NJ Homeschool Coops And Alternative Schools

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This page has a list of NJ Homeschool Coops and Alternative Schools.  We hope that you find it very helpful.

If you have a coop/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.  If you would like to have your coop to have a small description page included on our website, with more info, photos and what not, 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 Coops that we are familiar with.  You can also check out the map, to find those coops closest to you.

NJ Homeschool Coops And Alternative Schools

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 to find out more!

1. Homeschool Explorers Club

This is a relatively new co-op, I believe they are on their second year now.  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.

2. The Homeschool Village Co-op

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 Scene

Green Scene is a supportive community.  It is not a co-op in a traditional sense, but more like a support group for homeschoolers of all paths.  There are no classes, and no weekly meetings.  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.”

4. E-Cubed

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.

5. Grand Conversations

Grand Conversations Co-op is located in Edison. They meet on Mondays.  Here is a bit from their website: “We are an inclusive group of homeschooling families that embraces cultural, ethnic, and spiritual diversity. We welcome all families provided that we accept and respect each other’s differences.”

6.  CHUC

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. “

7. Jersey Shore Home Educators

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. “

8. Kids Homeschool Network

Kids Homeschool Network meet in Hunterdon County, NJ. They meet weekly on Thursday and Friday.  The activities are designed for kids 5 and older, though younger siblings are welcome.

9. Harmony Homeschoolers and Education Elsewhere. 

Harmony Homeschoolers was formed in 2014.  While they are undergoing some changes this summer, you can always reach out using ‘contact us’ and find out more. Starting this year, in the same location as Harmony Homeschoolers, in Farmingdale, NJ, there will be various classes for middle-school and high-school aged kids being offered by a wonderful teacher! At this time there is History, Science Lab, English, and Math Workshop, and quite a few more.  Check them out right Here.

10. PLC

Princeton Learning Cooperative is a school alternative learning center, located in Princeton, NJ.  As a matter of fact, it is the same location as E-cubed.  It’s a teen group.  They meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year.

11. Voyagers Community School

Voyagers is another alternative education school.  There is a lot of information about them on their website.  They are located in Eatontown, NJ.

12. Mosaic Free School

Mosaic Free School is located in Bedminster, NJ.  Here is a bit of a description from their site: “Mosaic Freeschool is a learning community that provides homeschool families the freedom to choose educational experiences. We are a network of parents and educators offering Cooperative Learning Engagements (CLEs) for upper elementary and middle school students. Our goal is to meet individual needs, not arbitrary standards, while fostering inspiration in children.”

13.  Blackwood NJ Homeschool Coop

Blackwood NJ Homeschool Coop is located in Blackwood, NJ, the classes take place on Mondays from 12-4pm.  Their year consists of two 11 week semesters.  They are a secular academic coop. They have registration dates coming up, and a lot of info on their website.

14. The Kaleidoscope Cooperative for Science and Math

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.

15. Stone Hill Learning Center

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!

16. Knowlton Fine Arts

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.

17. Creekside Learning Coop

This coop is located in Hopewell, NJ. For children aged 0 to 13, 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.

18. P.L.A.Y. Co-op In Jersey City Heights. 

This coop meets on Tuesdays in Jersey City. It is free to attend. P.L.A.Y. stands for Parent-Led Activities For Youth and is a FREE homeschool co-op located in Jersey City Heights. “Parents and children come together to socialize, learn new things and get active each week.” Check out their website for more information or visit their Facebook page.

 

19. Bright Co-op

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.

20. The Learning Connection

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 fellowhsip.”

Here is our awesome map to help you navigate and find your way.

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Co-ops And Alternative Schools

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Grand Conversation Co-op: 40.594704, -74.360706
Voyagers Community School: 40.306779, -74.050744
PLC and E-cubed: 40.374969, -74.643519
Homeschool Explorers Club: 40.543909, -74.339685
The Homeschool Village Co-op: 40.595708, -74.463286
CHUC: 40.707422, -74.328520
Jersey Shore Home Educators: 39.909092, -74.154917
Kid Homeschool Network: 40.566951, -74.920877
Mosaic Free School: 40.669264, -74.680400
Harmony Homeschoolers: 40.202786, -74.198160
Blackwood NJ Homeschool Coop: 39.802336, -75.064060
Kaleidoscope Coop: 40.870166, -74.954268
Stone Hill Learning Center: 40.383785, -74.647529
Knowlton Fine Arts: 40.937904, -75.020999
Creekside Learning Co-op: 40.389273, -74.761828
P.L.A.Y. Coop: 40.944120, -74.458466

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