Why home school?
There are a number of reasons why families choose home schooling over the public education system, but chief among them is this: It works! The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public schooled students on standardized academic achievement tests. And there's more.
What are some of the main reasons parents choose to home school their children?
It used to be primarily to provide religious or moral instruction, but that has changed as home schooling continues to explode in the U.S. and abroad. Now, some of the most common reasons parents home school include:
Will home schooling really prepare my children for the real world?
Better than a public school can! Think about it. The current factory model of education that public schools adhere to segregates children according to age and ability, limits interactions to recess periods and extracurricular activities, saddles students with unnecessary pressures, regulates all of their activities for 8+ hours a day, and bases assessments of student progress on densely accumulated knowledge, most of which will become forgotten or rendered useless in the job market. Home-schoolers have more freedom to pursue their own interests, passions and hobbies - and, in the process, to develop the "real world" skills they're going to need later in life.
Are you a religious organization or do you provide Christian-based home school curricula?
NHHSA is a nondenominational home schooling services provider. As such, our educational programs, coursework, and curricula are secular. We are also working toimplement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), although the State of Texas has not adopted them. Though we do not ourselves endorse non-secular instruction or curricula, we respect the right of our parents to educate their children in the manner they see fit. If you so choose to supplement or substitute curricula we have provided for non-secular coursework, we will honor your decision and continue to serve you.
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Can home schooled children go to college?
Of course! Home schooled students normally test above average on the SAT and ACT tests that universities consider for admissions, and many colleges actively recruit home schooled graduates. We have found very few on-line, private colleges that do not accept home schooled graduates, and for these there are hundreds more that do. Even Ivy League Universities such as Harvard and Yale accept home schooled students.
Aren't home schooled students isolated and lacking in social skills?
This is a common myth we hear from concerned parents all the time. The reality is just the opposite: with the right parental involvement and guidance, home schooled students typically have MORE, not less, opportunities to network, make friends, join a club, or take up a new hobby or sport. Dr. Martin-Chang has remarked that home schoolers, "belonged to a lot of groups ... It seemed like their days were longer, they had more time to take violin, and go to skiing lessons. There was not this huge chunk of the day that was busy at school."
What if I don't have the time to home school my own children?
Send them to study on site with us! We'll provide you with the services and support you need, whether you want your child to be with us 5 days a week or just 1. Our on site classroom is small and integrated. Your children will feel less like they're at school and more like they're in a club, with similarly situated individuals ready to interact with them, guide them, tutor them, and encourage them along their way.
Is home schooling legal?
Indeed, in all 50 states, as well as Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Laws regarding a home-based education in the U.S. do vary from state to state, however, with some states being friendlier to home schoolers than others (which may subject you to a certain degree of regulation). Not sure what the laws are in your state? Get a hold of us, we'd be happy to advise you.
Is home schooling expensive?
That depends on how much your budget allows you to provide. Generally speaking, home schooling tends to be more expensive than public schooling but cheaper than prep schools or other costly private institutions. If you're a stay-at-home parent, chances are you could home school your children practically for free, with the assistance of public educational resources such as Khan Academy or YouTube. Many parents, however, opt to budget for private tutoring (if necessary), curricula from providers like Abeka, Alpha Omega, K12, EdisonLearning, Keystone or Kaplan, and other supplemental educational services such as college counseling or standardized test preparation. You might say that home schooling is as affordable or as expensive as you would like it to be.
How popular is home schooling in the United States?
According to current estimates, there are about 2.1 million home schoolers, or approximately 3% of all students, in the U.S. today. In 2006, there were about half of that number (1.1 million) and it is expected to continue climbing as greater numbers of families ditch the public education system.