A popular way to homeschool is to join a charter, which is a public school that supports independent study. The following charter schools and independent study programs are some of the popular schools open to Marin residents.

Heartwood Charter School is a local, teacher led, community created independent study public school. Parents/Guardians are the primary teacher for their child.  When needed, Heartwood teachers (CST) lead parents/guardians through their role as the homeschool teacher, as well as students through specific learning tasks to demonstrate mastery of each subject.  A variety of support levels are available, from fully developed curricula to lessons and units created by the parent.

Compass Charter Schools is one of California’s leading WASC-accredited virtual charter schools of choice. CCS’s home study (Options) program is its home study program for grades TK-12. Its program allows parents to be fully involved in all aspects of their child’s daily education.

Pathways Charter School is a personalized learning program that uses the model of independent study. They serve a broad range of TK-12 students who have a variety of previous educational backgrounds. Pathways offers some in-person classes at their campus in north San Rafael

NOVA Independent Study, part of Novato Unified School District, offers an alternative, flexible educational experience for students in grades 1-12, incorporating academic excellence and social/emotional support. K-6 students participate in daily, live, online instruction paired with teacher coordinated independent study and individualized support. In addition, students will have opportunities for monthly, in-person STEAM lessons and field trips with peers. 7-12 students have the option to co-enroll in Novato high schools to access electives and participate in sports.

In addition to the usual after-school enrichment options, many providers offer programs customized for homeschoolers to support our more flexible schedule and individual learning goals.

Fun, active Spanish classes for elementary students. An advanced beginning class for students ~8-10 is being offered in Fall 2023 in San Rafael.

Headlands offers part time, one-on-one teaching for grades 6-12 in Sausalito, including many AP classes and tests.

"Mr. Lego" offers STEM-focused Lego classes throughout Marin. He helps your child explore fundamental S.T.E.M. concepts as a part of a fun, engaging environment in which they learn as they play. Classes offers throughout Marin.

Spalding Marine Center offers woodworking and sailing classes for homeschoolers at its working, living museum in Sausalito. 

Vilda Nature provides full and half day programs throughout Marin and Sonoma county. Kids play, listen, laugh, sing, hike and come back a bit dirtier than they left to share the stories of the day. 

Fusion Academy offers part-time, one-to-one classes, tutoring, or academic support for middle and high schoolers in north San Rafael.

A new project-based learning program in south Novato for ages 10+, hoping to launch in Fall 2023.

Tides is a three-hour drop-off Marine Biology experience for children grades 1st-8th, located at a different beach in South Marin County each week. Nature journals in-hand, students learn about marine creatures, marine plants, birds, tide pools, ecosystems, and sustainability, all in a hands-on, exploratory learning environment. Tides is lead by a biologist head teacher and assistant teacher who have plenty of experience teaching children about the wonders of Marine biology.

Kids come to the art studio for a two hour block of art-making time, and get to decide what they want to make. Teachers coach students on their self-directed projects and provide technique instruction in painting, ceramics, and much more. Summer is a great time to come for a drop in class and see if it’s a good fit. Classes are offered for homeschoolers during the traditional school day.

Mixed media arts studio teaching ceramics, sewing, crafting, and more in a beautiful setting and a fabulous teacher. Homeschool classes being offered in Fall 2023.