Online Elementary Schools | OnlineSchools.org (2022)

Online Elementary Schools | OnlineSchools.org (1)

Technology has become an integral part of daily life, and in response, elementary schools are incorporating it heavily into their curriculum. Beyond interacting with technology in traditional classrooms, elementary students now have the opportunity to explore online learning. According to the 2015 Keeping Pace with K12 Digital Learning report, the number of elementary students enrolled full-time in online schools is growing quickly.

Online elementary schools aren't only for students transitioning to homeschooling; many elementary students enroll in online schools to supplement their reading, math, and writing classes, or even temporarily when ill or injured.

The flexibility of an online education allows students a new way to learn from home, and provides a background in technology that can carry them through the rest of their education.

Why Consider an Online Education?


It's critical for parents to be able to articulate why an online program is right for their child. There are a number of compelling reasons to choose an online school and several learning options to meet the needs of your family. Online learning, whether fully online or blended, can be beneficial for students who have specific needs for alternative course work.

Common Types of Online Learning

Instruction Teacher Student
Blended Learning: supplemental learning in physical classroom At least some online learning Typically in a physical classroom Can be in the classroom or online
Hybrid Courses: pairs online with in-person learning Mostly online with some face-to-face time Can be multiple instructors Mostly online
Supplemental Learning: augment learning with extra courses Fully online Certificated and teaching remotely Online in addition to regular classes
Online Courses: full course education experience Instruction is primarily online Certificated and teaching remotely Can be in the classroom or online

Source: Adapted from Keeping Pace with K12 Digital Learning, 2015

A blended program allows students to split their time between a traditional classroom and an online one. These programs are a great option for parents interested in acquainting themselves and their children with online learning, allowing them to ease into the new format.

In addition to fully online and blended programs, children can take advantage of virtual tutoring services to try out online learning. Sites such as tutor.com and Smart Tutor offer supplemental curricula for elementary students struggling in math, reading, and science classes.

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Students with an array of unique circumstances find that an online education provides a flexible alternative to brick-and-mortar schools.

Mobile Students

Some special circumstances require full-time online elementary school enrollment. For example, families in the entertainment industry, in the military, or in international business may find themselves constantly traveling. Such families don't have the scheduling and location stability necessary for traditional brick-and-mortar programs.

Ill or Disabled Students

Chronic illnesses affect up to 20% of school aged children and can prevent motivated learners from attending a traditional school, even if they are healthy enough to complete course assignments and to socialize. Long-term school absences due to chronic illness can be a detriment to a child's social and educational development. A full-time online school can provide a student with an education regardless of where the student's care is administered.

School Checklist
  • How will teachers support my student?
  • How will the school meet my child's individual needs?
  • How are parents involved?

Students in Rural Areas

Rural elementary schools often have difficulty recruiting high-quality teachers and funding school facilities, according to a 2013 report by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The challenges faced by low-population, remote parts of the country can be alleviated by blended or full-time online learning. Families in rural areas may also find that online education reduces the time, stress, and money required to commute to the nearest school. As Internet access continues to improve throughout these locations, more students are turning to digital lessons.

Gifted Students

Since most traditional schools operate on standardized benchmarks, gifted students are often required to work at the same pace as their classmates. They may become bored with the curriculum and lack the option to advance on their own. Supplementary courses can help advanced or accelerated students excel by giving them access to more demanding materials and activities. Several studies monitoring gifted student engagement in online programs corroborate this finding and also indicate that self-motivated learners can especially benefit from online study.

Homeschooling

Before Internet access was integrated into homeschooling, parents received training materials, textbooks, and worksheets in the mail. It was entirely up to parents to administer these lessons and to keep their child on track. Students enrolled in online homeschool programs will benefit from features like video lectures, interactive media, and remote instructors. Blended programs take some of the pressure off of parents who no longer need to oversee their child's homeschool development full-time. There are many popular homeschool methods, such as the Classical Education and Montessori styles. These methods have already been converted to digital formats that take advantage of the technologies available.

Evaluating Online Schools


Set your child up for a successful school year online by researching teacher credentials, technology requirements, accreditation, tuition costs, and time commitments in advance. Consider the online commitment that best suits your family. Part-time courses can add supplementary value to a child's existing academic activities. Full-time online elementary schools can take the place of traditional programs, giving parents more control over their child's curriculum, schedule, and development.

