Our Programs

Village Home offers homeschoolers a variety of learning opportunities, activities, and travel for learners and their families.

Homeschooling provides customized, flexible, and adventurous learning. Village Home enhances our choice-based class experiences by providing diverse activities in which learners and families can participate. Village Home learners experience Field Trips, Teen Retreats, Outdoor School, and various types of teams and competitions such as Mock Trial, Model UN, First Lego League, and Destination Imagination.

Classes and Clubs

Village Home offers over 200 weekly classes and activities for learners who want an alternative-to-school.In our classes, we focus on active, hands-on learning with plenty of opportunity to THINK collaboratively. Our teachers engage your child’s imagination and ignite their desire to learn in small, mixed-age classes. Average class size is 10, with a student:teacher ratio of 8:1. Classes are taught by paid professional instructors who are background checked for your child’s safety. We also offer “clubs” which are casual gatherings hosted by Village Home parents.  Classes and clubs are tuition based. Click here for the current Course Catalog  

Choices Education Mentoring for Teens

Choices Education Mentoring for Ages 14 – 18  Independent Learning for Independent Minds Learn in a way that is relevant for you, and that allows you to follow your interests and passions. Academic Approach: Own Your Learning.  Because your teen is unique, we believe that his or her education should be too. At Choices we honor that learners need creative freedom, trust, and hands-on experiences to fully engage in the world around them, and in their own education. Too many teens “phone it in” in the classroom, or, play the “game called school”, without engaging actively in their own education. We work with your teen to create a custom approach their education based on their interests and goals. Choices practices a holistic, community-based educational approach informed by the work of Growing Without Schooling founder John Holt, by the passion of educator activist, John Taylor Gatto, and from the Developmental Immersion-Mastery theory utilized in Enki alternative education. We focus on the whole learner – mind, body, and heart – and foster each learner’s confidence by guiding her through intellectual exploration, discussion, practice, and concrete application. We believe that intrinsic motivation is the engine of learning. Many times, the traditional school systems do not to motivate the student, or focus on the desires of the student. The lock-step “bell system,” with its restrictive, structured environment, and attendance-based, mandatory curricula often does not create an atmosphere conducive to self-motivating learning.  Our approach is decidedly different from the mainstream. We believe that learning is a natural and enjoyable lifelong process, and one that requires freedom and self-direction if it is to be truly effective, rewarding and satisfying. Our mentors are educators who enjoy helping teens develop into self-motivated, independent learners. Our educators guide students through options, resources, and academics much like a travel agent. We look at where the learner is and where he or she wants to go and collaboratively make a map of how to get there. Through an authentic, personalized approach that promotes high standards, we help the student map out learning opportunities grounded in the world that reflect their unique needs and desires. Learners and their parents work with our staff to design a learning plan that reflects the learners’ interests, goals, and honors their learning style. Learners are encouraged and supported in the process of determining what they want to learn, how they will learn it, and at what pace. We have found that freedom in learning, when given with support and mentorship, is the best motivator of all. Learners who have been stifled in the public system can become happy, successful, and highly motivated when allowed to pursue their educational goals in a student-centered program, totally free of restrictions and restraints on how and what the student is allowed to learn. Discover what owning your learning can do. Package Options For Choices Learners Community Learning Package  ($7,500/Year) What is included in the Community Learning Package? One hour weekly mentoring sessions individually or in small groups with professional learning consultant. Access to all Village Home Class offerings (if available) ($6500 value). All Access Pass to Campus T-F, 9:30 – 3:30. Learning Plan Development with Mentor Academic goal setting Work record tracking by family and mentor End-of-Term narrative summary of learning completed by learner and mentor Year-end Academic Record Report (not for HS credit) Collaboration Learning Package  ($2,500/Year)  What is included in the Collaboration Package? One-hour weekly mentoring sessions individually or in small groups with professional learning consultant. Learning Plan Development with Mentor and regular check-ins with mentor via email. Academic Goal Setting Work record tracking by family and mentor End-of-Term narrative summary of learning completed by learner and mentor Year-end Academic Record Report (not for HS credit) Choices is a non-traditional academic path. All Academic Reports are non-transferable and non-credit based. Will Choices Work for You? Learners who have diagnosed learning differences may or may not be successful in the Choices Program at Village Home Education Resource Center. Everyone has learning differences, and we at Village Home, wouldn’t have it any other way, but we also recognize that our unique learning environment and program structure is not appropriate for everyone. The Village Home community learning environment and the Choices Personalized Education option are best suited for self-directed, intrinsically motivated, lifelong learners who actively participate in their educational plans with their families. Not all learners are able to function successfully in a classroom environment that demands a certain level of social and emotional skill to navigate. In addition, the faculty in Choices and at Village Home are not specifically trained to accommodate learners with learning differences. For these reasons, Village Home and Choices staff reserve the right to make decisions regarding suitability of a learner for our programs. Non-discrimination policy: All learners are welcome at Village Home regardless of race, age, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disabilities, or education philosophy. Choices Mentor, Jenny Forrester Oregon-certified teacher Jenny Forrester is an award-winning author published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literacy Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother Anthology published 2015 and her memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky was published in May 2017. Jenny also curates the Unchaste Readers Series and has been teaching at Village Home for several years. She has enjoyed learning as much as teaching and believes in the power of independent thought, freedom, and words to develop a strong spirit and a tender heart.   Email choices@villagehome.org for more information or call 503-597-9100 to set up an information meeting.

