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    The town we live in is very small and economically depressed. That has taken a big toll on the kids here. Most of my daughter's friends have attempted suicide, and she knows of a few acquaintances who have already killed themselves. Couple of years ago, my daughter did think about it too as she was bullied consistently on the bus.

    She gets anxiety attacks often and is always stressed out and tired, complaining her teachers do not teach but burden the kids with so much homework.

    I had been requesting her to look into online schools/homeschooling with me to reduce the stress factors. Now, she has finally agreed. Thanks to this site, I was made aware that homeschooling is not the same as an online school. Which brings me to the question that how hard will it be to homeschool my 11th grade daughter? Do I need any academic background?

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    It sounds like your daughter is in a tough mental spot, and escaping the institutional feel of public school may help save her.

    I think the academic background you need to be a successful homeschool parent is a willingness to learn. At 11th and 12th grade, your daughter would probably be using textbooks for her lessons. Textbooks that explain a concept to a teenager should be able to explain it to you well enough, as well. You bring your adult experiences to the table, and it helps her get the idea. (After reading the exact same material, you will understand a lot more than she does from it.) Or, if you dont really understand what the War of 1812 was about after reading the chapter? Your friends Youtube and Google can help!

    Taking the time to figure things out not only gets the concept across, but models the enthusiasm and behaviors of successful learning.
    So anything you dont already know, you can learn together. I learn things every day that we homeschool - and my oldest is only in 6th grade.

    Academics aside, saving your daughterís sanity and helping her get to an emotionally better place can be better in the short and long term. With kids not coming off happy public school environments, taking time off to de-school is something even my (public) charter school recommends. I understand the worry of taking time off at the age when she would otherwise be ramping up for college. Im sure something can be figured out, though.

    Good luck, keep asking questions.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Saving your daughter's sanity and well-being is a pretty good reason to bring her home.

    Jumping into homeschooling that late in the game is not impossible. It will be a bit of an uphill battle - there's a learning curve and you don't have a ton of time to go through it before you need to be preparing your daughter for college admissions or trade school or whatever her next step is going to be.

    You don't need an academic background. There are lots of good support materials that can help you teach without having an extensive education yourself. I think the number one thing is that you have to have a willingness to learn, a determination to do it, and an intellectual curiosity.

    Note that homeschoolers, especially for high school, tend to take a lot of online classes, which is different from online school. In an online school, you enroll and become a full time student in one place, with your academic path determined by the school. The parent is just extra support - sometimes a lot of extra support, but not the primary grader. With individual classes, you choose different providers and pay for a class of your choosing - sometimes it's graded and sometimes not.

    Are you saying that your daughter is currently a sophomore? What are her academic goals? Does she plan to go to college? Community college, state college, a really prestigious college...? Does she have outside interests or activities other than school? Is is a diligent student or, even with her willingness, will this be a really rough transition for her?

    Online school might actually be one of your better options at this stage in the game. If you don't do that, you probably need a mentor or someone to help guide you getting started. NC is very easy to homeschool in, luckily.
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