Local Homeschool News: June 2017


  • This post will be updated throughout June 2017


April 30, 2017

To Our Local Homeschool Community from Laura Young

As many of you know, I have been curating local homeschool news and listings of local homeschool organizations, along with a local homeschool events calendar, since 2006 with the mission of connecting Lynchburg area homeschool families to each other and to groups, organizations, activities, and other resources and information for enhancing their children’s home education.

My youngest child is in the process of wrapping up high school; and, as such, I am nearing retirement from home education.

I am seeking local individuals who are currently active in home education and who are interested in carrying forward the work of LynchburgHomeschool.com for the benefit of our local homeschool community.

Individuals need not have website or tech experience, but should possess a fondness for our local homeschool families and a desire to fulfill the stated mission of connecting Lynchburg area homeschool families to each other and to groups, organizations, activities, and other resources and information for enhancing their children’s home education.

I am able to maintain the website itself going forward; however, I will need others who actually gather local homeschool news and information, as listed below, and would manage certain aspects of the site’s social media entities.

  • Local Homeschool News
  • Local Homeschool Events Calendar
  • Local Homeschool Organizations Listing

Please be in touch if you are interested in volunteer opportunities to serve our local homeschool community in the Lynchburg, Virginia region.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Laura Young   •   Contact form here
Founder & Website Administrator


Local home educator, Jessica O’Brien, shares field trip ideas and a variety of other happenings and related information (discounts, etc.) that local homeschool families are sure to find interesting via Virginia Homeschool Field Trip Ideas. Visit ‘Virginia Homeschool Field Trip Ideas’ on Facebook here and as ‘Field Trip Ideas’ on Twitter here.


Lynchburg Homeschool Field Trip Club, started by local home educator, Bethany Davis, features field trips and playdates geared toward local elementary-aged homeschool students. You can find the Lynchburg Homeschool Field Trip Club Facebook page here and the Lynchburg Elementary Homeschool Field Trips Facebook group here.


LHSAA offers competitive homeschool sports for girls and boys in middle and high school. Join LHSAA’s Email List via their website here and for their latest news regarding registration, open gym, start dates, etc.

  • Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Teams
  • Boys & Girls Teams
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Looking for another sport? Let LHSAA know as others may be interested as well.

From LHSAA Athletic Director, Todd Asselborn

The Patriots have a lot going on this summer! For the first time, every sport is hosting events and most of them are FREE!

Boys & Girls Cross Country
Kick off meeting for prospective and returning runners and parents on June 2, 2017 from 6-8 p at Peaks View Park. Summer runs on a weekly basis throughout the summer. Email Robin Packer here for more information.

Girls Volleyball
Open gyms planned from 5-7 p on June 6 & 20, 2017 and July 11 & 25, 2017 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church (other events may pop up also). Email Bryan Johnson here or call 434-841-7957 for more information.

Boys Soccer
Meeting for prospective and returning soccer players on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5:15p. Free soccer skills camp on May 30, June 1 & 2, 2017 from 4-6p. Weekly informal soccer practices (open to all) on Thursdays from 4-6p starting June 8, 2017 and continuing throughout the summer at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Email Cara Mook here for or call 434-821-0020 for more information.

Girls Soccer
Weekly informal soccer practices from 8:30-10:30a every Wednesday throughout the summer from May 31-August 2, 2017 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Email Cathy Scheerer here for more information.

Boys Basketball
Weekly open gyms on Tuesdays from 7-9p starting May 30, 2017 and continuing throughout the summer. Other “off season” events are planned. Email Wyatt Craig here for more information.

Girls Basketball
Open gyms from 5-7p on June 13 & 27, 2017 and July 4 & 18, 2017. Other “off season” events are planned. Email Todd Asselborn here for more information.

Todd Asselborn
LHSAA Athletic Director


Traci Williams, Youth Fitness Director and Family Strengthening Coordinator, of the Jamerson Family YMCA in Wyndhurst recently developed a health and physical education program for area homeschool students. Email Traci Williams here for further information. You’ll find the Jamerson Family YMCA here and Registration here (click ‘Homeschool’).

