Private Independent Study Programs - Homeschool
In addition to the private schools operated by one family for its own children, there are a number of other types of private schools that offer homeschooling programs. These schools range from the cooperatives mentioned above, to for-profit ISPs that file paperwork and collect records for a fee, to site-based day schools that offer independent study, to distance learning programs. Private independent study programs (private ISPs) fall under the same legal option as establishing your own private school. The administrators of the ISP file the private school affidavit. Homeschoolers who choose this option should read Section II, Establishing Your Own Private School.
Private ISPs vary widely in offerings, philosophy and structure. Some offer complete curricula and home study assignments; others serve only as administrative record keepers for independent homeschooling. Some families appreciate the structure, the record keeping, and the anonymity the private ISPs may offer.
Private out-of-state ISPs, while useful for curricular support, only satisfy the legal requirements for public school exemption if the school has filed its own affidavit in California. If you enroll in an out-of-state ISP, you should make sure that the school complies with California law. If it has not filed an affidavit, then you must establish your own private school and file an affidavit or comply with the law in some other way.
Reprinted with the permission of the HomeSchool Association of California. © 2007–2008 by HomeSchool Association of California. All rights reserved.
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