Are Homeschool Programs or Distance Learning Programs good for “at home schools”?
Considering the Home School Program Route
Home school programs include all forms of external help with homeschooling. Some are called umbrella schools, other programs call themselves Independent Study Programs, Distance Learning Programs, Virtual or Cyber Schools, Charter Schools, or Learning Centers. A homeschool program is basically a collection of curriculum, procedures and staff providing support to homeschooling children and parents. Homeschool programs vary greatly. Some programs cover all grades from kindergarten to high school, others cover elementary school or middle school and not the high school grades. Some online schools are supported by tax payers and are merely extensions of local public schools, all “home school programs” must be investigated before joining.
An accredited school providing a at home education program can be a positive choice for some homeschoolers with busy schedules. Homeschooling programs are discussed in depth on A2Zhomeschooling.com and it is highly recommended homeschooling parents read as much as they can about each “type of homeschool program” available. Please remember we do not advocate any particular method or home school program. Home School Programs Category List
Accredited Home School Programs
DETC Accredited High School Programs
These distance learning programs meet tough, public educational standards and can used as part of your homeschool program. Do view the DETC site first so you will better understand the reasons for this designation. For some homeschooling families, especially those in the foreign service, accredited home study programs are a “must.”
University Accredited Programs
Many state colleges and universities offer accredited high school programs. These are of particular interest to those home schooled students who plan to also attend one of these colleges after homeschooling.
See Also ~ Accreditation
Home School Programs by Format
CD-rom Based Curriculum
Unlike the completely web-based programs, these distance learning programs provide you with software, usually CD-rom based, so that you can work even without web access. Many of the materials are on the computer rather than using books for everything. Do make sure that you have a compatible computer before signing up for one of these.
Correspondence schools typically provide a full curriculum based on grade level. You will get all materials you need, and a teacher will make assignments, which your child will turn in, and the teacher will evaluate. The best “home school programs” of this type are accredited and will perform an assessment to ascertain your child’s placement in each subject.
Online schools provide at home school courses to take on your computer over the internet as either a complete grade-based or interest-based curriculum. The best virtual schools are accredited, and can be customized to your child’s interests and abilities. You must have fast, reliable internet access to best utilize these online courses.
Home School Programs by Method
Classical Tutorial and Distance Learning Programs
Courses online and off for those wishing the Classical Method of education.
A homeschool program like these might best be called “Unschooling with a Diploma” programs, though with some, you can just take classes for fun, and not for credit. They may give you some guidance and sometimes a diploma, but mostly these are for families who want to design their own curriculum but need an umbrella school.
Programs for Disabled Children
While many of the programs in this Distance Learning Programs section of the site are suitable for children with some disabilities, these programs go out of their way to provide full programs and support for those with specific disabilities.
Programs for Gifted Children
These programs cater to the needs of gifted and talented youngsters. They frequently require qualifying results of IQ or other testing. The programs are fast-paced, and intended for highly motivated students.
Religious Home School Programs
Catholic Homeschool Programs
Distance learning programs that support those wishing to incorporate Catholicism in their homeschool curriculum.
These distance learning programs cater to those of specific religious persuasions. For other resources for religious or cultural instruction, see the listings under your specific religion or cultural group in Religion/Cultural Homeschooling Resources.
State Home School Program Lists
Public “Homeschool” Programs
The homeschooling community constantly debates on whether or not it is wise to participate in public school-sponsored programs, such as an ISP or charter school designed for homeschoolers. Are public ISPs a threat to homeschools? Should we insist on our rights as tax-payers to force the schools to let our kids participate in sports, drama and music? Does participation harm the rights of those who wish to remain independent? What about government funded programs masquerading as homeschool programs? Can we have our cake and eat it, too?
US State-Based Home School Programs
Specific state-based home schools only. My focus is on those home school programs that cater to the homeschool, K-12, market for more-or-less traditional subject matter. A listing here does not imply that I support a home school program.
Alabama Homeschooling – Church Cover Schools
Listings and links for such education alternatives for homeschoolers in Alabama.
Alaska Umbrella Schools
Frequently called “Homeschool Programs” or “Study Programs,” or “Learning Centers,” these government controlled programs have just about wiped out grass roots support groups in Alaska.
California Cover Schools, ISPs and Charters
Listings and links for such education alternatives for homeschoolers in California.
Colorado Umbrella Schools
Private schools that offer the advantages of home education programs under a legal cover with added support.
Florida Umbrella Schools
Florida homeschoolers can get help with their paperwork and curriculum from these services.
Maryland Umbrella Schools
Ministries and nonpublic schools that are registered with the Maryland State Department of Education to supervise home instruction.
Washington Homeschooling – Learning Centers
Public school services for homeschooled students.
Programs supporting families who wish to stay in a state-run school system.
International Home School Programs
Australia Cover Schools / Distance Learning Programs
Australia is a huge continent and is home to some of the most geographically isolated and remote homeschool families in the world.
British Columbia, Canada, Distance Education
Please note, students enrolled with the B.C. government-operated schools are not officially homeschoolers.
South Africa Programs and Curriculum Providers
Parents can receive support from associations, legal organisations, curriculum providers and support groups in their communities.
United Kingdom Home Education Resources
Virtual classrooms and other educational resources for those in the UK.
Other Distance Learning Resources
American School of Correspondence
This Facebook page is for parents of any age children thinking about the high school years. You might be thinking of having them attend a correspondence school like “American School of Correspondence” and/or continuing to homeschool. See “Recent Posts by Others” for questions and answers.
About.com Guide Jamie Littlefield provides a a whole site for those who are looking for more than DLPs, distance learning programs, for homeschoolers: for example, degree or skill training programs. Check the boards and features for comments for which are best and which are “diploma mills.” This site has information about accreditation as well.
Drivers Ed Classes
Where you can enroll with distance learning programs for drivers education.
Independent Study High School Message Board
Discussion board for those interesting in or already enrolled in a home school program – distance learning program.