SHN was established in May of 2014
SHN has reinvented the wheel when it comes to Homeschool programs and has become an area trend setter with similar programs opening throughout the area, based on the popularity of SHN programs and our directors out of the box ideas.
Here at the Social Homeschoolers Network, our mission is to provide local homeschoolers with the same opportunities as their peers in a traditional school setting. We provide homeschool families: support, academic instruction, extracurricular activities, home school sports, and most importantly, community! We work diligently within the community to partner with local businesses and community organizers to provide important tools that will help our members achieve their goals and be successful in their homeschool adventures. We invite you and your family to become a part of the Social Homeschoolers Network family!
Social Homeschoolers Network was started in May of 2014 by a local homeschool mom. Over the past eight years, Social Homeschoolers Network has seen tremendous growth and currently has over 600 students from pre-K through high school. Social Homeschoolers Network is Northwest Arkansas’s fastest-growing professionally organized homeschooling organization.
Social Homeschoolers Network is not a co-op; we are an organization that offers social event planning services to local homeschoolers. We do not have any time commitments or volunteer requirements. Our members can relax and enjoy all of the benefits of the Social Homeschoolers Network knowing that our Directors and Team Leaders will take care of all of the planning and organization. You can have peace of mind knowing that all of our Directors and Team Leaders have passed a background check.
Social Homeschoolers Network offers many programs and benefits for our members. By becoming a member, you get to enjoy some awesome perks like the following:
- SHN Academy: Discount & Early Enrollment to SHN Academy
- Field Trips: We take one of a kind field trips all over NWA and sometimes further.
- Holiday Parties: Trunk or Treat, Thanksgiving Potluck, Christmas Spectacular, Valentine’s Day Party, Easter Egg Hunt & more!
- Social Days: A member favorite and family fun for everyone!
- Special Events: Awards Ceremony, Dances, Track & Field Day, Camping Trips, Beach Trip & more!
- Educational Fairs: Science Fair, Jr. Entrepreneur Fair, Geography Fair, Living Wax Museum & more!
- Youth Small Groups: Preschool, Elementary, Pre-Teen & Teen monthly gatherings.
- SHN 4-H Club & Walton Arts Center Membership
- Senior Planning & High School Graduation
- Teen Programs: Helping our teens prepare for being young adults through experiences, education & community.
- Life Groups: Helping you find your tribe in our community.
- Monthly Mom Socials: Where we fellowship & learn together.
- Family Gatherings: Camping Trips, Beach Trips, Bonfires & more!
- Community Service: Helping others is important to us!
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We are always looking for new programs to add and participate in. Our goal is to provide local homeschool students with the same benefits and opportunities as they would get in a traditional school setting. Our Organization provides important tools to help our members achieve their goals and be successful in their home school adventures. You will never have to worry about being bored or your child not getting enough socializing with the Social Homeschoolers Network. Participation in all of our events is completely optional; attend as little or as much as you want.
Social Homeschoolers Network has events sometimes every day of the week but remember participation is completely up to you. Our SHN Academy will be located at our new "In the City" location at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers on Mondays. Our new Community Enrichment Program will be located at our new "On the Farm" location at Smith Community Farmhouse in Bentonville on Wendesdays. Some Holiday Parties and gatherings, Youth Small Groups, Mom Socials, and 4-H Club Meetings will be held at our "On the Farm" location. Field Trips, Life Groups, Playdates and other events vary and are all over Northwest Arkansas. Social Days are held at our "In the City" location at Grace Baptist Church. Activities, schedule, locations and pricing is subject to change.
How much does the SHN Membership cost?
Here is a breakdown of the costs involved in becoming a Social Homeschoolers Network Member for the 2022/2023 Membership Year. Each family must pay a Annual Family Enrollment Fee and Family Membership Fee.
Annual Family Enrollment Fee:
$35.00 - $50.00 depending on when you pay.
The Enrollment fee must be paid upfront.
Family Membership Fee:
$18.00 - $30.00 a month depending on how and when you pay.
Family Membership fee can be paid yearly at a discount or monthly via Paypal automatic withdrawal.
The total cost for your enrollment fee and membership fee for your entire family, can cost you anywhere from $251.00 - $410.00 a year, depending how and when you register. That’s as low as only $20.91 a month for enrollment and membership – cheaper than McDonalds!
What are you paying for?
Organizing & Planning of all SHN Activities; Running an organization like this is a full-time job for the Director and Team Leaders. SHN is not a traditional Co-op, we have NO Volunteer requirements. Therefore, you can come to SHN events as a parent and enjoy that time with your children. We run SHN as an organization that offers a homeschool event planning service with 2, to sometimes 7, events per week. The membership is set-up to pay for that service but of course covers much more. Once you see the number of activities & events SHN plans, you will see that the cost of membership is very minimal for the benefits you receive. More importantly, you are paying for Quality!
It also covers all the normal expenses of running a business, from Office Supplies, Marketing, Building Rent, Insurance, etc. SHN fairs and Events cost money to host, from decorations to building costs. Organizing, Planning and Constructing these activities cost money. From all the Track & Field Activities, to Senior Scholarships, SHN pours money back into our students & families because we love what we do! Our Awards Ceremony is our biggest event of the year. From Venue costs, Event Staff Compensation, Decoration costs, to student awards and books, we pour thousands of dollars into this one event. All 600+ students have an opportunity to be recognized and receive a certificate and book for graduating the school year. Students who participated in Educational Fairs and Competitive events receive all their prizes and ribbons they earned, at SHN's cost, throughout the year during the SHN Awards Ceremony. This is all covered by your membership fees.
Are there any additional costs?
Outside of your SHN Application and Membership fee there may be additional costs for some events and extra-curricular activities. Here are some examples:
Walton Arts Center Colgate Classroom Shows:
The Colgate Classroom Series offers live matinee performances in a variety of art forms including dance, theater, puppetry, and world music to school groups. These performances are opportunities for young people to explore world cultures, make connections to important works of literature, or to learn more about art forms through lecture/demonstration format. SHN pays for the Group Enrollment Fee / SHN Members pay for the show they want to attend ($5.00 per show)
Our SHN Academy includes Elective Classes, Theater Arts and Sports. SHN Members receive a large discount for their Academy classes.
Field Trip or Event Admission:
Although most of our Field Trips do not have any additional costs, sometimes we have field trips that do charge an Admission Fee. We also may have an additional fee for small groups if offering an activity or food, and special events, such as dances. We try to keep additional fees as minimal as possible. SHN also pays for any overage for Small groups or other activities that is not covered by admission costs, this happens often. If applicable, SHN Members pay for Field Trip admissions and any event admissions. Costs varies.
ALL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE & MAY VARY.