With the goal of living to God’s glory, we seek to ensure that our practices, activities and events do not conflict with a Christian worldview, including the primacy of the family in God’s plan.
The North Jersey Home Schoolers Association, Inc. is an organization of Christian home educating families seeking to help each other in their education efforts. The purpose of NJHSA is to provide support through disseminating information, furnishing a means of contact with other homeschooling families, and sponsoring various activities and events to enhance the homeschool experience. With the goal of living to God’s glory, we seek to ensure that our practices, activities and events do not conflict with a Christian worldview, including the primacy of the family in God’s plan.
Parents have a God-given responsibility and intrinsic right to provide the best possible education for their children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 speaks to this responsibility. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Each homeschooling family is encouraged, given specific knowledge of their child(ren), to formulate its own educational philosophy and curriculum by a process that includes prayer, research, investigation, and interaction with other homeschooling families and support organizations.
Many of the events and activities endorsed by NJHSA encourage the attendance and participation of the entire family. NJHSA endorsed activities are generally not intended to be “drop off” activities, rather there is an expectation of parental involvement.
NJHSA does not endorse any particular view
of homeschooling, curricula or teaching methods nor does it provide curricula or services, such as testing or record keeping,
for its members.
We recognize that we need to diligently participate in the political process of our nation and state to safeguard our right to educate our children at home. NJHSA will strive to provide information on legislative actions affecting homeschooling and encourage the membership to lobby legislators through letters, calls, and lawful and peaceful demonstrations whenever appropriate.
Care should be exercised when using the name of NJHSA, not to associate it with causes not supported or endorsed by NJHSA. Individuals, in expressing their personal opinions, should not presume to speak for NJHSA or its members. The NJHSA Board reserves the right to remove any comments that it deems offensive, potentially damaging to NJHSA, its members or the home education community from the NJHSA website or material written for any NJHSA sponsored event.
NJHSA desires that all practices, events, activities and publications reflect Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…” in order that “whatever (we) do, whether in word or deed, (we) do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col. 3:17).
The conduct of parents, children, and youth involved in NJHSA events and activities should reflect the love of Christ. Parents or chaperones will be held accountable for their children’s behavior. Children and youth must show appropriate respect for adults and each other as well as for one another’s personal property and belongings. This includes care and respect for the property of any facility being used or visited.
MISSION & PURPOSE
NJHSA exists for the purpose of providing encouragement, support and aid to homeschooling families in the northern counties of New Jersey; providing an environment in which Christ-centered education may flourish; promoting home education; and laboring to secure the God-given right and responsibility of parents to direct the education of their children. NJHSA defines homeschooling as parents directing the education of their own children from home as a base, using whatever means, methods and resources they deem appropriate, but not including full-time enrollment in a day institution. Membership in NJHSA is open to all Christian families, without regard to specific denomination affiliation, who:
1. Are actively home schooling their children;
2. Have paid NJHSA dues for the current academic year;
3. Have signed the NJHSA Statement of Faith and Annual Waiver Form.
The members of the Board, each member of the ASC leadership team, and other individuals in leadership positions attest to certain core beliefs by signing NJHSA's Statement of Faith.
The purpose of an ASC is mainly to gather similar activities into umbrella groups or "councils" in order that they benefit from the knowledge and leadership of one another and have full representation within NJHSA as a whole.
There are five Activity Support Councils
North Jersey Home School Association Inc., is made up of the NJHSA Executive Board, ASC (Activity Support Council) Representatives and the NJHSA members.
Activity Support Council Representatives
(1 per ASC)
Specific activities within each council will vary year by year as the interests of our membership change and develop and as parent organizers and volunteers make themselves available. If a member family is interested in starting a new activity, they should contact the ASC leadership team of the activity that it would most logically fall under and start the process to get their activity going.