Originally Posted by Stacey B
I've known a lot of people who have gone through Clonlara and they love have loved it either as students or parents. I've met the woman who runs the program and she is amazing and inspirational. I hope we can afford to go that direction when DS is older, they seem to be great at connecting people to resources.
The problem with Clonlara, I think, is that there is too much of what I don't really want (teacher support) and curricula are not part of the program, which makes it rather pricey because you still have to buy them additionally. The advantage is accreditation and presumably getting a lot of paper work and records to show that you have teacher support, which I need for legal reasons (homeschooling is illegal here, children must be enrolled in "school" and the teacher must have a degree related to teaching, but it doesn't say distance schools are not allowed).
There is also the Bridgeway academy with fees very similar to Clonlara's, but they also include curricula in the price, and one can choose from three or four different choices, reputable choices too, like Saxon math. However, it is Christian and you must do Bible stuff, and as far as I see they do not allow you to use different grades for different subjects. My daughter is ahead in math by a grade, but needs more basic English language materials because it is her third language.
Then there are umbrella schools that, like Clonlara, do not offer a curriculum, but which are much, much cheaper. An example is Grace Christian Schools, which costs $170 per year for K through 5, I think. The great thing is that this leaves more money to spend on curricula and other materials. Again, they are faith-based and their accreditation may be dubious.
And then, it's hard to know which schools (if, frankly, any) will accept international students - especially those who are not US citizens. We have a homeschooling group here in Eastern Europe, and many kids are close to school age so we all need a solution fast. Also the minister of education is a socialist, former communist, and may have resistance to students being enrolled in Christian schools.
I'd love to hear experience from anyone who uses Clonlara! I want to enroll DD this year, but am not sure where yet.