Saturday, May 24, 2014

Are umbrella schools for rainy days?

I read online about umbrella schools and wonder WHAT IS THAT?
Is is a school for my child? Is it still school for a rainy day? Is it still homeschooling?
I don't understand....
Guess what.... you are not alone!

Here is some answers!

What Does an Umbrella School Do?

In some states, homeschoolers can get some level of support and legal protection for their home education program. So while the answer varies from state to state, here are some of the typical features of umbrella schools:
  • Provide legal legitimacy to a family's home education program in states that require it
  • Issue report cards
  • Maintain attendance records
  • Host field trips, academic clubs, reading contests and the like
  • Provide a student ID card (which may be useful in obtaining discounts with local merchants)


So, does that mean I can still practice unschooling? You need to check your States laws! 1st and foremost! That is IMPERATIVE if you want to homeschool. Each State has laws and each State differs. 

Your child might be able to unschool. Your child might have to attend a charter school. Your child might be required to have a cover school. Your State might have no laws.

But, if you do need an umbrella school....your State should have a list of ones that will work for you and your child. They should be helpful rather than hindering you.

Don't let this affect your decision to homeschool! You can still do it!

Happy Homeschooling!

3 comments:

Katie Shuler said...

Great info. While I'm sure Umbrella Schools are great for some families, and possibly a requirement in some states, I'm glad that we don't HAVE to enroll one in my state (GA). :)

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