Area Resources

This is a list of activities and resources that might be of interest to homeschoolers. Most are not affiliated with NHCH.
Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement by NHCH, nor is it a comprehensive listing of what is available to homeschoolers in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Please visit the websites or do a web search to contact these organizations for further information. 



Community College of Allegheny County

Non-credit classes are available for children and adults in art, dance, gymnastics, swimming, etc. Visit CCAC for more details.

Scholastic Book Clubs

Homeschoolers can order from Scholastic Book Clubs just like classroom teachers do. You can register at the Scholastic website. There are also periodic sales at the Scholastic warehouse in the Waterfront shopping center in Munhall. The warehouse phone number is 1-800-451-7181.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op


The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the world’s largest purchasing cooperative for homeschoolers.  It is a nonprofit, founded and operated by homeschooling families.  They feature “Group Buys” for Christian and other curriculum in order to get volume discounts for homeschoolers. Membership is free and confidential. homeschoolbuyersco-op

Enrichment Day

Enrichment Day is a homeschooling co-op offering a variety of classes at Woodland Valley Church in Mars. The group meets Fridays during the school year. High school classes are also available. Contact Madeline Petrus for more details.

Sewickley YMCA

The Sewickley YMCA is offering Homeschool Enrichment Classes. Some of the classes offered have included music, swimming, gym, sign language, public speaking, Odyssey of the Mind, math tutoring, and piano. For more information contact the Sewickley YMCA and ask for Cindy Ward, x. 105.

Reading Tutor

Pam Swayne tutors reading using the Orton-Gillingham method, and specializes in helping children with dyslexia. For more information, you can contact Pam through Trina.

Blackburn Study Center

Blackburn is a Christian classical tutorial service offering classes to children in grades 3-12. Subjects include science, history, logic, Latin, rhetoric, writing, literature, and algebra. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings. For more information, visit Blackburn Study Center.

Eden Christian Academy

Eden Christian Academy offers access to individual high school courses taught by Eden's certified teachers.  They also offer Geneva College core freshman courses, whereby it is possible to receive both high school and fully transferrable college credits.


Monart Art Classes

Karen Price is a licensed Monart instructor in Washington County. For more details, visit the Monart website or contact Karen.

Art Classes

Marie Long is a group member who teaches classes in pastels, printmaking, watercolor, clay, and drawing. Many of her classes focus on a particular artist or style. She is flexible and will teach small groups for one or more classes, at your home or hers. For more information, contact Marie.

Laura Hilston offers art classes in her home.  Private drawing lessons are also available for children ages 8 and up. For more information, please contact Laura.

Art classes with Linda Frank. Contact her at The primary purpose of the classes is to expose the student to art history, art movements, and famous artist past and present.  I focus on helping them acquire a knowledge of color, perspective, techniques and art vocabulary.

Karen Morrison is offering art classes to homeschoolers in their own homes.  She is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  She has ideas to suggest, but will also tailor make your classes to suit your wants.  Contact Karen at

Beading Classes and Parties

"The Bead Lady" will teach two beaded projects at your location to children age 6 and up. She will also do adult home parties, with a premium to you if you host. For more information, contact Kathy Shomo's shop, The Blue Bead.

North Hills Art Center

The North Hills Art Center offers classes for homeschoolers as well as the general public. The Art Center is located on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Twp.

SweetWater Center for the Arts

The Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley is offering some classes just for home schoolers. There is an "Art Sampler" course for both ages 6-10 and ages 11-15, and beginning Spanish classes for ages 6-8 and 9-12. They also have, as always, an assortment of evening or Saturday classes for kids as well as adults. You can get more information about these or other classes by calling them at 412-741-4405. The classes are usually weekly for 6-8 weeks, but they have one time classes and private lessons as well. Also useful to know, there is usually a 10% discount on tuition if you register 10 days in advance of the first class.

Christian Groups


AWANA is a nondenominational ministry that assists churches in reaching children and teenagers with the Gospel. Clubs are located at several area churches, including Northgate Church in West View and the Mars Christian & Missionary Alliance. Visit AWANA for more information about the program and other area locations.

Community Bible Study

Community Bible Study is held at Christ Church @ Grove Farm on Monday evenings, beginning in September and running through the school year.

