Online K-12 Education as a Homeschool Option

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Homeschooling was one of the solutions for parents for decades since home education provides parents the opportunity to teach moral and religious principles to their children.1 The first homeschoolers dealt with backlash from numerous groups, family members, educators, politicians, and neighbors who felt they were doing their children an injustice. However, proponents of homeschooling held fast and helped to establish the laws and regulations that recognize that teaching one’s children is a right.2 In the 1970s only 10,000 children were homeschooled and by 2010, about 2,000,000 students were part of homeschool options.3

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How to Keep Homeschooled Students Accountable

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It can be difficult to hold your student accountable when homeschooling, especially when the program you are using is online based. In a brick-and-mortar school system, students have a teacher keeping a watchful eye on them during their entire day at school. The teacher is their accountability system.

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Tennessee: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Tennessee trusts accrediting agencies to govern private schools. Enlightium Academy is accredited by both AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). With these high standards, Enlightium Academy fulfills Tennessee’s requirements for private schools.

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Texas: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Enrolling in an online private school in Texas could not be easier: there is no legal differentiation between a private school and a homeschool like many states have, and Texas has few requirements beyond the practical necessities.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the TASC Exam

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The TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), similarly to the GED and HiSET exams, is a high school equivalency test.

In the vast majority of cases, students should pursue a high school diploma; earning a diploma typically results in higher wages as an adult and lets employers know that the worker can overcome a challenge. However, for teenagers who are at least 16 years of age, not currently enrolled in any high school, and do not have a high school diploma, the TASC may be available.

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What You Need to Know about the HiSET

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Similar to the GED, the HiSET is an exam that provides students with a degree equivalent to a high school diploma. It is, however, more rigorous in nature than the GED.

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The Value of An Accredited High School Diploma

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Whether you are a high schooler with senioritis or a parent trying to help your child finish his/her degree, chances are that you’ve wondered how important it is to earn a high school diploma. Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself, “If I don’t care about college, why do I need to get an accredited high school diploma?”

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How Do I Know When the GED is the Best Option for Me?

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High school can be incredibly difficult and sometimes students and parents are looking at alternatives to receiving a high school diploma. In the vast majority of cases, students should pursue a high school diploma; earning a diploma typically results in higher wages as an adult and lets employers know that the worker can overcome a challenge.

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Online Student Computer Software Requirements

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In order for your student to be able to attend online courses, you’ll need to have a computer with current software installed. The good news is that this is relatively simple, even for families who are not technically savvy. The great news is that our team has listed the requirements below for your viewing pleasure.

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Private School Tax Season: Louisiana

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Louisiana’s individual tax reduction program is one of the best in the country. Parents can claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $5,000 per student each year.

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Private School Tax Season: Indiana

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Indiana’s individual tax reduction program allows parents to claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $1,000 per student each year.

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Private School Tax Season: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has an individual tax deduction program that is largely considered to be one of the best options in the nation due to its high amount and easy eligibility. The tax deduction is up to $4,000 per child in grades K–8 and up to $10,000 per child in grades 9–12.

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Private School Tax Season: Illinois

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Illinois is one of the few states in the U.S. with a tax credit program. For being enrolled in a private school, families in Illinois can receive up to a $250 credit per dependent each school year. Parents can receive a credit of 25% of their expenses after the first $250; the maximum credit a family can receive is $750.

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Private School Tax Season: South Carolina

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South Carolina offers a unique tax option: a refundable tax credit available to parents/guardians of students with special needs. South Carolina matches the federal definition of special needs as a “child with a disability”; more can be found at 34 CFR 300.8. The parents/guardians must also believe that the public school district that the student would be attending, if not enrolled in a private school, would not meet the student’s needs.

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Private School Tax Season: Minnesota

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Minnesota’s K–12 Education Credit program is a refundable tax credit for education expenses outside of tuition. For families enrolled in Enlightium Academy, this can include tutoring minutes, books, and more. This tax credit lowers your family’s total tax liability.

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What Every Online Student Taking a World Language Needs to Know: Typing Accent Marks and Other Special Characters

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Online students taking a world language course will need to submit written work with the correct accent marks or they will lose credit on that assignment. There are a few options for students typing in another language including any special accent marks, characters, or punctuation the language may require all while still using a standard American keyboard.

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Your Guide to Public School Alternatives in Colorado

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If your family is new to homeschooling, researching the laws for Colorado can be intimidating. It’s only natural that navigating uncharted waters would be difficult, so Enlightium Academy would like to serve as a guide to help you understand the homeschooling laws in Colorado state.

Students enrolled at Enlightium Academy, though instructed at home, are considered attendants of “an independent or parochial school which provides a basic academic education” (Colorado Department of Education). As such, it is a non-public school, over which neither the State Board of Education in Colorado nor any local board of education has jurisdiction. This is good news, as the requirements of families homeschooling in Colorado through EA are lessened.

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Study Tips: Using Flash Cards

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What are flashcards?

Flashcards are a common studying tool that have been used for decades. The basic components are:

  1. Term: the term on a flashcard is the short word, phrase, or question that you are trying to remember.
  2. Definition: the definition is the meaning of the term. It can also be a fact, explanation, or answer.

While many cards will show both the term and definition on one side, the most effective cards will have the term on one side and the definition on the other.

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Keeping Physically Active While Homeschooling

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Trying to stay physically active while being homeschooled can be difficult. When attending a brick-and-mortar school, you have breaks between classes so you can get to your next class. It also never fails to be on the opposite side of campus or up an insane flight of stairs. When you’re at home, you can be comfy in your pjs all day, sitting comfortably at your desk, couch, or out in the sunshine. So how do you stay physically active at home?

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Why Doesn't My Student Care?

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One common characteristic plagues students today: apathy. The struggle of the parent, student, and teacher is to overcome apathy and motivate students toward genuine learning. What can you do?

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