Are you looking for the best education alternative for your child? If you're considering at-home learning, then you're not alone. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that there are more than 1.5 million homeschooled students in the United States (NCES, Issue Brief, December 2008).
The decision to homeschool is an important one that requires a great deal of thought and planning. Fortunately, a number of resources are available to make it easier for you. Calvert Education has been working with homeschooling families for over a century and we have gathered important information about the decision process that families go through.
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool...that is the question.
At Calvert, we have learned that for homeschooling to be successful, a family commitment is required. Below are some questions that families typically consider before beginning this education journey.
What are your reasons for homeschooling?
- To improve your child’s academic performance
- To influence your child’s life and education
- To develop a richer relationship with your child
- To ensure your child’s special needs are being met
- To take your education on the road or to another location
Have you made a plan with your family for how to handle household tasks and other responsibilities?
Have you reviewed state laws and local requirements (if any) for you to homeschool?
Have you identified possible places to obtain support and advice including any friends who homeschool?
Which grade level is best suited for my child?
Using Calvert's placement assessment process ensures proper placement in our academically challenging program, which is crucial to the success of your child...and you! Calvert provides a free evaluation for students to let you know where your child would be most successful in our program.
All of these tests are available by mail or for download from the Placement Testing section of the Calvert website.
Where can I find local and state homeschooling requirements?
While homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, many jurisdictions require families to notify the school system in writing before starting to homeschool. Some school systems have deadlines for making that decision. It is best to find out what rules apply for withdrawing from a school.
Calvert's State Resources pages provide links and regulatory information for every state.
Knowing what legal requirements you might face before you start can significantly improve your chances of success with homeschooling.
Connect with Other Homeschoolers
Although not essential, many families find that having a support network of other parents participating in homeschooling can assist with the hurdles that homeschoolers occasionally face.
As homeschooling has grown in popularity, the number of support groups in local communities has skyrocketed. These support groups can provide additional resources, play days, workshops, social events for parents, or a wide variety of other activities.
Still have questions?
Feel free to reach out to the Calvert Enrollment Representatives with any questions you may have. Call them toll-free at 1-888-487-4652.