Yes! You CAN do this.
I think people do not sign up for ISPs for a variety of reasons. They do have certain requirements that we have to fulfill. Since I'm planning on fulfilling them anyway (and am adequately fulfilling them), this part is not an "extra" for me. Basically, I have to show that my ds is progressing in language arts, math, science, social studies, P.E. and art or music. The requirements at the particular ISP we are with are very relaxed around "showing progress."
I also think there are people who do not want the goverment involved in their schooling/unschooling of their children in any way. I'm sympathetic to this position, but for me, I think our particular style of ISP is a GREAT way for our goverment to spend money in the education of children. Sadly, the public schooled kids in the same school district as our ISP are not offered classes like Spanish, and art classes taught by real artists, which the HS kids are offered.
Another reason may be that people are hsing for religious reasons and do not want a secular/goverment agency overseeing their studies, especially if they want to use a religous-oriented curriculum.
We love our ISP so far. If you want to e-mail me for more specifics, please do:[email protected]
Heather: If I had six kids, I'm sure I wouldn't want to drag them to the monthly meetings either! LOL! With our ISP, I can request that our coordinator meet me at my home once per month, if I'd prefer that. So far, we've been making it to the meetings at the school site. We coordinate our meetings with classes my ds is already taking. (And I only have one and sometimes two kids to drag along!).
Oh, and the paperwork is EASY. Initially, there's a whole stack of papers to fill out, but after that - I can fill out one sheet of paper per month, and that's it. (I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist in my (recently past) working life, so I'm an obsessive record keeper anyway LOL).