If you are considering homeschooling your kids, you may have heard many myths, like:
“Homeschooled kids goof off all day and do not receive a proper education”
“Homeschool families maintain an alternative lifestyle”.
In reality, homeschooling is a growing trend in the USA, though it is not legal in all countries. For example, over half of European countries forbid homeschooling.
What do you need to know if you are considering homeschooling your children in the USA? Below are five critically important things that all parents in the USA who are considering beginning the road to homeschooling should know. But please confirm this information with your local school board.
- If you are homeschooling your children in the USA, you should be aware of the requirements in your state. Twenty-nine states require an annual notification.Ten states require a one-time notification. Two states require approval. This convenient map gives an overview of the requirements by state.
- Many states have testing requirements. Some states require annual testing, while others require testing as the student reaches a milestone, like 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th year. Here is an overview of testing requirements by state.
- On average, homeschoolers do well compared to the general population. According to a study National Home Education Research Institute, homeschooled students did better than the national average on their SAT exams. ” 13,549 homeschool seniors had the following mean scores: 567 in critical reading, 521 in mathematics, and 535 in writing. The mean SAT scores for all college-bound seniors in 2014 were 497 in critical reading, 513 in mathematics, and 487 in writing
- Most states will not issue high school diplomas to home schooled students. So, many families create their own. This video explains more about diplomas
- Universities around the world are welcoming bigger and bigger groups of homeschool graduates. Read what top universities such as Stanford, Yale and even Oxford write about homeschooling.