Homeschool 101: Find Answers to Your Questions About Homeschooling
Everyone learns differently. For thousands of students across the country each year, homeschool provides the answer to meaningful education—providing the academic flexibility and one-on-one support they need to achieve their academic goals. While a homeschooled education provides many clear benefits, determining whether it’s the right approach requires some careful planning.
Are you wondering whether homeschool is the right choice for your student? We understand you may have questions and we’re here to help. Find answers to many common homeschool questions here or contact us for additional information about getting started with Novel Education.
Homeschool Frequently Asked Questions: Novel Education
What is homeschooling and how does it work?
Homeschool is education that happens outside of a traditional school environment. Historically, ‘homeschool’ generally implied learning happened from home—in our increasingly digital world, homeschool programs can occur virtually anywhere on any schedule.
Homeschooling programs follow their own process and are tailored to the individual needs of the individual and their grade level. While homeschool options may not provide the same social elements as other in-person alternatives, the trade off is much more concentrated attention from the educator. For example, if a student is struggling in a specific subject like math, the curriculum can adapt accordingly.
I want to be homeschooled but my parents work—what are my options?
A common misconception about homeschooling with us is that parents and other caretakers are directly responsible for the student’s education. While some state laws do require parents to provide instruction, this isn’t true in every case.
In fact, one of the most common homeschool questions we hear from parents is how involved they need to be in the process. Simply put, we exist so parents don’t have to teach!
We understand you’re busy—that’s why Novel Education provides a full hands-on service for homeschooling tailored curriculum specifically designed for your child. Your child works one-on-one with one of our closely vetted educators, learning at their own pace—you set the schedule.
How much time does it take?
We believe in flexibility when it comes to education. With our homeschool programs, students have 20 weeks to complete one semester of work at their own pace. Whether your student wants to work ahead of schedule or follow a more traditional curriculum, our homeschool programs can be adapted and makes tracking assignment due dates easy to manage.
Not sure what kind of schedule works best for your student? The average/recommended seat time is 3 hours per day for 5 days a week.
How do I get started in homeschool?
Getting started in homeschool is easy with Novel Education! Before we can design a custom curriculum for your child, we get to know them—understand what their goals and learning preferences are, where they need the most support. To ensure we provide the best education possible, we want to understand your reasoning for choosing to homeschool.
After we get acquainted, that’s when the magic happens! Novel Education creates a custom curriculum based on your student’s goals and preferred learning experience.
Can homeschool students have success?
Yes! While there are key differences between homeschool and a “traditional” education experience, there are no concessions when it comes to academic success. Novel Education’s homeschool programs are fully accredited and many former students have gone onto large universities and Ivy League schools.
Homeschooled students benefit from Novel Education’s custom curriculum and individualized instruction, giving them the skills they need to flourish academically. No matter your child’s learning style or goals, we can keep them on the path to success.
Do I need to figure out transcripts?
One of the most common reasons parents elect to forego homeschool is they’re not familiar with how to manage student transcripts. Fortunately, that’s not an issue with Novel Education—when you enroll in our homeschool programs, we take the administrative responsibilities off your plate entirely—giving you and your student added peace of mind.
Operating on your student’s behalf, our knowledgeable team keeps secure records of their transcripts and oversees communication between schools. When the time comes for your student to transition to a traditional school, we make the process easy by providing them with a detailed report of everything they’ve already completed.