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    Has anyone had experience doing a hybrid/combo of homeschooling and public schooling? I am trying to get a chicago public school to be cooperative, essentially doing part time public part time. one principal is claiming it would be too disruptive for the other kids, for my 3rd grader to be there only part time.

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    I don't know if it would be that disruptive to the other kids but I can see how it could be difficult for the teacher and your child.

    The teacher would have to make a lot of special accomodations for your child while still meeting the needs of the other students in her class full time. She has to consider whether or not your child will be there on the day of a test and if not, can or should your child be given the chance to make it up? And then when and how should it be administered if your child is allowed a makeup test. Then other parents might complain that your child was given extra time to prepare for the test since he wasn't there the day everyone else took the test... I could see it being a huge headache for the teacher and the administrators of the school.

    Your child would have to constantly play catch up to keep up with the class. If the teacher presented a new concept or started a new project on a day that he was being homeschooled, then he will constantly feel behind. I just can't see part-time public school working out very well for anyone honestly.

    The hybrid schools I have seen work well are geared toward homeschoolers. They meet on a university schedule meaning you have classes on either a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or a Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Your class never meets without you the way a public school would if you just attended part time.

    What are your reasons for wanting to enroll in public school part time? I'm sure there is a way to meet the same goals without enrolling in public school part time.

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    It's allowed in many states now. We've never actually done it, but it exists and works in many places. However, it's typically not used by students so young. Or, if it is, it's typically with a program that's set up for students to come during certain hours only.

    I don't know that it would be disruptive per se, but in many elementary schools, the set up for how work is done might mean that your child would be there for some things and not others. For example, unlike in high school, when "math" has a set period/block time each day, it might be all over the place depending on the particular day of the week. Or it might be broken up, with some math done early in the morning and other math done later. Basically, it might be really hard to keep anything consistent for your student. They could come in and get the first half of the lesson then miss the other half.

    I am glad that there are more and more hybrid options out there. But if I were a typical public elementary school and didn't have to allow you to do this, as an educator, I honestly just wouldn't. I doubt you'll make much headway.
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    I agree with Maple Hill that there are probably ways to meet whatever goals you have for using public education without actually enrolling part time at a public school.
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    If you want this because you want your child to be hooked into a particular friend network, then I think the most workable thing would be to limit it to art/music/PE and see if they will go for that. Those classes are often (depending on where you live) taught by separate teachers at specific times and don't depend on any kind of interdisciplinary relationship with other subjects.

    The other thing you need to think about, aside from the excellent commentary above, is that schlepping your kid to and fro from school is not just going to be disruptive to the school, but possibly to you as well. If your child has any issues transitioning from place-to-place, it will not be fun.

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    We are doing this with my sophomore. He has autism and he just gets overwhelmed especially with the lunch room. He is going for 4 periods a day and then comes home for lunch. It works really well for the High School level since everyone is doing different activities anyways. I can totally see it working in an elementary setting as long as their daily routine covers the same info at the same time everyday so your kiddo wouldn't be missing key info. I don't think other kids would care much as long as the teacher was totally onboard with it. Kids can totally pick up when an adult doesn't approve.

    Contrary to my avatar we currently live in IL, though near St. Louis not Chicago, so it is definitely legal in the state.
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    Sorry, but it actually works out just fine in my state. Schools are usually eager to have homeschoolers come dip a toe in the waters, because it is more likely that they will then enroll fulltime, sometime later. The thing is, if they enroll for a specific class, or a few specific classes, the school isn't going to transport the student so the parents have to agree to do it, or the kid can walk/bike. The other thing is, they are responsible for the same attendance as other students. That being the case, of course they will be there for whatever tests are given in that class.

    They do not just show up whenever they feel like it. Rather, they agree to be at school for certain subjects, and either their parents transport them, or they walk or bike to and from. They are just as responsible to adhere to attendance policies, for the classes or time period in which they have enrolled, as any other student. Therefore, there is no concern with keeping up.

    Hope that clears up how it's done. You're right, it would make absolutely no sense to simply show up when you feel like it, and decide not to show up, other times. If you sign on to use public school for say, math only, your kid must be there during that time, daily, and can't rely on bus service. That's about the only difference.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    My son has just entered public (for the first time ever) this year, in 5th grade. He loves it! It's a great school, with a great principal and wonderful teachers. Too soon to count chickens, but so far, better than we could have imagined.

    He could have gone in for just language arts, or math, or just "specials" like art, or music, or whatnot, because we have a Homeschool Access Law. That's still an option if for some reason, he ends up really disliking the whole package after all but wants to keep on with parts of it. Since he bikes to school, it wouldn't be hard for me because he can get back and forth on his own.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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