New Jersey and Northeast Pennsylvania. We exist to develop excellence in arts and music in our children, and to be a vibrant community for children and parents alike in friendship, encouragement, and sharing in the important and rewarding job of homeschooling.” They have a variety of classes available, with a focus on music, drama and fine arts.
Their FB page looks like it is active and updated, and seems like they continue to meet. Though it is best to reach out to them with any questions you might have.
This co-op is located in Hopewell, NJ. For children aged 0 to 15, they meet weekly every Tuesday from September to May. “Our co-op is designed to provide a fun, relaxed, and nurturing environment for children to pursue, explore, and discover their passions alongside peers and with the guidance of their parents.” You can use their website to contact them and find out more information. It is a secular co-op.
17. Bright Co-op
Bright Co-op is active, they are operating from Zarephath, NJ.
Bright Co-op is located in Netcong NJ. It is an academic co-op with classes spanning PreK – 12th. The co-op meets on Fridays from Sept – May. For families looking to participate: you have to commit to a full school year, willingness to teach and participate as an active member of the co-op, there is a statement of faith requirement for at least one parent.
The Learning Connection is a Christian Co op, located in Northwest NJ. Here is a brief description from their website: “We are here to encourage you on this journey of home schooling through many facets. Our co-op is our most attended event with low cost, member teachers, specialized outside teachers, core and elective classes and great fellowship.”
Wildflower Homeschool Collective is a Muslim faith-based weekly co-op offering classes and field trips. Wildflower Homeschool Collective also offers monthly courses for homeschoolers that are open to everyone such as art, environmental sciences, Juijitsu, music, robotics and more. They are based out of Bergen County offering courses in the Bergen, Essex and Passaic County areas. You can also be reach them at email@example.com.
ACCE is a homeschool hybrid learning center in Tinton Falls that offers part time and full time options in a warm nurturing environment with very individualized programs and lots of experiential learning. Enrichments included in addition to the core curriculum are cooking, martial arts, music, Holy Yoga, and STEM activities. ACCE can be contacted through the Facebook page or by phone or email: (732) 430-1955 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBEC meets at least once a month in Oceanport NJ for a casual social gathering, mixed ages, boys and girls. They often have seasonal and holiday celebrations, and we also do focused themes or subjects. CBEC is run by homeschool parents, and are a ministry of CBC which welcomes all children in the community for enrichment, fun and friendship for the children and tweens; as well as social connections for the parents.
22. Acton Academy
Acton Academy is an alternative school. It currently has two locations, one in Morristown and one in Vernon.
“We believe that each young person who enters our doors is a hero destined to change the world. Acton Academy Morristown is part of the Acton Academy network –a network of true learner-driven communities started in Austin in 2009– and considered by many to be a leading model of K-12 innovation in the United States. We believe it is the most nurturing, deep-learning, student-centered learning environment in the world, and we’re thrilled to share it with intentional families in our community.”
23. INACTIVE Amber Colibri Center
There is not information to show that this co-op remains active.
Amber Colibri Center is located in Newark. They offer a variety of educational programs and classes that look like they would be a good fit for many homeschoolers in the area.
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