Here at Enlightium Academy (EA), we strive to place our students in appropriate courses that are not overwhelming, while remaining academically challenging. Determining each student’s academic standing is crucial for proper placement. Placement Tests and student records help counselors in this process, but what if your student was homeschooled and there are no official records?
For an online private school student, temporarily losing access to the Internet is comparable to an astronaut locking his keys in the shuttle while going for a space walk. Simply put, it is not an ideal situation.
So what options does a student have if he or she no longer has an Internet connection?
When you decide to enroll your student in an alternative to public school, whether it is enrolling him/her in an online private school such as Enlightium Academy or taking on all responsibilities yourself in homeschooling, you are cutting yourself off from the educational standard and therefore have additional steps to fulfill. It’s a tradeoff - you have more of a say in what and how your student is learning, and in return you are accountable to the state to ensure that your student is learning the basics.
What is a Verification of Enrollment?
A Verification of Enrollment, also referred to as a Certificate of Enrollment or Proof of School Enrollment, is an official document provided by the school that states the student is enrolled in that school. It can be used by parents to affirm to their state or school district that the student is receiving a quality accredited education in a public school, private school or homeschool setting, for such purposes as receiving a driver's license or other legal services. Students must demonstrate compliance with attendance requirements to receive verification of enrollment.
Deciding to homeschool is the first step in an amazing journey. Now that you’ve taken this step, you are probably wondering what legal hoops you have to jump through so you can start educating your child at home. The important thing to keep in mind as you work through the legal requirements is that you have the right to make decisions about your child’s education. All states recognize the right of parents to homeschool their child, in one form or another. However, the laws regulating homeschooling vary between states, and it is important for homeschooling families to read and understand these laws, to know their rights, and to ensure they are complying with regulations.
When you have made the decision that public school may not be the best option for your child, you transition from going with the flow to swimming upstream. You are now forging your child’s educational journey for yourself. Making this transition can be both empowering and intimidating. Here are steps you can take that will help you navigate the ins and outs of transitioning from a traditional school.
Fall is nearly upon us, and right now you have an opportunity for a fresh start in organizing your homeschooling. An often overlooked aspect of this organization, though, is your children’s learning environments. Designing an environment in which your child can focus is one of the most important things you can do to promote his or her success.
Many students require different kinds of learning environments, though. There is no right way to learn. It’s important to figure out which learning environments work for each student’s learning style. As Cynthia Tobias explains in her book, The Way They Learn, allowing students to create different learning environments for themselves can also be a big step towards helping them to be motivated and focused.
One of the advantages that homeschooling families have is the ability to design a learning space for their students in their own home. Social media sources like Pinterest and online blogs are full of ideas for homeschool organization. These sources often emphasize the importance of designing a learning space that fits the needs of your family.
Today, I would like to take this idea one step further and suggest that the ideal learning space may not be the same for each family member. What is seen as ideal by a parent may not in fact be ideal for a student. What qualifies as an ideal learning space may even differ from child to child.