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momofgrlz
05-08-2011, 09:54 AM
We are moving to Florida and I can only fins Christian based umbrella schools. Any idea if there are some that are secular in this area? Thanks!

leezmom
05-08-2011, 02:13 PM
Not sure what the law is there but here in good ole Alabama, you have no other choice but a "church" school. The only way to homeschool without being/paying for a certified teacher is to be under a church school. We basically just had to find one that didn't require a statement of faith and didn't get all picky. That was an adventure for us. I have a friend who homeschools near Ocala I think so let me see if she has any advice for you.

mommykicksbutt
05-09-2011, 01:19 PM
When we were in CA we used an umbrella that was in both FL and OK. Nothing on their website had anything religious in it (at the time, can't say if they do now though). It was an umbrella and no religious baggage with it. It was called Pinnacle School http://www.pinnacleschool.com/ They should take "students" from anywhere in the country. Hope this helps.

wife&mommy
05-09-2011, 02:21 PM
http://www.freewebs.com/floridaunschoolers/
you don't have to be an unschooler to use it. :)

Marmalade
05-09-2011, 03:33 PM
http://www.freewebs.com/floridaunschoolers/
you don't have to be an unschooler to use it. :)

That was the one I was going to suggest. So-double suggestion...

Kalani
05-18-2011, 03:55 PM
When we were in CA we used an umbrella that was in both FL and OK. Nothing on their website had anything religious in it (at the time, can't say if they do now though). It was an umbrella and no religious baggage with it. It was called Pinnacle School http://www.pinnacleschool.com/ They should take "students" from anywhere in the country. Hope this helps.

Does this work well in other states? I can't stand the annoying requirements in my town or the school system here so its just about put me off homeschooling.

Marmalade
05-18-2011, 04:52 PM
Does this work well in other states? I can't stand the annoying requirements in my town or the school system here so its just about put me off homeschooling.

I have to be honest-Rhode Island law confuses me. But I did see something mentioning that you can enroll your child in a private school's satelite program. I would suggest joining this Yahoo Group and seeing what they have to say on the subject. (If no one else here can help-that is)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HENRIhomeschool/

farrarwilliams
05-18-2011, 05:32 PM
Yeah, some states have umbrellas and others don't. You'd have to ask others in your state. Here in DC, no umbrellas. Across the line in MD, umbrellas galore.

mommykicksbutt
05-20-2011, 10:39 AM
Does this work well in other states? I can't stand the annoying requirements in my town or the school system here so its just about put me off homeschooling.

I was in CA using this umbrella and had no problems, the school district acknowledged that my son was in a private school out of state even though we stayed right there in CA the whole year. Each state is different so check to see what your state requires. But with this umbrella, after "enrolling" and paying the "tuition" (about 100 bucks) this umbrella will send you an email with two letters attached. Print them for your file and always know where they are. One of these letters will be assigning your home address as a satellite location of their private school. The second letter is assigning you as a volunteer teacher to that satellite location (at your house). Your child is now enrolled in a private school (out of state), the school has a satellite location (your house), and you are an official volunteer (no pay) teacher to their school. Most states have zero problems with students who are currently enrolled in a private school, check your state requirements for private school enrollment/homeschool laws though.

Kalani
05-20-2011, 12:37 PM
I've emailed the local head of the homeschoolers guild here in RI....so hopefully I'll have my answer soon. Itd be nice to not have to deal with having to have the kids tested each year or whatever they'd like.

On the plus side (and an off topic) I was happy to see that HSLDA allows you to pay monthly....nice to see I don't have to worry about an additional $115 on top of the $600 or so I'm planning on spending on curriculum.

cc_kota
05-29-2011, 01:25 PM
I have heard much praise for Home Life Academy. It is a church-based umbrella school, the founders are obviously Christian, it was based in TN and is now nationwide, but I know many other very secular families that use them with no problem. Home Life does not suggest any curricula or anything, you choose everything on your own, you do not sign any statement of faith that I am aware of, my friends are all very happy with them. The cost is under $100/year and you are exempt from state requirements, reporting to the school district. I will probably enroll with them for next school year. We are military and moving to TN and most people there use umbrella schools because of all the state requirements. I like the idea of not having to answer to the public school system! http://www.homelifeacademy.com/

amphibology29
06-23-2011, 10:40 PM
So... forgive me if this is an ignorant question, but what exactly is an umbrella school?