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Home School Resources

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Home Education / Home Schooling

Lists requirements for home educating parents, resources for home education, rules and regulations, contact information and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling

Community Parks & Recreation Programs in Your Neighborhood

Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. They provide a variety of programs, camps and classes for children, teens and adults. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Offers half-day and full day summer camps, workshops for homeschoolers, free and pay-what-you-want admission days and offers free studio space for children and teens to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
columbusmuseum.org
Teen Open Studio: columbusmuseum.org/calendar-and-events/?search=teen+open+studio

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

Offers animal and nature programs and camps for youth ages 18 months to adults. Programs range from homeschool, summer and holiday camps, to volunteer opportunities, internships and opportunities to earn high school credit.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
    4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 645-3488
    columbuszoo.org
  • The Wilds
    14000 International Road, Cumberland, Ohio 43732
    (740) 638-5030, ext. 2286
    thewilds.columbuszoo.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and free teen tech studio workshops. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and workshops for young children. They have nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or (800) 443-2937 Toll-free
dawesarb.org

ESCCO (Educational Service Center of Central Ohio) Home Education Service

Provides management of the enrollment application process for students and families living within their school districts.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 542-4150
escco.org/programs-services/business-services-2/home-education-application-management

Khan Academy

Free online educational videos on topics K-12 including math by subject and by grade, science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, college, careers and more. Learn at your own pace.
khanacademy.org

Reading Rockets

Provides many resources for families, including help for struggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, book lists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
readingrockets.org

Westerville Public Library

The Westerville Public Library provides resources and services for homeschoolers, like offering science kits, they will proctor tests, deliver books to your homeschool and more.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 882-7277
westervillelibrary.org/homeschool

Columbus Learning Cooperative

A holistic alternative to the traditional school environment. Participants (ages 10 to 18 years old) register as home school students and then meet with our mentors to determine their unique education plan, with no high-stakes testing, no standardized curriculum, integrated age levels and a flexible schedule. They work with students in the self-directed learning model.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 943-3252
learning.coop

Red Oak Community School

An urban, nature-immersion homeschool supplement program offering part-time and full-time school options for elementary and middle school students in the central Ohio area. Visit the website for listed tuition costs.
2140 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 362-9776
redoakcommunityschool.org