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Hello. I am hoping to home school through a charter school. However, if they don't have space for us or it just doesn't work out, I was hoping to file an R-4 and open a private school.<br><br>
However, I read that the r-4 has to be filed between October 1 and 15th of the school year... That has passed. Can I not pull my son out of school at this point and just file an r-4? Does he have to be in some kind of 'school' unil next school year?<br><br>
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oh, I found the answer <a href="http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/CaliforniaR4.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. Basically, yes!
 

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You can file the R-4 at any time. The Oct 1-15 date is to establish attendance for the beginning of the school year. But if your son has already been in school, then it's not a concern.
 

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Yes, thank you. I meant basically yes to the r-4 and home schooling in the post above. Good. So that is always an option. So many options. Options are good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Thanks, Oceanbaby (I hope you and your guys are going well...)
 

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<span>You might want to also look through the pages done by the HomeSchool Association of California: <a href="http://www.hsc.org/chaos/legal/" target="_blank">The Legality of Homeschooling</a>: Complying With California Law. They go into detail about how to fill out the form and everything. And don't miss the Legal FAQ at the bottom - there's helpful information in there too.<br><br>
This might not come up, but you're probably not going to be running across the term "R-4" much anymore - that was the name of the paper form we used to send it, but now it's done online, so no form number...<br><br>
The private school option is wonderful - <i>so much freedom!</i> It's actually an easier way to get started, because you can afford all the <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=417993" target="_blank">decompression/deschooling</a> time you need - and you will need it - without any interference or pressures. We were in a program at first, and I'll never forget how exhilarating it was when we went independent. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><br>
- Lillian</span>
 
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