CHS students take part in a "hands-on" lesson about the
There are a variety of reasons
parents choose to homeschool their children. Among them are:
The ability to individualize their course of
study, adapting instruction to each child's learning style and
unique interests or needs
The advantage of one-on-one teaching time
Greater opportunity to guide the development
of their children's character, passing along cultural heritage
and moral or religious values
A flexible schedule allowing more time for
children to learn at their own pace, more time for hands-on
activities and field trips, and accommodating parent's work and
Opportunity to improve social skills through
more contact with people of all ages including adults
"The idea that children need to be around many
other youngsters in order to be 'socialized' is perhaps the most
dangerous and extravagant myth in education and childrearing today.
There is ample research that indicates that because home schooled
students are exposed to a wider variety of people and situations,
they learn to get along with a variety of people, making them
socially mature and better able to adjust to new situations."
(Dr. Raymond Moore, in The Hurried
Studies have shown that "home schooled children
had consistently fewer behavioral problems...because they tend to
imitate their parents while conventionally-schooled children model
themselves after their peers." (Dr.
Larry Shyers, "Comparison of Social Adjustment Between Home and
Traditionally Schooled Students" quoted in Home Schooling ...the
Right Choice by Chris Klika)
Most Christian home
educators are actively involved in their church, a local homeschool
group, field trips, local sports or other activities where children
interact with others.
Is private home education
legal in California
The California Education
Code does not specifically mention homeschooling. California’s home
educators generally operate under the private school laws (Ed. Code
48222) or the state credentialed teacher exemption from public
school (Ed. Code 48224).
Some families choose to
establish a private school in their own home, filing a private
school affidavit with the State Department of Education and
complying with the same rules and regulations which apply to any
other private school in California. Other families enroll in an
Private School Satellite Program (PSP) offered by a private
school. Christian Heritage School would be considered a PSP. Some
public schools in California operate under a charter and cater to
homeschoolers, but these are still public schools, not private.
Home School Legal Defense
Association exists to defend the parent’s right to educate their
children at home. We highly encourage membership in HSLDA whether
you join our school or not. As a benefit to CHS, please use the
following link to apply for
Am I qualified?
Parents do not need
to know everything in order to teach. The example and enthusiasm of
the loving parent in learning along with their children will
motivate and encourage them. Teachers manuals sold by many
curriculum publishers usually offer a wealth of information to help
teach the material. Support schools provide parents with various
helps. A tutor may be retained for
particularly difficult subjects such as advanced math.
Can my high schooler return
to public school?
are generally NOT accredited schools, there is the possibility that
your local public school will NOT accept homeschool high school
credits for transfer. Some public high schools will not accept
credits from online public charter schools either. Therefore, it is
possible that home educating during any portion of high school may
require a commitment to continue through graduation. Consider
Can homeschoolers get into
private colleges are actively recruiting homeschoolers and more and
more public colleges and universities are smoothing the entry path
for homeschool students. Our students do very well in college. After
all, most home educators teach their children to work and think
independently; critical thinking is often stressed. These are some
of the prized qualities of a good college student.
Getting Started Links
link for more “getting started” information from the
Legal Defense Association site:
to read ten
“getting started” articles from The Teaching Home magazine.