NCHE (North Carolinians for Home Education) was founded in 1984 by homeschool parents in order to secure the right to educate their children at home. NCHE has advanced legislation that has made it easier for more families to homeschool without onerous government involvement. As a result, the number of homeschool students in North Carolina has skyrocketed over the years, even moving ahead of the number of private school students in the state. NCHE continues to vigilantly watch our legislature for any threats to homeschooling, but we also provide resources for families to make their homeschool journey as rewarding as possible.
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Some Things NCHE Does
- Thrive! Annual Conference—The NCHE conference occurs in Winston-Salem in late May featuring national and regional speakers, workshops and activities for teens and alums, a children’s program, and a book fair of over 45,000 square feet. It is one of the largest in the nation.
- GREENHOUSE Magazine—For thirty years, our flagship magazine has been bringing words of encouragement, methods of homeschooling, stories of student success and news to keep homeschoolers informed. GREENHOUSE is available in print and digital formats.
- Legislative Watch—NCHE monitors both state and national legislation that may restrict our right to homeschool. We also propose and support positive legislation where needed.
- NCHE Athletic Commission—NCHEAC offers a wide variety of sports. Middle and high school sports include boys baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country (individual and team), golf (individual and team), boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming (individual and team), girls volleyball and girls and boys fencing. Learn more about it at ncheac.com
- Graduation Services—Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a state-wide graduation ceremony for high school seniors. We also offer a diploma only. NCHE prints a distinctive homeschool diploma enclosed in a hunter green cover.
- Media Resource—NCHE is a well-known resource for reporters who want to interview a knowledgeable source.
- Facebook Page—NCHE maintains an active Facebook page. NCHE also maintains Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.
- State-Wide Field Trips—NCHE organizes field trips once a month during the traditional school-year in different parts of NC
From the beginning of NCHE, joining NCHE and becoming a member has been a way that someone shows support of homeschooling in NC and the ministry of NCHE. Anyone who supports homeschooling can join with a donation of five dollars or more. The only other requirement is “a family or household member who homeschools must be in compliance with their existing state law.
In order to better coordinate, NCHE divides the state into nine regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Liaison (RL). These RLs are here to answer your questions and to help you find groups and resources in your area. To find out more about your region look under the Community section.
NCHE is governed by a board of directors. This board is composed of volunteers who fill one of the 12 designated positions each with a different role. In early 2014, NCHE revised the board positions to reflect the changing needs of the homeschooling community. We revised some of the existing positions and created several new ones. Working with the board, NCHE has several volunteer positions: regional liaisons and committee members. It takes a lot of work with many hands to accomplish the ministry of NCHE.