Public vs. Private Online Schools

Like traditional educational programs, online schools can be public or private. The distinctions between the two extend to price, prestige, culture, academic benchmarks, and resources. The cost of an online elementary school can range from free to thousands of dollars annually depending on whether it's a public or private school and which schools are offered in your state.

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K-12 School Enrollment

Source: Keeping Pace with K12 Digital Learning, 2015

While there are many different options, online public schools remain the most popular choice for online learning.

Public vs. Private Schools

Pros Cons
Private Schools: student tuition with little federal support
  • Advanced student support
  • High-caliber faculty
  • Rigorous academics
Families pay cost of tuition
Public Schools: largely state-funded
  • Standardized curriculum
  • Higher access to blended programs
  • Community resources
Academic rigor varies
Public Charter Schools: largely state-funded
  • Often autonomous administration
  • Flexible curriculum
  • Diverse teaching practices and approaches
Accreditation not always required and varies by school

Some states offer free public virtual schools. In addition low- or no-cost attendance, public, state-run online schools can be very appealing to parents, since their children's education is held to the same accreditation and academic standards as traditional schools.

Typically, residency must be established in the state that operates the specific public virtual school that a student wants to attend, and the state provides free education to residents only. While out-of-state students may enroll, non-residents are subject to tuition fees. Your state's Department of Education (ED) website is a good starting point in your search for online public schools, but here are a few of the most popular schools:

Online Elementary Schools | OnlineSchools.org (2) Connections Academy offers tuition-free, fully accredited online public schools for students in grades K–12. The number of available schools varies by state.
Online Elementary Schools | OnlineSchools.org (3) K12 offers both public and private K12 online school options depending on your state. Students can enroll full- or part-time and tuition varies by state and enrollment status.
Online Elementary Schools | OnlineSchools.org (4) K12 International Academy offers K12 online programs and is a fully accredited online private school.

If a virtual school works with your state, you will most likely not be charged a tuition fee to enroll your elementary student. If you choose private online schools offered, prices can vary widely, from just a few hundred dollars to nearly $5,000 a year. Some private programs offer ways to reduce the cost of attending an online elementary school. K12 International Academy works to offer lower tuition, payment plans, and sibling discounts. Potential out-of-pocket costs for parents include registration fees, technology upkeep, official transcripts, and school supplies. Depending on the school, parents can enroll in payment plans to help finance their child's private school education.

Cost Checklist
  • Is the program state-funded?
  • What additional fees will I need to pay each semester/year?
  • What are the public schools in my state?

In addition to tuition fees, when researching any school, be sure to confirm any additional hidden fees, including:

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  • Application fees
  • Textbooks and supplies
  • Extracurricular sports and activities
  • Public Schools
  • Technology fees or requirements

Accreditation

The Dept. of Education does not maintain a registry of all nationally recognized accreditation organizations for primary and secondary schools like they do with colleges and universities. That means for elementary schools, accrediting bodies and their standards vary by state. They are also different for public and private schools and whether they're offered online or not. Online elementary schools are often accredited on the national level by AdvancED or by one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the United States. Before approving an institution, these accrediting agencies ensure that the school meets established criteria. For example, AdvancED conducts its reviews with these five standards:

  • Purpose and Direction
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Teaching and Assessing for Learning
  • Resources and Support Systems
  • Using Results for Continuous Improvement

If an online elementary school has multiple locations in different states, the schools will usually pursue regional accreditation. Accreditation must periodically be renewed with these regulatory bodies.

Parents can check a school's advanced annual status by visiting the organization's Accredited Institutions registry. Type in the name of the academic institution or search with location parameters like your city, state, and zip code. This database also lets you search for accredited schools based on the public/private status, district, and charter status. These search functions can help you identify possible distance learning programs for your child.

