Homeschool vs. Online School—Differences and Similarities
If you’re not satisfied with the public school system or believe your child needs a different type of education due to medical or other reasons, you may be considering the following options:
- Attending an online school
In this article, we’ll tackle the homeschool vs. online school dilemma, help you make the right choice for your family, and assist you with the initial paperwork if you decide to homeschool your child.
While online schooling typically takes place at home, it doesn’t mean it’s homeschooling. Both public and private schools may offer an option of being taught online. There are also certain online schools that offer curriculums and resources to parents who wish to homeschool their children, and these are considered online homeschools.
To help you make the right choice for yourself and your child, check out the table below to consider the differences between online learning and homeschooling:
The online schools offer you a quick solution because they already have established curriculums, school hours, and prices, as well as certified teachers. Homeschooling gives you more freedom to design the education of your child, but it requires more preparation.
To make a decision faster, you can check how homeschooling works in your state and decide which option will work best for you.
If you don’t know where to look, the table below might be helpful:
Transferring from a public school to homeschooling doesn't have to take a lot of your time and effort. You will need to research ahead and gather paperwork, such as:
- Attendance records
- Immunization reports
To start homeschooling without legal complications, you may need to draft a letter of intent to homeschool your child. You don’t have to waste time and bother writing this document yourself or hiring a lawyer—DoNotPay is here to help you out as soon as you sign up!
- Sign up for DoNotPay in any web browser
- Find and select the Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Tell us what your school district is
- Provide us with a few details about yourself and your child
Our app will draft the letter in a jiffy and help you avoid unnecessary issues. Feel free to opt for DoNotPay even if you decide to homeschool your kid in the middle of the school year.
The law in your state might require you to get your letter of intent notarized. With our help, you can get this done with ease as well.
While completing the steps within the app, let us know whether you want us to connect you with an online notary. The notary will notarize your letter in a virtual setting, which means you won’t even have to leave your house.
Once your letter is ready, you’ll have the option to:
- Download the document in PDF format and mail it yourself
- Let us send the letter to the school district in your stead
We are here for you whether you’ve already chosen to educate your child at home or that decision still lies ahead of you. In our practical guides, you can find all you need to know about homeschooling.
Check out our learning center and find out:
- Whether homeschooling disadvantages students
- The most common myths about homeschooling
- What percentage of homeschooled students go to college
- Whether homeschooled students are smarter
- What a homeschool co-op is
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