While the kids are enjoying all that summer has to offer, parents are often gearing up for the start of the school year. This is often true in the homeschool world, as well, especially if you're planning to homeschool through an Independent Study Public Charter School.
Most Independent Study Charter Schools follow a school calendar similar to traditional public schools, with varying start times throughout August and September. If you've been accepted into a school, they may have processed your enrollment and you're ready to start ordering curriculum and getting everything lined up to start on time. If you're on a waitlist for a school you may be researching curriculum to be ready to order if/when you're accepted into the school.
Do yourself a big favor, before you execute a purchase or start planning your student's lesson plans, take a few minutes to be sure you're knowledgeable about what the school requires of you, and that you're comfortable with your assigned teacher. Read on for more tips and information.
ASK QUESTIONS OF THE SCHOOL TO GET MORE INFORMATION
Whether this is your first time homeschooling through a charter, or not, we highly recommend you read Windi's list of Helpful Questions for Families to Ask Charters They are Considering.
You are allowed to ask questions to learn more about the school you're considering for your child - we highly encourage you to do so! In our experience, this is not something only new families benefit from hearing. Many experienced homeschooling families who've been privately homeschooling and are planning to homeschool through an Independent Study Charter School for the first time have limited interaction and engagement with the school. They might feel protective of their family, unsure about what to expect from the experience, or maybe the school has been very minimal with their communication in the beginning. All of this can lead families to feel somewhat removed and hands-off with their school and assigned teacher. The more you know about what to expect from the school, and the more you reveal your preferences and needs to the school's staff, the better chance you have of enjoying a successful homeschooling experience with them.