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Alabama Homeschool 101

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This presentation is for those just getting started or thinking about home based education in Alabama. We hope it blesses you as much as home education has blessed our family! There is a FREE gift for you at the end of the presentation.

Romans 1:11-12
"I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong-that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith."

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Alabama Homeschool 101

  1. 1. Homeschool 101 Prepared by: Constance Gillon, Director HOPE Christian Academy Http://www.HopeChristAcad.org
  2. 2. Welcome to HOPE Christian Academy! We are an educational ministry outreach of Shady Grove United Methodist Church. We minister to the needs of families that feel led to educate their children in their own homes. We have a FREE gift for you at the end of this presentation.
  3. 3. Topics To Be Discussed ● Legal requirements to educate children at home ● How a church school differs from a private school ● How to select a church school (if desired) ● Dis-enrolling from public/private school ● Selecting Curriculum ● Socialization ● High School – Graduation & College Acceptance ● Co-Ops, External Classes, & Dual Enrollment ● HSLDA
  4. 4. How do I legally educate my child at home?
  5. 5. THREE ways to educate at home: ● Private School ● Church School ● Private Tutor “(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), every child between the ages of six and 17 years shall be required to attend a public school, private school, church school, or be instructed by a competent private tutor for the entire length of the school term in every scholastic year... ” Excerpt Alabama Code 16-28-3 (2016)
  6. 6. What is a Private School? “PRIVATE SCHOOL - Includes only such schools that are established, conducted, and supported by a nongovernmental entity or agency offering educational instruction in grades K-12, or any combination thereof, including preschool, through on-site or home programs.” AL Code 16-28-1 (2016)
  7. 7. What is a Church School? “CHURCH SCHOOL. Includes only schools that offer instruction in grades K-12, or any combination thereof, including preschool, through on-site or home programs, and are operated as a ministry of a local church, group of churches, denomination, and/or association of churches which do not receive any state or federal funding.” AL Code 16-28-1 (2016)
  8. 8. What is a Private Tutor? PRIVATE TUTOR: “Instruction by a private tutor means and includes only instruction by a person who holds a certificate issued by the State Superintendent of Education and who offers instruction in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools of this state, for at least three hours a day for 140 days each calendar year, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., and who uses the English language in giving instruction. Such private tutor shall, prior to beginning the instruction of any child, file with the county superintendent of education, where his place of instruction is in territory under the control and supervision of the county board of education, or the city superintendent of schools, where his place of instruction is in territory under the control and supervision of a city board of education, a statement showing the child or children to be instructed, the subjects to be taught and the period of time such instruction is proposed to be given. Such tutor shall keep a register of work, showing daily the hours used for instruction and the presence or absence of any child being instructed and shall make such reports as the State Board of Education may require.” AL Code 16-28-5
  9. 9. What is the compulsory attendance age in Alabama? “(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), every child between the ages of six and 17 years shall be required to attend a public school, private school, church school, or be instructed by a competent private tutor for the entire length of the school term in every scholastic year except that, prior to attaining his or her 16th birthday every child attending a church school as defined in Section 16- 28-1 is exempt from the requirements of this section, provided such child complies with enrollment and reporting procedure specified in Section 16-28-7…..” AL Code 16-28-3 (2016)
  10. 10. What is the deadline for enrollment? “At the end of the fifth day from the opening of the public school, the principal teacher of each public school, private school, and each private tutor, but not church school, shall report on forms prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education to the county superintendent of education, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of the county board of education, or to the city superintendent of schools, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of a city board of education, the names and addresses of all children of mandatory school attendance age who have enrolled in such schools;…” AL Code 16-28-7 (2016)
  11. 11. Who is required to report Private School enrollment? “At the end of the fifth day from the opening of the public school, the principal teacher of each public school, private school, and each private tutor, but not church school, shall report on forms prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education to the county superintendent of education, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of the county board of education, or to the city superintendent of schools, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of a city board of education, the names and addresses of all children of mandatory school attendance age who have enrolled in such schools;…” AL Code 16-28-7 (2016)
