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Anyone in CA?

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM
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We are a military family currently stationed overseas in Japan. I have been homeschooling my 6yr old son since Sept, so we are still pretty new to it all. Our base really doesn't have any restrictions, laws or guidelines when it comes to homeschooling, so we can pretty much teach how,what and when we want which has been great. Over here, when I decided to home school my son, all I had to do was inform the school and dis-enroll him, get materials and just start "teaching" him.

My problem is that we will be going back to the states this year and I would really like to continue to home school but i know that each state tends to have their own home school regulations and laws etc. We haven't received our new orders yet, but there is a good chance that we will be heading to CA. I decided to look up the home school regulations for CA and I was a little overwhelmed by all the legal mumbo jumbo. Seeing how I have been able to pretty much "teach" how and whatever i wanted to up to now, I'm a little bit nervous to go back stateside.

Are any of you ladies in CA? Is homeschooling there as difficult as all the legal mumbo jumo makes sound? I am just afraid that I wont be able to homeschool my son if we end up there or that it will be difficult to.

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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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 There are 3 of us here in Southern California between the two homeschool groups on here. 

Homeschooling in California is easy.  You fill out a form online and then do what you want.  You have to have a resume, and keep records on your own.  But no one ever sees them. 

SugarMama99200
by Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Sweet! OMG really? Even if I am not a "credentialed" tutor or don't have a valid CA teaching certificate?

Quoting debramommyof4:

 There are 3 of us here in Southern California between the two homeschool groups on here. 

Homeschooling in California is easy.  You fill out a form online and then do what you want.  You have to have a resume, and keep records on your own.  But no one ever sees them. 


debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM

 

Quoting SugarMama99200:

Sweet! OMG really? Even if I am not a "credentialed" tutor or don't have a valid CA teaching certificate?

Quoting debramommyof4:

 There are 3 of us here in Southern California between the two homeschool groups on here. 

Homeschooling in California is easy.  You fill out a form online and then do what you want.  You have to have a resume, and keep records on your own.  But no one ever sees them. 


 

Yes.  Those are options, but you do not have to have them.  Write yourself a resume, fill out the form, keep your childs birth certificate and shot records and you are golden.  No one checks to see if you have everything.  The only thing you are required to show if someone asks is the form you fill out online.  They have to have a court order for anything else. 

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM
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I live in so cal and it's super easy. All you have to do is fill out and submit an online private school affidavit and keep attendance and records for what you're doing. As far as I know you don't have to show them to anybody without a a warrant though so it's more for your own records. Beyond that, you can teach your kids what you want and there's no mandatory testing. Yea!

SugarMama99200
by Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Awesome! Thanks so much ladies. Im already feeling much better about it now ;)

collinsmommy0
by Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM
I live in northern Cali & a lot of people here go through a charter. We've already picked out the charter we want to go through.....according to the other moms, they give you money for curriculum & classes & a teacher comes & checks on you once a month, looks at some work samples, talks to the kids (some assess them) & advises you what to focus on during the next month, but they let you choose how you homeschool & what materials & such you use. A few of the moms unschool & say the school is supportive.

I've also heard about other charters that do it a lot differently - one their child goes to school 2 days a week then sends home work for the other 3 days, some where you are mostly on your own, some that require you to use a certain curriculum, etc.
maggiemom2000
by Member on Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:26 PM

I'm in CA and it is super easy. You can file a PSA (private school affidavit) and pretty much do whatever you want.

My kids are enrolled in a charter school and we love it (we did the PSA for awhile but switched to the charter school for the funding). The school pays for all of our curriculum, we get $1600 per year per child to spend. It even covers things like horseback riding and skiing. We just have to meet with our "ES" (education specialist) once a month and do that state testing in the Spring. Some charter schools are a lot more restrictive than ours, but there are a handful around the state where you can get funding still do just about whatever you want.

Precious333
by Julia on Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Im in S. CA! LA county.

You can be apart of an umbrella private school, fill.out an alffidivit (sp?) Or find a homeschooling public charter school.

Precious333
by Julia on Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Which chartet are you with? We do sky mountain.

Quoting maggiemom2000:

I'm in CA and it is super easy. You can file a PSA (private school affidavit) and pretty much do whatever you want.

My kids are enrolled in a charter school and we love it (we did the PSA for awhile but switched to the charter school for the funding). The school pays for all of our curriculum, we get $1600 per year per child to spend. It even covers things like horseback riding and skiing. We just have to meet with our "ES" (education specialist) once a month and do that state testing in the Spring. Some charter schools are a lot more restrictive than ours, but there are a handful around the state where you can get funding still do just about whatever you want.

Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Feb. 15, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I am So. Cal also. We use Gorman Learning center fo our Charter though we did look at Sky Mountain. Sky and GLC are very similar, however, Sky didn't have any ECs (teacher coordinators) near us at the time. We have been with GLD for going on 7 years. and they have been a good fit. Best of both worlds.

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