The Knox County Christian Home School Association (KCCHSA) is a support group and communication center for families homeschooling in Knox and surrounding Ohio counties. KCCHSA was founded in the early 1990’s, but its roots date back prior to 1987, when homeschooling was first legalized in Ohio.
Membership is open to those families who choose to traditionally home school their children. Membership is not open to families who choose alternative public school educational options such as e-schools (K12, OVA, Buckeye Online, etc.), or private school "umbrella" programs (Mansfield Christian, etc). We define traditional home education as:
Traditional homeschoolers notify their local superintendent of their intent to homeschool and in return receive a written excuse from compulsory attendance. Parents then direct their child’s education and fund it with their private dollars. In other words, they both choose and pay for their curriculum.
As our name states, KCCHSA is first a Christian association. We believe God has called us to raise and educate our children. We want the freedom to teach our children using the curriculum we feel is best for their education; we don’t want it dictated by the state. Next, we are a Home School association. We believe in traditional home education by all lawful means. By choosing another option, parents forfeit their rights to define curriculum and direct the education of their children.
Our leadership is provided by volunteer parents who homeschool their own children; current Presidents Matthew and Melanie Hexter live in Apple Valley and homeschool their six children.
KCCHSA member families join annually by...
The benefits of KCCHSA membership are many:
- signing a brief Christian statement of faith,
- agreeing to follow Ohio laws regarding homeschooling,
- telling us a bit about themselves for our member directory, and
- paying the $15 annual fee.
- Join a network of Christian families for the purpose of student learning and socialization. Our parent-led activities include multiple learning co-ops, field trips, sewing, 4-H clubs, drama, speech and debate, Teen Pact, Scholastic book club, used curriculum sale, and service opportunities.
- Quick access to member information using our "always up-to-date" directory.
- Communication on the Members’ Only section of our website. Members can share opportunities, prayer requests, business postings, and the like.
- Graduation ceremony for homeschooled high school seniors.
- Recreation and sports opportunities like a flag football league, monthly bowling, swimming lessons, Nerf wars, ice skating, roller skating, and gym night.
- Discounts for HSLDA membership and buying and selling used curriculum, both on our website and at an annual Curriculum Fair.
- Support and encouragement for homeschooling parents who have questions, including our Mentor Mom program.
- Social events throughout the year, such as our Spring Picnic.
- Participation in our annual workshops including the Kick-Off and Activity Fair; Homeschooling Through High School (covers credits, courses, transcripts, preparing for college and beyond); and Home School 101 (public outreach for parents considering home education for their children).
KCCHSA members participate in as much or as little as they like. All that we offer is dependent on parent volunteers and relies on member participation. If KCCHSA sounds like it could benefit you and your family in your homeschooling journey, we’d love to have you join us!