Resources for internationally mobile families considering homeschooling.
My general advice is to contact the embassy of the country where you’ll be, and ask about their compulsory education code and the exemptions to it. Do they allow for private schools or tutors? How does one qualify as a private school or tutor? Could you apply? If not, ask if your children can homeschool through a distance learning program, as enrollees in a distant private school.
A comprehensive resource for expatriates living and working abroad.
Many expats choose home schooling for their children in order to avoid disrupting their school education or in order to avoid the hefty fees associated with international schools. In this section we take a look at the practicalities of home schooling and how you can ensure that, in the event that you opt for this method of educating you children, you implement it in the most effective form possible.
American Foreign Service Association Scholarship Program
Provides financial aid and merit scholarships for Foreign Service youth to pursue their college education.
274.12 Other Amounts … b. in lieu of the “school at post” rate, a separate allowance rate of up to $3,000 each school year for home study/private instruction in grades K-8 and up to $5,000 in grades 9-12; however, if the local school/grade is adequate, reimbursement is limited to the school at post rate if it is lower than the home study/private instruction rate.
These are not all the available options out there but are some that we can recommend trying.
“Keystone online education programs offer quality learning in a non-traditional environment for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. If you’re the parent of a child who is entering kindergarten, is seeking a different full-time learning environment, or needs to supplement current schoolwork, Keystone’s programs are designed to meet your goal.”
“Time4Learning provides a high-quality, effective online learning curriculum for students as well as time-saving tools and useful resources for parents. The award-winning curriculum has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents, and students.”
“Calvert’s online courses for grades 3-12 keep learning contemporary, fun, and engaging. Both individual and family plans grant access to 45 courses in the subjects of history and geography, language arts, math, science, and spelling for unparalleled learning across grade levels.”
A group of stay-at-home Foreign Service parents in the Washington DC area. With the support of the American Association of Foreign Service Women, the playgroup has grown to include members from the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies.
Foreign Service Youth Foundation
Provides information, advocacy and outreach activities for the internationally mobile youth of all U.S. foreign affairs agencies. This support is extended to youth and their parents in the Washington, D.C. area as well as at Foreign Service posts abroad.
I.B. or Not I.B.? That is the question
With the virtues and value of A-levels in dispute as never before, more and more parents and students are considering the International Baccalaureate. But what is the IB? Where does it come from, and — crucially — is it any good?
Taking the ACT Outside the 50 United States
Students must register directly with the supervisor of the test center where they wish to test, not with ACT and not via the Web. The deadline date for contacting the test center is the Friday two weeks before the scheduled test date.
Third Culture Kids
Third Culture Kids (TCKs): Focus of Major Study
A research project on adult-TCKs who are between 25 and 90, who currently reside in the United States, and who spent at least one school-age year abroad as the minor dependent of an American parent.