The Basics of HomeSchooling
Lucky for all of us, there are many options to HomeSchool in California, and every day there seem to be more! The following is a primer on the basics!
most public schools have an Independent Study Program. To use this program, contact your local public school. When you do this, they will supply you with the same text books that are used in their program, which you will likely be required to use. You will likely have to meet with a teacher once a week to ensure that you are following their program. In some cases, as in Hart High, there is a hybrid program which will allow the students to take some classes at the high school, and some classes independently. Check out your local schools to see what programs they have available!
We have a number of charter schools that support homeschooling through an Independent Study Program. In these programs, students receive Instructional Funding for classes, onsite classes, boxed curriculum, or a combination of these benefits. Each charter school works a little bit differently, and will suit different types of families. Most of the charter schools are now WASC accredited. (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). This is a difficult accreditation to achieve, and is monitored yearly. It indicates that the school is maintaining all of their files correctly, the classes that they allow students to receive credit for are of the correct difficulty and contain the state mandated content, yearly testing is done, learning samples are collected and more. The advantages that many homeschoolers attribute to the charter school programs are the Instructional Funds that are budgeted for each student on a semester basis