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Local Information
Beyond the forums, here are some other sources of local information.

Local Homeschooling Contacts:

HomeSchool Association of California
Santa Cruz County Contact
Jane Larson Baer  831-423-0170
Vaiva Bichnevicius 831-662-8278

California Homeschool Network
Santa Cruz County Local Contact
Heddi Craft  831-458-1711

Local Email Lists with Area Information:

Santa Cruz Mountain Homeschoolers

Santa Cruz Homeschooling

Santa Cruz Christian Homeschoolers

Monterey Bay Unschooling Network

Reasons for Homeschooling

Mon May 17, 2010 11:47 am by magerer

(compiled by homeschooling parents-in no particular order and could be any or all of the following for any family)

We homeschool to be able to:
- individualize our student's education
- have a family-based learning experience
- allow our children to learn at their own pace
- allow our children to follow their passions and explore their interests
- to spend more …

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Filing a Private School Affidavit (PSA)

Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:54 am by Sarah Wilson

California homeschoolers opting for the private school route (also known as "independent homeschoolers"), the State requires the annual filing of the Private School Affivadit.

Although California only allows the Private School Affidavit (PSA, formerly known as an R4) to be filed from October 1 through 15, this does not mean all other required paperwork should wait. In fact, private …

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How to Homeschool Legally in California

Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:43 am by Sarah Wilson

One of the questions many people have who are unfamiliar with homeschooling is “Is it legal?” In all 50 states, the answer is “Yes!”

Each state has the authority to decide what qualifies as homeschooling and how or if it will be monitored. In California, there are four ways to legally homeschool. All this information, and much more, can be found on the HomeSchool Association of …

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Local Public School Homeschool Programs

Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:43 am by bcbrenda

One legal way to homeschool in California is by joining a public or private school Independent Study Program (also known as ISPs, Charters, or Homeschool Programs). While in these programs, your child is technically a public school or private school student, but much more of your learning occurs at home. Santa Cruz County schools started creating these programs over 20 years ago, so we have a …

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State Homeschool Organizations that Provide Support

Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:31 pm by Admin

The HomeSchool Association of California (aka HSC) has an extensive website, including a free publication to help you get started. You can download it free here, or request a printed copy.

The California Homeschool Network also has a getting started guide called Just the Facts, which contains the step by step directions for filing a Private School Affidavit (also know as the PSA or R4 option …

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