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Home School

What is the difference between the TK-12 Home School program and the Independent Study High School programs?

The main difference between the programs is the amount of parental participation required. In our TK-12 Home School Academy, the parent is the primary educator with support from one of Visions’ credentialed teachers. In our Independent Study Academy, the main educator is a Visions credentialed teacher and students work independently. In our University Prep Academy students learn using online tools to do independent and group projects, and meet in person regularly with teachers and other students.

What is homeschooling?

In Visions’ Home School Academy, parents select curriculum and educate their child in their own homes. Parent educators are assisted by a credentialed teacher that provides curriculum advice and to ensure that California State Standards are being met. Student progress is measured by regular work samples and testing that keep students on track to graduate high school. Learn more about home school here.

What does homeschooling cost? Is it free?

Yes! Visions In Education is a FREE public charter school.

How do I know if homeschooling is for me?

Homeschooling works best for families who want to take a more involved role in their child’s education. Home School families are provided with a budget to select their own curriculum from a variety of vendor options. Parent educators must be willing to provide four to six hours of instruction per day and regularly submit work samples for review.

When can I start homeschooling my child?

Students who have their 5th birthday between September 2 and December 2 are eligible to apply for Transitional Kindergarten (TK). This is a two-year kindergarten program. Students five years and older can be homeschooled at any time the parent chooses.

What are the requirements / credentials to start homeschooling my child?

Parents must be available to teach their students four to six hours a day, five days a week. Parent educators are not required to have any specific certifications as they are assigned a credentialed Visions teacher that provides support and ensures state mandated requirements are met. Parents meet with their Visions teacher once every 20 school days at a mutually agreed upon location.

What do you need to get started for homeschooling?

Visions provides home school parents with all the tools and support they need to start teaching their child at home; no teaching credential required! Our staff and faculty are committed to supporting parent educators every step of the way, from lesson planning to ordering materials and resources. We also provide funding for conferences if parent educators want to develop their teaching skills even further.

How do home school students stay socially active?

Home School Academy students enjoy a variety of social opportunities and school organized activities. These include organized play-days, harvest festivals, sponsored enrichment activities, and more!

Do you require testing? Where is the testing done?

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program requires that all public schools in California administer standardized tests designated by the California State Board of Education to all students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. As a result, all students participate in all applicable tests. Students are typically scheduled to complete these tests at various locations throughout our nine-county service area.

How can students and parent educators be successful in the Home School program?

Learn more about what it takes to succeed at Visions here.

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