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

State Department Resources

FLO’s Education & Youth Team
FLOAskEducation@state.gov
www.state.gov/flo/education

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 Curriculum 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 curriculum.

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 - General Resources

Home School Facts.com

Homeschool-Curriculum.org

PBS Parents Homeschooling Overview

Virginia Department of Education
Approved Multidivision Online Providers

Homeschool Curriculum Programs (used by Foreign Service families)

A Beka Book Liberty University Online Academy
Aleks Memoria Press
Brigham Young University Monarch
Calvary School National University Virtual High School
Calvert Education North Star Academy
Central Texas College Online High School Oak Meadow
Florida Virtual School Stanford Online High School
George Washington University Online High School Seton Home Study School
Heart of Dakota Sonlight
International Connections Academy Timberdoodle
International Virtual Learning Academy University of Miami Global Academy
ISBerne Online University of Missouri- Columbia High School
Keystone School Online University of Nebraska High School
K12 Veritas Press Academy
Laurel Springs School The Well Trained Mind
Latter Day Learning WiloStar Treaty Academy
Liahona Academy Brightways Global Academy

Online College Programs

El Paso Community College Online Texas Tech University Distance Education

Resources

After School Plans
Logic of English Language
Apologia Math-U-See
Barton System Reading and Writing Real Science
Beast Academy Rosetta Stone Language
Brave Writer Saxon Math
Brightways Academy Science Mastery
Classical Conversations Shoreline Community College High School
Completion
Classical Cottage School Singapore Math
Holt Science and Technology Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth
Homeschool Computer Programming Teaching Textbooks-Math
Institute for Excellence in Writing Tigris Academy
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth  

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