Homeschool or Public School—All You Need To Know

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Homeschool or Public School—DoNotPay Resolves Your Dilemma

One of the most common parent dilemmas nowadays is whether to choose homeschool or public school. Though many people say that homeschooled children perform better in college and higher education, others believe it is a myth.

To help you make the best choice for yourself and your child, DoNotPay created this nifty guide. We will explain the benefits and challenges of homeschooling, homeschool teacher requirements, and the way can help you and your child start or switch to homeschooling.

Homeschooling vs. Public Education—What Is the Right Choice for You?

Making the right choice regarding your child’s education is an important decision that requires a systematic approach. You will have to:

  1. Gather valid information about homeschooling
  2. Compare it with other forms of schooling, such as online schools
  3. Find out more about the reasons to homeschool your child, such as:
    1. Religious beliefs of the family
    2. Individualized approach for kids with special needs
    3. Low quality of education in surrounding public schools
  4. Discover the benefits of homeschooling
  5. Consider potential issues, costs, and the requirements you need to meet

Note that every system has its advantages and disadvantages, and ask yourself what the environment where your child could reach all their academic potentials is.

Public School or Homeschool—What Are the Challenges of Homeschooling?

It might seem like an easy and relaxed approach to education, but homeschooling comes with many challenges. Some states have strict laws about homeschooling, and there are some standards that you should meet.

For instance, you will have to create a specific curriculum that might require you to teach some subjects you and your child may find unnecessary.

While homeschooling isn’t all fun and games, there are many benefits that make homeschooling worth the trouble.

To get a clear picture of this, take a look at homeschooling pros and cons listed in the following table:

Pros Cons
  • You need to meet the specific requirements of the state you are living in, which may be difficult
  • Some states require you to be a certified teacher to homeschool your child
  • You can fall behind easily if you can’t monitor your child’s progress
  • Your child might miss out on socialization and making friends

Can Homeschooled Children Attend College?

Yes, they can. Since most homeschooled students usually get high scores on tests, they typically have no problem getting into college. Many Ivy league colleges are recruiting homeschooled students who are successful at SAT, ACT, and similar tests, and they don’t differentiate between regular and homeschool diplomas.

These tests are a necessary part of college admission. Another requirement for getting into college is usually writing an essay, so if you want to prepare your child for an academic career, you should start developing their writing skills.

What Can DoNotPay Do To Help You Once You Make a Choice?

If you decide to homeschool your child, you will have to notify the school of your intent. In many states, that means you will need to write an official letter of intent to homeschool your child.

In case you don’t know how to put your decision into words, you can rely on DoNotPay. Our app will draft a personalized document that notifies the school (or your school district if your child hasn’t attended a school) about your decision, even in the middle of the school year.

All you need to do is:

  1. Find the Notice of Intent To Homeschool feature
  2. Provide us with info about your child and yourself as the teacher
  3. Sign and submit

Soon after that, our app will generate a letter that includes:

  • Info about your school district
  • School year in which you will homeschool your child
  • Date you'll start with homeschooling
  • Your child’s grade, name, and date of birth
  • Details of your homeschooling plan
    • How many hours a day your child will attend the homeschool classes
    • Which subjects will be included in your curriculum
  • Your relationship with the child (e.g., mother, father, or guardian)
  • Statement conveying your decision to homeschool your child

If you wish, DoNotPay can create a PDF version of the letter or send it to the school as soon as we draw it up.

Since some of the states require the notarized letter of intent to homeschool your child, our app can help you with that as well. Let us know, and we will connect you to an online notary within minutes and get everything done with ease.

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