K12 homeschool question. Have you used it? What does it cost really? Can you 'drop' it if it's not for you?

First, is there more than one site k12? I want to make sure I get the right one..is it k12.com or k12. org or??

Next, I did find a k12 site, not sure if it's the officer one. It says it's having a sale...I thought k12 be free? Did you use k12? What did you like and not like about it? What costs be associated? What is a typical day like using k12?

Can we drop it mid year if it's too boring or not a good fit?
We use K12.com

Yes, you found K12. No, you're not nuts, they are having a public sale. :-)

K12 is a company that supplies curriculum. They are also for-profit, so they're not really giving away any of their stuff. What they've done is split their offerings into two camps and they sell them to either public school or individual people.

IF a public school purchases the K12 system, they agree to pay K12 for the materials and fees, and K12 bills the conservatory, not the student. The student sees K12 as "free," but it's still your tax dollars that are being spent. The school HATE to lose kids because their attendance goes down, and when attendance goes down, they can't report big numbers of students to the federal government. If they report big numbers, they grasp matching federal funds, and the schools are usually desperate for the cash. With the K12 setup, they've get it to where the kids stay at home, but are assigned a teacher by the district. It's the teacher's job to slow you down or speed you up so you're beside everyone else. You're also required to take the competency tests, and you're a PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT, which means the university gets money from the feds on your behalf.

The other customer K12 sells their curriculum to is individual homeschoolers who aren't connected to the public school system anymore. In this setup, K12 is NOT free, you receive to pay monthly fees to them. (And not only that, but you're still paying the property taxes that the government uses for the school. You don't get any of that back if you choose to homeschool or put your kids in private institution. Those people end up paying twice for their kids' education. This is the huge "vouchers" argument you hear in the region of in the news from time to time.) As a K12 "independent," you can pick as many or as few classes from K12 as you want. You may guess their Science classes are amazing, but hate their Language Arts. So you could just sign up for their Science class and call it apt, and do your Language Arts somewhere else. The cost changes depending on how many courses you sign up for, and whether or not you choose to purchase their materials. (If you already have a set off scale, you probably won't want to buy another one.) There's no teacher assigned to you, so it's up to you as to how fast or how slow you travel. (And your responsibility to understand the underlying concepts! Which means you'll be shouldering a lot of that yourself since you're not a deeply young elementary aged student anymore.)

As for being able to drop, if you're a homeschoolers unattached to the system, you can make clear to the system to **** off and do what you please. If you're still enrolled with the school, you'll have to ask what their policies on that are. The local guidance counselors should know that stuff.

I'm the mom of two extremely young children, Kindergarten and second grade, using K12 as "independents." That costs me almost $70/mo + materials, as opposed to $1200/mo for the cheapest private school I can find out here.
If you use K12 as a homeschooler, the cost is about $1200 to buy the curriculum and use it independently.
The cost to enroll in their online private academy is $7000 a year.

K12 is only free when used through the public school system.
K12 is free when it is done as a virtual public university. In that case you are not technically homeschooling at all. This is the page explaning this option: http://www.k12.com/schools-programs/onliā€¦

I've have homeschooling friends that tried K12 this way and hated it. It was too 'pushy' for them. They be constantly having to leave our homeschooling group's events because they had to log some hours next to K12... they felt they were doing *much* more and much more dull work than they would have be doing in public school.

I believe all of my friends stuck it out for the year previously quitting... but you *can* quit mid-year just as you could public school. You would need to follow your state's homeschooling imperative for beginning midyear... because again... you aren't legally homeschooling. Here that means nourishing out a Notice of Intent and turning it into your local Superintendent two weeks before you switch to homeschooling.

If you do K12 as an individual (which I hear can be a *bit* more flexable... but very expensive) then you *are* a homeschooler enrol in an online cover school... but again you could quit as long as you follow your state's homeschooling law to do it properly. Here we wouldn't enjoy to do *a thing* to change from homeschooling under a cover school to homeschooling another channel... but some states have more hoops to jump through even in that skin.

You can check out your state law here: http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp

Hope that helps!

ETA: Ah! I never realized at hand were two seperate options for using K12 for those legally homeschooling. In that bag I'm sure the 'buy it yourself' option is very flexable... but non-refundable... and the 'private school'/cover school route is less flexable... but easier to *leave*.

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