School at Homers

Updated July 2013*

One popular way of homeschooling is by selecting a private or public on-line school for your child’s education. The nicest thing about this is that the virtual school is responsible for the curriculum selection and teaching of your child…the parent just has to make sure the child attends and does their homework. It’s a lot like school…just at home. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. I found out just today, though, that if your child receives over 49% of their education this way, they are not considered as homeschooled students in the state of Arizona, see here. Basically it’s an issue of the state funding your child’s education. For that reason, I’m nick-naming these homeschoolers as School at Homers.

But, you are still doing school at home. You and your child are also not really part of the local school’s social scene and PTA (for some of us…thank goodness)…so we welcome all School at Homers here because we all still need a support group. ūüôā And information about extra-curricular activities.


Arizona Connections Academy

K12 Arizona Virtual Academy

Sequoia Choice and REACH

The Yavapai County education website has a bunch of great options for virtual academies and on-line classes. These are accredited virtual schools that provide state standard education for your child.

You’ll also find great resources at¬†, but make sure you find out if the virtual school meets Arizona State standards.

Williamsburg Academy provides a high school classical education via virtual classrooms. You can opt to pay the tuition and attend it as a private school (think: no need for your child to do quarterly state testing) or go through Sequoia Choice and have tuition paid by Arizona State but your child will have to take quarterly tests. I posted an article about this particular partnership here.

*Since I last wrote about this, I’ve come across several different choices in providing an education at home that models the public school model. The pros and cons to this depend largely on your personal preferences and even possibly political views. School at home choices receive funding through the State, so your curriculum is no cost to you. They are set up as distance learning charter schools with a teacher who keeps tabs on the family/student to make sure the child stays on track. The curriculum follows State Standards and Common Core Standards. Often these choices will have an additional group gathering/field trip option where families meet once a week/month with others who are learning in the same system.

May Zoo Class


Heritage Park Zoo

Tropical Birds

In this class, students will learn about tropical birds by meeting one up close. We are going to meet the Blue and Gold Macaws.

Time:            May 13, 2013

1:00 ‚Äď 2:00

Cost:             $4.50 per child

$7.50 per adult

All members of the zoo are $5.00 per family

Please RSVP by May 12, 2013.

Katy Gifford

520-360-4540 ‚Äď cell

Each month we will do a tour or an on-site program at the zoo. If you have topics you would like discussed, please let me know so that I can work something out with their Education Coordinator. I will need to know the topic at the beginning of the month.

Thank you, Katy, for setting up this class and sharing it with others!

Prescott Library Art Class


May 10

1-2 pm

Prescott Public Library

Children’s Art Class

Prescott Art Docents present The Mysterious World of René Magritte. Come and learn about Magritte’s mystery paintings. He painted everyday objects but turned them into magical images that will make you stop and think. You will make your own mysterious, magical picture to take home and share with others. Prescott Art Docents is a volunteer organization that is affiliated with the Phoenix Art Museum. Art Days at PPL provides elementary school children with an introduction to artists and their mediums through presentations and a related activity. For children, ages 5-12. Register online or at the Youth Desk, or call 777-1537.