To:  Jamerson YMCA Homeschool Parents
From:  Traci Williams, HYPE Director
Re: Fall 2017-Spring 2018 HYPE Session

Greetings Homeschool Parents and Happy Summer!

I hope this letter finds you all enjoying your summer break!  Believe it or not, we are already in the planning stages for our upcoming Fall 2017-Spring 2018 HYPE Program.  Classes will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 and will continue throughout the month of May 2018.  We will be taking the month of December off, as well as time for both Thanksgiving and Spring Break Holidays.

Available class days and times will be:  Mondays-Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am for ages 5-12.   If there is high demand for a Friday teen class we could potentially add that, but would need a minimum of 10 teens registered first.   This year we will have check-in/drop off and pick up in the Kidz Gym.  Parents will be able to drop children off in the Kidz Gym at 9:30am and should arrange pick up no later than 11:30am.  We will continue to offer both Health & Physical Education during the 2 hour periods, healthy snack days and swimming days, and we also plan to incorporate more community outreach projects!

In order to staff and maintain our program, we find it necessary to implement the following member fees for our 2017-2018 program:

$10.00/month per child for 2 days a week with a maximum cap of $25/month per family (if you have more than 2 children participating in the program)

$20.00/month per child for 4 days a week with a maximum cap of $50/month per family (if you have more than 2 children participating in the program)

For most months this will be equivalent to about $1.25 per day per child, and less than that if you have 3 or more children participating.  We are committed to making this program as cost-friendly to our member families as possible as we feel it is a great benefit to our Homeschoolers!


Open registration for the fall will begin on Monday, July 10, 2017, and if you register and pay for September by August 11th you’ll receive a free YMCA HYPE T-shirt for each child registered!  Additional T-shirts will be available to purchase after August 11th.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at traciwilliams@ymcacva.org or you can call me at (434)-582-1900, extension # 209.  We are so excited for the fall and look forward to seeing all of you again soon!

Traci Williams, HYPE Program Director, Jamerson Family YMCA


From local homeschool father, Bob Sanchez:

Ambassadors Football is currently forming independent Christian tackle football teams for homeschool and private school (without football team) boys currently (2016-17 academic year) in 7th-11th grade in the Roanoke-Lynchburg region. Play is scheduled to begin for the fall 2017 season. The program is Roanoke-based with teams currently forming in Roanoke and Lynchburg; boys will have a choice to play on either squad.

Games are scheduled, all positions are open, and the Christian environment will be much like the Central Virginia Disciples and Hampton Roads Generals (no religious requirement to participate). No prior experience necessary, just a desire to always play hard.

Families interested in playing or learning more about this opportunity should review the informational flyer & sign-up sheet here and complete the non-binding application and email to Adam McKelvey (Roanoke) here or Bob Sanchez (Lynchburg) here or mail to 27 Wyndermere Drive, Troutville, VA 24175. Contact Adam or Bob for further information and stay-tuned for details regarding organizational meetings, etc.

Update from Bob Sanchez dated July 14, 2017:

Hello Everyone,

We have recently achieved critical mass to the point where we have formed a separate team in Lynchburg called the Lynchburg Crusaders! We initially planned for our Lynchburg area boys to play as part of the Roanoke Ambassadors team that was starting up in Roanoke. However, the response to the concept has been tremendous to the point where teams have formed not only in Roanoke and Lynchburg but also in Rocky Mount, Christiansburg, and several cities in North Carolina. For all intents and purposes we have our own league.

We have secured a football field behind Leesville Elementary School on Leesville Rd. in Lynchburg to hold our practices and any home games we may schedule. Additionally, because of the generosity of many good people who have donated funds, we have been able to substantially reduce the cost to play person to $75! NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

Here is some vital information to pass along to anyone interested in playing. Please know that if someone is interested in playing they will need to signup as soon as possible as the number of spots on the roster is limited and is filling up.

