Many people have been asking questions about homeschooling. My wife and I (mostly my wife) decided to home school our children. We homeschooled our son for all of middle school because we felt the DoE could not provide what he needed. He returned back to regular high school and is now a senior.

Our daughter was homeschooled for her last three years of high school and now attends college at the American University of Rome. She is in her 2nd year.  To help people thinking about making this decision I have created a section on my website to provide basic information about homeschooling and the necessary requirements for each grade.

That being said, I would like to say a few things. IF you have the ability, homeschooling can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your family life. Personally, I think it is much easier to home school younger children-the math and science is  easier. The relationship you will develop with your child/children will be different than it is now. Yes, you will be paying out of your pocket for many things. If the math gets too difficult, there are tutors and tutorials that you can use.

Every child is different so every teaching experience will be different. Learning happens 24 hours a day 7 days a week. From my experience I can only tell you this, homeschooling IS NOT LIKE regular schooling. If you try to emulate a 9:00 to 3:00 school day I think failure is more likely and so is SIGNIFICANT frustration. Regardless of age, your children learn as they do whatever they do. There are cable channels like the History Channel that can help tremendously and keep your child interested. If your child struggles with reading then you can have him/her read along with audiobooks.

Everything about homeschooling can and should be different than “regular” school. DON’T BE AFRAID! I doubt you can give your child less of an education than they are getting right now! I also doubt you could socialize them any less than what is happening right now. I would be happy to speak to any parent or guardian that have questions. Just send me a private message on my Facebook page Sam For City Council.

Below is information pertaining to the enrollment of NYC Students in Homeschool through the New York City Department of Education.

**NOTE: Full-Time Remote Learning and Home schooling are not the same. Do not register for home schooling if you want Full-Time Remote Learning at a public school. To register for Remote Learning contact your child’s current school.**

Differences Between Homeschooling & Full Time Remote Learning:

Category Full-Time Remote Learning Experience Home Schooling
Type

or method of instruction

Fully remote instruction at home is provided by public school teachers.

Students participate in a regular schedule of age-appropriate, standards-based remote learning from home every day.

Instruction is provided by the parent/guardian (or instructor selected by parent/guardian) directly.

Parent selects curriculum and materials; submits Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) for review and approval

Interaction with a public school teacher Students will have live interaction with teachers every day. The amount will vary by grade, depending on what is developmentally appropriate. None. Only students enrolled in a DOE school are eligible for remote learning.*
Technology used Students will use a DOE-approved online platform for lessons and submission of work. Students will experience whole class, small group and/or individualized instruction in an online environment. Parents/Guardians are responsible for technology; laptops/iPads are not available to home schooled students from the DOE. Parents are responsible for technology and curriculum.
Access to instructional resources Students will be able to access video-recorded lessons, assignments, and tasks. Students will not be able to access DOE schools’ video-recorded lessons, assignments, and tasks.
Engagement and assessment Teachers will regularly engage students and families to check student work, provide timely feedback, and adjust instruction as necessary, via remote learning platforms, calls, emails, video chats, etc.

Students and families have access to grades and report cards

Parents/Guardians submit four quarterly reports throughout the year, along with an annual assessment

Home schooled students and families maintain their own records; transcripts and report cards are not available for home schooled students.

Registration Families are asked to indicate their preference between blended learning and 100% remote learning(Open external link) by November 15 Families can commence home schooling at any point in the school year, not just July 1 with a Letter of Intent to letterofintent@schools.nyc.gov that includes parent and child name, date of birth and home address. Students will be discharged from their current DOE or charter school.
Option to change instructional experience Families who chose full-time remote learning will be able to opt back into in-person instruction during designated timeframes throughout the school year. Families can decide to end home schooling and return to the a school at any time by contacting the local school or a Family Welcome Center.
Graduation option and credit accumulation Yes Home Schooled students do not earn high school credits and are not eligible to earn a high school diploma. High school equivalency options including the TASC are available.

 

You can register for homeschooling at any time by sending a Letter of Intent to LetterofIntent@schools.nyc.gov with your child’s name, address, and date of birth along with a parent/guardian name and phone number. Include when you plan to start homeschooling your child.

You will also need to complete and submit multiple forms to the Department of Education during the time your child is homeschooled. Below are the forms needed to be submitted via email to the NYC DOE. The DOE will advise on specific timing requirements.

Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) Grades 1-6

Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) Grades 7-8

Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) Grades 9-12

Homeschooling Quarterly Report

Annual Assessment Written Narrative

Home School Attendance Calendar

General questions  / documents (other than letter of intent) can be directed to: Homeschool@schools.nyc.gov

To view the New York State regulations for homeschool education please click here.