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OUR TEAM

Home School Coaches love what they teach and it shows.  Many are credentialed teachers, professionals in their field and have advanced degrees in the subjects they teach.

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Abby Lai, Founder

Home School Coaches is the largest homeschool tutoring company in Los Angeles and is dedicated to supporting parents in their journey to educate their children.

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Established Instructors

We only hire the best for your children.  All Home School Coaches have been referred by homeschool parents and are carefully vetted with thorough background checks.

All content taught is non-sectarian.

Home School Coaches is not a school. We support an independent study model and offer classes and tutoring to support parents and students in their educational journey!

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  • What services do you offer?
    Tutoring: We offer custom tutoring and classes in all core subjects plus a wide variety of enrichment subjects, including music, art, vocals, sewing, and robotics. See below for the full list of subjects we offer. Nearly all of our instructors are open to online lessons and, for Southern California families, many of our instructors also offer in-person lessons. Intervention: Focused instruction for students who are 2+ grade levels behind in math, reading, or writing. Our most experienced, trusted, and caring instructors help identify and fill gaps in your student's learning so they feel equipped for wherever their educational journey takes them. Pods Pods in the Park: Short-term outdoor classes aimed at helping K- 8 students have fun while learning, make new friends, play in the open air, and build community. Spend a day with us at a local park to enjoy unique classes taught by our seasoned and caring Home School Coaches instructors. Virtual Pods: Enjoy quality K-12 instruction and learning from the comfort of your home! Home School Coaches' Virtual Pods offer a variety of small-group, online classes. These classes run for between 2 and 16 weeks, and include a maximum of 12 students. Our small class sizes facilitate customized lessons with an emphasis on individual instruction. AdLife Academy Full-Week Program: The best of private schooling and homeschooling. Students attend classes Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a safe and small school environment. Fun Fridays: Offer a variety of themed courses aimed at providing K-8 students with in-person instruction on various subjects. These courses run between 5 and 8 weeks, and are sure to incorporate fun, educational projects.
  • What subjects can you provide tutoring for?
    Core Subjects Math English Science History Music Cello Drums Flute Guitar Piano Trumpet Violin Viola Ukulele Voice Foreign Languages American Sign Language French Mandarin Chinese Spanish Other Electives Art Chess Health and Wellness Life Skills Performing Arts Photography Sewing Social Studies Technology
  • How do I get started with an instructor?
    Browse instructor by subject. Once you've found one who meets your needs, click on Request a Lesson to get started. You'll be able to select your preferred lesson day, time, and length. Then, you'll be guided through to make a payment with either a purchase order or a credit card. Our team will reach out to put you in contact with your selected instructor and will let you know when your purchase order has been received. If you're not sure where to start, simply text us (626) 872-1522 and we'll be happy to start a conversation to help provide custom recommendations based on your student's needs.
  • What if my instructor is not a good fit?
    We want to make sure that you’re matched with an instructor who can help your student excel. If you feel like your instructor is not a perfect match, simply call or text us at 626-872-1522 or email info@homeschoolcoaches.com. We will be happy to help you find the perfect instructor to transfer to.
  • Do you offer online lessons?
    Yes, the majority of any of our coaches offer online classes. You can view our complete list of coaches here. In addition, check out our Virtual Pods for small group, live classes.
  • Do you offer classes?
    Yes, we offer a wide assortment of classes! Check out Pods in the Park and Virtual Pods for a variety of fun classes in small group settings with some of our favorite instructors. Create your own pod. Choose an instructor and gather together your own group of students. If you have a subject in mind, but don’t know which instructor to work with, call or text us at (626) 872-1522 or email info@homeschoolcoaches.com. Attend a local co-op. We are partnered with multiple co-ops throughout the area. Click here for a list of the co-ops that we partner with.
  • Can my student take a class even though they are younger than the recommended age?
    Absolutely! We trust that you know your student’s abilities best and we’re happy to work with you to help your student soar. If for some reason a class doesn’t work out, we will be happy to help you find a class that will be a better fit.
  • Can we create a custom group class?
    Yes! Invite your student’s friends to create a group class with your favorite Home School Coaches instructor. This is a fun and affordable way for your student to study Spanish immersion, math, writing, sewing, and much more. After all participating students have registered, the fun can begin! For group classes, one parent serves as the official contact to facilitate communication between the group and the instructor. The parent contact also helps to reschedule or cancel classes. Make-up classes for an individual student’s absence in a group class are not available.