  12. 12. Who is required to report Private School enrollment? “At the end of the fifth day from the opening of the public school, the principal teacher of each public school, private school, and each private tutor, but not church school, shall report on forms prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education to the county superintendent of education, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of the county board of education, or to the city superintendent of schools, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of a city board of education, the names and addresses of all children of mandatory school attendance age who have enrolled in such schools;…” AL Code 16-28-7 (2016)
  13. 13. Who is required to report Church School enrollment? ”…The enrollment and attendance of a child in a church school shall be filed with the local public school superintendent by the parent, guardian, or other person in charge or control of the child on a form provided by the superintendent or his or her agent which shall be countersigned by the administrator of the church school and returned to the public school superintendent by the parent….” AL Code 16-28-7 (2016)
  14. 14. Does anyone ever verify that children are enrolled? “The county superintendent of education or the city superintendent of schools, as the case may be, shall upon the receipt of the report from teachers and private tutors showing the enrollment of children of mandatory school attendance age, compare and study the reports with the list which has been compiled of the children who should attend each school and ascertain what child or children required to attend school are not enrolled.” AL Code 16-28-11 (2016)
  15. 15. What happens when someone fails to re-enroll or withdraws from a Private School? “Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child required to attend school or receive regular instruction by a private tutor who fails to have the child enrolled in school or who fails to send the child to school, or have him or her instructed by a private tutor during the time the child is required to attend a public school, private school, church school, denominational school, or parochial school, or be instructed by a private tutor, or fails to require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in any public school in accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education pursuant to this section and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100) and may also be sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than 90 days. The absence of a child without the consent of the principal teacher of the public school he or she attends or should attend, or of the tutor who instructs or should instruct the child, shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this section.” AL Code 16-28-12(a)
  16. 16. What happens when someone fails to re-enroll or withdraws from a Church School? “…Should the child cease attendance at a church school, the parent, guardian, or other person in charge or control of the child shall by prior consent at the time of enrollment direct the church school to notify the local public school superintendent or his or her agent that the child no longer is in attendance at a church school….” AL Code 16-28-7 (2016)
  17. 17. Aside from the previous topics, what are the major differences between a Church School and a Private School?
  18. 18. CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS Church School Private School NONE PE “Every public school and private school, except church schools as defined in Section 16-28-1, shall carry out a system of physical education, the character of which shall conform to the program or course outlined by the Department of Education.” AL Code 16-40-1
  19. 19. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS Church School Private School NONE ANNUAL “At the end of the fifth day from the opening of the public school, the principal teacher of each public school, private school, and each private tutor, but not church school, shall report on forms prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education to the county superintendent of education, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of the county board of education, or to the city superintendent of schools, in the event the school is operated in territory under the control and supervision of a city board of education, the names and addresses of all children of mandatory school attendance age who have enrolled in such schools;…” AL Code 16-28-7 (2016)
  20. 20. IMMUNIZATIONS Church School Private School NO REQUIREMENT REQUIRED “The boards of education and the governing authority of each private school shall require each pupil who is otherwise entitled to admittance to kindergarten or first grade, whichever is applicable, or any other entrance into an Alabama public or private school, to present a certification of immunization or testing for the prevention of those communicable diseases designated by the State Health Officer, except as provided in Section 16-30-3.” AL Code 16-30-4
  21. 21. Things to consider when selecting a Church School: ● Cost of Tuition ● Level of Accountability ● Curriculum Choice ● Lesson Plan Required ● Field Trip Availability ● Parent Support ● Mandatory Meetings ● Education Website Memberships ● Statement of Faith ● Church Membership ● Course Counseling ● Dual Enrollment ● Transcripts ● Diplomas ● Graduation ● HSLDA Membership Requirement