Service Learning

In addition to our Community Duty volunteer program at Village Home, we facilitate opportunities to serve our greater community. We know that giving back feels good, teaches us about the world and others, and strengthens our Village Home connection to make a difference in the world together. Village Home provides family-friendly community service opportunities for our learners and their families in the greater Portland/Metro area through our partnerships with Oregon Food Bank, SOLVEOregon,  Faith Cafe hot meals for those hungry for food and community,  and Northwest Children’s Outreach. We also encourage Village Home families to let us know about more opportunities for service! Thank you for your service to the community! Village Home is great because we have families who are willing to invest their time and talent in the community.    Upcoming Community Service Opportunities (See Field Trip Listing) For Information on our Teen Volunteer Program, click here.

VH Day Program: Part-time Program for Learners Age 6 to 13

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The Day Program is a part-time, full day program where kids can be academically and socially engaged, and inspired to take ownership of their learning. The Village Home Day Program launched in the Fall of 2016 with a two-day option for ages 6-10 and 10-13 in Beaverton. In Fall 2017 we added the East Side Day Program which will relocate Fall 2018 to our new SE Water location across the street from OMSI. To join the Day Program, submit an application, then pay for and schedule an interview. After the interview a class visitation may be arranged with the instructor. Upon acceptance a 10% deposit will is required to hold the spot in the cohort. Please note, this is NOT designed to be a comprehensive program --- it is part-time only. VISIT THE DAY PROGRAM FACEBOOK PAGE Two-Day Option, Monday and Friday, Ages 6-9 & 10-13 Beaverton Campus, 5150 SW Watson Ave One-Day Option, Wednesday, Ages 8-12 NE Portland Campus, 1800 SE Water Ave Both locations meet 33 weeks a year, from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm DAY PROGRAM FOCUS Experiential, inquiry-based, student-centered learning Interdisciplinary group projects Time to play and think together Build tool belt for learning through math and language arts practice DAY PROGRAM OUTCOMES Cultivate the student's natural desire to learn Build self-awareness and appreciation of the world around them Develop problem-solving and creative-thinking skills Build learning skills in language arts and mathematics Enhance interpersonal skills WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? Each day will have a schedule that includes some free exploration time, some guided group learning opportunities, some individualized online learning, group project-based learning, and some independent work. We maintain our commitment to making learning fun and engaging, while also holding a high expectation for participation. We are applying over 13 years of experience with facilitating learning engagement to design this program to be a learner-friendly approach to education, with developmentally appropriate academic and social opportunities that support learner autonomy. TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE Click to see a Sample Daily Schedule for each cohort 2018-19 Calendar Term 1 - Fall: September 7 - November 30, 2018 No classes week of November 19 - 23 for Thanksgiving Term 2 - Winter: Friday, January 4 - March 22, 2019 No classes Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, February 18 for President's Day, and the week of March 25 - 29 for Spring Break Term 3 - Spring: April 1 - June  17 No classes Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day Inclement Weather make-up days will be held during week of March 18th WHO IS THE DAY PROGRAM FOR? Families who value high quality educational opportunities as much as learner autonomy, and who are seeking academic and social enrichment on a part-time basis for their children. In the Village Home Day program, the parent is still seen as the student's primary educator. Because this is a cohort-based program, learners in the program need to be functioning academically, socially, and emotionally at or above their grade level. 2018/19 TUITION & FEES Interview Fee (non-refundable): $60 One day a week (Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, SE Portland):  $1,600/year Two days a week (Mon & Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Beaverton): $3,200/year Monthly Payment Plan and 10% Sibling Discount Available. No Financial Aid at this time. INSTRUCTORS We are pleased to have Emily Zionts as the facilitator for the 10 - 13 cohort in Beaverton and 8 - 12 cohort in SE Portland. Shannon Reilly is the facilitator for the 6 -  10 cohort in Beaverton. PARTICIPATING IN VILLAGE HOME CLASSES Day Program families have priority registration and can register for a la carte classes on other days at the regular per-class tuition rate. Village Home rules about unattended children on campus (must be in a class, have a parent on campus, or have a gap exception) apply. ABOUT VILLAGE HOME Village Home is a dynamic, choice-based learning community that creatively integrates family, education and real life to empower learners in of all ages. Since 2002, Village Home has been providing a new model of education for 21st-century home-based learners in preschool through high school. At the core of our approach is the belief that learning is a natural, inherently enjoyable process when learners are empowered to make education choices with their families. Our caring teachers create a collaborative, fun-filled, grade-free environment where the focus is on real learning rather than test performance. 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Tutoring

