Who Are We?
The Oswego Homeschool Association is a non-profit group for homeschooling parents and children of all ages. We believe that parents are the primary teachers and are responsible for all lawful reporting, curricula choices, and core subject instruction. OHA aims to support the role of the parent by offering meetings, special events, field trips, and educational opportunities. We are an inclusive, eclectic, local, member-run organization that honors the diversity of homeschoolers and provides a supportive community for our members. Our reasons for homeschooling differ, as do our styles and approaches to education. What we share is a respect for all learners and a desire to support one another.
What We Offer
OHA is very happy to provide a broad range of extracurricular and supplemental activies to Oswego's homeschool community. As an OHA member, your child can participate in our Lakeside Enrichment and Academic Program (LEAP), choir, theatrical performances, ROYALS athletics, and more. Our programs are ever changing and we are always looking for ways to enrich our children's lives.
If you are interested in becoming an OHA member, feel free to email us at [email protected] for more information. When you are ready to join, simply click "Join" above to fill out an application.
Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to some of the wonderful men and women who make our LEAP program amazing!
I met Erika Rocks last year when she came on as an aide for our LEAP program and did a fabulous job! She then went on to help with the Science Fair and after watching her in action I pleaded with her to join our teaching staff. She will be teaching hand sewing and stitching to our 5th-12th graders in the Fall.
Erika lives in Mexico, NY with her husband and two children, and has been homeschooling for three years. Erika has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island. She was formerly a Biologist for the National Park Service, but left her career to be with her family. Erika spends as much time outdoors as possible and enjoys sharing her love of science, nature, and learning with her children. She believes that there is always something to learn, everyone can tap into their creativity, and that it's never too late to try something new! Erika has been making things for most of her life, and has been a knitter for more than 25 years. She loves fishing, and most recently---learning to play the fiddle.
What is OHA?
OHA is the Oswego Homeschool Association, founded by a group of homeschooling parents in the fall of 2020.
The Oswego Homeschool Association is a not for profit 501c3 organization for homeschooling parents and children of all ages. We believe that parents are the primary teachers and are responsible for all lawful reporting, curricula choices, and core subject instruction. OHA aims to support the role of the parent by offering meetings, special events, field trips, and educational opportunities. We are an inclusive, eclectic, local, member-run organization that honors the diversity of homeschoolers and provides a supportive community for our members. Our reasons for homeschooling differ, as do our styles and approaches to education. What we share is a respect for all learners and a desire to support one another.
We believe that every family has the legal and constitutional right to home educate in New York State, regardless of their philosophy of education or religious affiliation.
What about LEAH, are you also LEAH?
The Oswego Homeschool Association is a local chapter of Loving Education at Home, Inc- also known as Homeschool NY/LEAH (click here for more information about Homeschool NY/LEAH). We are an affiliate of this state organization, but OHA is also our own autonomous entity. Our board developed our own bylaws which are unique to OHA. These bylaws differ from other Homeschool NY/LEAH chapters and have been submitted to and accepted by Homeschool NY/LEAH. Per our mission, we choose to be welcoming to homeschoolers of all faiths and beliefs, as outlined specifically in our bylaws:
Article III- Statements of Belief
Although we choose to have no requirements of religion for our membership, we acknowledge the beliefs of Loving Education at Home, Inc and agree to be considerate of those beliefs in our programming. As an association, we agree to not include or offer programming that is contradictory to Loving Education at Home, Inc’s by-laws.
Click here to view the full by-laws of OHA
As an OHA member, am I also a Homeschool NY/LEAH member?
Yes. When you become a member of OHA, you also become a member of Homeschool NY/LEAH. This membership gives us insurance, regional and state support, homeschool advocacy, HSLDA discount, and access to the many programs that Homeschool NY/LEAH offers. Click here for more information about Homeschool NY/LEAH.
Are there more than one Homeschool NY/LEAH chapters in Oswego County?
Yes! We have such a great need for homeschool support in this area. OHA is one of several chapters in the area. The other chapters include Oswego County Leah, James Madison Academy, Raising Arrows, and Mexico Lighthouse LEAH.
Can I be a member of both OHA and Oswego County LEAH?
Yes! It’s called dual enrollment. You can save some money this way, too. Families choose one of the chapters to be their “primary chapter” and pay the membership fee. Then, they will pay what the other (secondary) chapter charges, minus $30 (which is what goes to Homeschool NY/LEAH). Each chapter may have differing requirements for membership. Membership to Homeschool NY/LEAH does not necessarily guarantee a membership into any particular chapter and membership in one chapter does not guarantee membership in another chapter.