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. 🙂 And information about extra-curricular activities.
K12 Arizona Virtual Academy
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 Homeschool.com, 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.