Southwest Home Education Ministry

Co-Ops and Support Groups

Area Support Networks

Springfield and the Ozarks

SHEM (Southwest Home Education Ministry)

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P.O. Box 722, Nixa, MO  65714

HSLDA Discount Code: 210103

SHEM is not a co-op. Instead, SHEM exists to minister to homeschooling families in the Ozarks and surrounding areas by sponsoring various activities, such as those listed on the website; to work in a cooperative manner with other homeschooling organizations which promote benefits for, and freedom to home educate; and to inform the public of current laws relating to home education.


MATCH (Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes, Inc.)

Orilla Crider – MATCH Director

2203 Rhonda Dr., West Plains, MO 65775



Aurora – Monett – Cassville – Marionville – Mt. Vernon

Christian Homeschool Co-op

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The Christian Homeschool Co-op is a Christ centered hands on unit study co-op. We are both fun and educational, geared towards homeschooled children of all ages. We meet Mondays from 9:30AM-1:30PM at Elm Branch Christian Church north of Aurora north of ZZ Hwy. $100 per family for full year.

Battlefield – Southwest Springfield

Classical Conversations

Gretchen Peters

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We have a Classical Conversations Community that meets every Monday. We have a Foundations Program, an Essentials Program, and Challenge B. We meet at Graceway Baptist Church. 5010 Farm Road 135, Springfield, MO 65810. We also host mom’s nights, field trips and so much more.


B.A.C.H (Buffalo Area Christian Homeschoolers)

Valerie Light, Faith Cannon & Paula Gathright

Two-Quarterly co-ops a year, Farmers Market-ran by homeschool families, Yearly International Fair, In-depth Rocketry Classes, Plus much, much more,




The purpose of this group is to unite homeschoolers in the Clever and Billing area. This is a group to share resources, information, and curriculum. A place to create play dates and organize outings. We are dedicated to teaching our children, providing them with the tools they need, and giving them a Foundation of Faith to lean on.

Please come join us on Facebook. We would love for you to get involved and share your experiences and resources for homeschooling.



Amanda LeClare

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Heidi Moore

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TOURCHLIGHT (Teaching Our Children Humble Living in God’s Holy Glory)

Fair Grove

Fair Grove Area Homeschoolers

(417) 536-6141

Yahoo Group

Fair Grove, Pleasant Hope, Brighton, Strafford, Ebenezer and Glidewell
Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to display learning projects and meet other homeschoolers. Meetings are the third Wednesday at 10AM at the O’Bannon Bank Community Center.


Homeschoolers Network of Joplin

Wildwood Baptist Church

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(417) 626-1292


We offer weekly Enrichment Educational Classes (12 weeks each semester)


Lebanon Area Homeschoolers

Shari Popejoy

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About Us: Lebanon Area Homeschoolers Fine Arts Department offers classes and workshops in the arts: music, art, drama, home arts, creative arts and performing arts. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 9:00AM to 3:30AM during the school year, Fine Arts offers two semesters each year with a variety of classes for all ages; alumni are encouraged to enroll at a reduced enrollment fee, and adults are encouraged to enroll in many of the classes. The LAH Drama Troupe produces a full-length drama production each year, and the LAH Choir participates in the NFMC festival.


MARCHE (Marshfield Christian Home Educators)

Mary Poag

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Phone:(417) 859-0258

Faith Southern Baptist Church. We offer co-op classes from Pre-K through High School every other Thursday from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.

Mount Vernon

Classical Conversations

Mandy Selvidge

(417) 844-6473

We have a Classical Conversations Community that meets every Tuesday. We have a Foundations Program, an Essentials Program, and Challenge A and B. We meet at First Baptist Church on Hickory Street in Mount Vernon. Our programs start as early as August 9th this year.


Classical Conversations Nixa

Heidi Evans

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(469) 222-5081

We meet on Mondays at First Baptist Church of Nixa, 601 Wasson Drive

Magnolia Christian Academy of the Ozarks

Suzanne Koepke

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We are a parent taught co-op. Classes are held on Tuesday afternoons from September to May. Ages birth-8th grade. We meet at Northpoint Church in Nixa. Contact for more information.

Journey Homeschoolers

Ashely West

(417) 543-9273

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We are a group of Christian homeschoolers who meet twice per month in Ozark.  We also host mom’s nights, field trips, and so much more.  Our goal is to bring together families for group events, fellowship, and fun.


Neosho Christian Cooperative

Teri Ray

(417) 385-5600

We meet on Thursday from 12:45PM – 4:00PM at 2650 Oakridge Ext. Neosho, MO 64850. Cost is $20 per family per semester. Accepting Ages nursery through 12th Grade.


Classical Conversations

Kristin Phillips

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We have a Classical Conversations Community that meets every Monday. We meet at Ozark Assembly.

Cornerstone Home School Co-op

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Cornerstone Home School Co-Op meets on Tuesday afternoons in Ozark MO.


All Saints Academy

Deann Daniel

(417) 827-2210
(417) 881-2001


Trained teachers hold classes two days a week and students work at home three days a week.

Classical Conversations South Springfield

Carrie Goswick, Foundations and Essentials Director

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(417) 848-4500

Classical Conversations of South Springfield is meeting on Mondays at Southland Christian Church (1634 W. Republic Road, Springfield MO 65810). We have the Foundations program from 9:15am-12pm and Essentials program from 1pm-3pm. Our community has opportunities for field trips, moms night out throughout the school year.

