DC Classes and Co-ops

This page is about local classes and resources for DC homeschoolers. It’s updated as of the 2015-2016 school year.

Groups and Co-Ops

DCHEA
This group has a Facebook page and a Google Plus page and tracks the legal goings on in DC homeschooling and can connect several of the different groups.

DC Homeschoolers
A listserv for local families.

Sankofa Homeschool
A co-op and a support group geared toward African-American homeschoolers.

Classical Conversations
A national organization with local, parent-run groups focused on Christian classical education. There are currently three chapters in the District.

DC Village
A preschool co-op run by homeschooling parents.

City Kids Co-Op
A small science and geography co-op for elementary aged kids.

Sligo Creek Co-op
A large co-op geared toward upper elementary and older with a variety of classes once a week.

Classes and Days Geared Toward Homeschoolers

US Botanic Gardens
Seedlings is a free monthlong class about botany for elementary aged students. Entrance is very competitive.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum Q?rius Homeschool Classes
Q?rius is a hands on section with a classroom geared toward middle and high school students. There are free classes offered periodically for homeschoolers to take advantage of the school group programs.

National Building Museum Homeschool Days
The NBM holds several homeschool days every year for homeschoolers to take advantage of the school group programs.

Dumbarton Oaks Homeschool Day
Dumbarton’s museum holds a homeschool history day each year.

Smithsonian National Zoo Classes
The zoo holds a continuing slate of zoology and other science classes geared toward elementary and early middle school aged homeschoolers.

Shakespeare Theatre’s Homeschool Classes
These semester long classes are mostly geared toward tweens and teens.

American Parkour
This parkour gym currently has a homeschool class.

National Gallery of Art Homeschool Program
There is currently one free homeschool program offered at the National Gallery, but hopefully they’ll offer more.

Other things to know about finding programs locally…
In the past, the Kreeger Museum and Tudor House have held homeschool days and Writopia had a homeschool class. Those places and more may be interested in reviving their programs if you get a group together.

There are some great homeschool programs in the near suburbs, including classes at The Art League in Alexandria and theater at The Highwood Theater in Silver Spring. There are also homeschool days at many places slightly farther afield such as the College Park Aviation Museum or the new Kid Museum in Bethesda. In addition to looking in the suburbs, be sure to look at homeschool programs in Baltimore, including some great art programs at the Walters Museum and a great slate of science classes every fall at the Maryland Science Center. It’s worth the trip.

Finally, there are excellent free weekend programs for kids and families at many of the museums. In particular, we like the National Gallery’s Stories in Art and Artful Conversations programs. The Freer’s Imaginasia programs are great. The National Portrait Gallery runs great open workshops in their classroom on many weekends. While there are perhaps fewer classes for homeschoolers in the city than in some places, the number of free museum programs for families is overwhelming. There are also a number of great afterschool programs for teens, such as the longtime digital arts program at the Hirshhorn.