Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: "I drove through there once!", NV
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None of the above?
I guess, technically, we're public school at home, because we're enrolled in the public school district independent study program. They provide optional materials and workshops a few times a week, we meet with a teacher once a week and give a report of our educational activities, and we're supposed to be meeting state standards.
In reality, we're free to use whatever curriculum we choose (and we use very little of the district-provided material), and while the reporting is annoying, there really isn't a ton of oversight or direction (unless we request it).
We decided to go this route because DS was heartbroken at the idea of not going to Kindergarten, and also heartbroken at the idea of not being able to go to Park Day with his homeschooled friends. This seemed like a reasonable compromise.
I think that it has been helpful overall to have the added accountability, and our teacher is absolutely wonderful. However, the lack of flexibility in scheduling is starting to chafe some.
If we were staying in the area next year, we would switch to a charter school, which provides money for classes and materials (of our choice, not getting stuck with whatever the district provides, as we are now!) and has fewer reporting requirements. As it is, we're moving to a state that has both less restrictions and less resources, and we'll be independent. I'm more comfortable with that idea now, after nearly two years of doing it the other way.
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.