It’s common for homeschoolers to make transitions in high school, and this proves to be very beneficial for standardized tests, college applications and scholarships, and social activities.
But along with its benefits, making the switch from homeschooling to public school can be tough, there will be some challenges, and some readjustments that need to be made.
Well, as you’ve already prepared mentally for this change – I’m sure you can…
Let’s move to the main concern. The most common one.
Is it the perfect time to make a switch from homeschooling to public school, or “What is the best age to transition from homeschool to public school?”.
The simple and straightforward answer is – “It depends”. Though it’s not entirely based on the child’s age, it’s more about the readiness and the maturity of the student.
If I talked about the best age or the worst age to make the transition (it’s not the case most of the time), the difficulty would be ten to twelve year age because:
This is the age when most kids are just getting used to the concept of homeschooling and they might not feel comfortable with school rules and regulations. They are yet to develop their own set of friends, so they might find it hard to mingle with other kids in school. – Just my thoughts.
And the perfect age would be the high school I guess, as the students are more mature and they know what they want from their lives. They are better equipped to handle the challenges and readjustments that come with making a switch from homeschooling to public schooling.
Transitioning from Homeschool to Public School
Okay! don’t get burdened, it’s easy as it looks. Just you have to double-check things as it’s one of the life turning points. The transition steps are not rocket science, just for your ease, I’m mentioning the highlighted ones (that I’ve currently in my mind).
Learn about the requirements: Before making the switch from homeschooling to public school, it’s important to learn about the requirements of the school district. Each district has different regulations, so it’s important to know what is expected in order to avoid any surprises.
Meet with the school district: Once you have a good understanding of the requirements, the next step is to meet with the school district. This is a great way to get your questions answered and to learn more about the district’s policies.
Create a plan: After meeting with the school district, it’s important to create a plan. This plan should include your goals for your child’s education, as well as a timeline for making the transition. Or if you’re a student and transitioning on your own, then you might want to consider your goals and what you need to do in order to achieve them.
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Prepare for the transition: Once you have a plan in place, it’s important to start preparing for the transition. This includes creating a portfolio of your child’s work, as well as gathering any other documentation that might be required by the school district.
Making the switch: The final step is to make the actual switch from homeschooling to public school. This can be a big adjustment for both children and parents, so it’s important to be prepared for the transition. One way to do this is to set up a meeting with the child’s teacher before the start of the school year. This is a great way to introduce the child to the teacher and to get a feel for the classroom.
Things to keep in mind (for parents) – at a glance
Making the decision to transition from homeschooling to public school is a big one. But with the right preparation, it can be a smooth and successful transition for both you and your child.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when transitioning from homeschooling to public school:
- Make sure your child is ready for the change. They should be mature and have a good understanding of what to expect.
- Talk to your child about the transition and what to expect. This will help them feel more prepared and less anxious.
- Do your research! Make sure you understand the public school system and how it works. This will help you navigate the process and make sure your child is getting the education they need and deserve.
- Be prepared for some readjustments. It’s normal for there to be a period of adjustment as your child gets used to the new environment.
- Have realistic expectations. Don’t expect your child to be perfect or excel in everything right away. It takes time to settle into a new school and find their niche.
- Be supportive and understanding. This is a big change for your child and they will need your support along the way.
How to make sure it’s the right time to transition from homeschool to public school
I think this is important. As said earlier, age isn’t the main parameter here, rather the student’s ability to cope with the surroundings, mainly socially (and emotionally). A few things that you as a parent need to keep in check are –
- How is your kid around people? Do they like being around people or they’re more comfortable being alone?
- What kinds of emotions/moods your kid generally has? Are they mostly happy or do they get anxious/sad easily?
- How well can your kid handle change? Do they like trying new things or do they resist change?
- What is your child’s learning style? Do they prefer more hands-on learning or they’re more comfortable with theoretical knowledge?
If you think your answers to most of these questions are affirmative, then it’s probably the right time to consider transitioning your kid to public school. Another thumb rule could be – if you as a parent think you’re not able to cater to your kid’s educational needs anymore and they need more than what you’re currently providing, then it might be the time for a switch too.
6 tips for transitioning
Now, if you’ve finally planned and think that this is the best age to transition from homeschool to public school, I’ve some nifty advice for you!
P.S: These are long-term goals, so try to act accordingly ASAP.
Keep the records:
This is important to be prepared from the early start. Because some states even have requirements to show attendance and daily schedule, curriculum, and all other materials.
Before you start, find out what your state’s requirements are for public school attendance. Each state has different laws and regulations, so it’s important to be aware of these before making the switch.
Create a portfolio:
A portfolio is a great way to showcase your child’s work and achievements. Whether he or she is a visual or auditory learner, there are many ways to create a portfolio that will be both impressive and informative.
If your child is a visual learner, consider putting together a scrapbook or photo album highlighting their work. If your child is an auditory learner, you could create an audio or video montage of their work.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are many resources available online to help you create a portfolio that will impress.
