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What happens when a child enters school, public or private, after homeschooling? Is there some sort of evaluation process to determine grade placement? do they base it on age?

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Age, almost all the time. Unless for some reason the parent / student express concern about age-based placement and request something different. Then sometimes the school will do some assessments, sometimes they'll just place based on age, or sometimes (as in my eldest dd's case last fall) they'll just go with whatever the student wants.

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I homeschool my children according to grade levels. If they get ahead or stay behind a bit then that's not a biggie, but I try to keep them on grade level according to what the schools would do. My oldest child had to go to school for a couple of years after having been homeschooled since the beginning. He started at the grade level he would be in according to his age but ofcourse he was passed the tests with flying colors and was actually a couple years ahead as far as grade level goes. But the school started him at his grade level and I would have preferred that for social reasons anyway.

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What happens when a child enters school, public or private, after homeschooling? Is there some sort of evaluation process to determine grade placement? do they base it on age?

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Check your local laws, or contact a local hsing group. It varies from place to place.

Our state's policy is that, "When a child returns to school following a period of homeschooling, the local board of education treats the child as any other new or returning child (i.e. assessed as to the acceptance of credits and the appropriate grade level for purposes of placement)." It goes on to say that this assessment could include standardized testing that the ps uses for it's enrolled children.

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Don't know about the ps here. Most private schools here test every student that enters, whether from another school or homeschool. I don't know that they require the student be at grade level with every single subject, but they do want to know where the student is academically.

Honestly I think that is a good policy for every school. Maybe not multiple choice testing, but the teacher spending some focused time with each student and finding out where they are.
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I am a teacher in a public school and I know for a fact we place by age. I am not sure about private schools, I would assume it depends on the school.

I do have a friend in another state that intended to place her child in first grade, after homeschooling for kindergarten, and she did not pass their requirements for first grade based on the fact that she couldn't count backwards from 10. So they put her kindergarten. This may be because she was so young to begin with.

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Our school places by age, but students can be tested to be in the 'advanced learner program'.

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My kids were planning on going to public school this year (our plans changed and we still hs) but when I went to enroll them they placed them by age.

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My best friend homeschooled 3/4 of her kids until the eldest was entering 7th grade. All three of them were placed via age.. although they were a bit ahead of the curve. The youngest was just Pre-K age...so she just entered Pre-K. This was a private school. All of her kids have always been ahead of the game in English and Art... but more on grade-level for math and science. I think it worked well for them, especially from a social aspect.

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It depends on the school. Our local ps puts them in by age regardless of how they test. However, we have had a different experience with a local charter. They are open to younger advanced kids. If they are ready academically, they welcome them with open arms.
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