When you decide to homeschool there are a million questions. The idea of an umbrella school is actually a very good one. There are several benefits and no negatives, unless you partner with a ‘bad’ umbrella school.
Most umbrella schools for homeschool are most often Christian or private schools which usually have an actual campus as well. Some also have an online school or courses. These benefits may seem like enough of a plus to the homeschooler, but the real benefits are these:
The umbrella school keeps your child’s school records on file such as shots records, grades and other important documents to show your child is being schooled or has graduated. Also, they understand what your child has to do to comply with the rules of the state you live in. Most of these schools will keep you updated to new laws regarding homeschooling in your state. These laws can and often include SAT testing, and often the umbrella school will provide a way for you to get your child tested or guide you in the endeavor.
2. Services provided
Graduation is one of the biggest services many of these umbrella schools provide. Often they will help you understand what is needed for college and even provide counseling sometimes. They also may offer classes on campus that are specific to different fields your child may want to enter into. Some offer sports and summer camps. As these are benefits to some families, others prefer to do these types of things on their own and it is never required. Everyone, however, needs an accredited diploma, and if your umbrella school is credited, they will provide that.
3. Resources and emotional support provided
Not all homeschooling families need help in this area, but many umbrella schools have either a brick and mortar store, an online one or both where you can buy curriculum. Often they offer support to the parent or teacher of the homeschool student if and when there is harassment from the public school system. Often they will intercede for you via phone if you ever get visited by uninformed officials or public school representatives saying you aren’t allowed to homeschool or overstating their right to information regarding your schooling. This can be a huge help to the first-time homeschooling family.
To conclude, these are just some of the positive reasons to sign up with an umbrella school. However, some find overly controlling schools to be a negative, while others like it. Some require you to answer for your every decision and take it upon themselves to even grade your child’s work. Others leave those responsibilities to the homeschooling parent. These specifics may depend on which state you live in as some regulate homeschooling more than others. So, pick the umbrella school that is right for you and do your own research so you are the one informed of who is overstating their power over you. After all, you homeschool so you can decide the particulars of the experience for you and your family, not the other way around. Whatever you decide, don’t be intimidated. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone and not everyone is ‘for’ homeschooling, but if you have decided to take that plunge, be confident, and never allow those who aren’t ‘for’ it to discourage you. It takes a huge commitment, and in the end your children will know who loves them and took the time to see that they succeed.
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