Academic Rigor

Public online elementary schools must adhere to specific district and state academic standards to continue receiving funding and accreditation approval. This means specific content must be taught in math, social studies, science, and language arts courses. These content rubrics will differ from state to state, but will focus primarily on language arts and math skills. Here is a sample of core concepts that students are expected to understand at each grade level:

Kindergarten

Reading Standards Math Skills
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
  • Identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Recognize common types of texts
  • Engage in group reading activities
  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Identify and describe shapes
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in categories

First Grade

Reading Standards Math Skills
  • Retell stories, including key details
  • Identify words and phrases that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses
  • Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories
  • Solve problems using addition and subtraction (1-20)
  • Understand place value
  • Tell and write time

Second Grade

Reading Standards Math Skills
  • Recount stories
  • Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning
  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story
  • Understand the foundations of multiplication
  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units
  • Work with time and money

Third Grade

Reading Standards Math Skills
  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding
  • Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature
  • Multiply and divide (1-100)
  • Solve problems involving the four operations
  • Develop understanding of fractions
  • Understand geometric concepts like perimeter and area

Fourth Grade

Reading Standards Math Skills
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem
  • Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text
  • Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics
  • Generate and analyze patterns
  • Understand whole numbers and fractions
  • Understand concepts of angles and measuring angles
  • Understand place values

Fifth Grade

Reading Standards Math Skills
  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events
  • Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described
  • Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points
  • Understand concepts of volume
  • Multiply and divide fractions
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively

In addition to core standards, parents should also examine accreditation and academic policies. Whether you're researching private, public, or charter schools online, review the following:

  • Curricula plans for each grade level
  • Grading rubrics
  • Regional and national accreditation
  • Testing benchmarks
  • Required study materials
Academics Checklist
  • Is the school aligned with my state's core standards?
  • Who has accredited this school?

Faculty

Most online programs should use either state certified teachers or teachers with advanced degrees in their field. In order to be state-certified, the state's Department of Education certifies the teacher after determining that they meet professional behavior and training standards. You may even find that an online school's instructors hold local teaching awards and certifications. Some online schools post information regarding their teachers' accomplishments and credentials.

Students may also have access to coaches or a mentor who oversees all coursework for a child and who should be in regular contact with parents. Check with the school to see what they offer for students.

Faculty Checklist
  • How many teachers are accredited?
  • Are there coaches or other specialized instructors available to students?
  • Does the school have teacher profiles available?

Interface and Technology

Technology plays a prominent role in a child's development and professional prospects to come. In a dedicated online environment, children learn how to interact with teachers and peers using virtual classrooms, interactive activities, and online lessons. Schools will also often merge online learning with hands-on learning for a more balanced academic experience.

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You can expect that your child will use some of the following educational interfaces online: video chat sessions, interactive quizzes, and digital classrooms. Help your child prepare for this experience and make sure your home computer's hardware and web access meet the program's minimum technology requirements. Most school websites will have a page like this one outlining these requirements.

Technology Checklist
  • What LMS does the school use?
  • What technical support does the school offer?
  • What is required to get started?

Course assignments and exams are typically submitted through the school's learning management system (LMS). Online students can also use course textbooks, PDFs, and videos to complete their assignments. Further guidance may be provided through online forums, text chats, and interactive discussions.

The Online Learning Experience

Online elementary schools take different approaches to lesson deployment and assignment collection but most assignments are completed and submitted online, with multiple opportunities to seek out help from instructors. Schools also heavily rely on parents to act as student coaches and to facilitate learning in the home.

Because learning is highly individualized in the early grades, many schools offer a flexible schedule that works for the family and the learner, like this sample schedule from a K12.com student.

Social Opportunities

Many online elementary schools host local school functions and field trips so your child can interact with their peers. Parents might want to enroll their children in extracurricular activities or mixed-format schools to supplement their child's social and physical development.

Extracurricular Checklist
  • What opportunities are provided for offline connections and learning?
  • Does the school offer hand-on learning classes like art, music, or science labs?
  • How frequently does the school provide field trips?

Instructors can lead students in group discussions with live text- or video-based chat sessions. These media platforms can expand your child's group learning opportunities, helping them practice team-building and collaborative skills with peers. Many online schools offer real-world social activities and field trips, so your child can regularly interact with peers. Additionally, seek out local opportunities for learning like clubs, sports teams, and local attractions like museums.

Applying to Schools


Once you've collected a list of prospective online elementary schools it is time to begin applying. Here are some common materials you'll need to gather before enrolling your student.

