New to homeschoooling - how do I enroll in homeschooling?

We get a significant number of families that ask, "How do I enroll in your school so I can home school?". Relax and don't feel rushed as you take a few weeks to research and figure out what you need and want to do. HSLDA is a particularly useful place to get the specifics for your state if you live in the US. Some states are very hands-off and others are more regulatory. The best place to start is to figure out what your state requires for home schooling.

Next, start researching curriculum options and plugging in to homeschooling social media groups and seeing of there are any local home school co-ops in your area. I want to welcome you to the VHSG Facebook Group. It is a great place to plug in with a group of other home school families. The link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/141433042565491/

In our project, the big day for live classes to enroll is August 1st. Usually by the 2nd all of our live classes have filled. However, we have at your own pace courses that seat year round and do not have a seat limit. These will use recorded lessons instead of meeting in the live classroom. We have sections of our FAQs here at the Support Center for what live classes and at your own pace classes are like and how to enroll in them.

You may be wondering, "Do I have to enroll my child in a home school?" When you are a home school family, the parents become the contractors for their children's education. YOU get to be your children's teacher(s) or hand pick the classes from outside sources for classes you feel unable to teach. You do not need to enroll in a particular school to home school. Actually, enrolling in a school often means that you are not a homes school but instead have your children enrolled in a private school. The home school movement mixing with the new technology allowing students to log in from home to take classes has opened up so many opportunities for you to select a mix of courses from a variety of places. Besides having a parent teach some courses or the student self-teaching themselves from curriculum, you may find a great mix by signing up for some of our courses, a handful locally from a homeschool co-op or a community college, and some from some of the other home school projects out there such as Landry Academy or Freedom Project Education. There are also free courses from Hippocampus,  MIT, and more. Your choices abound!

With home schooling, the parents are providing the transcript to colleges for their children's enrollment instead of a school, so keep up with what courses are done during the high school years and the grade achieved. There are transcript services available if you want someone else to do the paperwork for you, but it isn't hard to do this on your own. Colleges are quite accustomed to home school applications and most actively seek home school students.
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