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CHS students take part in a hands-on lesson about the Revolultionary War.

CHS students take part in a "hands-on" lesson about the Revolutionary War.

Why home education?

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 vacation schedule

  • Opportunity to improve social skills through more contact with people of all ages including adults

What about socialization?

"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 Child)

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 HSLDA membership:

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?

Because homeschools 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 carefully.

Can homeschoolers get into college?

Many 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

   Click this link for more “getting started” information from the Home School Legal Defense Association site:


Click here to read ten “getting started” articles from The Teaching Home magazine.



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