  1. Obtain your child's proof of age, such as a birth certificate or passport. This will help the online school determine what grade your child will be enrolled in. For example, children five years of age before the start of the school year are usually enrolled in kindergarten.
  2. Provide your proof of residence. Proof of residence can include rental or utility payment statements. Most public schools only offer tuition-free education to residents of the state in which the school is based.
  3. Immunization and health forms. Your child's enrollment may be contingent on having up-to-date medical records and immunizations. If you need to file for exemptions based on religious reasons, check with the school to see if you need to file additional paperwork with the Department of Education.
  4. Submit your child's academic history. If you are enrolling your child in a new school, the new school might require a previous year's report cards or transcripts.
  5. Complete the online application forms and attach all required documents.
  6. Watch for a confirmation email once you submit an application. If you don't receive one, contact the school.

Note: If your child is applying to a private school, examine the school's website for scholarship and funding opportunities. Scholarship applications often have additional requirements, such as previous schoolwork examples, student essays, or interviews. Mark scholarship deadlines on your calendar so your family does not miss out on funding opportunities.

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Enrolling and Starting Classes

Once your child is accepted into an online elementary school program, you will need to take steps to enroll them in classes, chat with instructors, adjust to their schedule, and see how a daily workflow looks. Below are lists of things to consider before and after school begins.

Before Classes Start

  • Full-time student enrollment: Online schools often design full lesson plans based on your child's grade level. Make sure the school has your child registered in the correct grade level.
  • Blended class enrollment: Often this format requires you to register on a course-by-course basis, since your child may be supplementing their education with a single course or taking several part-time classes. Sign up for these courses as soon as possible, before they fill up.
  • Examine the school's required supplies and technology lists. If the school does not provide these items, you will need to purchase them before classes begin.
  • Work with your child to test out new technology. Practice logging in and navigating the school's web portal.

After Classes Start

  • Sit with your child as they get started and help them with navigation or technical issues during their school day. Elementary students are generally less familiar with the web-interfaces online classes rely upon and the technological skills they learn now will be valuable later on.
  • Assist your child with turning in assignments. Regardless of whether you plan to keep your elementary student in online programs through middle school, it's important that you help them to establish time management skills and self-directed learning habits early!
  • Log in to the school's grading portal and monitor your child's performance. Precise digital logs of graded assignments can improve student accountability and help parents identify areas needing improvement. Some homework is automatically graded online, logging scores quickly for review.
  • Schedule parent conferences with instructors. Have discussions regarding your child's academic development.

Additional Resources

General Resources

Accreditation Resources

Resources for Parents

Online Tutoring

FAQs

Is online school free in Illinois? ›

*Families do not pay tuition for a student to attend an online public school.

Is online school free in California? ›

Families interested in an alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar schools can attend a tuition-free* online public school in California and benefit from Stride K12's interactive online platform, schedule flexibility, personalized learning experience, and strong curriculum.

Is there online public school Texas? ›

The Texas Virtual School Network Online Schools (TXVSN OLS) program provides full-time online instruction to eligible Texas public school students in grades 3-12 through enrollment in one of the TEA-accredited public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools approved to participate in the program.

What homeschool programs are accredited? ›

Many of them are adaptable to different teaching styles.
  • Calvert. Calvert has been providing homeschool programs for 110 years. ...
  • K12. K12 provides online homeschool courses tailored to the age and skills of your children. ...
  • Bridgewater. ...
  • The Keystone School. ...
  • Time4Learning. ...
  • Forest Trail Academy. ...
  • Laurel Springs School. ...
  • Oak Meadow.

Is K12 online school free? ›

How much does online public school cost? Stride K12-powered public schools are tuition-free online public schools, meaning they are free for students to attend. As public schools, they're funded through allocations of local, state, and federal tax revenue.

Do you get paid for homeschooling in Illinois? ›

No. In the United States, the government does not pay for homeschooling and your family is responsible for the expenses associated with home school. However, there are public schools who have schooling from home.

How do I legally homeschool in Illinois? ›

​While there is no formal procedure mandated by state law, parents or guardians should notify the public school of their intent to home school. Failure to do so may result in the public school marking the student absent and eventually referring the student to a truancy officer.

How much does it cost to homeschool a child in California? ›

The average cost of homeschooling ranges from $700 to $1,800 per child per school year, according to Time4Learning.com (opens in new tab), an online resource for homeschool families. This includes the cost of the curriculum, school supplies, field trips and extracurricular activities.