  • Are you a vendor of my charter school?
    Home School Coaches is a proud vendor of Aveson Charter School, Blue Ridge Academy, Compass Charter School, Citrus Springs, Elite Academy, Empire Springs, EPIC, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, Granite Mountain School, Harbor Springs, Heartland, iLead Exploration, Innovations Learning Academy, Monarch River Academy, Ocean Grove, Pacific Springs, River Springs, Sage Oak, South Sutter, Sky Mountain, Suncoast Prep Academy and Yosemite Valley. If you don’t see your school listed here*, we would be happy to apply to become a vendor for them. Simply email us at info@homeschoolcoaches.com with the name of your school, and we’ll get started from there. *Unfortunately, we are unable to vendor with the following charter schools at this time: Cabrillo Point Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, and SCALE Academy.
  • Do you have a location?
    Our instructors can offer in-person lessons at your home or local library. We also offer in-person classes through Pods in the Park and our partnerships with multiple co-ops and businesses throughout Southern California. Let us know your location and what you’re looking for, and we’ll be happy to refer you to in-person classes.
  • Where do lessons take place?
    Instructors can meet you in your home, local library, coffee shop, co-op campus, park, or virtually anywhere that sustains a good learning environment. Some instructors also provide lessons at their studio. We ask that a parent or guardian stays nearby during the lesson in case of an emergency.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Cancellations for Tutoring If your student will be missing a tutoring session, please communicate this to your instructor by 6 p.m. the night before the session to reschedule. If your student misses a lesson or you cancel later than 6 p.m. the night before a lesson, you will be charged in full and will not be able to schedule a make-up lesson. Cancellation for Classes Please see the Pods in the Park and Virtual Pods FAQ pages for full details on class cancellations. Co-ops may set their own cancellation policies. Please contact your co-op instructor for their cancellation policy details.
  • Our family has a teacher that we love working with. Can they become a Home School Coaches instructor?
    We would be happy to consider adding your favorite teacher to our group of wonderful instructors! Please fill out our Refer an Instructor form and we’ll reach out to them to set up an interview.
  • Who are Home School Coaches' instructors?
    Our team includes credentialed teachers, veteran home school educators, and professionals teaching in their industry, which means that each of our instructors has many years of teaching experience. The well-being of your child is of the utmost importance to us, so we never hire strangers off of the internet. Every single instructor is referred to us by a trusted source, and is also vetted via a background check that includes a Department of Justice live scan.
  • I work full-time from home. Can you help me?
    Home School Coaches is here to support you. Our instructors can help implement your chosen curriculum, provide curriculum when needed, address special educational concerns you may have, and even serve as a Subject Guide to handle a whole semester of a core subject that is aligned with state standards.
  • I'd prefer to not teach certain subjects. Can you help me?
    Absolutely! We want you to be free to enjoy the best parts of homeschooling and cultivate positive relationships with your students. If you love teaching history and writing, but can pass on math and science, let us help. We work with instructors who are experienced in and passionate about their subject areas. Reach out to us at (626) 872-1522 and we’ll help you get set up with the tutoring and classes your student needs to thrive.
  • Do I have to be in California to work with your instructors?
    We are happy to serve students from any part of the country! Please note that the majority of our instructors are on PST time and that we are only able to accept purchase orders from California charter schools.
  • Do I have to homeschool to be able to use your services?
    We’re happy to serve students from all different schooling backgrounds! Our instructors also come from a variety of backgrounds - from credentialed public school teachers to veteran homeschooling moms. Reach out to us at info@homeschoolcoaches.com or 626-872-1522 to see if our services could be a good fit for your student’s needs and educational goals.
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Testimonials

Chenning Peng

Homeschooling Mom of 4

Pasadena, CA

“Abby Lai is an amazing resource for homeschooling, and has encouraged me in our family's homeschooling journey. She has a wealth of knowledge about classes and teachers, and has a gift for "matchmaking" students with the right coach. Abby is easy to work with, thoughtfully considers your concerns and preferences, and also has her own experiences as a homeschooling parent to draw from. We have met some of our favorite homeschool coaches through Abby and Home School Coaches. These are teachers that we have benefitted from for years, through multiple children! When I get into conversations with new homeschoolers, inevitably I will ask them, "Have you heard of Home School Coaches? Have you met Abby Lai?" I would not hesitate to recommend Abby and Home School Coaches to any homeschooling family. There is so much variety within the course offerings, as well as the personalities and teaching styles of the coaches, that I feel that there is something (or someone) there for anyone homeschooling.”

