Homeschooling and Online Education

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.

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

Department of State Resources

FLO’s Education & Youth Team

Frequently Asked Questions
Homeschooling FAQs - A good starting point for families considering homeschooling.

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
Department of State Standardize Regulations - 277.3 Home Study/Private Instruction Allowance
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Home Study/Private Instruction Allowance

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.

The Department of State and the Family Liaison Office do not endorse any of these programs and strongly advise families to independently research education options for their children.

Getting Started

Home School

PBS Parents Homeschooling Overview

Virginia Department of Education
Approved Multidivision Online Providers

Homeschool Curriculum Programs Used by Foreign Service Families

A Beka Book Liahona Academy
Aleks Liberty University Online Academy
Ambleside Online Memoria Press
Bob Jones University Homeschool Monarch
Brigham Young University Moving Beyond the Page
Brightways Global Academy National University Virtual High School
Calvary School North Star Academy
Calvert Education Oak Meadow
Central Texas College Online High School Ohio Virtual School
Charlotte Mason Education Stanford Online High School
DODEA Virtual High School  Seton Home Study School
Fairfax County Public Schools Online Campus  Sonlight
Florida Virtual School The Critical Thinking Company
George Washington University Online High School Timberdoodle
Heart of Dakota Time 4 Learning
Idaho Virtual Academy University of Miami Global Academy
International Connections Academy University of Missouri Columbia High School
International Virtual Learning Academy University of Nebraska High School
ISBerne Online University of Texas High School
Keystone School Online Up-Words Reading
K12 Veritas Press Academy
Laurel Springs School The Well Trained Mind
Latter Day Learning WiloStar Treaty Academy

Online College Programs

El Paso Community College Online Texas Tech University Distance Education

Resources Used by Foreign Service Families

After School Plans
Magic School Bus
All About Learning Press Math Mammoth
Apologia Math-U-See
Artistic Pursuits Mosdos Press
Art of Problem Solving Real Science 4 Kids
Barton System Reading and Writing Rosetta Stone Language
Beast Academy 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
Easy Grammar Systems Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth
Elemental Science Story of the World
Holt Science and Technology Teaching Textbooks - Math
Homeschool Computer Programming Tigris Academy
Institute for Excellence in Writing Upwords
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Writing with Ease
Logic of English Language  

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)

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Education Consultants

Independent Educational Consultants Association 

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, D.C. Area Information on Homeschooling