  22. 22. How do I dis-enroll my children from school? PUBLIC SCHOOL 1) Enroll in church or private school. 2) Turn in enrollment forms to your local Board of Education. 3) Begin education and keep good records. PRIVATE SCHOOL 1) Enroll in church or private school. 2) Turn in enrollment forms to your local Board of Education. 3) Turn in enrollment forms to your previous school 4) Begin education and keep good records.
  23. 23. Choosing Curriculum BOXED SET Pros: Lesson Plans & Good For Multiple Ages Cons: Rigid Structure & Tends To Be Expensive Eclectic Pros: Affordable & Fully Customizable Con: More Parental Work Virtual Public Pros: FREE Easy to Use, & Public School Sports Cons: Rigid Schedule Truant If Behind On Studies Common Core Online Academy Pro: Easy to Use, Affordable & Great Record Keeping Cons: Rigid Schedule Little Parental Involvement Students Always On Internet
  24. 24. SOCIALIZATION CHURCH Your church youth programs are a quality source of positive social engagement. SPORTS You will find that sports not only help students with physical fitness but also social skills. CLASSES Homeschool Co-Ops, museums, and educational businesses offer a wide variety of valuable class opportunities that also enrich your child socially. SUPPORT GROUPS There are numerous online support groups to join for field trips, activities, and online networking.
  25. 25. HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS A high school credit is a Carnegie Unit. That equates to 120-150 instructional hours OR completion of a standard text book/course. DANCES/PROM You will find that dances/proms are available to ALL local homeschoolers through multiple organizations. DIPLOMAS PRIVATE: You prepare them for yourself or order online. CHURCH: Most church schools prepare them for you. Be sure to check for fees. TRANSCRIPTS PRIVATE: You must prepare them on your own. CHURCH: Most church schools prepare them for you. Be sure to check the fee schedule for transcripts.
  26. 26. DUAL ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL PRIVATE SCHOOL Some colleges currently will not accept a single family private school registration for dual enrollment, as they require a Memorandum of Agreement with each school before students may dual enroll. Each Memorandum of Agreement must be approved by the President of the college before being sent to the school administrator. CHURCH SCHOOL Most church schools prepare transcripts each term and process all the school administrative paperwork for you. As part of the Memorandum of Agreement, schools contractually agree to award ONE high school credit for each 3 semester hour class a dual enrolled student completes. Grades are sent directly to the church school.
  27. 27. HIGH SCHOOL MAY STUDENTS WORK DURING THE PUBLIC SCHOOL DAY? “(a) No person under 16 years of age shall be employed, permitted, or suffered to work in any occupation during the hours in which the public schools of the district in which the person resides are in session, unless the minor has completed the course of study required for secondary schools. Persons 14 or 15 years of age, when school attendance has been waived, upon recommendation of the local superintendent of education and approval by a child labor inspector, may be permitted to work in a nonhazardous occupation." AL Code 25-8-37(a) (2016)
  28. 28. HIGH SCHOOL WHAT ABOUT ACCREDITATION? “Alabama Code 16-28-3 contains language about students from an accredited school being considered transfer students. BEFORE that, it states, "....every child attending a church school as defined in Section 16-28-1 is exempt from the requirements of this section, provided such child complies with enrollment and reporting procedure specified in Section 16-28-7."
  29. 29. HIGH SCHOOL WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE? “Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, no public two-year or four- year institution of higher education in the state may deny admission to or otherwise discriminate against an otherwise qualified student based on the consideration, whether in whole or in part, that the student attended, graduated from, or is enrolled in a nonpublic school, including private, church, parochial, and religious schools, or was home schooled.”
  30. 30. HSLDA PROS: HSLDA provides legal advice and representation to their members to support homeschool liberty. You essentially have a legal adviser that you can call during business hours to ask about homeschool issues. They are a wealth of homeschool information and lobby for homeschoolers. CONS: HSLDA costs $120 ($100 with discount) per year per family. You may not ever need them. NEUTRAL: HSLDA has very conservative Christian principles. They MAY (at their discretion) represent non-members to support the cause of homeschool freedom. They support a Texas style homeschooling model; no reporting, no accountability.
  31. 31. Thank you for taking the time to review this presentation! This presentation is the result of many hours of research and collaboration with fellow home educators. We pray that this brings you comfort by increasing your knowledge base. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or updates. Constance Gillon Director, HOPE Christian Acad. See the next slide for special FREE offers!
  32. 32. FREE is always the right price! Thank you for viewing this presentation! Learn more about us: www.HopeChristAcad.org FREE Gradebook/ Spreadsheet ● Self-generating, printable report cards ● Easy hour tracking for high school credit ● Track up to 4 students each year or one student for 4 years DOWNLOAD

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