While students around the country are currently being “schooled at home,” experts agree that the rapid onset of COVID-19 and the transition to online learning has not been ideal for most students or parents. Many parents now juggle homeschooling with full-time careers. We understand that this balancing act is not sustainable for long. homeSCHOOL+ wants to alleviate this burden on parents and help students succeed.
homeSCHOOL+ offers a stable, dynamic, and supportive alternative to this traditional/online school hybrid, allowing families to make long-term plans for their children’s academic journeys.
There’s no expiration date for a global pandemic. homeSCHOOL+ allows you to feel confident your child will succeed academically, no matter the future state of traditional education.
Homeschooling, also known as home education in European countries, refers to the practice of educating children in a home setting. A less formal means of education than a traditional school setting, home education is typically conducted by a parent, tutor, or an online teacher.
Before the introduction of compulsory school attendance laws in the United States in the mid-1800s, most childhood education was done by families and local communities. Today, homeschooling remains a legal alternative to public and private schools in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Many US states still exert some control over home education to guarantee students receive a well-balanced education.
Despite its legality, homeschooling in the United States often carries a negative stigma. Homeschooling is frequently considered to be lower-quality education than public or private schools. This negative stigma also stems from an association between homeschooling and religious fanaticism. But while not every instance of homeschooling proves beneficial (Tara Westover’s bestselling memoir Educated recounts her detrimental homeschooling experiences with Survivalist parents), modern homeschooling has increasingly emerged as a positive and effective alternative to traditional classroom education.
For many, the decision to transition from traditional education to a homeschool experience is a big change. But the benefits of homeschooling are increasingly prevalent.
Today, about 4% of school-age students in the United States are homeschooled. And while many families choose to homeschool because of dissatisfaction with public education, many cite a belief that homeschooling allows children to receive an education catered specifically to their own academic and emotional needs. Studies have shown that homeschooled students are actually better prepared for college than their peers. They perform better on standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT.
Additional research suggests that homeschooled students are more independent and involved in their communities. Because they work at their own pace and spend less time in classrooms, they have more time to play sports or volunteer. Some parents even choose to homeschool to have more time for travel, designing schedules around trips meant to expose their children to the world.
Homeschooling also has mental health benefits. In 2019, 20% of students reported being bullied at school. Homeschooling students minimize their potential for bullying at school. Additionally, homeschooling presents a more flexible alternative to students struggling with mental health or learning disorders. Learning styles can be more easily adapted to the student’s needs.