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So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling?

Written by James Madison High School on Friday, 04 May 2018. Posted in Homeschooler

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling?

Doesn’t it seem like everyone is homeschooling? And if they’re not, they’re thinking about it or their kids are begging them to think about it?

There’s a reason it seems that way. The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education estimates 1.8 million 5- to 17-year-old students were homeschooled for the 2011-2012 school year. (It’s worth nothing, the highest percentage were high schoolers.) Obviously, that’s not everyone. But it’s not an insignificant number, especially considering the number of homeschoolers in the U.S. increased by nearly 1 million between 1999 and 2011.

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool

Keeping up with the Joneses is no reason to do anything–especially when it comes to education. And if it’s the kids who are pushing for it, well, it could be for a variety of reasons–good and bad. Ultimately, how do you decide if it’s time to pull the plug on brick-and-mortar school and commit to homeschool instead?

Some families bring their teens home for high school as a reaction to negative experiences in the traditional environment. Consider these questions:

  • Is your high school student showing emotional distress over going to school?
  • Are there social or personal issues distracting your student during the school day?
  • Does your student need more personalized attention in order to succeed academically?

Learning at home is both an excellent opportunity for parents to create a more encouraging environment for their struggling teens and a less discouraging environment for their high-achieving teens.


On the flip side, some families choose to homeschool their teens because of the uniquely positive outcomes it can provide. These scenarios might sound familiar:

  • Is your student an eager achiever who would benefit from an accelerated learning schedule?
  • Are the social aspects of high school restricting your independent, above-average student?
  • oes your student seek out academic challenges and flourish autonomously?

Homeschooling is Tailored Learning for Your Teen

Learning at home is both an excellent opportunity for parents to create a more encouraging environment for their struggling teens and a less discouraging environment for their high-achieving teens. Ultimately, it’s about setting up your child for success. Education is preparation for life–an experience that’s clearly unique for every person. Education that’s customized can minimize weakness and maximize natural abilities, establishing confidence your teen will carry into adulthood.

If you have questions about the JMHS homeschooling online high school curriculum, please call 1-800-349-6861 to speak to an admissions advisor.

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of homeschooling! In the next blog: How Do You Homeschool When You’re Not a Teacher?

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