How do I register my child for homeschool in California? ›

Homeschooling parents can establish a private school based in their home by filing a California homeschool affidavit. The Private School Affidavit (PSA) can be filed with the California Department of Education (CDE) on their website from October 1 to October 15.

How do I legally homeschool in California? ›

In California, there are several ways that parents educate their children at home: through an existing private school, through a public charter or independent study program, and in many instances by opening their own private home based school and filing the Private School Affidavit (PSA) with the California Department ...

How can I homeschool my child in Texas? ›

The only requirements to legally homeschool in Texas are that: The instruction must be bona fide (i.e. not a sham); The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g. books, workbooks, video monitor); The curriculum must include the basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship.

How much does it cost to homeschool in Texas? ›

The average annual cost of homeschooling in Texas ranges from $700 to $1800. The amount of money paid for homeschooling in this state will depend on the expenses involved.

Can homeschooling be a tax write off? ›

You may be wondering if the federal government provides any tax benefits to help homeschooling families recoup some of their costs. Unfortunately, the answer is no. There are no federal tax credits or deductions that apply specifically to homeschoolers.

Do Colleges accept homeschool diplomas? ›

Yes, colleges and universities will accept a homeschool diploma. There may be very few exceptions out there but for the most part, these centers for higher learning are more than happy to include those with a homeschool education in their student body.

What are the disadvantages of being homeschooled? ›

The disadvantages of homeschooling include:
  • Lack of social interaction and increased sense of isolation.
  • Absence of curriculum structure.
  • Decreased focus on learning and concentration, reduced outcomes.
  • Slower pace of learning.
  • Financial burden.
  • Lack of facilities.
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Does K12 give you a laptop? ›

K12 ships loaner computers to students who qualify per their school's eligibility requirements. Please note that not all K12 schools provide computers to their students. Computer eligibility is discussed during the enrollment process.

Is there a difference between homeschool and online school? ›

The main differences between online school and homeschooling are found in the responsibilities of the parent or guardian. With online schooling, the school is responsible to the state for meeting mandated education requirements. With homeschooling, it is the parent or guardian who answers to the state.

Is online school good for kids? ›

With virtual school, students can complete lessons at their own pace. They can take extra time with subjects that are more difficult for them. Kids who excel can move ahead to the next lesson when they are ready – they don't have to complete busy work while they wait for the rest of the class to catch up.

Does Illinois require proof of homeschooling? ›

Homeschool Record-Keeping in Illinois

Just because Illinois law does not require homeschoolers to submit any forms or records to the state or school district does not mean that you should not track your homeschool progress.

How many hours are required for homeschool in Illinois? ›

Language arts; Mathematics; Biological and physical sciences; Social sciences; Fine arts; and Physical development and health. 3. How much time must the student spend on home-schooling? Illinois law does not set any minimum number of hours per day, or days of instruction per year, for students in private schools.

Can you Unschool in Illinois? ›

Since the methods and curriculum are not prescribed in Illinois homeschooling laws, parents are free to choose their own styles and materials. Unschooling is a viable approach as long as the education covers the required subjects and is equivalent (or superior to) that of public schools.

Do homeschoolers get a diploma or GED? ›

Yes, homeschoolers get a diploma just like other high school graduates upon completion of their high school studies. Parents are responsible for maintaining education records and creating or following graduation requirements in order to issue a home school diploma.

How do homeschoolers get a diploma in Illinois? ›

Homeschool Graduation

Illinois does not offer high school diplomas to homeschoolers. Your child can receive a diploma if he or she returns to public schooling in time for senior year, and meets the educational requirements of the state.

How do I withdraw my child from school in Illinois? ›

School Withdrawal Steps
  1. Go to the post office and mail the letter “return receipt requested.”
  2. Fax the letter.
  3. Hand deliver both copies of the letter to the school and ask the secretary or principal of the school to sign and date your copy of the letter to acknowledge receipt of the letter.
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What is the cheapest homeschooling program out there? ›

Best Affordable Homeschooling Programs
  • K12. K12 Online School is a platform that provides all the educational materials you will need for your children to get a school education. ...
  • Time4Learning.com. ...
  • Khan Academy. ...
  • ABCmouse. ...
  • Easy Peasy. ...
  • BJU Press. ...
  • Alpha Omega. ...
  • Used Homeschool School Books.

