What is Urban Homeschoolers?

Simply, we are a Learning Resource Center. We offer classes, taught by experts in their field, to students who want to learn. We serve a community of families who have decided to take education into their own hands. We offer support to parents who are new to the journey.  Many of our classes are unconventional and are created to engage kids in hands-on, critical thinking concerning the subject matter. It’s a pretty awesome way to learn. There is no teachto-the-test at Urban Homeschoolers.  There are no advanced or remedial classes.  There is only doing our best to meet a child where they are, to engage in authentic learning.

How did it start?

We were founded by three homeschooling moms, living in the Los Angeles area, who have been homeschooling our children for many, many years. Our individual children range in age from 10 to 20. We found ourselves looking for engaging classes that challenged our own children into thinking for themselves, and allowed them to progress at their own pace, and decided to fill the need.  We’ve grown from having an enrollment of 12 kids to over 130 kids in eight years.

Are you a school?

Nope. We are a learning resource center. Think of us as an a la carte educational service –  kind of like college for kids.

Are you a Christian-based Institution?

Nope.  We are strictly secular.  

Are you a co-op? 

We are not a co-op.  No volunteer hours are required of our parents.  (Yea!)  All of our instructors are compensated for their services. (Yea!)

I’m considering pulling my child out of school.  I have so many questions.  Help! 

We advise families on the ins and outs of homeschooling every day.  It’s a straightforward process (but a HUGE decision) that we’re happy to help with if we can.  We’ve been doing this for years, and we are happy to show you all your options.  If Urban Homeschoolers isn’t the right fit for you – we know lots of other resources and can steer you in the right direction.

Do you have a registration fee?

Yes. There is a $50 per student registration each term.  Our registration fee is non-refundable.

How many weeks do your classes run?

We run a two-semester year (Fall & Spring).  Our schedule usually changes a bit every semester. Many of our classes are designed to run all year long. We also have shorter workshops, ranging from one week on up.

Additional summer classes or activities are usually available. Check under Special Programs from the menu to see what’s happening. You can also follow us on social media @UrbanHomeschoolers where we post about special events and the like. 

How many kids are in a class?

We want small class sizes for our kids and know you do too. We have decided that 12 students are plenty for Elementary and Middle School classes.  Our High School classes have a maximum of 16. There are a few exceptions for classes that could use a crowd, such as Choir, Improv, certain workshops, etc.

Covid Note: During the Covid pandemic, classes are limited to 8 students per class.

Can I just drop my child off?

For children under 10, we require that an adult is at UHS during times when your child is not in class. For waiting parents – we have an area inside with Wi-Fi, and an area outside to enjoy the day. If your child is a teen, and you trust their ability to be independent, then so do we!  This means that they will be responsible for themselves while at Urban Homeschoolers. Ultimately we are not a drop-off for the day facility (unless your child takes classes all day long) and do not provide child care when students are not in class.  We have a play area for kids to hang out, eat lunch, and play basketball.  Our teens often walk to lunch or Starbucks*.  We employ a supervisor for the playground for much of Urban Homeschoolers class time.

*Students who are eligible to leave campus must have an Authorization to Leave Campus form filled out and on file with us.

Will my charter school pay for classes? 

Absolutely.  We’re vendors with several charters:   Sky Mountain, Golden Valley,  Sage Oak,  iLead, and Inspire.   It’s an easy process. Unclear on how a Charter school could be involved in Homeschooling?  Accounts that will be paid by charters must fill out the Charter Funds Form. Still have questions? We’ll explain – just give us a call.