I was looking at an accredited homeschool program the other day, looking for “messages”. At first I was very fascinated. Then I read the information. Let’s do a little compare and contrast.”Each curriculum package is individualized” – but they only use the textbook/workbook/school-at-home learning. That’s not a really high percentage of homeschoolers’ selected approach.
“These outstanding curriculum choices coupled with the expertise of your advisor” – but the only experience you truly need is the love for your child. True professional advice would promote you to follow your heart and your own expertise. And keep in mind those “outstanding curriculum choices” only include the options above.
“Our courses range from vocational to advanced placement” – so does our independent homeschool. We are also not constrained by curriculum choices, and we can make ANY class that our student needs, at any level, no matter how strange or unusual the pursuits our children have.
“record-keeping options for courses on their own or through a coop”. – We have choices that go far beyond that. We can include ANY academic activities on our official homeschool transcript. We can include a public school calculus or band, a coop class, a distance-learning class, delight-directed experiential learning and community college classes all on the SAME official homeschool transcript. See my book if you need a description. The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts.
“tuition is only…” – maybe it’s $195 for the initial student, but the fine print will describe huge costs of $1000 or more, with no more guarantees than we have from our own homeschool and our own official transcripts.
Sometimes accredited distance learning programs are the right choice for families. But look closely at the messages, weight the pros and cons, and think thoroughly before choosing. Remember that there is NO NEED to be afraid of homeschooling at all. There is NO REASON for concern about homeschooling high school. Make sure your choice is based on what is right for your own child because you know your child best, and make sure it is NOT based on fear of homeschooling. Fear is no reason for making an essential choice about schooling options.
Independent Homeschools are TRULY flexible, individualized, encouraging, and official. We are not flexible within some artificial boundaries, or individualized within certain curriculum choices, or supportive as long as rules are followed. We can be official by following state law, and we recognize that accredited is not a panacea or holy grail. Our advisors are mothers and fathers who truly love their children and want what is best for them.