Most people have experienced the anxiety of starting school for the first time. Entering a new world, meeting new people and learning a new way of doing things can be intimidating and perhaps even scary. It takes time to become familiar with new systems and new routines. Home-schooled children tend not to be as comfortable with the institutionalized methods administered in public schools and may require a little more time to adjust to their new surroundings. This does not mean that they are not able to adjust socially and academically. However, special attention is necessary to ensure that their transition is successful.
Research the schools in your area and speak to some of the parents, teachers and administrators. Ask questions about their academic curriculum, extracurricular classes and sport activities. Gather as much information as you can and weigh each school's strengths and weaknesses. Schedule an appointment for your child to visit the school and meet with some of the teachers and students. Choose the school that you and your child are most comfortable with and that best caters to your specific academic needs and desires.
Fill out the enrollment package at the school that you have decided to enroll your child in. Typically these are simply forms that record the student's contact information, educational history, medical background and emergency contact information. Provide all the necessary documents required for registration, including proof of residency, immunization records (or waiver if applicable), transcripts and the home-school portfolio. The school's principal or administration staff will determine if any additional forms or paperwork is required.
Schedule an appointment for your child to be tested. Typically school districts require that students reentering public school after being home-schooled be evaluated by taking specific tests/assessments to determine that they are being placed at the proper grade level. Some schools do not require any type of placement testing. Contact the school district superintendent to determine the guidelines for your child's school or speak with a home-school advocate if you have questions about placement tests or other prerequisites.
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