SDLAA supports every family's right and responsibility to choose an educational path for their own children. We do not endorse any one method of education. Public school, private school, charter school, online classes, and independent home-based learning are all options in California. We believe in educating parents about their choices and the legal requirements connected to each choice, so that they can make the right decision for their family.
In choosing where your children will learn, consider:
Genius & Purpose
Consider each child's personal genius and life purpose. What learning environment will best foster growth for that child? What resources does this student need? Will the learning environment allow for personal exploration and growth or demand conformity?
Is your child an introvert or an extrovert? Does your child learn well in group environments, or does he/she need fewer distractions or more alone time for thinking and processing?
Linguistic, auditory, visual, kinesthetic...what type of learner is your child? Most mainstream public schools are designed for linguistic learners, and students with different learning styles may struggle in that environment. If a child does not learn they way we teach, perhaps we should teach the way he learns!
Is a family member available to support home-based learning? This is very time-consuming, and the most successful home-based students have access to a supportive adult who is available to facilitate and support the learning process 5 days per week. Is driving a distance to a charter or private school a reasonable option for the family?
We recommend 2 books for uncovering your child's learning style and personality and discovering the best way for your child to learn.
Discover Your Child's Learning Style, by Mariaemma Willia and Victoria Hodson
Nurture by Nature, by Paul & Barbara Tieger
California law requires that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 attend a public or private, full-time, day school unless they are exempted. Exemptions can include the following options for home-based education.
Click here for more information about legal requirements for school in California.
Home-based Education options in California:
Enroll with a charter school that supports home-based education. Reading & PE logs, work agreements, and student work samples are required. Frequency varies from school to school. Families usually receive funds to support materials and outside classes. Other support can include onsite classes, field trips, academic support, and special needs support, depending on the school. As public schools, most charter schools require standardized testing.
File a Private School Affidavit. Perfect for families who want maximum freedom in choosing curriculum, and do not need academic or administrative support. Families are not required to report to any school or official, and are not required to participate in standardized testing. Families are required to maintain a student file on each child.
Click here for information and link to file a PSA
A credentialed parent or tutor working with student. Parent or tutor must hold valid credential for student's current grade and/or subjects. They must work with the student a minimum of 3 hours per day, M-F, between 8am and 4pm, for 175 days of the year.
Enrolling with a Private School Satellite Program (PSP). A Private School Satellite Program (PSP) allows families freedom with regards to the education of their own children, while providing individualized support, and the assurance that all legal requirements are met. PSPs charge tuition, similar to a private school. Some offer classes, while others simply maintain student files.
For more information about legal requirements within the state of California, and resources for home-based education, check out the website for The California Homeschool Network