The Bible study is structured and includes small group discussion, a teaching lecture, and a take-home commentary with homework questions.

Whole families are encouraged to come, and children and adults will follow the same study; preschoolers will learn Bible stories. For more information go to

Pioneer Clubs

Pioneer Clubs are geared toward reaching children with the Gospel. Some of the local churches offering Pioneer Clubs include Crestmont Alliance Church in Aliquippa, Ruthred Lutheran Church in Bethel Park, Stone Ridge Convenant Church in Allison Park, St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Allison Park and Covenant Community PCA.

Bible Study Fellowship

Bible Study Fellowship is a comprehensive inter-denominational Bible study program for adults and children that helps you gain a practical understanding of this important book.  A class for women and infants through pre-K meets in Sewickley on Wednesday mornings.  A class for men and school-aged children meets in Gibsonia on Tuesday evenings.  See for more information.

Music, Drama and Dance Classes

Fairgrieve School of Dance

The Fairgrieve School is located on Rte. 910 in West Deer Twp. and is offering discounted afternoon jazz, tap, and ballet classes for homeschoolers.

Bella School of Dance

Offers age-appropriate dance education in an encouraging, non-competitive environment.  The classes offered are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop.  Home-schooling families receive a discount.

Perrysville PTA Dance School

This is an inexpensive after-school dance program including ballet, tap, and jazz for pre-school through sixth grade. Other North Hills School Districts offer similar programs.

Ballet Baroque

Ballet Baroque offers classical ballet in West View; for more information contact Bobbie Paulson.

Highland Dancing Classes

Traditional Scottish Highland Dance classes are held on Tuesdays at the Coraopolis Presbyterian Church; the licensed instructor is Wendy Ferrell. For more information, contact Laura Miller.

Alpen Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein

Traditional Bavarian folk dance classes are held on Tuesdays at the Vereinsheim Teutonia Männerchor, 857 Phineas StreetPittsburgh, PA 15212. For more information visit


Spotlight offers drama, dance, voice, and piano lessons with full-length ballets and musicals presented 3 times a year. The studio is located at 442 Perry Highway, in West View (412-931-1001).

Saltworks Acting Classes

Classes in acting, musical theater, improvisation, and more are offered to children age 6-16. They are held at Orchard Hill Chapel in Wexford, with options including eight-week classes in the spring and fall, one-day workshops, and summer day camps. For more information visit Saltworks.

The Pittsburgh Music Academy

The Pittsburgh Music Academy is primarily a Suzuki school, located in Carnegie. For more information, visit Pittsburgh Music Academy.

The Center for Young Musicians

Visit The Center for Young Musicians for more details.

Paragon Studios

Paragon Studios, located on Perry Highway, offers classes to students ages 4-19 in the areas of Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice, Dialects and, on Wednesday mornings for ages 4-7, a Rhythmics and Creative Movement Class.

Violin Instructors

Kathryn Gardner is a violin and piano instructor with ten years of teaching experience. Contact her via email.

MaryBeth Schotting is an Artist Lecturer in Violin, Director String Preparatory Division, at Carnegie Mellon University. She states: "Our program offers string students aging 6-18 yrs old, private lessons, group classes, academic classes like theory and eurhythmics, and recitals." Contact her via email.

Lisa Marsnik ( is a violin teacher with over thirty years experience teaching children as young as three years old and revising the technique of older students who have professional goals. Contact her via email (

Band Instrument Instruction

In Home music lessons for band instrument players. Contact Rick Murrell at or call 412.398.1645


Flute Instruction

Allison Gioscia is available to teach flute.  She received her Master's degree in flute in June 2008 and has performed in venues throughout the US.  Recordings of her playing are available at .  She currently lives on the North Side, a few blocks from Allegheny General Hospital.  She teaches lessons both at her home and at her students' homes.Contact her at



Piano Instruction

Janet Graham is a piano instructor with 10 years teaching experience.  She utilizes a highly effective curriculum that integrates all aspects of learning music in a fun and exciting way.  Please contact her via email at or phone at (412) 837-2662.


