About NCHE

4441 Six Forks Rd.
Suite 106, Box 144
Raleigh, NC 27609

1 (844) NCHE-EDU // 1 (844) 624-3338
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   x2: Homeschool Helps
   x3: Sports
   x4: Law and Policy
   x5: Thrive! Conference
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NCHE (North Carolinians for Home Education) was founded in 1984 by homeschool parents in order to protect the right to educate their children at home. NCHE has advanced legislation that has made it easier for more families to homeschool without onerous government involvement. As a result, the number of homeschool students in North Carolina has skyrocketed over the years, even moving ahead of the number of private school students in the state. NCHE continues to vigilantly watch our legislature for any threats to homeschooling, but we also provide resources for families to make their homeschool journey as rewarding as possible.


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Mission & Ideals Organizational Structure Bylaws
Our 3 fold mission: Protect, Provide & Promote State-wide and Regional Liaisons How we self-govern

Just Some of What We Do

The Freedom to Homeschool:
Law & Government Relations

Although home education is the oldest form of education, NCHE was formed during a time when homeschoolers were being put in jail for homeschooling. The freedom to homeschool was definitely in question. It was officially recognized as legal in North Carolina in 1985. In May of that year, our state Supreme Court ruled that home education was a legal way of meeting the compulsory attendance regulations under the existing private school law.

Motivated by pressure from DPI after that ruling, the North Carolina General Assembly undertook the task of deciding whether further regulations should be applied to home education and what those regulations should be. Through the efforts of North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE), an attempt to heavily regulate home education was averted, and a substitute bill authored by NCHE was passed that added a new section to the private school law: Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes.

To learn more about this historic effort, read:
 Home Education in North Carolina: the Early History 1979-1988.

Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes clearly designates home education as a method of complying with compulsory attendance regulations and contains minimal requirements. As a result of NCHE's hard work, the North Carolina law is now one of the nation's best. 

>Since that time, NCHE has been actively on the look-out for government action that would negatively impact home education and successfully putting a stop to it.

For the first time in 25 years, in March, 2013, NCHE went on the offensive to make the homeschool law even better and wrote and had filed a bill that would redefine “home school” This was done to resolve a problem that resulted from an interpretation by the Division of Non-Public Education. This new definition passed every vote unanimously and was signed into law on May 30, 2013.

Thrive! The NCHE Homeschool Conference

Even before homeschooling was legally recognized in the state, NCHE organized a conference & book fair for home educators. This annual event has grown from a few hundred attendees to thousands. For over 20 years, the NCHE annual Conference has taken place in Winston-Salem's Benton Convention Center. For information on the next conference go here


GREENHOUSE is NCHE's flagship publication.

In 1984, NCHE starting publishing a newsletter named the Greenhouse Report to keep the NCHE membership informed and encouraged. The name was chosen to represent the type of care homeschooling parents are able to give to their children. Children are lovingly "tended" in a protected and nurturing environment until they are sufficiently mature to go out and take a place of service in the world.

GREENHOUSE continues the tradition of the Greenhouse Report. GREENHOUSE is mailed to NCHE members.

Sports: NCHE Athletic Commission

Recognizing that homeschoolers were barred from participating in public-school sports programs, NCHE created NCHEAC, the NCHE Athletic Commission. The NCHEAC now offers a wide variety of sports. Middle and high school sports include boys baseball, boys & girls basketball, boys & girls cross country (individual & team), golf (individual & team), boys & girls soccer, boys & girls swimming (individual & team), girls volleyball. 


The NCHE website is a helpful resource for homeschoolers in NC and beyond. It gives information for homeschoolers of all stages.

NCHE also maintains a very active Facebook page with more than 17,000 fans!