Village Home Tutoring Ignite the Spark One Learner at a Time Individualized learning is more than a buzzword at Village Home.  We understand that every person is a unique learner with their own learning style and preferences.  One-on-one tutoring is the ultimate in personalized learning, allowing the learner to move at their own pace through material, in a way that is relevant to them.  So, whether you want to deepen understanding in a subject, or, manage to catch up in areas, one-on-one tutoring can be the most cost-effective and efficient way to do so. The Tutors Click to MEET OUR TUTORS Village Home hires tutors who are also classroom teachers at Village Home, so they have plenty of experience guiding various types of learners. From our bank of tutors, we can cover almost all subject areas and grade levels. All tutors are background checked, and will meet you at either of our campuses, or at another mutually-agreed upon location About Tutoring Packages at Village Home You may purchase tutoring sessions in packs of one, five, or ten 50-minute sessions.  Based on your needs and preferences, we will help you select a suitable tutor.  The tutor will contact you within 24 hours to schedule an appointment at a mutually agreed upon time. We recommend scheduling your tutoring sessions with your tutor well in advance to insure availability. Possible locations include: Village Home main campus, a public library, or a public coffee shop. If you and the tutor are unable to find a mutually acceptable time, you may ask to be assigned to a different tutor. Or, if you feel your tutor is not a suitable match, please contact the office and we will help identify another tutor. New Pricing As of December 1, 2017 Sessions are 60 minutes — NOT 50 minutes Regular Academic Tutoring Session Session: 1 hour $40/hour $200 for a 5 pack of sessions $380 for a 10 pack of sessions ($38/hour)   Reading Specialist Session with Christie Ranslow (Initial Evaluation is $55) Session: 1 hour $45 per hour $225 for a 5 pack of sessions $450 for a 10 pack of sessions (no package discounts)   Music Lesson Session: 30 minutes $28/lesson $140 for a 5 pack of sessions (no package discounts) Click to REGISTER for TUTORING  Refund and Cancellation Policy Tutoring packages must be paid in full at time of registration. There are no refunds for tutoring sessions delivered. Tutoring packages expire at the end of the current academic year, June 30, and there are no refunds for expired hours. You are required to give your tutor 24-hour notice of cancellation. If you fail to give notification and miss an appointment, you forfeit that session. For more information: 503-597-9100, or email tutor@villagehome.org  For Salem requests, call 503-400-7854, or email salemoffice@villagehome.org

Drama

Our Drama Department is led by the incomparable Whitney Johnson. Each year Whitney carefully chooses the fall musical to incorporate as many learners as possible. The spring teen drama is a smaller production aimed at giving high schoolers the chance to stretch their acting wings. Both productions require stage managers, also mentored by Whitney, and often there is a Props & Costumes class (also taught by…Whitney!) for learners preferring the behind-the-scenes activities of producing a show. As of spring 2015, Village Home has a chapter of the International Thespian Society. Whitney is also active in the Portland improv community and teaches improv at Village Home as well. Fall Musicals 2017 THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. 2016 Elf Jr. 2015 Guys & Dolls Jr. 2014 Peter Pan Jr. 2013 Alice in Wonderland Jr. 2012 Seussical Jr. 2011 Bugsy Malone Jr. 2010 Aladdin Jr. 2009 Willy Wonka Jr. 2008 Pirates of Penzance Jr. Spring Plays 2015 Twelve Angry Jurors 2014 Almost, Maine 2013 Check, Please! 2012 Phantom Tollbooth 2011 Crazy House  