  • Practice & Game field: Football field behind Leesville Elementary School, 25 Lewis Way, Lynchburg (Timberlake Lions football field)
  • Practice Times: Friday and Sunday, 3-5pm (time may adjust), starting August.
  • Cost to play: $75 per player. Fee covers helmet, shoulder pads, pants with padding, game jersey. Each player to provide his own football cleats and mouthpiece.
  • Head coach: Philip Harris (some additional assistant coaching positions available)

Dates to remember:

  • 11am, Saturday, July 29, 2017; Equipment distribution at the field for those boys who have officially signed up to play by that date and issued on a first come, first serve basis.
  • 3-5pm, Sunday, July 30, 2017; Non contact practice in helmets, cleats, T-shirt and short pants. Bring water!
  • August 12, 2017, 1st practice game. Bring water!

Sent as an attachment with this email is the original registration form which a player and parents can use to sign up. Please email all completed registration forms to me here. Informational flyer & sign-up sheet here.

We want to emphasize that this team is open to all boys regardless of whether they are homeschooled, attend private schools without football teams or a public school as long as they are comfortable playing in a Christian environment. Our coaches are all born again believers.

Thank-you and please pass along this information to any boy who will be in the 8th grade to 12th grade this Fall who wants to play tackle football. No experience necessary.

Thank-you and many blessings,
Bob Sanchez
707.815.2612 (cell)


To local homeschool community from Kellie Reynolds, Community Recreation Programmer, Lynchburg Parks & Recreation

Hello! My name is Kellie and I am the new Community Recreation Programmer for Lynchburg Parks and Recreation City-Wide programs. My focus is on youth, teens and family here in the area, and I wanted to reach out to you in an effort to build a stronger relationship with the many homeschoolers in the area. I am currently working on program offerings for fall, and wanted to see what programs folks in homeschool programs would like to see offered in their community during the day. I am based in the newly-renovated Miller Center, where we house a culinary studio, a nature zone, several large rooms for arts, crafts and activities, as well as a state-of-the-art theatre for performances, lectures, and even hosting movies. I am a big supporter of homeschooling and would love to provide groups and individuals with relevant programming to their needs and educational goals. Any input or connections you would be interested in offering would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached via email or at my office at 434-455-5837. Please feel free to forward that contact information to any interested parties as well. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

Kellie Reynolds
Community Recreation Programmer
Lynchburg Parks and Recreation


Homeschool First 2017-18 new member registration is now open. Learn more about Homeschool First classes and other opportunities at HomeschoolFirst.org.


Homeschoolers in the Farmville area will be holding a used curriculum sale on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Shop and sell from 9a-12p at Calvary Chapel Church, 300 Industrial Park Road, Farmville, Virginia 23901. Email Christy Keller here or call 804-218-9567 for further details.


From Lynchburg Homeschool Graduation

Lynchburg area homeschool students graduating in the Class of 2017 are invited to participate in the community-wide ceremony being held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2p at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 4660 Fort Avenue , Lynchburg.

Interested families are encouraged to stay-tuned for announcement of upcoming planning meetings and further details regarding graduation festivities.

Please contact LHG if you would you are interested participating in Class of 2017 events.


Families of Class of 2018 graduates should follow the LHG blog at LynchburgHomeschoolGraduation.com for news and registration information as details become available. Graduation 2018 planning begins in October 2017.

Note: Thank you to Homeschool First for hosting this community-wide homeschool event!


The Home Educators Association of Virginia annual Virginia Homeschool Convention will be held June 8-10, 2017 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The HEAV convention is one of the largest {and best} homeschool conventions in the country and provides new and continuing home educating families with an amazing plethora of opportunities for inspiration, enrichment, information, and shopping for new and used curriculum, books and other resources. Lynchburg area families are highly encouraged to attend. Visit HEAV’s Convention page here for details.


