Ask A Homeschooler: Response to Mady


Hello, everyone!  I have another “Ask A Homeschooler” question + answer ready today.

Mady asks:

“So I am a freshman in highschool and I would like to pursue gymnastics. Honestly I just dont like the aspect of all the drama, bullying and stress and I would feel much more safe being home schooled. 

I have a series of questions: 

 -I live in New York, therefore, do I need to tell my school? 

-Do my parents have to teach me or be there with me because they both work and don’t have time for it? 

-What is a good website that is accredited, gives you a real diploma, transcripts, credits, portfolios, etc., and would teach me like I’m at A REAL school? 

-Is it expensive because I’m not sure if my family would have enough money for it? 

-Is it cheaper than a public school? 

-How do I start and how would I tell my parents without them saying no straight to my face?”

Thanks for asking.  I will answer your questions as best as I can, though some may take some personal research in your state/city for yourself.  I hope this helps, though!

  1. I live in New York, therefore, do I need to tell my school?  

    I’m not certain about New York’s specific requirements, but I know they are pretty strict, so I would assume that YES, you should notify your school district.  I highly recommend checking out your state’s basic requirements for homeschooling on this page.

  2. Do my parents have to teach me or be there with me because they both work and don’t have time for it?  

    Once again, this is usually something up to your specific state, so you would want to research that locally.  This is also sometimes dependent on the homeschooling program you use, not just the state’s laws.

  3. What is a good website that is accredited, gives you a real diploma, transcripts, credits, portfolios, etc., and would teach me like I’m at A REAL school?

      For the specifics you have outlined regarding a website homeschool program, I would suggest either American School or A Beka Academy.  Both provide accredited courses, transcripts, and a diploma upon completion.

  4. Is it expensive because I’m not sure if my family would have enough money for it?

      The expense truly depends upon your family’s income.  These programs would be expensive to me, but you have to invest in your education, and especially if you are requiring a program that is accredited, provides transcripts, and a diploma.  Now, if you’re looking for something cheaper, I suggest taking a look at Time4Learning.  This site offers K-12 online homeschool curriculum, and though it is not accredited, your parents can still count the courses as high school credits on their own transcript, and present you with a diploma upon completion.  As another option, you could always check to see if Virtual School is available in your state.  This is not homeschooling, rather it is public schooling at home-online-, but it is free and you are taught by “real” teachers.

  5. Is it cheaper than a public school?  

    It depends on which program you use, but in general, homeschooling is not cheaper than public school.  Once again, though, your education is worth an investment.

  6. How do I start and how would I tell my parents without them saying no straight to my face?  

    For convincing your parents to homeschool you, I’d recommend taking a look at this article for tips and helps.

-Tialla

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Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at http://www.therubyvial.com.


February 2, 2015

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