How can I get free homeschool supplies? ›

How can I get free homeschool resources?
  1. Use the library for books, movies, and audiobooks.
  2. Get free books from community Little Free Libraries.
  3. Use the library for free computers and free Wifi (and homeschool without the internet)
  4. Download free pdf books.
  5. Look for free homeschool apps.
  6. Watch YouTube How To videos.

How Much Does homeschooling Cost? ›

Homeschool curriculum providers estimate the average cost of homeschooling to be somewhere between $700 and $1800 per child annually. But it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much homeschooling costs because homeschooling expenses are closely tied to the choices that you as a parent makes.

Is unschooling legal in California? ›

Is Unschooling Legal? Unschooling is a form of homeschooling, and homeschooling is legal in all 50 states.

How can I homeschool for free in California? ›

Check With Your Public School District

Many public school districts in California offer homeschool and virtual academy programs. Some also offer in-person classes that students can attend. Contact your local school district to find out if they have a homeschooling program.

What do I need to know before homeschooling? ›

It covers everything you need to know and do before taking charge of your child's education.
  • Research Your Homeschool Options. ...
  • Investigate Your State's Homeschooling Requirements. ...
  • Join a Local Homeschooling Group. ...
  • Decide on Homeschool Curriculum. ...
  • Create Your Homeschooling Space. ...
  • Set Specific Homeschooling Goals.

How many days do you need to homeschool in California? ›

Requires at least 3 hours of instruction per day for a minimum of 175 days per year. Specifies that instruction must occur between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

What are the main subjects for homeschooling? ›

The 4 core subjects considered to be essential by most (again, note that “required subjects” is a subjective term) are:
  • math.
  • reading/English/language arts.
  • social studies.
  • science.

Is unschooling the same as homeschooling? ›

Unschooling is dictated by the child's interests and is less structured than is homeschooling. Homeschoolers are guided by state and national standards — parents plan lessons, assign homework, and grade assignments. Unschooling is whatever the student wants it to be.

Do homeschool kids in California have to be vaccinated? ›

(1) If you establish your own home-based private school and file a private school affidavit, your children are not subject to the immunization law. (2) If your child is enrolled in a private school satellite program (PSP) which is home based, your child is not subject to the immunization law.

How do I withdraw my child from public school in California? ›

If your child is enrolled in a public school at the beginning of a school year and you later withdraw your child and establish your private school, you will need to send or deliver two letters to the school. First, notify them in writing that you are withdrawing your child. This is a notification from you, the parent.

Can a parent homeschool their child? ›

They can receive this education either by attendance at school, or otherwise (i.e., at home). As a result, it is legal to homeschool your child. However, there are a few things that you should be aware of before you start.

How many hours a day is required for homeschooling in Texas? ›

7. How many hours a day are we required to do school? Homeschools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state. No minimum hours are required.

Do I need to register my child to homeschool in Texas? ›

There is no need to register or in any way contact the local school or the state government prior to homeschooling, unless your student is currently in public school (see rules for withdrawal from public school). If your child has never been enrolled in public school, simply obtain curriculum and begin.

How many credits do homeschoolers need to graduate in Texas? ›

Students must have a minimum of 22 completed credits to graduate in Texas and receive a diploma. Parents determine when their student has fulfilled graduation requirements and can issue their own homeschool diploma; students of private/online schools may receive diplomas from those institutions.

What age is best to start homeschooling? ›

At what age can you start homeschooling? The short answer is, you can start at any age. However, as a homeschooler, your state's department of education can give you a more specific answer based on the homeschooling laws where you live.

What subjects are required for homeschooling in Texas? ›

There are only three requirements:
  • Your schooling must be bona fide. i.e., not a sham.
  • Your curriculum must be in visual form. such as a book, workbook or video.
  • Your curriculum must include the five basic subjects of. reading. spelling. grammar. mathematics. good citizenship (similar to civics).
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How do I report my child not going to school in Texas? ›

You may call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 to report abuse or neglect. The hotline is answered by DFPS Intake Specialists (who are all degreed professionals) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will be asked to provide your name and contact information. You will be asked to explain your concerns.

