What standards do you use? Is there a particular style used by members?


The answers to this vary. Overall, since it is in the best interest of a child, we set high academic standards for our children as any parent would.

Because a child's reading comprehension and writing skills will likely determine the level of work a child can do in other subject areas, parents may simply adhere to appropriate grade-levelled textbooks in English. For example, in writing a a report for science or history, the level of proficiency they achieve will be determined as much by their reading comprehension and writing skills as anything else. However, if a student were being introduced to a completely new topic, such as a period of history they have not studied before, most homeschoolers would not hesitate to lower the reading level for that to allow the student to absorb the information more readily. It can be a fine balance between teaching a child at his own level and stretching them.

Homeschoolers usually want to customize their children's education, allowing the bright child to move along, while at the same time, allowing the struggling child to take the time required to learn the material well. This could be incompatible with adhering to a preset standard.

That said, if homeschoolers must provide evidence of the efficacy of the education, parents can follow criteria provided by a ministry of education in their home country.Some families have been able to receive accreditation by using programs such K12 (offices in Dubai), Clonlara, Laurel Springs, Northstar Academy and Bridegeway Academy to name a few. If you plan to enroll your child into traditional school when you return to your home country, be sure to inform yourself on requirements for admission.

It is always prudent to keep adequate records of course work, especially in high school. Besides providing a portfolio and high school transcript, students may be required to write the SAT and/or ACT or some other standardized test in order to be eligible for some universities.

Like homeschoolers the world over, ADHSA members use a variety of styles for their homeschooling: classical, alternative, traditional, unschooling, and eclectic mixes.