Rise Up Climbing in Lynchburg will be offering Homeschool Days on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p (on June 28, 2017 this month). Rise Up is open until 10p on Wednesday and Homeschool Day participants may leave and return during that time. Call Rise up at 434-845-7625 or visit RiseUpClimbing.com here for Homeschool Days pricing and further information.

Did you know that rock climbing was just accepted into the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo?

Rock Climbing is a great physical and exhilarating workout but it also strengthens problem solving skills and teaches life lessons about perseverance, determination, and planning ahead. It is a unique sport in that it can be an individual endeavor where the climber tests themselves against different routes or problems that are on the wall – much like a golfer plays against the course; but it can also be competitive between climbers as a climber can compete as an individual or on a team against other individuals or teams for scores to make the sport competitive.

Rise Up Climbing has been in business since 2008 – and we are located at 1225 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg – next to the YMCA and City Armory. We are open everyday of the week and cater to all ability levels and ages. Anyone 4 years and up can access our facility and climb for the day. We teach our intro to climbing (Basic Skills) class ON DEMAND anytime we are open in just 30 minutes! No appointments necessary.

RISE UP CLIMBING in Lynchburg will be offering HOMESCHOOL DAYS on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p. Homeschool Day pricing is $13/climber including rental gear (normally $19.00). Climb for as long as you like – you just have to show up between 1-5PM! We are open until 10PM that day – and you can leave and come back!

$20/initial belayer training for parents and students over 14 years-old if you’d like to access the 40′ wall. Parents and students over 14 years-old will learn to hold rope (known as belaying) for their climber in 30 minutes on the spot. After the initial training the belaying itself is free upon subsequent visits. Rental harness, if needed, is $2.50 – or you can always bring your own harness.

Anyone under 18 years-old will need a waiver filled out by their parent or legal guardian. Call Rise up at 434-845-7625 or email info@riseupclimbing.com for Homeschool Days pricing and further information. Our website is RiseUpClimbing.com – where you can find more information about our programs – and fill out a digital waiver (no printing required) ahead of time!

Damien Bartholomew
Rise Up Climbing
Climb. Discover. Connect.


Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics is holding their Novice Debate Camp for 12-18 year-olds on August 17-18, 2017 from 9a-4p each day at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Attending this camp does NOT indicate a commitment to join the club, but it is a great way to learn more about forensics in general and about Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics. Register by Monday, August 14, 2017. Visit LHF online here for full details.


Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, will again be offering a PSAT • SAT • ACT Test Prep course from August through November 2017. Mary is also able to offer a separate ACT Test Prep course for those interested in ACT only. Email Mary here for further details and visit Lynchburg Educational Services here to register for courses.


Longtime local homeschool father and independent businessman, John Knaus, will again be offering a high school level U.S. Government course for the 2017-18 academic year to local homeschool students. The course will be held at his family’s home on Tuesdays from 1-2:30p beginning in late-August 2017 (30 weeks, $150 tuition) and will utilize Declaration Statesmanship curriculum by Ferrier and Seeley. Email John here or call 434-258-4573 for further details.

Declaration Statesmanship is a focused study of U.S. Government based on the principles within the Declaration of Independence. This is an unusual approach. The goal is to help students understand the rationale and background for the creation of the United States and our form of government. The course incorporates readings from primary sources, discussion, writing, and independent research.

The course is designed with three components: a student text, a teacher’s manual, and a Declaration Statesmanship Book of Readings. The text provides the background and context along with discussion questions, reading assignments, and writing assignments. The Book of Readings contains excerpts from books such as Nichomachean Ethics, The Federalist Papers, Democracy in America, and The Second Treatise of Civil Government, along with the entire text of or excerpts from a number of historic speeches and documents such as the Articles of Confederation, The U.S. Constitution, the transcript of the Dread Scott decision, the Gettysburg Address, and the sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

The text is written from a Christian perspective common to all denominations, but it also teaches students about the concept of “natural law” that many non-Christians throughout history have recognized as a source of moral principles. It begins with “A Look Backward” to the formation of eighteenth century views about government and the rights of people. With that context in mind, students explore the Declaration of Independence and the rationale used by the colonists in their revolt against England. Quite a bit of time is dedicated to the principles involved since these underlie the rest of the course. Students study the influential ideas of that time period and the tensions between them that resulted in the eventual writing of our Constitution. Further study of the Constitution itself flows naturally from this foundation. Students learn the basics regarding our federal form of government in this course, but the focus is not so much on minutiae but rather on principles.

