Since the beginning of Covid-19 school restrictions, nearly 35,000 California families filed the state’s R-4 affidavit to teach their children at home.
Filing the R-4 is one of the ways to homeschool legally in California. Parents can use an Independent Study Program (ISP) with the local school district, (where available) which allows the parents weekly or bi-weekly review and oversight with a teacher of the district, who reviews student’s work, offers suggestions on how to improve performance and then assigns the work for the next period before another review. The third way to homeschool in California is with a private online academy which typically provides curriculum guidance, attendance records, academic records and test results, if the parents wish to use testing.
From the New York Post:
Homeschool Revolution: More parents than ever are against public schools.
By Kate H. Averett
During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of American families have helped teach their own kids from home. But in 2019, even before coronavirus hit, a record-breaking 2.5 million US children were being homeschooled.
Homeschooling used to be seen as a fringe religious phenomenon, and any parent will tell you it’s a lot of work. Some parents homeschool all the way from pre-K through high school, while others take it up for only a year or two, but overall, homeschooling families are more diverse than ever, with a growing share being non-white and not religiously motivated.
From 2013-2016, I interviewed homeschooling parents and attended conferences and conventions to understand what’s driving this trend. I discovered that powerful and shifting cultural beliefs about childhood, parenting and education are all leading to the uptick in kids being taught at home.