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The number of  homeschoolers in the United States is steadily on the rise. As of 2003, there were almost 1.1 million home-educated students, and almost 30% of those were teens. Are you one of them?

If so, here is a (very long, I admit) list of resources to enrich your home education experience.

Take a class:

Sports, crafts, languages, computers, writing…no matter what your interests, there is a class out there for you!

Pittsburgh YMCA 

 Community Education at CCAC

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

City of Pittsburgh Community Centers


Pittsburgh Cares

Volunteer Match

Habitat for Humanity

Check out a Homeschooling Group:

North Pittsburgh Homeschool Enrichment Program

PALS (People Always Learning Something)

Pittsburgh East Suburban Homeschoolers’ Association

City of Pittsburgh Community Centers

Read Blogs of Homeschooled Teens:



You can search lots of other homeschoolers’ blogs here. http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/

Go on a field trip:

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is you have more freedom to go on field trips. And one of the beautiful things about Pittsburgh is that there are a lot of field trip-worthy places to go.

Carnegie Museums

Pittsburgh Zoo

National Aviary

Oliver Miller Homestead

Pittsburgh Arts

Pittsburgh Parks

Frick Art & Historical Center

Senator John Heinz History Center

Of course, one of the best places for a homeschooler to visit is the library. Homeschoolers are always welcome at CLP (as long as you observe appropriate library behavior during your visit, or course).  If you have any ideas on how CLP can improve its services to homeschoolers, please let us know in comments!

Some books in the collection about homeschooling:

Homeschoolers’ college admissions handbook : preparing 12-to 18-year-olds for success in the college of their choice / Cafi Cohen ; series editor, Linda Dobson.

Schooled / Gordon Korman.

The teenage liberation handbook : how to quit school and get a real life and education / Grace Llewellyn.

And what about college? : how homeschooling leads to admissions to the best colleges and universities / by Cafi Cohen.

Real lives : eleven teenagers who don’t go to school tell their own stories / edited and with an introduction by Grace Llewellyn.

The complete idiot’s guide to homeschooling / by Marsha Ransom.


Know Your Rights:

When I was homeschooled back in the 90s, homeschooling was in a sort of legal grey area. But thanks to a lot of hard work by homeschooling advocates, homeschooling IS legal now—in all 50 states. However there are regulations and restrictions that differ from state to state. You can read about Pennsylvania homeschooling laws at the Home School Legal Defense Association here.

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

One Response

  1. I just wanted to post a quick comment to tell you how happy I was to see this post! I was homeschooled from 4th-11th grade and many of the resources you listed here are ones I discovered on my own over the years and they definitely helped make my education that much richer. The only reason I didn’t continue homeschooling for my senior year was because the Cyber School offered me a scholarship to take some college classes and it was too nice of an opportunity to pass up. Still, even though I am technically graduating as a cyberschooled student, I definitely still feel like a homeschooler at heart. The Teenage Liberation Handbook in particular was a book that I really enjoyed. It really helped me see how much freedom homeschooling was really giving me around 8th/9th grade when I was feeling conflicted about continuing with it all the way up through high school.

    Anyways, kudos on a great post! 🙂 It should be very useful for traditionally schooled students as well as homeschoolers.

    – Kaitlyn

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