Before Enrolling in a Charter Homeschool Program: Questions to Ask
What kind of paperwork does the school require? Can you see samples of paperwork? How often is the paperwork due?
What kinds of student work does the school want to see? How often will your child have to turn something in?
How many hours per day must your child work on his studies? How are sick-days handled?
How often will your child be required to meet with an advisor/teacher? Where are the meetings conducted? What is expected of you and your child at such a meeting?
Is standardized testing required? If so, how often?
Are parents and students required to sign contracts? If so, are there copies available for you to read?
What kinds of materials are available? How are learning materials purchased for your child? Does each child have a set amount of money with which to purchase materials? (If the program uses a stock of textbooks, take a look at them. How old are the texts?)
What on- or off-campus courses are available for students? (Ask about any specific courses you or your child might be interested in.) What kinds of field trips are available? Is there a current schedule of classes/activities to see?
Are workshops for parents available?
Will you be allowed to use your own curriculum? (Ask specifically about religious-based curriculum if your are considering using such with your child.)
Ask about special services for your child, if applicable.
If possible, speak to members of other families who are enrolled in the specific program in which you are interested.
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