Since 1984, CHEA has been hosting an annual homeschool event that features workshops for homeschoolers at all stages, an exhibit hall with curriculum, resources, and services, children's and teen conventions, high school graduation, and much more. Join other homeschool families from across the state as you are encouraged and equipped for the school year ahead. This is an event you don't want to miss!
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Free Thursday Mini-Conferences

Whether you are wanting to learn more about homeschooling or looking at high school and beyond for your teen, we invite you to join us for these free events on Thursday, July 13 at 4:15 p.m.

Please note that while these events are free, registration is required.


Are you considering homeschooling? Exploring your options? Feeling lost or overwhelmed? The Mini-Conference will provide you with information about how to legally educate your children at home in California, encouragement to make the right decision for your family, and give you an opportunity to speak with publishers and browse curriculum in the Exhibit Hall. This event is FREE and open to the public, though registration is required.

Part I – Keynote Session, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm
Andrew Pudewa
Escaping the conveyor belt approach of institutional education by which most of us were shaped is not easy, but it has to be done. For many parents the greatest handicap as teachers is their own education—but it need not be so. In this inspiring and empowering session, you will not only come to understand the nature and purpose of today’s educational system as it was originally conceived and designed, but you will see a shining alternative path, one that develops true thinkers, leaders, and communicators so desperately needed in today’s world.

Part II – Introduction to Home Education, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
Making the decision to educate at home is only the first of many decisions. This session lists the options, defines them, and offers criteria for deciding which one is right for your family. This is the perfect opportunity to investigate home education with no cost or obligation (registration is required for admission to all other parts of the Convention).

Part III – Free Exhibit Hall Preview, 6:45-9:00 p.m.
We invite you to attend attend either or both of the first two sessions (Keynote, Intro Session), but in order to participate in the third session (Exhibit Hall Preview), families must attend Part II – Introduction to Home Education.


Parents and their teens are invited to attend this FREE, fun, informative evening on navigating high school and beyond. There are many different pathways open to homeschooled students after high school, and our goal is to give you an overview of several of them.

Our desire is to show parents that not only is it possible to homeschool through high school, but you can be successful and prepare your student for whatever God may have for him after graduation, including college. Teens are encouraged to come to learn more about the possibilities, the college admissions process, and attend the college fair, where representatives from colleges will be happy to meet you and answer your individual questions.

Part I – Keynote Session, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Charting Your Way through High School for College, Career, or Military
Natalie Mack
Consider a Guidance Counselor’s perspective for each year of high school, wherever your child is headed! For college-bound teens, this includes entrance tests, applications, and financial aid information. Students headed directly into the workforce can benefit from career aptitude testing, training opportunities, and building a resume. Learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and advice for applying to the service academies.

Part II – College Prep 101, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Penny Ross
We will discuss the basics of higher education including the different types of schools (community college, UC, CSU, private college, Christian college, Bible college, and vocational school), admissions guidelines for homeschoolers, and a short primer on financial aid. If you think your student might be headed to college, this workshop will provide an introduction and overview to the process.

Part III – College Fair, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
After our great speaker sessions, we invite you to join us in our Exhibit Hall for our College Fair. Find the perfect match for your student, ask questions of the schools to find out what they are looking for, and enjoy the beginning of an amazing journey as your child starts to move into adulthood. Families must attend at least Part II – College Prep 101 to receive admission to the College Fair and Exhibit Hall.