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Advocates For Home Education in Massachusetts Inc

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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) is a nonprofit, independent, grassroots, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. We believe that informed and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining the right to independently homeschool. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Massachusetts.

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM is full of intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced generous people - ready to receive phone calls, and reach out to fellow homeschoolers with smart help and kind support. Really a remarkable group of volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM is a smart and generous supporter of homeschooling - a legislative watch dog, a source of helpful advice for dealing with school/towns and an organizer of events and field trips,

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity AHEM provides compassionate, no-nonsense support and information to those interested in homeschooling, those who are actively homeschooling, and helps those who are no longer homeschooling stay in touch with homeschooling issues. They sponsor fabulous field trips and informational evenings, are passionate about what they do, and if they don't know the answer they will find someone who does. This organization is a life-line to homeschoolers everywhere, as the work it does has relevance beyond MA borders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before taking the plunge into home schooling I felt a good deal of trepidation about my ability to pursue this course of action. Through the AHEM website I was able to read (and understand) the applicable law, calm my fears with regard to letters of intent, educational plans and evaluation protocols, and proceed with confidence. The site is well organized, well maintained, easy to navigate, and instrumental in providing accurate and up-to-date information. It is also an excellent resource for connecting to other home schoolers and for researching future options.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AHEM provides fantastic information to would-be and current homeschoolers in MA, including watching legislative and administrative maneuvers that can affect homeschooling. They also provide social events and networking that enhance any family's homeschooling.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So helpful with support, resources, and instruction for homeschooling. I have been working through the process of deciding to remove my children from the public schools and have gained so much help and support to make this huge decision.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM is a very friendly, knowledgeable and accessible resource for homeschooling in MA. I highly recommend them to anyone homeschooling in MA>

Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciate all the time and effort in their explanations of the homeschooling laws here in MA to make them understandable to new homeschoolers as well as for education professionals. AHEM is an online resource I send people to all the time. I also appreciate the ongoing survey of homeschooling practices district by district.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can always depend on AHEM's website for important information and answers to questions about homeschooling in MA. The resources provided helped me to figure out how to write my education plans and progress reports. I always refer new homeschoolers to AHEM when they ask for advice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AHEM website has a remarkable amount of accurate and helpful information. The County Contact for my area has always answered my emails and phone calls promptly and provided relevant information to answer my questions. I also appreciate the yearly questionnaire, the results of which give us a sense of the overall homeschooling climate in our state.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I regularly refer new members of our support group, Western Mass Catholic Homeschoolers to the AHEM website for answers to their questions. Whether it is getting started, understanding the law or finding a support group when moving this is the best place. I use their articles often as resources or as examples in our newsletter why families should know about this site and use it. I also sent their information to our superintendent when we were working on improving our city's response to homeschoolers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM helped me to have the confidence and resources I needed to start homeschooling my sons. I check on their site regularly for updates, activities and new developments. I am grateful for their continued support and information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM arrived on the scene as our kids were nearing the end of their homeschool experience and moving on to college, but in the light of our own experiences, and from all communications we have had with them, it is clear that this organization is a wonderful resource for any family considering or engaged in homeschooling in Massachusetts. They have assembled an invaluable database of how individual towns across the Commonwealth interact with homeschooling families, what documentation is required, etc. They carefully monitor any legislation that could impact homeschoolers and work constructively with legislators to assure that constitutional protections are maintained. They also organize cultural events, museum and theater trips, presentation, history tours, meetings with legislators, and social gatherings, including an alternative "prom", and college prep workshops. In short, through all of these efforts, they are enhancing the sense of community and enriching the experiences of homeschoolers throughout Massachusetts. This is an organization truly worth of support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM provides essential information related to homeschooling resources and advocacy, and also sponsors wonderful events for the community, both educational as well as social. I only wish that I had more time to donate to the homeschooling community, beyond the occasional field trip or workshop that I have helped to organize, or participate in with my family. I rely on AHEM to point me in the right direction quite often, and am grateful for all of their dedication and hard work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHEM was an amazing resource for when I was considering homeschooling. Their comprehensive website provide the information I was looking for and got me connected with other homeschoolers. Our family is so happy that we decided to homeschool and for the help AHEM provided to help us decide to do it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Donating my time and energy to AHEM has been an enriching and fulfilling experience. As a longtime homeschooling parent myself, I feel I know the territory and feel fortunate to be able to share my experience through programs such as field trips, State House days, social nights, and more. Gathering with other families for the SALON series to discuss the highs, lows, joys, and challenges of homeschooling has been great. Being available as a phone contact to answer questions and address concerns has sparked valued connections. Along with other volunteers, I enjoy learning about the law and staying on top of legislative issues on behalf of Massachusetts homeschoolers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over this past year, I have found some of AHEM’s activities to be especially energizing. I enjoyed very much making connections and learning from other MA homeschoolers during the Salon Series; I was gratified at the great amount of enthusiasm for our bookfair fundraiser, and inspired as always by the displays and performances of MA homeschool students; and most recently reminded again of how important our work of providing information on this education option is by the huge interest in our Getting Started Homeschooling and Homeschooling High School to College workshops. Looking forward to similar events in the future, as well as State House Day next spring!