Home Schoolers’ Academy

Diann Peel

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(417) 496-8040


We meet at Springfield Bible Church on the corner of Grand and Barnes. Home Schoolers’ Academy is a Christian Academy that meets on Monday afternoons, September through May, from 12:30 to 4:00. Students, ages 4-13, enjoy Art, Music, Drama and P.E. Our High School students, ages 14-18, will be offered Journalism/Yearbook, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Personal Finance and Algebra I during the 2012-2013 school year. We are a teaching Academy that hires qualified teachers to instruct each of our classes. This leaves our parents free for several hours each week. We simply ask that parents volunteer a minimum of four afternoons per year. Nursery is provided for teachers, assistants, and for those parents who are volunteering on a specific day. Rates and class descriptions can be found on the website.

Homeschoolers in Service

Jackie O’Connor

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Homeschoolers In Service (H.I.S.) is a Christian, parent taught cooperative that meets on Thursday afternoons from 12:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. at Evergreen Church.  We have 4 periods with a 30 minute lunch time before the first class. We have activities for all ages from nursery-12th grade. H.I.S. focuses on meeting the needs of the co-op families and reaching beyond into the community.

Joyful Learning Homeschool Co-Op

Annie Griswold or Crystal Bennett

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(417) 631-3395
(417) 380-9704

Joyful Learning Homeschool Co­-op is an eclectic homeschool preschool co­-op group for families intending to homeschool and have at least one child in the 2-­5 year old age range. The purpose of this co­-op is to model and provide an example, guidance, acceptance, non-­judgment, support, enrichment, and educational opportunities to the children and families within the co-­op. It serves to provide a loving, caring, and accepting place of learning and playing for our children, any siblings, and all parents. To achieve and meet our co-ops purpose, all members are expected to read, initial, and abide by the groups guidelines and rules.

Our co-op currently meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30AM (unless otherwise posted or planned). The subjects that are covered each month include: Science, Art, Math, Language Arts (Writing/Reading/Book Studies), Social Studies, P.E., Music, and Cooking. We also do play dates, Mom nights out, field trips, and holiday parties. Our co-op does a whole-group ‘circle-time’, which is a fun and great addition to each of the classes we have. In our co-op, parents help equally in a variety of ways, most often through teaching. Parents sign up to teach classes throughout the year, in a variety of the subjects. Our co-op offers teaching alone, or team-teaching. On average in this co-op, parents/teachers can expect to teach approximately one time per month, but may need to expect to teach more than one time/month, if need be. With this age range, teaching classes mainly consists of helping to plan, set up, and give instructions, as well as offer help for each specific subject/topic taught.

Members are required to pay an annual fee of $20 a school year, to help cover the costs of supplies needed throughout the year. We welcome all families who are interested, and encourage them to come to a class or an event so we can meet, and they can make sure the co-op is something that sounds like a good fit for them.

Learning Adventures Academy

Mandie Funk

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We are a special needs co-op in the Southwest Missouri area created for families to make connections with other families in the area. We go on adventures, where our children experience the world and friendships, all while learning together through planned field trips and activities. All ages and special needs are welcome! We also hold Mom Chats to plan and connect.

Currently, we have the following ongoing co-op activities: Monthly adventures at announced locations -Monthly themed Saturday Connection Class -Monthly Mom Chats at announced locations -Weekly enrichment classes including art, gymnastics, and a sensory/social playgroup. -Teen events -A birthday Club Please see the events tab for more details!

Learning As We Grow

Kristi Shepherd

Contact Information
(417) 631-1636


We are a secular homeschool co-op especially for children ages 4-7, in the Springfield, Missouri area.  Younger siblings are always welcome, but all class will be geared toward our target age range.  Every year that range will go up (i.e. 2016-2017 ages will be 5-8).  This is to ensure a cohesive group environment, consisting of children close in a ge, that can grow up together and create lifelong friendships.  There is no yearly fee or tuition (at this time) to join.  We want our group to be available to everyone, so we charge for events/classes on a case by case basis.  We meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00AM, for about an hour each day.  Field trips are scheduled on Fridays.

Lighthouse Christian Academy

Christin Harrison

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A parent cooperative that provides a variety of classes taught by the parents; from birth through 12th grade. Classes are held Tuesdays from September through May. We meet at Evergreen Church in North Springfield, MO.

Linking Home Educators, LLC 

Cassie Frazier

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Weekly parent taught coop that meets on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00PM to 4:20PM. Every mom or dad works in a classroom for 3 of the 4 hours. A parent is required to stay on the premises during Co-op hours. We teach our classes from a Christ-centered perspective. We desire to be a place of community for the kids and for the parents, nurturing friendships and encouraging each other as home educating families and as followers of Jesus. Classes are available for babies through high school. Cost is $180 per family for the year.

New Life Homeschool Co-op

Kelly Gretchen

Contact Information
(417) 631-5115

(417) 234-5196

Every Tuesday from 9:00AM to 12:30PM.
New Life Church – 776 W Farm Road 186 – near S Campbell Ave and Plainview Rd.

Holy Family Catholic Homeschoolers Apostolate

Shelly Pichler

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(417) 838-2730

Our goal is to offer Catholic homeschooling families spiritual, social and academic support, while offering fun, and enriching activities. We offer weekly Adoration, social time and Adventures in Learning for nursery age up through high school! A special high school level social time is offered monthly as well. Retreats, Mom’s Breakfasts, Dad’s Night Out are a few of the things we offer to help support our parents in their homeschooling journey, making our group beneficial to the whole family! Our Apostolate meets weekly at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church on Fridays from 1:15PM to 4:30PM.

Springfield Thomas Jefferson Education

Celeste Batchelor

(417) 942-2730

We are a homeschooling group based upon the Thomas Jefferson Education method (also known as Leadership Education). We have several offerings for support and learning opportunities. We meet in Springfield, Nixa, and Republic, alternating locations based on who is sponsoring the event. We offer: Classic book club for adults and youth, TJED Teens Club, Park Days, Fieldtrips, Seminars on education




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