Homeschooling under an
Independent Study Homeschool Charters
There are different types of charter schools. Not all charters are homeschool charters or offer homeschooling options. There are brick & mortar charters that you see in your neighborhood such as Literacy First, Liberty High School, Steele Canyon High School... These are all charters that operate as a normal school.
Then there are hybrid charter schools. These charters combine brick & mortar attendance with partial homeschooling. Some allow you to choose your own curriculum & some operate similar to a normal school where you cannot choose your own curriculum & you follow the same curriculum as the rest of the class.
Then there are Independent Study Homeschool Charters. These are charters that operate without a brick & mortar. They usually allow you choice in curriculum or at least a choice of approved curriculum. They assign you an educational coach to help you in your choices, help answer any questions, support you & guide you each year by meeting you once a month to go over what you are teaching your children & to make sure you are meeting standards. This type of Homeschool charter will allot a certain amount of funding for you to use towards curriculum, outside classes or extracurricular activities from approved vendors that educationally benefit the child. The funding can range from $600-$3,400 a year.
All of HEC's vendors are approved with a variety of Independent Study
Here are some of the charters that operate in San Diego County
in which some of HEC's vendors are approved with.
Cabrillo Point Academy
Pacific Coast Academy
Elite Academic Academy
Epic Charter School
Sage Oak Academy
Compass Charter Schools
Homeschooling under privately under a
Private School Affidavit (PSA)
Filing a PSA is easy, quick & free. You do not get funding like you do with charter schools. With a PSA, you get choice of curriculum including using Christian/Religious curriculum and you are not accountable to any governmental entities, because you are the teacher. There are no restrictions except to file every year & keep attendance (which you can do easily in your own records). There is no turning in work...it is advised to keep your work if you are ever questioned.
You can file in October every year for that school year. Kindergarten is not required in the state of CA so you start filing for first grade. And yes, you can homeschool through High School with a PSA.
A helpful resource when filing a PSA is to join the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). They will help you legally or just offer great legal advise if ever needed. It could be well worth your $130 per year to join.