Homeschooling and Co-ops: A Viable School Choice for Parents

Thinking about home education for your child? Here’s what to consider.

Home education is one option that parents might consider for their child. And for parents opting to homeschool, the month of August is a busy time! This is generally the month to send in a Notification of Intent (a form used to notify the department of education that a child will be homeschooled instead of attending a public or private educational institution), choose curriculum, join a local co-op and fill in enrichment activities. We’ve rounded up our top FAQs for home education by a local homeschool mom.

Notification of Intent in Ohio

Ohio law states that parents must notify the superintendent in their home district with a letter of intent to home educate. A great resource for legal documents and general support is the volunteer-led online group, Ohio Homeschooling Parents, who clearly lists out all of the laws and forms. To send in a Notification of Intent (NOI) to homeschool, children must be age 6 by the first day of school in your district. Your NOI must be postmarked by certified mail to the superintendent before the end of the first week of school in the home district.


Southwest Ohio has dozens of co-ops; some have drop-off programs with paid teachers while others are led by parents of the co-op. Exploring new co-ops offers a variety of opportunities for homeschooled students. Here are a few to explore in Southwest Ohio.


BraveTree Educators is a nonprofit organization that offers community and support to homeschooling families. With a Biblical worldview as the foundation, they accomplish this mission through core and enrichment class offerings and community building activities. BraveTree is a 100% volunteer led organization and membership is required for participation.

HELP Homeschool 

The drop-off program at HELP ranges from kindergarten through high school on Wednesdays in Milford. Registration for the year begins in spring and classes begin in September. Classes include Tinkertime Engineering, Galloping the Globe, Exploring Economics and Performance Art. 

JET Education Center

JET empowers students to make choices that will benefit them in the future and lead them on a path to success. At JET Education Center, children are taught and encouraged to work as a team, preschool through highschool. 

Leaves of Learning

Located in Deer Park, Leaves of Learning is an innovative educational program for students ages 3-18. Classes include Diversity & Unconscious Bias in Literature, Make It Real, Applied Math for Learning, Brain Games, Crypto Club and many more. 

Nakama Studio

Classes at Nakama in Batavia run throughout the year and are both fun and educational. Learn a fun trade like beekeeping, have some science fun in a baking class, design jewelry, handbuild pottery with clay and more! 


Twice a week, classes meet for younger and older students. Parents are expected to teach one 45 minute class each week. Classes include cooking, geography, speech, rock climbing and more. 

Wisdom’s Way

Wisdom Way offers classes based on the interest of participating families and the willingness of teachers to share and impart their knowledge to children. It is their goal to have developmental and engaging classes from newborn through highschool, like My Place in Space and Magic School Bus Science. 

Refer to the HSLDA website for more co-ops and resources in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana!


The following local businesses host homeschool classes for children in Southwest Ohio:

Baker Hunt Homeschool Art |

Big Bone Lick Homeschool Days | [email protected] 

Boonshoft Museum |

Carillon Historical Park |

Cincinnati Art Museum |

Cincinnati Museum Center |

Cincinnati Nature Center |

Cincinnati Christian School |

Cincinnati Zoo |

Clermont Christian School |

Clermont County Parks District |

Contemporary Arts Center |

Countryside YMCA | 

Dance, Etc. | 

Evergreen Music School |

Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati |

Gracious Farm |

Green Acres |

Great Parks |

Guitar Lessons with Jonny A |

Heritage Village Museum |

iSpace |

Mason Cottage Day | 

Mosaic Climbing |

Ohio History Connection |

OTR CRC Roller Rink Homeschool Days |

Queen City Clay |

Rockquest Climbing |

Santorelli Dance |

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati |

The Dance Coalition |

The Roaming Naturalist |

Toedtman School of Music |

Trailblazers Homeschool Athletics |

Tristate Warbird Museum |

West Chester Academy |

Mark Your Calendar

The Great Homeschool Convention is coming to Cincinnati on April 4-6, 2024. Every year, the Great Homeschool Convention takes over Duke Energy Center with a weekend full of curriculum vendors, workshops, giveaways, resources and valuable speakers.

* A newly passed homeschool law goes into effect in October 2023 with changes to the NOI forms and assessments. Please refer to the new Ohio Revised Code 3321.042 which introduces Ohio as a low regulation state!

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Did we miss your co-op or enrichment class? Email [email protected] and we will add it to the list!

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