Region 1

Counties: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Swain, and Transylvania

If you live in the western part of the state then you have found the right page!  As Region 1 liaison, I am happy to help you in your homeschooling journey.  I encourage you to join a support group in your area and become a member of NCHE.  You will find a list below of the active groups in our area. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. The best way to reach me is at the email address on the side of this page.

Appalachian Christian Homeschool Group (Murphy/Cherokee County)

We are a private homeschool group. We serve all homeschool aged children & their families in the Cherokee County, NC area. We offer frequent field trips & gatherings, some geared for differing ages (elementary age parties, teen socials, etc), and support. You can find more information at Appalachian Christian Homeschool Group on Facebook or send us an email:
Contact:  Brenda Bryan
Krystle Donald
Facebook page:

Barefoot Homeschoolers

This group is for connecting with secular homeschoolers in Rutherford and Polk counties of western NC. We are primarily a social group that offers support and community for homeschooling families.

You can request joining by contacting “Barefoot Homeschoolers” on Google groups.

Biltmore Homeschool Ministry (Buncombe County and adjacent counties)
A fun group of over 200 families thrives at Biltmore Church.  We are thankful many families travel from many towns and counties to be a part of our group. We provide enrichment classes, field trips, Moms Night Out, support group, etc.  Our purpose and desire is to provide loving encouragement, quality enrichment and social interaction for students, as well as essential support for parents as they develop their children to Christ-like character; enabling them to stand firm in their belief in the teaching of the Bible as the complete and inerrant Word of God, thereby equipping them to glorify the name of Jesus Christ. Visit  for full information about our group.
Contact:  Kim Mathieu

Bryson City Homeschoolers (Facebook Page) (Swain County)

Carolina Superschoolers (Polk County)
25 families; secular, inclusive homeschool group. Co-op in Tryon, NC. (Polk County) The primary functions are to share information and get families together for activities. Others welcome to join. No regular meetings, no dues.
Serving Polk County, Spartanburg County (SC), Cities: Columbus, Spindale, Rutherfordton, Mill Spring, Forest City, Tryon, Ellenboro

Cashiers-Highlands Christian Homeschoolers (Jackson/Macon County)
Field trips and activities, PE classes at local recreation center, occasional “mom’s night out”, general support and encouragement for homeschooling families. Elementary through high school age students, no membership requirements.
Contact: Christy McKibben

Classical Conversations Western NC Area Representative
Contact: Jennifer Riels


Classical Conversations of Andrews (Cherokee County)
Our mission is to know God and make him known! We present math, history, science, grammar, and Latin from a Christian world view. We provide class one day a week for PreK-6th grade but we also have 7th-10th grade classes that meet on campus.

Contact: Bethany Clark

Classical Conversations of Arden (Buncombe County)
Long Shoals Baptist Church (meets each Friday)
Contact: Aimee Patterson
Aubry Good

Classical Conversations of Brevard (Transylvania County)
First Baptist Church, Brevard NC on Tuesdays
Contact: Wendy McFarland,

Classical Conversations of Franklin (Macon County)
Meets on Thursdays
Contact:   Angie Wicker

Classical Conversations of Hendersonville (Henderson County)
Contact: Rebecca Brake

Classical Conversations of Murphy/Marble (Cherokee County)
Contact: Bethany Clark

Classical Conversations of Robbinsville (Graham County)
Classical Conversations of Robbinsville meets 24 weeks a school year. We are affiliated with Classical Conversations. We meet at First Baptist Church in Robbinsville. Our Foundations morning consists of memory work, fine arts, science, presentations and grammar review. We also Essentials in the pm.
Contact: Heather Frederick


Classical Conversations of South Asheville (Buncombe County)
Contact:  Aimee Patterson

Classical Conversations of Sylva (Jackson County)
Meets on Tuesdays
Contact: Amanda Stewart
Angie Wicker


Classical Conversations of Waynesville (Haywood County)
Meets on Tuesdays
Contact: Angie Wicker

Classical Foundations of Hendersonville (Henderson County)
Meet in Hendersonville on Mondays and Tuesdays. For 4rd – 6th graders.
Visit for more information.
Contact:  Eliza Hardin

Classical Scholars (Mills River/Henderson County)
Contact: Lisa Dillon
Deep Young Academy (Waynesville/Clyde/Haywood County)

Serving families in WNC since 2008, Deep Young Academy offers engaging and inspiring Christ-centered enrichment classes in which home school students can grow deeper intellectually, spiritually, and personally. We also provide a setting in which lasting friendships develop. We have STEM and Latin focus across the grade levels providing learning opportunities for students Pre-K to 12th grade. We understand that different phases of the homeschooling journey can be challenging! We do not have all the answers individually, but collectively, with God’s guidance, we are creating a community of support and encouragement. Deep Young always welcomes new families. Registration begins in the Spring when new classes for the next year are announced.   We meet Thursdays at Waynesville First Baptist Church. Visit for more information.

