June 24, 2015
Tips for Researching Homeschool Alternatives
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You may be at a point in your homeschool
journey where you want to begin researching homeschool
alternatives. It can be difficult to find a program or
school that is right for your child. Many families are
searching for a program that will take their child's
interests, abilities, talents and style of learning into
consideration. Asking the following questions will help you
find a program that not only fits your child, but will set
them up for future success.
- Does the program have experience with
It's important to find a program or school that is
well-known and has years of experience providing education
to homeschool families. A main factor for many families is
determining if the program will provide the opportunity to
enrich the curriculum and incorporate local resources, but
does not require parents to be experts on every subject.
Laurel Springs School
has been partnering with homeschool families since 1991 and
our school's founder homeschooled her own three children. We
understand that parents have a unique set of criteria when
it comes to selecting an education partner. We believe that
life experiences are part of every child's education and
consider life and learning to be one and the same.
There are many homeschooling options available, but not
all are created equal. Finding a program that is accredited
ensures that when your child begins the college application
process or enters the workforce, the quality of their
education will be recognized. In order to receive
accreditation, the program or school must earn the approval
of an external, independent organization that performs
ongoing, comprehensive examinations of the curriculum and
- Is the program accredited?
Laurel Springs School's
with WASC, AdvancED and SACS CASI is nationally-recognized
and ensures the legitimacy of our courses and transcripts.
When students enroll in a course with Laurel Springs,
parents can be confident that they are receiving an
education that has been thoroughly examined and approved by
an independent third-party verifying body. In addition to
our accreditation, most Laurel Springs courses are also NCAA
Division I and II and University of California a-g approved.
The flexibility of a program can be determined in a
number of ways. If you prefer to have more control of your
child's schedule, choosing an option that provides
asynchronous learning opportunities is important. This
allows students to work through their courses more
independently. Some programs will require students to follow
a traditional school calendar, log in during certain times
of the day, and deduct points if assignments are not
completed on their due date. When doing your research, be
sure to find out what the program's asynchronous vs.
synchronous learning opportunities are. Flexibility is one
of the primary benefits of partnering with
Laurel Springs School.
We offer asynchronous learning, which allows students to
complete coursework on their own schedule. Additionally,
students can enroll and start their courses on any day of
- How much flexibility is provided?
Everyone learns in their own way, so it's important to
find a curriculum that will suit your child's learning
needs. Find out whether or not the program provides a
variety of delivery methods, or if they offer one method for
all students. High-quality programs will offer a combination
of curriculum delivery options to create an optimal learning
experience for each student.
- Does the program offer a variety of curriculum
offers project-based, text-based, and online curriculum
options. Our project-based curriculum is offered to students
in grades K-8, our text-based courses are offered to
students in grades 4-12, and the option of online courses is
offered to students in grades 5-12. Additionally, younger
students may take an online World Language course as early
as Kindergarten. Our courses feature materials carefully
chosen for their academic quality and suitability for a wide
range of learning styles.
One of the major factors that a college admissions
committee looks for in an applicant is whether or not they
took a challenging course load. This lets the college know
if a student is prepared for the rigor of a college course
and if they have the desire to succeed in their major and
college prep courses
at Laurel Springs have been carefully designed so that
successful completion prepares students for courses at the
most demanding colleges and universities around the world.
Our students' SAT and ACT reasoning scores are higher than
the national average, and many of our students are accepted
into highly selective colleges. Our course catalog includes
160+ college prep courses, 30+ Honors courses and 20+ AP
- Will the high school program prepare students
for college-level coursework?
Programs that have experience working with homeschool
families will understand how to fully equip students for a
successful learning experience. Find out if the program or
school has an onboarding process to ensure you and your
child will be comfortable with the learning platform.
Additionally, many programs understand that parents are not
experts in every subject, and will provide teacher services
to help students with their coursework. The level of support
needed for each family differs, so make sure you determine
what your needs are and if the program can provide them for
- Does the program offer any support services?
we believe that a strong partnership and excellent
communication between parents, students and teachers gives
students confidence and sparks their desire to learn. Our
students are supported by our Student Services Department,
School Counselors, and certified teachers. Our Student
Services Department welcomes families, guides them through
the onboarding process, and provides training and support
for our Learning Management System. We offer college
counseling services to students in grades 8-12 which
includes 1:1 college planning and webinars catered for each
grade level. Students also have access to Laurel Springs'
teachers who are fully qualified, experienced professionals,
all of whom have learning styles training and many of whom
possess an advanced degree.
we believe that each child is a unique human being with
personal interests, special talents, and a recognizable
learning style. We are dedicated to partnering with
homeschool families to provide an education that fits your
child intellectually, emotionally, and developmentally.
To learn more about Laurel Springs School as a homeschool
alternative, contact our Admissions Department today: