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Homeschooling Options through Texas Tech University

One of the greatest advantages of homeschooling is that you, the parent, have the option of creating a learning environment for your children that does not emulate the traditional classroom setting. Despite this, many parents start their homeschooling experiences with the traditional textbook and worksheet format because of its familiarity. The good news is that there are offerings that allow students to learn while breaking away from the methods that feel stale to today's students.
 

July 6, 2009
 

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Many homeschoolers have been hearing a lot about online alternatives to the traditional in-home homeschooling experience by supplementing your student's existing homeschooling curriculum or enrolling your student in a full-time distance education program. The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that it gives us, as parents, the opportunity to find solutions that help us to customize our child's experience and to create the best learning environment for their needs.

Texas Tech University's K-12 distance learning options allow you the option of supplementing your student's existing homeschool curriculum or enrolling your student as a full-time student in the Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD), Texas Tech's accredited elementary through high school diploma program. Students from more than 48 states and 24 countries are either supplementing their homeschool curriculum or are enrolled full-time with TTUISD. In fact, since 1994, over 1,300 students have graduated from TTUISD.

Specifically, there are three ways in which you can supplement your present curriculum:

  1. You can use one or more distance learning courses as a supplement to your existing homeschooling curriculum. Going this route, a parent/student can choose "a la carte" options that meet the student's individual needs.
  2. Another option would be for your student to receive credit by taking a credit by examination (CBE) for courses — in other words, test out of a subject.
  3. A final option for your student would be to receive dual credit by taking freshman and sophomore level college courses taught by Texas Tech University faculty. This allows the student to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.

Some of the primary benefits of supplementing your current homeschooling curriculum are:

  • Access to Certified Instructors: The teachers your students will work with in accredited distance learning schools are fully qualified, with the necessary credentials and certifications that allow them to educate your student effectively.
  • Access to Accredited Lessons: Many parents feel, especially with their high school students, that they do not have the ability or expertise to educate their children. This is not an issue with accredited distance learning programs.
  • Individual Attention for Your Student: A distance learning program can offer individual attention by providing tutoring and a support network through an online system.
  • Flexibility in Scheduling: Learning online offers the ultimate opportunity for flexibility as students can attend classes at times that are convenient for them and their families.
  • If you are looking for a comprehensive, accredited distance learning school, consider TTUISD. TTUISD has a comprehensive curriculum and coursework is offered in all required subject areas from kindergarten through high school. TTUISD high school students may choose between a Minimum Graduation Plan and a Recommended Graduation Plan (College Preparatory Program). Students who successfully complete high school requirements and pass the exit-level TAKS will earn an accredited Texas high school diploma.

    Either way, whether you choose a la carte classes or enroll your student full-time, Texas Tech has much to offer parents and students.

    To see what Texas Tech has to offer, please visit www.k12.ttu.edu.

    *All courses and CBEs are written to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) requirements and all courses are written by Texas certified teachers.*

    To view course descriptions, to learn more about course/credit options or to enroll in TTUISD, please visit www.k12.ttu.edu or call toll-free at 800.692.6877 (800.MY.COURSE), locally 806.742.7200. You can also e-mail distlearn@ttu.edu for more information.


       
     

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