For parents considering homeschooling, it’s also important to know that the alternative diploma equivalencies for students who don’t attend public school are the GED or the California High School Proficiency Exam.
Statewide, many public schools offer independent study or home-based study as an option. California also has a growing number of charter schools.
As far as independent study, a student is guided by a teacher but typically doesn’t take classes with other students every day. Click here for more information on independent study.
Many charter schools offer more flexibility for students and parents. Some even cater to those focused on home-based education. To search for charter schools, click here.
Pros and Cons
For parents thinking of homeschooling, it's important to know the pros and cons. Check out the list below from Calvert Education or click here for the full list.
Having a more direct role in your child's education
Using vacations and other activities as part of homeschooling
Providing greater freedom in your child's education
Less distraction from other students
The ability to pursue your child's own interests
Less time each day to yourself
Less daily interaction with peers
The need to purchase curriculum
Most schools don't allow homeschooled children to participate in sports