How do I renew my application for the Home Study Program each year?
A renewal application must be made by the first of October of the
school year, or within twelve months of the approval of the initial application. Renewal applications are approved when parents submit satisfactory evidence that their home school offered a sustained-curriculum of a quality equal to that of the public schools at the same- grade level. This can be done in one of four ways:
(1) Verification that the child has taken the Stanford Achievement
Test (SAT), California Achievement Test (CAT) or another ap- proved standardized test and has scored at or above his grade level
or has progressed at a rate equal to one grade level for each year
in home study. A clear copy of the test results attached to the Home Study
Application is sufficient.
(2) A written statement from a teacher certified to teach at the child's grade level stating that the child is being taught with a sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered by public schools at that grade level, or in the case of children with mental or physical disabilities, a sustained curriculum at least equal to that offered by public schools to children with similar disabilities.
(3) Verification that the child took the State Basic Skills Test and scored at or above the state performance standard.
(4) A packet of materials may be presented including a complete outline of the subjects taught, list of books and materials used, copies of the
student's work, test results, statements by third parties who have ob- served the child's progress, or any other evidence of the quality of
Most parents choose to send in a copy of their child's test results. Whichever option you choose, proofread for spelling and grammatical errors; and be sure that all required information is included.