With tens of millions of American kids stuck at home, it’s no surprise interest in homeschooling is on the rise. According to a recent survey, 41 percent of families say they are more likely to put their children in homeschool programs after lockdowns end. Registered Democrats and Republicans expressed similar enthusiasm for homeschooling, showing there are still some issues that attract bipartisan support.
Homeschooling is a very broad term encompassing a range of alternatives to traditional public schooling. These include one-on-one homeschooling by a parent, neighborhood homeschool co-op, and virtual schooling. If you intend to teach your kids at home or organize a neighborhood homeschool, then the first thing to do is check the homeschool laws in your state. The next things to think about are homeschool teaching styles and homeschool curriculum.
The purpose of this article is to help you compare the best homeschool curriculum programs. We understand your child’s education is a personal choice, so we deliberately made this guide as general as possible. Below you’ll find our list of the 10 best homeschool programs for K-12. Many of them are adaptable to different teaching styles.
Calvert has been providing homeschool programs for 110 years. Given its experience, it’s no surprise Calvert provides the closest thing to traditional objective-based learning at home. Each lesson plan begins with a goal, teaches to that goal, and ends with a short quiz to check the goal has been reached. Calvert has a printed workbook curriculum for grades K-2 and online curriculum for grades 3-12.
Pricing: Grades K-2: $160-380 annual fee; Grades 3-12: $320 yearly fee for full homeschool curriculum, $40 for individual courses.
Core subjects: Language arts, math, science, history & geography, electives
Accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Maryland State Department of Education
K12 provides online homeschool courses tailored to the age and skills of your children. From K-8, it offers the option of independent or teacher-led learning. From 9-12, only teacher-led online learning is offered. Given the high tuition fees, K12’s teacher-led program is like a private school your kids attend from home. However, the level of personalization and impressive selection of electives (e.g. personal finance, sports, photography) make the price worthwhile.
Pricing: Most courses cost $260-450 for unlimited 12-month access. Price rises to $900+ when courses are teacher-led.
Core subjects: Language arts, math, science, history, art, music, world languages, electives
Accreditations: Cognia (parent organization of NCA CASI and SACS CASI).
Bridgewater has a homeschooling solution to suit everyone. At each year level, it offers a choice of four types of learning: grade-level printed learning kits, customized independent study; self-paced online learning, and teacher-led live online classes. It offers a core homeschool curriculum, as well as the following specialized homeschool programs: Christian home school programs, student athletes and performers, programs for students with learning disabilities, programs for military families, international homeschooling, and programs for missionary families.
Pricing: Annual tuition vari