Homeschooling in oregon
I LOVE Oregon! I was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area and have stayed here with my husband to raise and homeschool our six children. We so enjoy the Northwest and, Lord willing, will never move away from here! Are you a homeschooling family considering moving to Oregon? Or perhaps just making a visit and want to see what it’s all about? Here’s what you need to know!
If you’re an active family or are looking great opportunities to explore nature in your homeschool, Oregon is where you want to be! You’ll be able to explore forests, deserts, ocean beaches, snowy peaks, and even volcanoes! Our amazing parks and hiking trails are perfect for nature studies and enjoying the outdoors.
Homeschooling Fun in Oregon
There are SO many fun things to do in Oregon that it would be impossible to list them all. Below are a just a few highlights, not even including all the amazing national parks, beaches, trails, and more!
- Ocean Beaches – Check out the tide pools, go fishing, whale watching, or just enjoy a day at the beach! Might want to bring a windbreaker or jacket most days, though.
- Whale Watching Center in Depot Bay
- Oregon Aquarium
- Hatfield Marine Science Center
- Oregon Caves National Monument
- Oregon State Capitol
- John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
- Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
- Oregon National Historic Trail
- Oregon Zoo
- World Forestry Center
- Portland Art Museum
- High Desert Museum in Bend
- Lava River Cave in Bend
- Portland Children’s Museum
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
- Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge
- Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks
- Oregon Observatory in Sunriver
- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
- Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook
- Wildlife Safari in Winston
Oregon Homeschool Laws
Oregon would be considered a medium or low regulation state. There is a long history of homeschool families in Oregon fighting to expand and protect homeschool freedoms. The current homeschool laws aren’t complicated, but it’s important to be aware of them for compliance.
- Notification: A letter of your intent to homeschool must be sent to the ESD if your child will be 6 on September 1 of that school year.
- Evaluations / Testing: Homeschool students must be evaluated in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. Test results only need to be submitted to the ESD if they request it.
- Special Needs: If your child has special needs, homeschool law makes provision for that. Read about your options here.
- More Details: For information, including a template for your notification letter, review the entire summary of homeschool law here.
Getting Connected with Oregon Homeschoolers
There is a great homeschool community in Oregon that you can connect with! Here are some of the organizations and groups you’ll want to consider.
- Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork)
- Homeschooling in Oregon FB Group (OCEANetwork)
- Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN)
- Homeschooling in Oregon: Talk with OHEN
- Oregon Homeschool Support FB Group
- Exodus Books homeschool bookstore in Oregon
- The CHOC Board directory of resources for homeschoolers in Portland metro area
- Support Groups – There are many support groups in Oregon you can consider. Here are just a few:
- Local Support Group search (those affiliated with OCEANetwork)
- SACHSN – Salem Area Christian Home School Network
- Salem Inclusive Homeschoolers
- Central Oregon Homeschool Group
- Eastern Oregon Home Educators
- Polk Christian Home Education
- Monmouth Independence Christian Homeschooling Association
- Douglas County Homeschoolers
- Rogue Valley Homeschoolers
- Portland Westside Christian Homeschoolers
- Homeschoolers of Portland
- Woodburn Area Homeschooling Families
I hope this post was helpful to you as you explore homeschooling in Oregon!
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Tauna is a Jesus follower, wife, mom of 6, [domestically challenged] homemaker, homeschooler, and writer. Find her at Proverbial Homemaker where she serves up practical tips her fellow Type-B moms with biblical encouragement. You’ll also find her and her husband, Aaron, working on the volunteer team for OCEANetwork to protect and expand homeschool freedoms in Oregon.