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What is HEART?

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HEART is a Christian support group based in the Kingwood/Atascocita/Humble area.  HEART seeks to encourage families in their homeschooling endeavors by providing academic enrichment activities, social opportunities and support for children of all ages - and parents, too!  We also are a link in keeping families informed of developments in state and local laws, especially pertaining to the legal rights of parents to home educate their children.

HEART is divided into 4 segments: Little HEARTs, Elementary, Middle School, and High School.  Although there may be age-segregated areas for HEART, most activities are open to younger and older siblings.

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What is Little HEARTs?

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HEART is divided into smaller segments to facilitate age-appropriate events.  Little HEARTs is for children in preschool through Kindergarten, and has many field trips and activities specially designed for this age group.

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What is HEART Elementary?

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HEART Elementary is the age group for 1st through 5th grade children.

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What is for HEART Middle School age?

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There are activities or enrichment that are tailored to these students’ interests and abilities.  Some HEART Middle School activities may be just for middle school, while others are for all students in the two age categories of middle and high school.  As per our HEART Activity Guidelines, please make note for this particular age group there is no dating or public displays of affection at HEART-sponsored events.

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What is for HEART High School age?

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There are activities or enrichment that are tailored to these students’ interests and abilities.  Some HEART high school activities may be just for high school, while others are for all students in the two age categories of middle and high school.  As per our HEART Activity Guidelines , please make note for this particular age group there is no dating or public displays of affection at HEART-sponsored events

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Is homeschooling legal in Texas?

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Yes, homeschooling is completely legal in Texas.  Home schools are recognized as individual private schools and are exempt from compulsory attendance laws.  The only legal requirement is that schooling is conducted in a bona fide manner and covers at least the basics of reading, spelling, math, grammar and good citizenship.

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What do I need to know about withdrawing my child from public school?  Here's the latest from HSLDA.

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New TEA Withdrawal Policy
to Combat Attendance Fraud

 

Parents who withdraw their children from public school should inform the school of their intentions.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Education Agency has now implemented its new policy to combat public school attendance fraud by requiring public schools to more fully document whether a withdrawing student intends to homeschool.

Last year, HSLDA alerted Texas homeschoolers that the TEA conducted an audit of public schools and found that some schools in Texas had been classifying dropouts as homeschoolers in order to keep drop-out numbers low. To combat this problem, the TEA is now requiring that when a student is withdrawing from public school, the school must have a signed statement from the parent saying that the student intends to study at home before it can classify them as “withdrawing to homeschool.”

Texas law does not require parents who choose to teach their children at home to file any sort of notice of intent. Thus, the TEA cannot mandate parents to file any such form. However, HSLDA always recommends that parents who withdraw their children from public school inform the school of their intention, lest the sudden absence of the child create grounds for concern. Members can find a sample withdrawal letter on the members-only section of our website. This letter should serve as the parent’s signed statement required by the TEA’s new policy.

Should you encounter any school district that tries to force homeschooling parents to sign any statements regarding the enrollment of their children, please contact HSLDA immediately for assistance.

Sincerely,

Darren Jones, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney