About HEP of Texas, Inc.


Founded in 1997, the Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc. exists to enhance and strengthen home education opportunities in Texas by:

  • Providing educational courses and curriculum, and opportunities for recognition, recreation and achievement to homeschooling students and families;
  • Facilitating communication and collaboration among participants and supporters in the home education community;
  • Linking homeschooling students and families with appropriate educational resources;
  • Advocating on behalf of home education to the general public, media, and educational and governmental agencies.

Watch our early history video. This was played at the 20th year graduation in 2018.   


In 1997, Joanne Juren and Holly Wallis approached San Jacinto College South about hosting several home school classes. Working closely with Dr. Shepko, the college decided to offer several classes for the fall of 1997. During that summer, Steve Lestarjette, then Associate Vice-Chancellor of Marketing for the district, instituted a program directed at making the college accessible to the home school community. During the first year, Dr. Cynthia Hoobler, a former home school mom, stepped forward to teach the first class….a biology lab.

Over the years this program developed into the Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc. Joanne Juren served as the first volunteer Chairman along with Terry Arnold, Barbara Gorman, Jeannie Lehman, Devri Brown, Dennis Cox, and Harry Leonard who all served as the first board members. Under their capable leadership the college developed a wonderful academic program. Many HEP students are taking early admission classes at the college and many are in the honors program.

Over the years, HEP of Texas has transitioned into a full time business run by Joanne Juren. In 2000, it was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation. Today, Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc. is a leader in providing academic and elective classes for Houston area home school families. Faculty members are usually home school moms, dads, or grandmothers! Most all have degrees, with several having masters. HEP also offers a variety of fun and exciting educational camps that are open to home school, public, and private school students. The mission of HEP of Texas is to be "a partnership between homeschooling families and educational opportunities." As such, HEP offers classes for the homeschooled student to take when the parent does not have the experience, expertise, or time to teach that particular subject. 

Please note:  HEP TX is not a "private school" nor is it "accredited." Contact  TexasHomeEducators.org, HSLDA.org, or THSC.org for information about homeschooling in Texas.

Our address is 11665 Fuqua, STE  A-100.


Our Philosophy

University-style classes 

  • Parents and students choose the classes they need.   

  • Most classes meet once a week and a few such as foreign language meet twice a week.

  • We are a homeschool support program, not a private school. As such parents are free to use grades earned in HEP TX classes as they choose (contact HSLDA.org or THSC.org for information about homeschooling in Texas).

Classical School 

  • Pre-K3, Pre-K4,  Kindergarten

  • 1-2 grades

  • 3-5 grade program

  • 6-7 grade program

  • Journey Through Time– Honors English/History for grades 8-12

HEP of Texas' Classical School is affiliated with the Association of Classical & Christian Schools and classical education programs.

Degreed instructors provide quality instruction under the direction of Joanne E. Juren, M.Ed., Principal and winner of the 2002 Calvert School’s “Best Homeschool Pioneer” Award and 2015 inductee into the Texas Home School Hall of Fame (Texas Home Educators).

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Graduation – May

  • Prom – April/May

  • Homecoming Dance – Fall

  • Homecoming Court – Fall

  • Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society – Alpha Chapter

  • Outstanding Student Awards Day Program – Spring

  • Yearbook/Newsletter Club

  • Standardized Testing (Iowa – Spring only)

  • Summer Camps

  • Chess Club

  • State Road Test (offered at HEP Bookstore by Driver Ed in a Box)


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