If you are reading this article, you are likely seeking alternative ways of learning for either yourself or your child after exhausting many of the public or even private school options in your area. Homeschooling is a growing method of education across America. More and more parents are seeking a one-on-one, personalized method of teaching their child or children the required subjects while still ensuring they are on target with their peers. The requirements of home schooling vary by state and even district. However, some of the basics include registering with the state and ensuring you are meeting all legal requirements. It’s also important to choose a quality curriculum. Many parents opt to find a homeschool curriculum online. Another important part of homeschooling is finding a support group to assist you on your new journey!
Homeschool Across the Country
Homeschooling is legal throughout every state. Most states have certain requirements that must be met, and a few states have more stringent rules than others, but it is 100% your right as a parent to choose to homeschool your child in any state. Here is a simple overview of legal requirements by state (this list is subject to change at any time):
States with no regulations, including no notice or requirement to report grades are:
- New Jersey
Mildly regulated states, such as notifying the state of intent to homeschool are:
- New Mexico
Moderately regulated states, such as notification to the district, plus test scores and progress reports sent to the district or state, are:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New Hampshire
- Washington, D.C.
Highly regulated states, such as all the already mentioned regulations plus other state-specific requirements, (state approval of curriculums, parents being qualified as teachers, etc.) are:
- New York
- Rhode Island
Other Homeschool Requirements
Most states have school attendance requirements and many require the use of some sort of curriculum, even those that are considered to be “unregulated”. Although your state may not require you to notify them of your intent to homeschool, you will still need to have records of your own to prove that your child in school. A school curriculum refers to the academic content or series of classes taught in a school. It usually lays out a specific progression of study for either a single class or multiple classes. Many curriculums are all-inclusive of every required subject. Some also have a dedicated focus depending on your child’s interests. There is a broad array of choices when it comes to which curriculum to use but most are inclusive of common core subjects such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and sciences.
Choosing a curriculum can be a challenging aspect of home schooling. In fact, many find it to be scary and overwhelming. This particular challenge often discourages parents from choosing to home school. However, it doesn’t have to be scary and difficult.
For example, Texas does not require notification that you will home school, but they do require the use of a bona fide, written curriculum that includes a course on “Good Citizenship” along with reading, spelling, grammar, and math. Other states may have other requirements such as maintaining attendance records. If you have a high school student, you may be required to show proof of school attendance and acceptable grades for your child to qualify for a driving permit or license. Be sure you are fully aware of the requirements specific to your state, so you can ensure full compliance to the law.
Finding Homeschool Curriculum Online
Although homeschooling is legal, it can be overwhelming for many to choose a curriculum and even teach some of the material. There also may be other challenges encountered, such as employers or colleges not recognizing your education as valid.
New Beginnings Christian Academy offers a solution to many of these challenges through our homeschool programs. NBCA was founded by Ms. Sandra Carrasco with the dream that everyone has given the opportunity to meet their educational goals. NBCA is a is an accredited school and uses an accredited program by Alpha and Omega. Upon graduation, you receive a fully-recognized diploma to certify your education is legitimate. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality education and we ensure our curriculums meet, and in some case exceed, academic requirements. We are fully committed to our students and their families and understand that we all have busy lifestyles which is why, in addition to our 3 brick-and-mortar campuses, we have on online classroom where you or your student can attend classes at any time of day!
High Quality Homeschool Curriculum Online
New Beginnings Christian Academy offers multiple education tracks for grades 3 and up. Some of our options are a high school diploma track, a college preparatory track and a GED alternative track. These can be done in our classrooms or from the comfort of your own home through our online courses. We can also help you choose the right homeschool curriculum online. For more details about our educational tracks and curriculum, please contact us at (817) 263-1900 or click here to schedule a free consultation with one of our educators.
We can help you make the transition to homeschooling a little less overwhelming and give you the education you want.
Whether you choose to home school on your own or through an accredited school such as New Beginnings Christian Academy, having the support of friends or family can make your journey a little less challenging. New Beginnings Christian Academy offers not only superior education with multiple learning paths but also a built-in support network of other students and families who are all striving for the same goal. NBCA embraces students from all walks of life and believes in second chances. No matter who you are, education is the key to unlocking a world of opportunity. Allow us to assist you on your journey and cheer you on your way to inevitable success!