Edward Li

Barnabas Robotics

Pasadena, CA

“Our robotics teachers have been working with Homeschool Coaches for over 5 years, and it has been wonderful. I appreciate the time that they take to make sure that every child is matched with the right learning opportunity. Abby and her team operate with love, honor, and respect. They are a light within the homeschool community. I would recommend any family to check out their classes!”

Erin Chianese

English Teacher

Los Angeles, CA

“As a teacher working in many venues and organizations, I have especially appreciated working for Home School Coaches. It is professionally run by Abby Lai and her team, with excellent care and communication. HSC provides a needed service, connecting quality teachers to the homeschooling community. I have enjoyed learning alongside all my students, classes and families through HSC.”

James Wigglesworth

Math Teacher

Arcadia, CA

“Abby has a sixth sense for connecting people. It stems from the deep care and empathy she has for those in her life. Her intuition for figuring out each person's philosophy and their unique qualities is unmatched. Teachers trust her to know their skills and understand their strengths. Families trust her to recognize their needs and actualize their goals. In the 5 years I've known her, she's proven time after time to be professional, resourceful, loyal, empowering, encouraging, and energetic. I trust her implicitly and respect her greatly.”

Jennifer Goodrich

Homeschooling mom, Vocal and Life Coach, Singer/Songwriter

Altadena, CA

“Abby is one of the most trusted people in the homeschooling community. I have gone to her and her business, Home School Coaches, for years to find the best of the best teachers and have always had the most successful experiences. Abby is one of the most optimistic, joyful, intelligent, and compassionate people I know, and to have a business owner with those qualities at the helm - that is a powerful equation. I would not be a successful homeschooling mother if it wasn't for Abby's grace and empowerment. Thank you, Abby and HSC!!”

Jennifer Russell

Educational Facilitator, iLead Exploration

Orange County, CA

“Home School Coaches has heart! As a fellow tutor and an Educational Facilitator for a charter school, I can testify that Abby Lai and her staff of employees and tutors care deeply about the families and students they serve. They work personally with each one, trying to meet each student's learning style, needs, and personality. They work tirelessly and patiently to support the homeschooling community and the public charters they serve. They are open to feedback and are always finding ways to improve their process and program.”

Kristie Savage

Blue Ridge Academy

Los Angeles, CA

“As a homeschool teacher with Blue Ridge Academy, I love working with Abby and recommending her tutors (coaches) to my students. Abby does an excellent job of finding high quality coaches and matching their skills/personality to the students. The feedback I receive from students is always extremely positive. Home School Coaches is my first stop when students need extra help.”

L. Foster

Homeschool Mother

Pasadena, CA

“I knew Abby even before she started Home School Coaches. She's always been the same: kind, caring, smart, and always thinking ahead. She put all of these characteristics together and created a wonderful resource for us homeschooling families that was much needed. Home School Coaches has been a godsend to our family. We have found community courses that were fun and challenging for every age of our children (we have 5), and tutors that were passionate and knowledgeable. We are no longer homeschooling, but I've recommended Home School Coaches to family, friends, strangers - really anyone who is in need of academic support and/or challenge. Keep up the good work guys! I hope you'll even be around for my grandchildren.”

Mary Anne Cheraz

Director of PathFinders Homeschool Classes

Glendora, CA

“Through Home School Coaches, Abby Lai has created a rich portfolio of classes and teachers to benefit the community at large. Of all the organizations in the area, Abby has become the network which connects them. Her ability to appreciate, engage, and be inclusive of many teaching and learning styles has allowed Home School Coaches to become the Cornerstone of education in the San Gabriel Valley.”

Michele Small

Math Teacher

Monrovia, CA

"Home School Coaches strikes an excellent balance of caring for both their families and their tutors. Personally, they have helped my tutoring business thrive by interfacing with charters to provide funding. Their attention to detail and kindness in doing so has made them an excellent company to work with."

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