What homeschool programs are accredited? ›

Many of them are adaptable to different teaching styles.
  • Calvert. Calvert has been providing homeschool programs for 110 years. ...
  • K12. K12 provides online homeschool courses tailored to the age and skills of your children. ...
  • Bridgewater. ...
  • The Keystone School. ...
  • Time4Learning. ...
  • Forest Trail Academy. ...
  • Laurel Springs School. ...
  • Oak Meadow.

Is kindergarten mandatory in Texas? ›

Is kindergarten required in Texas? A child is not required to attend school unless he or she is at least six years old on September 1 of the school year. Enrollment in kindergarten is not required. However, if a child is enrolled in Kindergarten, regular attendance is required.

Which is the best school online? ›

Online Schools
  1. K8 Online School. K8 Online School is indeed the most trusted name for virtual schooling in India. ...
  2. 21K School. 21K School is another platform available for students. ...
  3. Cyboard School. For grades 1 to 5, Cyboard School is another digital schooling option. ...
  4. AOL School. ...
  5. The Virtual School India.

Is IXL learning any good? ›

This app is the best I've come across in helping any child in school succeed. Very easy and sometimes fun for my 8 year old Grandson and myself to interact with. The lesson skills IXL provide in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies are perfect in content.

Is 21K School Recognised? ›

Is 21K recognised / affiliated? 21K School is a formal recognised and accredited K-12 School offering Indian, American and British Curriculum online for students aged 3 to 18 years in India and abroad.

Is Time4Learning legit? ›

Due to Time4Learning only offering 4 core subjects, homeschooling parents may feel that their student needs to study more topics and perhaps need to research and add a supplemental curriculum. No Accreditation. Time4Learning is not a school, but rather a curriculum provider, and its coursework is not accredited.

Are online schools worth it? ›

Online programs are absolutely worth it, depending on the student's circumstances. Contrary to popular belief, online programs are not easier than on-campus programs. Online programs aren't necessarily more affordable, but they can be.

Is online school a good idea? ›

Students in online degree programs often walk away with enhanced skills in time management, self-motivation, self-discipline, adaptability, and responsibility. They also learn how to organize their assignments, class schedule, and other obligations, and create a realistic work-life balance.

How do I choose an online school? ›

We've compiled a list of the ten most important questions to ask to help you choose the online college that's right for you:
  1. How long has the online college been around? ...
  2. Is the college or university accredited? ...
  3. Does the online degree program accept transfer credits? ...
  4. Is the school in a good financial position?

Can IXL be used for homeschooling? ›

IXL meets the unique needs of each learner with comprehensive K-12 curriculum, personalized guidance, and real-time analytics. Because IXL is designed to be flexible, there are many ways you can use it to support your homeschooling instruction.

Is IXL a full Homeschool curriculum? ›

IXL Learning is an online platform that offers a comprehensive curriculum and resources for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. They offer curriculum and study materials for families, classrooms, and schools. The family option is what most homeschoolers use.

Can you use IXL as a full curriculum? ›

Complete and aligned

IXL's curriculum is fully aligned to the Common Core, state standards for all 50 states, and popular textbook series. For any standard, any lesson, teachers can turn to IXL for the content they need to help their students.

Is 21K School is government or private? ›

The 21K school follows the National Curriculum Framework of India up-to middle school curriculum. It also uses a system based on NIOS as a private candidate for exit level examinations in Grade 10 and 12, where Marks Sheets and Pass Certificates are issued by NIOS, an autonomous body under Government of India.

Is K8 online school good? ›

K8 School is amongst the best online schools in India.

Is AOL school Recognised by CBSE? ›

AOL School, therefore, welcomes students from all over the world so they can receive complete CBSE accredited school education, without having to step out of their homes. AOL School is the product of the great minds behind the successful online education portal, Always On Learning.

How many hours a day is Time4Learning? ›

Depending on your child's grade, they will typically spend between 2 to 4 hours a day homeschooling.

Can you try Time4Learning for free? ›

We receive a lot of questions about whether or not Time4Learning offers a free trial. Although we don't offer a free trial of our homeschool curriculum, we do provide a 14-day money back guarantee.

Does ABCmouse count as homeschool? ›

Yes, ABCmouse can be used for homeschool. It is a great supplement to a formal homeschool curriculum and works well to reinforce what kids are learning. Kids in preschool through 2nd grade can use ABCmouse as a part of their homeschool curriculum.

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