Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Legal?
Yes! Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Some states have more regulations than others. Check your state's regulations to make sure. The Home School Legal Defense Association at www.hslda.org gives a summary of regulations by state.
Texas is one of the most homeschool friendly states in the union for home schoolers. In Texas, we love our home schooling freedom!
What About Socialization?
The truth is, that there are hundreds of thousands of students being homeschooled in Texas alone. There are homeschool support groups offering activities in every major and even in the smaller population areas. The State homeschool basketball tournament is one of the largest in the nation. If you avail yourself of even all that just BCHE has to offer, you'll not have time to teach!
Because of the stigma of this question, parents new to homeschooling may try to sign their children up for too many activities. It is easy to get overwhelmed with "going and doing". Relax. Your child and/or children will be fine.
How do I teach high school science, math, etc?
There are many ways for your child to get the courses he/she needs to complete high school.
What about college?
Because homeschoolers, on the average, excel above those in public high schools and even many private schools, many colleges are now welcoming them with open arms. You, the parent, need to keep good records and make sure your child has the credits the college(s) of their choice require. They also need to have some outside activities (as do traditionally schooled students). Many colleges require every student to take the SAT and/or the ACT entrance exams. Your child can also study for and take the College Board AP exams offered through high schools across the country. If your child passes this exam in a particular subject, this gives him/her college credit. Many times, a high schooler who passes one of these exams, attracts the attention of colleges and receives scholarship offers.
What about Credits, Transcripts, Grades, etc.?
Traditional schools have to calculate a credit based on the length of time a class is in session (i.e. 180 days at a class time of 50 min/day = 150 hrs = 1 credit). You can keep track of the amount of time spent on a subject and give credit this way. You can also assume that teachers never actually teach a full 50 min, and if you use a traditional curriculum, such as one from BJUP or ABeka, and you complete the curriculum in a year, your child has earned one credit. If your child has activities outside the home for which you are counting as part of his/her subjects, you can use the # of hours spent to calculate the amount of credit given.
Grades: While in the lower grades, many parents opt not to give grades for their child's work, colleges usually expect to see some sort of grade. If you are using a traditional curriculum, it is a simple matter to grade the work based on the answer key. If you are using a less traditional curriculum, you might begin by establishing a set of standards and goals you want your child to achieve. Write these down. You can use these to evaluate your child's work and assign grades. If you are using a tutor, or an on-line tutorial, ask if the teacher will provide you an evaluation of your child's work at the end of the year. If you are going through a correspondence school, they will usually provide you with a transcript showing grades and credits, otherwise you will have to keep good records and list subject, grade, and credit along with the student information (name, address, etc.).
I Have Decided to Home School ... Now What?