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    I posted in the Oregon group, but its not seeing much action there so I thought I'd repost here!

    Hey all, we're likely moving to the Portland area in the next several months - any tips or advice? We homeschool three girls, ages 12 (almost 13), 10, and 7 - I'm sorta looking at west of Portland, under the advice of a few folks, but we're really flying blind here. We're moving from KS.

    We still need to sell our house here, and I'm tentatively thinking summer for the big move - the girls are in some shows, and want to finish up the year and do some summer camp things before we move. But we'll see. Hubby's job wants him there ASAP.

    Speaking of shows - my kids are dance/theater kids - any tips on great dance studios and theater opportunities/classes for kids?

    TIA! And I'm excited about the new adventure!
    ~ Deanna, 4 daughters, 2 grandsons, 1, husband, 1 son-in-law, 2 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 1 rat, lots of fish, and a questionable mental health status - always chauffeuring and homeschooling three drama and dance queens, dd(14), dd(12), and dd(9) while working at home and neglecting the house keeping.

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    Make sure to check out Village Home. http://www.villagehome.org/

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    Hey Deanna-

    Sorry about the silence in the OR group... I live in central OR. About two hours east of Portland. I love it here... I could never ever stand the rain they get over there. I love the beauty and visit often, but it's much sunnier up here in high desert.

    As for the school aspect, you can keep doing whatever it is you do with your girls. There is a standarized test they need to take within a bit of moving here, and at a few points in their school life. That's it. Oregon is pretty hands off in the homeschooling aspect. The first test is in third grade, so really only your oldest needs to be signed up any time soon. YOu do need to let the state know that you're homeschooling, through your local Education District, not the state.

    http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=74

    Happy move!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by werus View Post
    Make sure to check out Village Home. http://www.villagehome.org/
    I found this place on the internet already and it looks great! Do you attend? Is it as good as it looks?

    Thanks Airen - I'm not looking forward to testing and annual registration actually - KS is VERY hands-off. You register once (not once a year, once) and that's it. I kinda hate the idea of testing or other state requirements - I understand why some states have testing and other requirements but personally to me it feels like checking in with big brother - like they are granting me permission to parent/educate my children - like I need oversight in the decisions I make in regard to my family or something.....but I guess I'll have to deal. And I'd have to sign all the kids up for testing, etc. right? - the baby is starting "3rd grade" next year, and the other two will be 6th and 8th grade.

    Thanks all!
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    ~ Deanna, 4 daughters, 2 grandsons, 1, husband, 1 son-in-law, 2 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 1 rat, lots of fish, and a questionable mental health status - always chauffeuring and homeschooling three drama and dance queens, dd(14), dd(12), and dd(9) while working at home and neglecting the house keeping.

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    I just moved here last year myself, so I really don't know how it works. I just assume by "third grade" they mean the age equivalent. That's how I'm treating it with my son. But I was under the impression I only have to tell them once, also... Oops.

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    ha, no, I think you have to register with your school district every year (right?) and my kids are that age equivalent. The "baby" is finishing up "2nd grade" now (or would be if she were in school, because we don't do grades really) so she'd be 3rd next year. She'll be 8 in a few months.
    ~ Deanna, 4 daughters, 2 grandsons, 1, husband, 1 son-in-law, 2 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 1 rat, lots of fish, and a questionable mental health status - always chauffeuring and homeschooling three drama and dance queens, dd(14), dd(12), and dd(9) while working at home and neglecting the house keeping.

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    Hi Deanna! We moved to Portland in 2008 after 16 years in Wyoming and LOVE it here! My daughters are now 13 and 16, and they both LOVED Village Home! My 16 year old is now taking community college classes, but 13 year old is still very active at Village. I'm happy to talk with you on the phone or via text/chat -- lmk if you would like to do that! I'm easy to find on Facebook (Carolyn Groves).

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    Hi Deanna, Carolyn here again. You've probably already seen this, but just in case:

    Summary of Testing Requirements for Homeschoolers - OHEN

    You do not need to turn your results in uneless the district asks for them, and if your child scores below the 15th percentile, the only thing you need to do is to repeat the test the following year. If you do not register and get "caught" the only penalty is that you have to register. A lot of families choose to do that.

    Again, happy to talk to you about the differences between the east and west sides of Portland. I grew up in southern IL, so can relate to the midwest!

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