Frick Art and Historical Center

Attractions include the Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, Henry Clay Frick Mansion, Greenhouse, Visitors' Center, and Gift Shop. Free except for tours of the mansion; docents and teachers are outstanding. Visit the Frick for details.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Offers a variety of programs for homeschoolers ages 6-12 on Tuesday afternoons. These classes are designed to enhance inquiry skills and deepen your child's interest in science. For the current schedule and more information visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Offers workshops geared toward homeschoolers on Thursdays; visit Carnegie Museum of Art workshops and scroll down for the homeschooler section.

Carnegie Science Museum

Offers several different kinds of workshops for families, preschoolers, and homeschoolers. For more information, visit Carnegie Science Center Workshops.


Beechwood Farms

Home of the Audubon Society of Western PA, Beechwood offers five miles of trails through various habitats, a children's activity room, an excellent nature store and a specialized library. Family programs are offered year-round. For more information, visit Beechwood.

Pittsburgh Zoo Wildlife Academy

Various classes and mini-camps are offered throughout the year for all ages. For more information, visit the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Butler County Farm Tour

This free "drive yourself" tour of 4 or 5 different farms is held in late September or early October. For more information contact the Butler County Conservation District at (724) 284-5270.

Latodami Nature Center at North Park

Offers a variety of classes, hikes, and conservation activities for children and families year-round. For more information, contact the park naturalist, Meg Scanlon, at the North Park office.

C-mite Program at CMU

Primarily science classes for children who scored greater than 90% on any standardized test. For more information, contact Karen Morris via the NHCH directory.

Special Needs

Special Needs Homeschoolers of Western PA

This Yahoo group is an organzation of parents who are committed to the home education of their special needs child. The group is open to any parent who is currently homeschooling or cyper schooling their child with special needs, or any caregiver investigating the home school option for their child: Special Needs Homeschoolers of Western PA


Upward Basketball

Specifically designed for boys and girls in grades K-6, this ministry seeks to develop self-esteem, sportsmanship, character, athletic skills, and respoect for authority. Register in October for groups which meet at the Allison Park Assembly of God or the Mars Alliance Church. For more information, visit Upward.

Northern Steel Soccer Academy

Soccer training for U9, U10, and U11 players. Visit Northern Steel Soccer.

North Strabane Township – Hornets Soccer

If you have children in 5th grade or above who are interested in being on an organized team, please contact Harry and Janice Sanders at There is both a middle school and high school team and we play Christian schools all over the area.

Sports Club

Meets for 2 hours every Monday for soccer (Sept-Oct; Apr-May), basketball (Jan-Mar), and baseball (Jul-Aug). Cost is $25/yr per family for liability insurance. For more information, contact Mary Weaver via the NHCH directory.

Ice Skating at North Park

Ice skating lessons at North Park Ice Skating Rink run for 4 weeks from mid-November to mid-December, and again from mid-January to mid-February. Sign-ups are in early November for the fall session, and in mid-December for the winter session. There are both free and paid lessons available. For more information, contact the North Park office.

X-Cel Gymnastics

Offers classes for homeschoolers; off Rt 8 in Cranberry.  See

Northland Gymnastics

Offers classes for homeschoolers; off Rt 8 in Gibsonia. Call for information.

Rising Star Gymnastics

Offers classes in gymnastics, tumbling, and trampoline. Studio is located on Lowries Run Road; call for more details.

North Allegheny Community Swim

Community swim times for North Allegheny residents begin in September and run through the school year; the pool is open Mon-Thurs evenings and Saturday afternoons. For more information, contact the North Allegheny School District Athletic Department offices.

Shaler Area Swim Programs

The Shaler School District offers an Aquatic Club and Community Recreational Swim Programs, for Shaler residents only. For more information, contact the Shaler Area School District offices.

Tennis Clinics

Discounted classes for homeschoolers are offered at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. For more information, contact the Peters Township Tennis Association.

Gym Classes

Gym classes are being offered at the East Union Community Center in West Deer Twp.; call for more information.

Home School Gym Class on Tuesday afternoons in Mars, PA. Contact Sally Hangliter or Kate Funk for more information.


Baierl Family YMCA, Thursday afternoon Swim & Gym Class for children in grades 1 - 6.  Contact the Y or Charlotte Davis for more information.


Informal Homeschool Gym Class, contact Cheryl Pfingstl for details.


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