Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into nine regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
Our guide to your first steps
How to Homeschool High Schoolers
We're different in NC!
It is our goal to have the most informative website about homeschooling in North Carolinia.
Recordings of conference workshops & lectures.
NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
There are many groups of North Carolinians who are working to promote or practice home education. Find home educators like or near you.
NCHE divides the state into 9 regions. Each region has a director.
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Middle and High school sports include Boys Baseball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country (individual & team), Golf (individual & team), Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Swimming (individual & team), Girls Volleyball
Regional Tournaments & More
Spend a week in Raleigh, serving in our capital
A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late Spring featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
Become part of an organization devoted to serving NC homeschoolers. Help us advance our threefold purpose: PROTECT the freedom of educating at home, PROVIDE encouragement & support to families who choose home education for their children, and PROMOTE home education as an educational alternative
Help us advance NC homeschooling through our educational programs, publications, extra-curricular activities & scholarships.
Do you have a passion for home education? Find a place to employ your talents and serve with NCHE!
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Diane Helfrich is an empty-nesting fourteen-year veteran of homeschooling. Raised in Nebraska, Diane grew up driving wheat trucks and showing cattle, modeling, sewing and cooking—all the while raising spiders in jars, molds in drawers and entertaining pet snakes and salamanders. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, graduating with a BS in biology. She began employment in December 1979 with IBM in Rochester, Minnesota (notice how that biology degree played out!) in a publications department doing manual proofreading. One thing led to another, and she found herself learning to be a programmer and eventually became a personnel manager. In her last position there, she was overseeing technical work across multiple locations for internal software development tools.
She remembers clearly standing in her mother’s kitchen and telling her that she would never have children, and if she did, someone else would have to be the primary in raising them. God had a good chuckle and gave her a son, Ian! Once the shock wore off, the motherhood feelings flooded her soul in an unanticipated desire to stay home. While it wasn't an option at that point, when she became pregnant with a second child, she decided it was time to stay at home and raise children. Ian started school in 1997, and during his second grade year, the decision was made to homeschool as he was very bright and tuning out quickly. The DDIA Center of Achievement was initiated! (Be careful in naming your school…David, Diane, Ian and Anna when put into an initialism look remarkably like a government agency! Oh well.) Her eclectic life and unbounded curiosity has worked well for homeschooling!
Diane is married to David, a civilian intelligence specialist for US Army Special Operations Command in Fayetteville. Ian, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, received his masters degree in economic policy at the Barcelona School of Economics and is currently at Indiana University working on his PhD. Anna is at George Mason University in Virginia as an honors college student majoring in conflict analysis & resolution and law based philosophy. Diane is empty nesting and trying to figure out what she will be when she grows up. During her homeschooling tenure, she taught many classes for the HOME (Homes Offering Meaningful Education) co-op day ranging from elementary choirs and science to high school biology, chemistry and philosophy. She served on the HOME board for five years. She still supports the contact us function for the HOME website, answering questions for many. She is now doing some freelance editing and has landed her first book contract. She also decided that life without children was not fun and has adopted a class of sixth graders for Confirmation at her church.
Diane is the NCHE Region 8 liaison and is excited to serve homeschoolers in her area. She is passionate about getting homeschoolers started correctly and welcomes new contacts.