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FAQs



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Is it legal to teach my own children?

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Yes, the Department of Education defines your self-hiring requirement as simply “qualified to teach.” Whiles most states have varying degrees of legal requirements, homeschooling is legal across the US.

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Am I capable of teaching my own children?

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With rare exception, the answer to that question is yes (if there is no parental alliance OR both parents are working 40 hours a week outside the home, homeschooling can be difficult, but not impossible).

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How successful are homeschoolers? 

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Dr. Bryan Ray’s stats show that homeschoolers outperform their public schooled counterparts by 37 grade points on average—even if the homeschooling parent never graduated from high school. Homeschooled students rank 3-5 years higher in social maturity, largely due to the parent-driven connection, parental mentorship, and the individual learning opportunities provided by the homeschool model.  Additional research and information are available at NHERI.org.

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What online or in-person support can I find for homeschooling?

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Each state has a flagship organization that is dedicated to supporting privately homeschooling families. NHAN connects its members with these support organizations to encourage local community. Parents and academy leaders will also find access to online curricular support, conferences, blogs, podcasts, and much more through our NHAN resource center.

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Do homeschoolers take standardized tests?

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Standardized testing is not required in the state of Texas, but we recommend it as a process of monitoring and adjusting, seeing where your child is performing at the national level and making adjustments for the following year. Harvest Family Academy will provide links to standardized testing companies that provide this service.