Field Trips & Workshops Portland Area

 At Village Home, we embrace hands-on learning beyond the classroom walls, so you will discover a large array of opportunities here that appeal to our diverse community members. Field Trips may be academic, environmental, recreational, or cultural in nature. We take advantage of school-shows with special pricing frequently. Village Home is often able to pass on significant savings from regular prices, and we always do the planning legwork for you. Workshops are unique, one-time offerings typically held at Village Home. Examples of workshops include our Artisan Workshop series featuring area artists, holiday workshops, visits from the Oregon Zoo, and more. The typical workshop is one to three hours in length. Prices and times vary, see event listing for details. Registering for Field Trips, Workshops, and other special opportunities is fast and easy! Current Field Trips and Workshops Event Code Field Trip Date(s) Time Min Age Max Age SEE OUR CURRENT FIELD TRIPS HERE Field Trip and Workshop Policy Payment is required at the time of registration. You are responsible for paying for all events you register for, even if you do not attend the event. Field trip participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied on off-campus field trips by a parent, guardian, or parent designee. (Workshops at Village Home do not require parent attendance, unless noted.) Field trips begin and end at the field trip location. Village Home provides no transportation to and from field trips. Village Home does not allow "caravanning" to a field trip location. We encourage participants to carpool whenever possible, but carpooling arrangements must be made amongst participants. Refund Policy: Your registration is your commitment to participate in the field trip or workshop and to pay for the event. You will be responsible for paying for all events you register for, even if you do not attend the event. In some cases, we are able to accommodate a cancellation request. For example, if you registered for an event, then changed your mind about attending, you may contact the Field Trip Coordinator (fieldtrips@villagehome.org) to make a cancellation request. If we are able to honor the request, we will. If not, you are still responsible for payment. All cancellation requests are subject to approval by the Field Trip Coordinator. Refunds will be made to all parties if Village Home cancels the event. Field Trip participants represent Village Home in the community, and are expected to follow our guidelines to respect self, others, and property at all times. Late arrivals will not be accommodated. Suggest a Field Trip Have an idea for a field trip? We want to hear from you! Please email fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let us know about great field trip opportunities. We are happy to put together a great slate of offerings with help from the community. Thank you for the input! Be a Field Trip Leader Be a trip leader! Help Village Home be a strong, close-knit community by volunteering as a trip leader. Trip leaders are the go-to person at the field trip event, and the glue that holds the group together. It is an easy, but vitally important job. Trip leaders make the trips fun for everyone! What does a Trip Leader do? Before the trip, we will send you a list of all of the attendees. Stop by the office to pick up a "Village Home" sign to hold up at the event. Arrive 10 minutes early at the designated meeting place with your handy-dandy sign, and greet Village Home attendees as they arrive. Like a good hostess, introduce participants to each other. Answer participant questions. Serve as the on-site contact with the venue, if needed. After the trip, send an email to fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let  us know if this is a trip we should do again, or to report any things that didn't go as planned. Benefits of being a trip leader: You get to help make a wonderful experience for your VH friends! If we have a "free pass" for trip chaperones, that benefit will be passed to you as the trip leader. Sign Me Up! It's easy, simply register for the field trips you want to enjoy with your friends, and email fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let us know you are willing to serve as the field trip leader. Thank you in advance for your help!

Retreats & Outdoor School

Village Home organizes the Teen Retreat each fall (ages 13+) and Outdoor School (ages 9 – 14) each spring. These overnight adventures last a few days and are chaperoned by VH staff and parent volunteers. These opportunities that build and strengthen relationships between VH friends are invaluable.

Competitions & Bees

Coaching a VH Team Some of our competitive teams are not classes and are coached by volunteer parents who are willing and able to commit a large amount of their time and energy to support a student team through their competition year. To start a team, ask your child’s friends and classmates directly if they are interested in joining a team. If you need more team members, extend the invitation and ask other Village Home community members if any of their children are interested in joining a team. Teams can reserve  meeting space on campus, have the advantage of using the non-profit status of VH for fundraising efforts,  and the use of some materials. Families who have children on a team are responsible for all tournament and competition fees, as well as travel expenses associated with competitions. Teams coached by volunteer parents operate independently from Village Home and Village Home is not responsible for any facet of team recruitment or team management.

Mommy & Me Preschool

Little Villagers at Village Home Preschool Enrichment for Homeschooled Children Little Villagers provides a gentle, home-like environment, where children have the freedom and opportunity to simply be children. Self directed creative play occupies a large portion of their day, as play is truly the work of the child. We believe that the best environment for learning and development is one in which children gain self-esteem, enjoy discovering basic learning materials, develop cooperative play skills, and build trusting relationships with each other and with adults. We encourage children to be individuals while learning to respect the rights of others, and progress at their own pace. We believe parent’s involvement is essential, since the parent is the primary educator. Little Villagers will enrich the parent-child relationship through parent participation and leadership in the classroom. Parents achieve a better understanding of their child’s development with regular involvement in the children’s activities and play materials. What guides the attitudes, words, and gestures of our parents and facilitators is the knowledge that young children learn through imitation. At Little Villagers we have a flexible, unhurried daily rhythm included in all of our activities: outdoor play, story time, block building, painting, clay and bees wax modeling, circle time and bread baking to name a few. Parents are an integral part of Little Villagers through their presence. Parents are asked to model active participation in every aspect of our daily routine. The instructor strongly encourages parent to share their ideas, suggestions and input. Little Villagers is for our youngest community members (ages 2 – 4 years old). Parents are asked to bring a nut-free snack from home for their own child and themselves daily. Starting in the Fall of 2015, we will offer one-day and two-day program options for 2-4 year olds.