This page provides an introduction to help you get started in private Christian homeschooling.
Some people learn well in all three categories while others learn best in two of the three or are dominant in one category. A good overview of learning styles can be found here.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is an excellent resources for getting started in private home education. They provide information on Homeschooling Thru the Early Years (pre-school through middle school), Homeschooling Thru High School, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner (special needs) and more on the You Can Homeschool website.
You can also find additional information on getting started on the CHEA website here. An Introduction to Home Education, a book offered at CHEA’s bookstore, is also a helpful resource.
CFS of San Diego - Christian Family Schools of San Diego
CFS of San Diego is a non-profit organization promoting private Christian homeschooling and includes a number of local support groups in communities throughout San Diego County. CFS organizes events and activities available to members and non-members including the annual Expo Homeschool Convention. Additionally, CFS encourages communication among private home education leaders by hosting leadership meetings and training several times a year. (www.cfssd.org)
HSLDA – Homeschool Legal Defense Association
HSLDA is a nation-wide non-profit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed. They provide low cost legal defense for all families choosing to privately educate their children at home. (www.hslda.org)
FPM – Family Protection Ministries
FPM is our voice in Sacramento, looking out for any legislation that would restrict our right to home educate our children. They are a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to help insure our freedom as parents to train, educate, and care for our children privately, without governmental interference. (www.pheofca.org)
CHEA of California – Christian Home Educators Association of California
The Christian Home Educators Association of California, Inc. is a non-profit ministry established in 1982 to provide information, support, and training to the home education community throughout the state. (www.cheaofca.org)
PSA – Private School Affidavit form (formerly called the R-4)
California is one of a few states in which homeschoolers operate as private schools. Private schools can be legally established and operated in the home by filing the PSA, just as some private schools operate on a campus. If you have a child who is six years old (by Dec. 2nd) or older and not yet 18 years old, and you are establishing your own private school in your home, you will need to file a private school affidavit in order to be legally recognized as a private school in California.
PSP – Private School Satellite Program (formerly private ISP)
A private school program, where one private school affidavit is filed for multiple homeschooling families, and not funded by or under the authority of the public school system. This was formally called a private ISP – Independent Study Program.
Public ISP – Public School Independent Study Program
Public ISPs are independent study programs funded by and under the authority of the public school system. Independent study students follow the public school district-adopted curriculum.
Charter School – A public campus based school or public school at home program
A charter school is a public school that may provide instruction in any of grades K-12. California Law requires that a public charter school be nonsectarian (i.e. non-religious) in all aspects. As stated in the California Constitution (Article 9, Section 8), “No public money shall ever be appropriated for the support of any sectarian or denominational school, or any school not under the exclusive control of the officers of the public schools; nor shall any sectarian or denominational doctrine be taught, or instruction thereon be permitted, directly or indirectly, in any of the common schools of this State.”
Note: This information does not represent and should not be construed as legal or professional advice.