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.
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How to Homeschool High Schoolers
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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.
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North Carolina Senators Tarte, Barringer, Van Duyn, Bryant, Robinson and Smith filed Senate Bill 346, Enact Stricter Immunization Requirements. If enacted, this bill would require all children ages zero through eighteen to receive all immunizations prescribed and by the ages specified by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in order to attend any school in the state, including homeschool. In addition, all children shall be screened for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency to determine if the child qualifies for a medical exemption. This bill will take away the religious immunization exemption that is currently in the law. Exemptions will only be granted upon a request by a physician licensed to practice medicine in NC. NCHE opposes this bill.
The Senate Health Care Committee was scheduled to consider Senate Bill 346 in their meeting on March 31, but the three co-chairmen, Senators Hise, Pate and Tucker, decided not bring the bill up for debate and a vote. This was a major blow to the progress of the bill. Technically, the bill is not dead; it can be brought up at any time for a vote before May 7. Several influential senators have declared their opposition to this bill as has Lt. Governor Forest. Therefore, it is unlikely that it will be brought up again in its present language. NCHE will continue to monitor this bill.
Proposal to Move DNPE
NCHE is opposed to the proposed move of DNPE from the Department of Administration to the Governor’s Office. We think it will take away from the stability of this division, and it will politicize this office. This plan would expose DNPE employees to the possibility of being replaced each time a new governor is elected. The NC House is the next step in the budget process. Please contact your NC representative and communicate your thoughts. To find your representative, click here and follow the instructions.
Convention of States
While it is not a homeschool issue, many homeschoolers have inquired about the convention of states movement. Bills H321 and S398 have been filed in the NC House and Senate that, if passed, will have NC call for a convention of states. To learn more about this, here are links supporting the convention and in opposition to the convention.
Homeschoolers in Public School Sports and Activities
Senate Bill 649 was filed by Senators Sanderson, Brock and Hise. NCHE has taken a neutral stance on this bill. On one hand, the bill will enable homeschool students to participate in public school sports and other activities (band, drama, etc.) in areas where there are no homeschool opportunities available. On the other hand, to participate, homeschoolers will have to give up the freedom to determine the scope and sequence of instruction and instruction schedule. This bill will give those decisions to the State Board of Education and by proxy to the NC High School Athletic Association in the high school years.
Community College Scholarships
NCHE supports the effort to pass House Bill 129, High Achieving Tuition Scholarships. These scholarships will be given to high achieving graduating students, including homeschool graduates, who attend community college.