WHO Region 11

Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties

The following groups or individuals have contacted WHO offering their local support groups or co-ops for homeschoolers. This is the only way WHO finds out about local support. So, if you are a member of a group, and your group is not listed on our web site, please tell us about your group and we will update our list. Email Homeschool Support with your information, group details, and please include county or region. We would also appreciate notification of changes in your group, such as new contact people.  Please note  that this page is for support groups, if you have an actual business, we have advertising opportunities on our website. Thank you.

Inclusion on these lists does not represent an endorsement or recommendation by WHO.

WHO Contact Information

Homeschooling Questions: WHOContact@washhomeschool.org
For Website Updates please email WHOOffice@washhomeschool.org

All-inclusive group of homeschoolers in and around Belfair, WA. To including those in North Mason County & South Kitsap County, WA.

With a purpose to help each other navigate WA state laws and this homeschooling journey each of us are on. If you are looking for ideas, curricula discussion, socializing for your kids and yourself, or just want support for good and bad days? Come and join us!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1786012798301691/

Classical Conversations of Olympia – Classical-Christian-Community

Website: www.classicalconversations.com
Contacts: Carline Dally (Foundations/Essentials) – dallyhomestead@gmail.com or,

Classical Conversations Olympia-Yelm Highway

Classical Conversations Programs of West Olympia

Foundations/Essentials – Jennifer Slemmer – jslemmer@classicalconversations.com
Challenge A – Renee-Michelle Kirk – rmlkirk@hotmail.com
Challenge B – Cathy Barbuto – c.barbuto@comcast.net
Challenge I – Leasha Edminster – leashae217@gmail.com
Challenge II – Michelle Olson – michelle5@centurytel.net
Challenge III – Cheri Bywater – 6byh2o@comcast.net
Challenge IV – Cindy Clendenen – cindyclen@gmail.com

E.D.U.C.A.T.S.- (Educating Diverse & Unique Children w/ Alternative Teaching Styles)

We are a 4-H affiliated homeschool group.

Contact: Deann Boyd – dablefty@gmail.com – (360) 507-2607 or,
Jane McCormick – JaneMyron@aol.com – (380) 754-2497

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts gives girls in K-12th grade access to life-changing experiences that inspire them to do something big. Each Girl Scout designs fun and challenging activities that empower her to discover her world and herself, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Annual membership is only $15. Financial assistance is available for optional materials such as uniforms, books, workshops, etc.

Visit our website at: www.GirlScoutsWW.org
Contact us at: (800) 541-9852 – comdevsouth@girlscoutsww.org

Greater Olympia Ed-ventures – Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater

This group is open to both homeschoolers and virtual-schoolers primarily living within Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater.
Our activities range from meeting at the park to burn off some energy to organized learning fieldtrips. Our focus is on helping our children build close local friendships. For this reason, families living outside the greater Olympia area will have their membership request denied. New members are given a 14 day trial to view the groups activities before deciding to pay the dues and become a full member; at which time, they must adhere to the group policies.

Website: www.meetup.com/Oly-Edventures

Homeschool MeetUp of Pierce & Thurston County (HMPTC)
Our diverse homeschool group offers open ended group opportunities for activities, field trips, outings and small group workshops for homeschool families of all styles. Join in on monthly activities like Writer’s Workshops for middle/high school or elementary, Nature Journal Group, Art Club, Book Groups, Teen Night Out, Running/Hiking Club, Teen Photography Club, LARPing group, field day, holiday celebrations, outdoor recreation, group camping trips, etc. Pick and choose from a variety of field trips, outings, and community group events.  We also have support activities throughout the year for homeschool families like Parent Night Out, Curriculum Night, etc. Our wonderful group of homeschool families are part of an established group with a large range of ages, we are very active and filled with fantastic families who support brand new homeschooling families to the most experienced of homeschooling families!  http://www.meetup.com/HomeschoolMPTC/

Lewis County Homeschoolers

Contact: Erica Engle – homeschool@localaccess.com – (360) 740-1637
Address: 156 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis 98532


Mountain to Mountain Homeschool Club

We are a group dedicated to serving ALL homeschoolers/unschoolers in the East Lewis County/South Pierce County Area. Are you from Packwood, Randle, Glenoma, Morton, Mossyrock, Salkum, Onalaska, Mineral, Elbe, Eatonville or Ashford? Join us on Facebook!

Contact: Genny Greiter – (360) 496-0524 – genevieve.greiter@gmail.com.

Newaukum Christian Home Educators Support Group (Salkum)

Contact: Cindy Chapman – (360) 985-2880
Address: 4003 State Highway 508, Cinebar 98533

Olympia LDS Home Educators

Contact: Michelle Howe – (360) 705-2829

Olympia Parents of Special Needs Kids

Website: www.WyattsHouse.org
Address: The Wyatt Holliday Foundation 855 Trosper Rd. # 108-202, Tumwater, WA 98512
Phone: (360) 507-0944
Email: info@wyattshouse.org

P.A.T.C.H. Co-op (Pierce and Thurston Community Homeschoolers Co-op)

PATCH is an inclusive homeschool group where each member’s beliefs and racial and cultural background are respected and valued at all of our activities and in all our gatherings. We seek to encourage a close-knit, active group by offering weekly co-op classes, field trips, and other opportunities for homeschooling families, in order to create lasting and supportive relationships. Because PATCH strives to minimize the cost of classes and activities, we rely on the volunteer efforts of our members who serve in administrative, teaching, and auxiliary roles. We aspire to establish and foster an effective relationship between military and civilian homeschoolers with the goal of helping current and incoming JBLM homeschooling families find timely and easily-accessed homeschool support in the larger community.

Website: www.homeschool-life.com/wa/patch
Contact: patch.coop@gmail.com

Prairie Community Co-Op – Yelm

Prairie community co-op is a great way for homeschoolers in our area to make friends and have experience with teachers outside of home. The idea of classes is educational fun. Teachers are volunteer parents. We all meet in one building so you child’s class room will never be more than a short trip across the hall. Financial obligations are minimal. We meet on Fridays at 10:30. We have two 45min classes, Lunch and recess.
Please join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1702621186728540/

Stonewall Youth

Based in downtown Olympia and offering services to Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties, we are an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth, ages 21 and under, to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other. We are open as a confidential and safe space three days a week for drop-in hours and support group, with workshops, art and music programming, games, discussions, field trips, mentors, advocacy, and more resources, completely free for the youth who access our services.

Our website is http://stonewallyouth.org/about/, our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/, our phone number is (360)-705-2738, and if youth are interested in participating they can contact Masa at masa@stonewallyouth.org or Ruby at ruby@stonewallyouth.org.

TLC Homeschool Group

Contact: Leeann Tourillott – Ltourti@earthlink.net – (360) 412-0366 or,
Lori Ramsdell – lori.ramsdell@comcast.net – (360) 970-4870


Thurston Learning Community (TLC)
TLC is an eclectic, secular learning community serving the homeschoolers and unschoolers of the greater Thurston county area. We are an inclusive group that supports the whole family through their individual education journey.

“Under Our Lady’s Mantle” Catholic Homeschool Group

Contact: Pam Pellegrino – pampellegrino@comcast.net – (360) 754-8531

Unschoolers of Lewis and Thurston Counties

Serving Whole Life Unschoolers, Unschoolers and Secular Homeschoolers

Website: www.facebook.com/groups/514700331918264

Yelm Homeschoolers (Lower Elementary)

A group to make friends, share ideas, discuss our ups and downs, and have local playdates/ field trips for families homeschooling lower elementary in Yelm. All are welcome!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YelmHomeschoolers/