Foreign Service families may decide to home school when a post offers limited educational facilities or because of personal or religious preferences. With a wealth of online learning options available, homeschool remains a popular choice for Foreign Service families. If they choose the home study option, families should be aware that they will have to abide by local education laws and will have limited outside support while instituting their education plans. Explore FLO’s Homeschooling FAQs as a starting point for families considering homeschooling.

Before choosing the homeschool option, families living abroad should check the legality of homeschooling in their host country. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) tracks the status on homeschooling worldwide. Visit HSLDA International for more information.

Homeschooling Allowances

The Department of State offers employees with children a Home Study/Private Instruction Allowance if they decide to educate them at home while posted overseas. This is a reimbursable allowance. (Employees from other agencies should check with their certifying official on whether a similar allowance is available.) Families are encouraged to work with their Financial Management Officer at post or their agency’s certifying officer to ensure their planned purchases and education programs meet the respective requirements before purchasing.

Allowance Resources

Homeschool Curricula and Resources

Homeschool options tend to fall into two categories. A family can either buy a full curriculum for the school year or can create personalized curriculum from different resources. Some families have also used education consultants to construct personalized programs. FLO collects information on the programs and resources Foreign Service families are using worldwide. Below is a list of curricula.

Listings of private entities on this page are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department State or the U.S. government of the entity, its views or the products or services it provides. The order in which names appear has no significance, and the links may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Department.

Getting Started
Homeschool Curriculum Programs Used by Foreign Service Families
A Beka Book Latter Day Learning
Advantages School International  Liahona Academy
American School of Correspondence Liberty University Online Academy
Aleks Memoria Press
Alpha Omega Monarch
Ambleside Online Moving Beyond the Page
Avenues Online National University Virtual High School
Bob Jones University Homeschool North Star Academy
Brigham Young University Oak Meadow
Brightways Global Academy Ohio Virtual School
Calvert Education Penn Foster
Central Texas College Online High School The Potter’s School
Charlotte Mason Education QSI Virtual School
The Critical Thinking Company Seton Home Study School
DODEA Virtual High School  Sonlight
Fairfax County Public Schools Online Campus  Stanford Online High School
Florida Virtual School Timberdoodle
George Washington University Online High School Time 4 Learning
Heart of Dakota University of Miami Global Academy
Home Learning University of Missouri Columbia High School
Idaho Virtual Academy University of Nebraska High School
International Connections Academy University of Texas High School
International Virtual Learning Academy Up-Words Reading
ISBerne Online Veritas Press Academy
James Madison High The Well Trained Mind
Keystone School Online Wilson Hill Academy
K12 WiloStar Treaty Academy
Laurel Springs School
Online College Programs
Homeschool Resources Used by Foreign Service Families
All About Learning Press Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
American History in a Box Khan Academy
Analytical Grammar Kumon
Apologia Life of Fred
Artistic Pursuits Logic of English Language
Art of Problem Solving Math Mammoth
Audible Math-U-See
Barton System Reading and Writing Mosdos Press
Beast Academy Mystery Science
Beautiful Feet Books Real Science 4 Kids
Bitsbox Rosetta Stone Language
Bookshark Sassafras Science
Brave Writer Saxon Math
Brightways Academy Science Mastery
Cambridge Latin Course Sequential Spelling
Classical Conversations Shoreline Community College High School Completion
Classical Cottage School Singapore Math
CTC Math Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth
Easy Grammar Systems Story of the World
Elemental Science Teaching Textbooks – Math
Holt Science and Technology Upwords
Homeschool Computer Programming Writing with Ease
Institute for Excellence in Writing Writing with Skill

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is dedicated to capturing, preserving, and sharing the experiences of America’s diplomats through their oral histories to strengthen public appreciation of diplomacy’s contribution to America’s national interests. Explore ADST’s educational materials and its rich collection of over 2,000 primary source oral histories by American diplomats that will inspire students and support a variety of world history, global studies, and civics projects. The history of their work can deeply engage students by fostering historical empathy and by bringing global competence to life in a unique way.

Education Consultants

The Department of State and the Family Liaison Office do not guarantee the reimbursement of any of these programs or services. Work with your Financial Management Officer at post or your agency’s certifying officer to ascertain whether you qualify for the Home Study/Private Instruction Allowance and what will be reimbursable.

Homeschooling in the U.S.

There are no homeschooling education allowances available to child dependents living in the U.S. Home instruction requirements and procedures vary by state and county. For more information, contact your state’s Department of Education.

Washington, DC Area Information on Homeschooling

U.S. Department of State

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