St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschoolers of the Rochester Area is a group of over 60 families in Upstate New York who support each other in this Catholic Homeschooling  journey.

This group has been in existence since 1992, and some of the original members are still here, happy to help “newbies” as you embark on this adventure.

Whether you are new to homeschooling or new to New York, you are welcome here.

Our official mission statement:

To provide information, experiences, and a supportive community for Catholic families who choose to educate their children at home.  St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschoolers of the Rochester Area has as its foundation and as the guiding principle of all its function and activities, fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

The families of STAHRA share some common goals relative to the education of their children in today’s world:

  • Faith Formation – to raise our children in the Christian faith, taught in accordance with the authority that rests with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
  • Socialization – to train our children in the proper means of carrying on relationships within society based upon Catholic moral principals.
  • Academics – to teach our children based upon proven methods and techniques and using a syllabus that includes Christian values as a part of the subject matter.


We welcome your membership and involvement! Our annual dues of $35* is used to cover the costs of group liability insurance, mailings, reservation of park shelters, paper goods and coffee supplies, diplomas & corsages for graduation, stipends for our priest chaplains, and other related group expenses. For more information and/or to receive a registration form, please contact Pam M. at hsinfostahra@yahoo.com.

*Financial assistance is available.

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Agape Martial Arts has set up classes for Home School students in the greater Rochester area. We are sending out emails to inform area residents of our services.

Since there does not seem to be a direct email address, you can view our email online at: http://www.agapemartialarts.com/masterles/Agape_Email_HomeSchool_110509.html

We would like to discuss our services further with your organization. Please contact us at your earliest convenience. Thank you.


Les TreBony
Agape Martial Arts
34 Elton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

Hi Les,

I will share the information about Agape Martial Arts with the STAHRA group.


I’m hoping this group is still active and this site is still monitored. We are considering catholic homeschooling for our son. He is three now and will be preschool age in September 2014. Are there many kids and actives in his age group involved in this group?



There are many families with children in your son’s age group in STAHRA, and activities for kids of all ages. Your best bet is to get in touch with Pam Montes (montes90@yahoo.com). She is our “welcome” person, and can provide you with more detailed information about the group’s activities, including how to join. There are over 65 families in the group, and more than a handful of them are families like yours who don’t have school-age children yet, but want to get to know other homeschoolers before they officially begin.

God bless, and hope to meet you soon!


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