We recommend an accredited homeschool program!
Recommendations For Online Homeschooling.
Accredited homeschool programs have several benefits. The first benefit is so you know the school or homeschool program has been thoroughly audited to surpass minimum requirements as a school or program. Accreditation requires a curriculum audit to check for educational standards, plus how the curriculum reviews past concepts and prepares for future concepts. Many parents do not have the time to check for these hidden curriculum essentials year after year. Accredited schools or programs must submit any changes to the accrediting organization for evaluation before implementation.
Homeschool programs with more than one accreditation have an added value. Some homeschooling options have an accreditation from an organization recognized by a state’s Dept. of Education, plus an additional accreditation that may also evaluate a particular emphasis such as Christian education. One accreditation may be similar to what public schools use. A second accreditation may evaluate additional Christian or private school values the first accrediting organization does not evaluate.
Accreditation is technically not required for K-12 by the Federal Dept. of Education, but can be very beneficial in many locations. In some regions or districts, high school credit may not be transferred to public schools unless the credit was earned under a state or district recognized accreditation. It is our opinion that credit under an accredited school will raise less red flags in annual registration in tougher districts, counties, or states. Even if transferring to a different school or relocating your family is not planned, an accredited homeschool program may give some added flexibility.
Generally, accredited homeschool programs have a school number used for college entrance, military, or FAFSA (financial aid). This can save a homeschool parent or student considerable time.
Accredited homeschool programs, especially ones with multiple accreditations, have some additional expenses to acquire and maintain accreditation. We believe it is worth the additional cost for a well accredited program.
Two distance learning options that offer an accredited homeschool program:
We recommend these two larger nationwide PreK-12th grade schools. They are a financial value for the benefits they provide. Both of these schools have regional accreditations recognized by states, counties, and districts, plus have a separate private school accreditation. Both have been in existence over 30 years each. They use a Christian worldview curriculum for building character and traditional values. Although they are both PreK-12th, they offer additional program choices for 3rd-8th grades when student needs vary more. They use booklets for PreK-2nd that dovetails into an online format at 3rd grade. An annual achievement test is included in tuition for most grades. They offer “no credit check” payment options. Most importantly, they diagnose new students for any missing concept mastery, then use a custom plan to correct any problems. Our recommendation criteria can be found in more detail on the “Ten points to review before choosing a homeschool program” page.
School From Home Topics
Ten points to review before choosing a homeschool program.
Free homeschooling options.
Christian schools and accreditation.
Benefits of using the same program until graduation.
Benefits of using a nationwide homeschool program.
Curriculum shopping? Why do it the hard way?
Recommendations for online homeschooling.
Using online Christian schools.
Important information if using an online high school.
Challenges of a school from home structure.
College Preparation for homeschoolers and online Christian schools.
How to homeschool.
Using online homeschool programs.
State testing and registration requirements. Homeschool Trends.
Common Core State Standards Overview for Parents