Elevate Life and Art (Downtown Asheville/Buncombe County)
Elevate Life & Art is a program that has both homeschool tutorials and after school classes in the arts for ages 3 through adult. We are located downtown Asheville and serve Buncombe County and the surrounding areas.
Visit or call (828) 318-8895 for more information.

Franklin Homegrown Families (Macon County)
Franklin Homegrown Families mainly includes elementary students/middle schoolers and started as a low-key social group. We meet weekly for park/social time, enrichment class, or field trips and activities.
Contact: Jocelyn Lister

Franklin Melting Pot (Macon County)
The Franklin Homeschool Melting Pot is a secular activities group in Franklin, NC (Macon County). We are an open and accepting group wanting to offer the local homeschool community a fun, social outlet to learn. Our activities are geared toward 5th to 12th graders. We are open to new members joining at any time.  There is no fee to join, however, some events (such as field trips, science classes, pool dates, etc.) may require a small fee to participate.  The group operates primarily September through May, however if activities come up during the summer months that the group would like to do together (such as a pool date or movie) or other family events, the information will be sent out.  At the beginning of the month, I put out a calendar of activities. We do not meet on any one particular day.  If you do not see activities that interest your family, I am very eager and open to suggestions and encourage you to be apart of the activities planning. You may contact us through email: or . You may also check out our facebook page at :   
Angie Walker

Front Porch Classroom (Clay County)
Front Porch Classroom is a free, home school support group for students of all ages, as well as the people who teach them.
Meetings are open to everyone who cares about homeschooling- whether new to the adventure or someone with years of expertise.
We believe each person has a unique perspective and we try to share information, resources, field trips, curriculum, tips, and anything we think will help each other. Activities at regular meetings have included educational speakers, visits from Veterans, book sharing, arts and crafts and small field trips around the county. A couple of fun, pot-luck picnics are usually held each year, too, but no one is ever required to participate in any event or activity.
This group is open to anyone in Clay County as well as the surrounding counties of western North Carolina and north Georgia. Regular meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville.
Area(s) Served: Clay County, Hayesville, North Georgia counties
Contact: Lorrie Ross at 828-389-8455
Stacey Owens-Molton at 828-389-6119
Samantha Anderson

Graceful Academic Purpose (GAP) Homeschool Group (Cherokee County)
Graceful Academic Purpose Homeschool Group offers a friendly social environment through group activities, classes, projects, challenges, clubs, play, field trips, and parties. We do not discriminate anyone for their thoughts/beliefs/religion or anything else. We are free to join. We offer support, friendship, and guidance. We are all here for the same reason and that is our children. We want to be the best ‘teachers’ that we can be. Our families have a kindred purpose, to foster a meaningful education together. We truly hope you’ll join us.
Serving Ducktown, Tennessee · Murphy, North Carolina · Blairsville, Georgia
Admins: Candra Campbell, Rachel Buller, Christa Blackman, Danielle Olsen

Great Smokies Christian Home Educators (Jackson County)
Contact:  Betsy Sinclair
Facebook page:


Great Smokies Used Curriculum Facebook page:

HARC (Homeschool Association of Rutherford/Polk Counties)
Welcome to HARC – The homeschooling support group for families in Rutherford County and surrounding areas. We are a non-profit educational-support organization that approaches homeschooling from a Christian perspective. People of all faith backgrounds are welcomed to join, but we do aim to carry out activities in accordance with Biblical standards.
Area(s) Served: Rutherfordton, Bostic, Union Mills, Forest City, Columbus, Ellenboro; We are open to all Rutherford and Polk County residents. We also have accepted Cleveland County residents.
Visit for more information.
Contact: Eddie Reynolds
HARC – Homeschool Association of Rutherford/Polk Counties
PO Box 904
Forest City, NC 28043

Haywood Christian Home Educators
Newsletter, co-op groups, group graduation, group classes, talent show.
Area(s) Served: Balsam, Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde
Contact: Maria Frost

Haywood Christian Home Educators (Facebook Page)

Haywood County Christian Homeschoolers Co-op (HCCHC)
Meets on Wednesdays from 9-1 at Barberville Baptist Church. Visit for more information.
Contact: Jennifer McCumbers

Haywood Free Range Co-op
HFR is a secular homeschool cooperative for preschool through early elementary grade kids in Haywood County. We are a team of families who collaborate to create weekly enrichment opportunities for our children. Our focus is on community building, experiential and play-based learning, service projects, and outdoor exploration.
Contact: Meaghann and Paul Denkenberger 

Haywood Homeschool Connection (Facebook Page)
Contact: Sharon DeGrasse

Henderson County Homeschool Association
Henderson County Homeschool Association (HCHA) is a cooperative support organization for homeschooling families which provides a wide range of benefits and opportunities for its members. HCHA membership is open to all homeschoolers, but as a Christian organization we embrace traditional biblical values and viewpoints. Drawing from the gifts and talents of our member families, HCHA offers encouragement, academic and social activities, and resources to promote excellence and integrity in homeschooling. Visit for more information.

