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Some parents opting to homeschool their children

3 years ago May 09, 2012 May 9, 2012 Wednesday, May 09 2012 Wednesday, May 09, 2012 4:50:49 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Sarah Rosario

BATON ROUGE - Due to frustrations with t Louisiana's public school system, dozens of parents in Baton Rouge have decided to home school their children.

But the parents we spoke to aren't home schooling their children on their own, but instead paying someone else to do it.

Terri Carney started homeschooling her children 11 years ago. Shortly after, other parents asked if she could teach theirs.

Since then she's started a non-accredited school in Central called Carney Christian Academy.

She charges $500 per student to cover school supplies and to pay for curriculum.

Like public schools, the students are required to go to class daily; they're given homework and are tested regularly.

"Any student who graduates as a home-schooler will have to receive a non-accredited private school diploma from their parents, or from me. I give those to my students and they have to receive a GED," said Carney.

There are two types of home school programs in the state. One is accredited by the Board of Elementary and Secondary education and the other is not.

By law any child is eligible to attend and participate in a BESE approved home study program.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in a home school program may do so by submitting an application for approval to BESE.

Carney Christian Academy is a school that does not seek the state's approval.

Students who attend the academy are registered with the state as students under their parents.

Carney just provides the service of being the teacher.

"So I pretty much answer to my parents who are then governed by the Department of Education," said Carney.

Parents we spoke to say they decided to move their kids out of Parish schools because they were fed up with the system.

Many said they wished they had done it earlier.

"My daughter has been home schooled for about seven months and she has retained more information in the last seven months that in the last four years," said Bridgette Lowe.

Carney sets strict guidelines for her students to follow and holds them to a high standard.

She doesn't keep students who fall below a 70%, nor accept school dropouts. Her students must be able to read before they are accepted into her school.

Parents we spoke to are more than satisfied.

"Even though I was hands on with my daughter's teachers at the public school, and doing things to help her at home, I just feel like she was falling through the cracks," said Melissa Howell.

If students who attend Carney Christian Academy would like to go to college, they are eligible to take the ACT or SAT. They can also take the college placement exam to get into a community college.


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