This is important for both, you as well as your kid. Because now there would be a lot of things – homework, projects, school activities and what not! So it’s important to be organized from the get-go.
Help your child by creating a space for them to do their homework and keeping all of their materials in one place. You might also want to consider investing in a planner or calendar to help keep track of due dates and upcoming events.
Set up a routine:
A routine will help your child feel more comfortable and less overwhelmed with the transition. Try to stick to a regular schedule as much as possible.
Wake up at the same time each day, eat breakfast together, and then head off to school. When you get home from school, have a snack and then start homework. End the day with a family dinner and some fun time together.
Because it’s a big change and it might take some time to get used to the new surroundings as well as the people. It’s important to be patient with yourself. Don’t expect everything to go perfectly from the start.
There will be bumps in the road, but take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. There are many resources and support groups available to help you through this transition.
Ask for help:
From resources and support means, the best I think are who are already experienced. But please! don’t go to just anyone, look for those people or families who have done a great job in public school.
They will be the ones who can really help you because they know what to expect and can offer advice and support based on their own experiences.
And always remember! What worked well for them doesn’t mean it will work for you too. So, please don’t blindly follow what they did, each family is unique and so are their children.
Why high school is the best time for transition?
High school is usually the best time to transition from homeschooling to public schooling. There are several reasons behind this.
First, high school is typically when academic rigor increases. This means that homeschooled students who transition to public school at the high school level will be better prepared for the more challenging coursework.
Second, high school is also a time when social pressures increase. Homeschooled students who transition to public school at this time will be better prepared to deal with the social pressures they’ll face.
Third, high school is typically when students begin to think about college. Homeschooled students who transition to public school at this time will have a better opportunity to get into the college of their choice.
Fourth, high school is typically when students begin to drive. Homeschooled students who transition to public school at this time will be able to get their driver’s licenses and have more independence.
Finally, high school is typically when students begin to work. Homeschooled students who transition to public school at this time will be able to get a job and start earning money.
All of these factors make high school the best time to transition from homeschooling to public schooling. Homeschooled students who transition at this time will be better prepared for the challenges they’ll face in college and in the workforce.
Can homeschoolers go back to public school?
This query really hurt. Most people think that homeschooler lives at home, get interacted with just their parents, do not have any social life, do not play with other kids, and so on.
But in reality, they are actually more social than people think. They go to the library, and swimming pool, do volunteering work, and have a lot of friends from different age groups.
The answer is yes! they can go back to public school.
The majority of homeschoolers go back to public school for college or other higher education. In fact, most homeschoolers who go on to college say that their homeschooling prepared them well for the rigors of college academics. Those who go back to public school after being homeschooled usually find the transition to be relatively easy. This is because homeschoolers are used to working independently and are often more mature than their public school counterparts.
I remembered when my cousins were in homeschool, my aunt was so overprotective of them. And we, as a family, were always so curious about what they were doing and how they were learning. It was like they were in a different world.
But eventually, both of them decided to go to public school for high school. And it was the best decision they ever made.
They were able to learn more in-depth about the subjects they were interested in, make new friends, and be involved in extracurricular activities.
As it’s also proved by studies that homeschoolers perform best in academics, the same happened with my cousins. They excelled in their academics and were able to get into the colleges of their choice.
So, if you’re homeschooling your child and are thinking about whether or not they should go back to public school, I say go for it! It’s a decision that you won’t regret.
What problem do homeschoolers face when they transition to public school?
There can be some potential problems that homeschoolers face when they transition to public school.
One problem is that homeschoolers may not be used to the structure of a public school classroom. They may be used to working at their own pace and on their own schedule. This can make it difficult for them to adjust to the more structured environment of a public school.
Another problem is that homeschoolers may not be used to being around large groups of people. They may be more introverted and may have difficulty interacting with their classmates.
And sometimes, they may not know how to deal with the cliques and the peer pressure that can be found in public schools.
But homeschoolers who transition to public school usually find that these problems are minor and that they quickly adjust to the new environment. With time and patience, most homeschoolers are able to successfully transition to public school.
What are the advantages of public school?
The most common question, why I’m making this transition?
I’ll cut to the chase to give the answer that most people are looking for when they ask this question:
The three main advantages of public school are social interaction, extracurricular activities, and college preparation.
Social interaction is important for homeschoolers because it helps them develop the social skills that they need in order to interact with others.
Extracurricular activities are important because they help homeschoolers develop their interests and talents. And college preparation is important because it helps homeschoolers be better prepared for the rigors of college academics.
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It’s your turn now!
You’re the one who decides whether it’s the best age to transition from homeschool to public school or not. If you believe you/your kid is emotionally, academically, and socially ready, then go for it!
Keira Addison is a mother pursuing homeschooling for her kids for decades. She loves sharing her experience and practical advice about homeschooling, which has made her a popular authority on the subject. As a professional author, Keira knows how to communicate clearly and effectively with her audience, making her an ideal source of information for anyone considering homeschooling their children.