HCHA Board of Directors –
HCHA Membership Director  –

Hendersonville NC Area Homeschoolers Facebook page
This Facebook page is for homeschoolers in and around the Hendersonville, NC area to connect.

Hidden Mountain Brilliance (MurphyCherokee County)
We serve Murphy NC and surrounding areas for field trips and holiday parties. We can be found on Facebook by looking up our group name. All events are listed in the Facebook group. No fees. All ages are welcome. We try to book the calendar at least three months out and provide 2 or more trips a month. We do require each member to attend at least one trip in 3 months time.
Contact: Cynthia Hull
Facebook page: 

Home School Partners (Henderson County)
Enrichment classes.
Contact: Scott Clifton

Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow Homeschool Group (Cherokee County)
This is a free group focusing on educational field trips & classes, local community service, and fun & fellowship within our homeschool community. We’re located in Cherokee County & serving any homeschoolers around our area.
Contact: Harmony Tersanschi
Mary Lancaster

Macon County, NC Homeschoolers Facebook Page

Macon GEMS (Growing, Educating, Mentoring, Supporting) Co-op (Franklin/Macon County)
Once a week class(es) and activities for ages 5-17. Classes run on a semester schedule.
Area(s) Served: Franklin, Otto, Highlands, Scaly Mountain, northern Rabun County (Georgia)
Contact: Kate Greenley



North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry (Weaverville/Buncombe County)
Our ministry consists of Christian families who support and encourage one another in their efforts to home educate and train up their child(ren). There are many opportunities for friendships to be developed and fellowship to take place with field trips, Mom’s Night and workshop classes.
As part of our ministry, we offer workshop (co-op) classes twice a year for twelve weeks. Since we are a true co-op, we require parent participation throughout. Our classes are meant to be challenging, uplifting and of good quality. The classes are meant to supplement, support and encourage but not replace, what is being learned at home. You must have at least one school-aged child to participate. Visit for more information.
Contact: Kristi Bailey

Parents Educating Children at Home (PEACH) (Hayesville/Clay County)
Contact: Janann Fine


Plateau Homeschoolers (Transylvania County/Macon County)
Homeschool group for Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire area families. We meet monthly for fun field trips.
Contact: Erin Carter 



Quest Homeschool Co-op (Waynesville/Haywood County)
Meets Tuesday mornings in Waynesille.
Contact: Maria Frost

Smoky Mountain Eclectic Unschoolers (Sylva/Jackson County)
This group is for homeschoolers in the Smoky Mountains. We have no religious affiliation, and all religions (or lack thereof) are welcome. Although our group focuses on eclectic unschooling, all styles of homeschoolers are welcome. This group is for supporting each other on our homeschooling journey.
Contact: Kalindi Conaway
Facebook page:

Swain County Homeschoolers
Holli Taylor
Facebook page: 

Transylvania County Homeschoolers
Support groups and field trips. Visit Facebook page for more information.
Area(s) Served: Brevard and surrounding areas; Southern Jackson, Henderson, Buncombe Counties
Contact: Elizabeth Jennings
Facebook page:

WNC Homeschoolers  (NCHE Region 1 Facebook Page)

WNC Homeschoolers (NCHE Region 1) Email Group
There is a very active online email Group that you can join. You will find a lot of information on our area, be able to ask questions and just stay informed.

YMCHE (Young Macon County Home Educators)
We meet 3 or 4 times during the school year, usually for a Mom’s Night Out. We have a curriculum review meeting in the Spring where we meet to show curriculum we use and like or even what we didn’t like. Mainly for parents of students 12 years old & under, but any homeschooling parents are welcome!  We meet to encourage each other on our homeschooling journey.
Contact: Jocelyn Lister
Kate Greenley


Jerri Neal

Jerri Neal has served as regional liaison for Region 1 since 2011. She and her husband Freddie have been married since 1990 and are parents of 8 children and grandparents of 3. Freddie and Jerri made the decision to homeschool when their firstborn was still in diapers, and they attended their first NCHE Conference when he was only 3. Jerri enjoys serving homeschoolers in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.