Curriculum reviews by Cathy Duffy here and Rainbow Resource here.

John Knaus is an Independent business man, homeschool dad of four amazing kids, husband of one remarkable woman, teacher of government, economics and Virginia History since 2008, Co-Director of City on a Hill Youth Theater. This course meets in the Knaus home at 213 Brooklawn Drive in Lynchburg.

This course is for everyone. Learning about the purpose and foundation of our government is a must. This teacher and curriculum is engaging and enjoyable. You won’t regret taking it!


Homeschool Days at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center will be offered September-May 2017 on one Tuesday per month from 2-4p. Special pricing available. Visit FunQuest’s Homeschool page here for dates/times and prices, additional discounts, and special happenings during Homeschool Day events.


Alyson Wagner, local veteran home educating mom, is offering American Girl history-literature unit study classes for 2017-18 at Heritage Baptist Church. Classes are for girls 7-10 years-old. Class schedule is every other Friday, September 8, 2017 through May 11, 2018. Email Alyson Wagner here for further information and registration.


Alyson Wagner, local veteran home educating mom, is offering a Biblical Worldview Class using Focus on the Family’s curriculum called ​THE TRUTH PROJECT at Heritage Baptist Church. Class schedule is every other Friday afternoon, September 8, 2017 through May 11, 2018, and open to students ages 13-18. Email Alyson Wagner here for further information and registration.

Alyson Wagner on Course Info

What is truth? How should Christians view the world? In this class, students will learn what a Christian worldview is and how to live life from a biblical perspective. We will tour through history, philosophy, religion, media, literature, art, economics and ethics and discover how to discern truth. Our study will include regular insights from Dr. Del Tackett as well as biblical experts Ravi Zacharias, R.C. Sproul, Os Guinness and Gordon Pennington.

THE TRUTH PROJECT is most engaging and ​complete worldview curriculum I have ever taught and students are changed as a result of participating! By building student’s foundation of a comprehensive biblical worldview, they hunger more for God and His ways.


From Deanna Rutledge regarding the Singing School

Would your child(ren), ages 6 and up, enjoy singing in a Christmas choral program? This year, the Singing School will run from mid-September through mid-December (day/time/location to be determined). Children learn to sing on pitch, in correct rhythm, with correct diction, and in many languages. They learn breath control, tone production, musical intonation, harmony, ear training, and the joy of singing. In mid-December, Singing School students will join with the Bedford Presbyterian Church adult choir and orchestra to present their annual Abendmusik program to the community. There is a nominal charge.

Email Deanna Rutledge here or call (808) 343-5621 for further information.


Lynchburg High-School Homeschoolers is a group on Facebook for Lynchburg area high school homeschool students and parents. You can find Lynchburg High-School Homeschoolers on Facebook here.


Lynchburg, VA Special Needs Homeschooling can be found in Facebook Groups here.

“Lynchburg, VA Special Needs Homeschooling is for those in the Lynchburg and surrounding areas who are currently homeschooling or who are interested in homeschooling their child(ren) with special needs.”


Venues for Buying & Selling Homeschool Resources

  • Visit our Local Events webpage for a continually-updated listing of upcoming local homeschool events
  • Visit our Local Organizations for a listing of local homeschool organizations
  • SUBMIT YOUR INFO: Both webpages have contact forms at the bottom for submitting info regarding homeschool news/events and organizations