FAQ

2. Will my child’s development be affected if he or she has little contact with other children?

Answer: Isolating a child is not good. Most home school students are afforded sufficient time to play with other children through organized home school activities, church, scouting, or through friends and family. In addition, home school students have a greater opportunity to learn to relate to adults.

Transferring From Home School to Public or Private School

1. What if we decide to transfer our child from home school to public school?

Answer: Transferring from home school to public school in grades K – 8 is much easier than in grades 9-12. Most public schools will give credit for courses completed in a home school in elementary school. Some high schools refuse to give credit for home school courses completed in grades 9 -12. It would be wise to check with your local public school about their policy for home school students who transfer to their school.

2. What if we decide to transfer our child form a home school to a private school?

Answer: Each private school sets its own admission requirements. However, it is generally easier to transfer from a home school to a private school than to a public school.

High School Graduation, Diplomas, and College

1. If we home school through high school, how does my child graduate and obtain a high school diploma?

Answer: Several home school support organizations, including The Education Alliance, offer high school diplomas and graduation ceremonies. Most home school students participate in some type of high school graduation and receive a home school high school diploma. In addition, The Education Alliance offers free transcripts to home schoolers who submit a list of the courses they have completed. Some employers and certain institutions of higher learning require students who graduate from a home school to pass a General Educational Development (GED) test.

2. If we home school through high school, how does my child gain admission into college?

Answer: Most colleges have admission procedures for home school students. It is a good idea to check those admission requirements during the student’s 9th grade year and then re-check it during the student’s 11th grade year. This will enable the student to take any specific courses that may be required for admission to a particular college or university. Generally speaking, a home school student with a good ACT or SAT test score will have little trouble gaining admission into most colleges or universities in Arkansas.

Special Needs Students

1. Can students with special needs be home schooled?

Answer: Yes. Students with special needs can be home schooled the same as any other students. Click here for more information on home schooling students with special needs.

2. Do students with special needs have to take the state-mandated test?

Answer: No. For our special needs child to be exempt or receive special treatment during the test, you must make arrangements in advance with your local Educational Service Cooperative or in Pulaski County with your local school district.

3. Can I obtain special education services for my home schooled child through the public schools?

Answer: A very small amount of federal funds are available for non-public school students to obtain special education services through the public schools. However these services are very difficult to obtain.

Penalties

1. What if I fail to complete the notice of intent and waiver forms in time to register my child for home schooling?

Answer: Under Arkansas law, students not enrolled in a public, private, parochial, or home school are truant. Home school children whose parents fail to file the notice of intent and waiver forms are truant under Arkansas law. Truancy is a crime for which parents can be punished. Parents can be required to appear in court, fines can be levied, and social workers can be ordered to intervene in the home. In extreme cases parents can be jailed and children placed in foster care.

2. What if I fail to provide an “adequate” level of education for my home school child?

Answer: Educational neglect is considered child abuse under Arkansas law. Though it is difficult to prove, parents who neglect the education of their children can be treated the same as any other parent who abuses their children. Parents can be fined, imprisoned, or supervised by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Children can be placed in foster care, placed in public school, or overseen by the juvenile justice system.

3. What if I refuse to have my child tested as required by state law?

Answer: Parents who refuse to have their child tested are considered truant and laws governing truancy can be applied. Parents who fail to have their child tested are generally not in danger of punishment. Failure to test could be due to circumstances beyond the control of the parent or those administering the test.

Standardized Tests

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