Director Karen Taylor Answers Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, I'm a longtime homeschooler, with experience in homeschooling as well as in helping other homeschoolers. My youngest child was completely homeschooled until he graduated from my school and started college in 2008.
Yes, my school code is #36750447092208.
No, I only accept California students, to best serve them, since California homeschooling is my area of expertise. New residents may register before they arrive, and in many instances, Cedar Life Academy can also accept students who are spending much of the school year traveling, provided they are California residents who are returning to the state.
It is optional and a decision for each family to make. Cedar Life Academy does not require it.
No, I'll do that for you!
No, you'll need to get them. Deciding what your child needs is an important part of the homeschool process. I recommend ordering the catalogs on my resources page, reading the information and links on CLA's website, and reading past CLA blog articles because many of your questions have already been asked by others and have been answered online.
Yes! I provide every Cedar Life Academy graduate with a diploma and three high school transcripts (two are sealed) at no charge. If an additional transcript is needed later, the fee is $10, and it will be sent directly to the school that is requesting it.
There is some minimal paperwork that the state requires. I'll make it painless for you to complete it, and will guide you through it all, so you only have to answer a few questions. It will be the easiest thing ever, and after I help you complete it, I will store it for you, as required by law.
During the year, I recommend that you keep track of the books you read to your child, and the list of field trips, and anything else that you want to save just because it interests you. These are records you will some day treasure! I'm a paperwork minimalist, and believe that time is best spent with our kids, so there will be no busywork for you to turn in!
It is recommended that you report your progress monthly, however it is not required. My experience is that the parents who contact me monthly and let me know what they have been doing benefit more from their Cedar Life enrollment. Often I can reassure or offer suggestions when they stay in communication with me. However, I know not everyone needs that, so I'll leave that to you to decide what level of help you need during the year.
There will be no pressure, and there is no right or wrong way to homeschool, so enjoy the experience! When you enroll in Cedar Life Academy, I do not become your school police; I'm your homeschool friend who is helping make homeschooling easier for you! As an eclectic homeschooler with relaxed unschooling leanings, I believe that learning is year round, life long, and even if you are sick or just had a bad few weeks, I know your children have been learning. I trust the kids to learn, and I trust you!
No, however you are welcome to include your faith in your teaching (unlike charter schools or ISPs which are public, a PSP like Cedar Life Academy has no faith restrictions or rules).
Absolutely not! You may unschool or do school at home. I'll only step in if you or the kids are crying, which will mean that what you are doing isn't working. I want homeschooling to be a great experience, so if you are having trouble, we'll find something that works better for you.
Compulsory education dates in California have changed. Compulsory education in California now starts the year a child is 6 by September 1st, which is typically first grade. Kindergarten is not required in California, so there is usually no need to enroll in Cedar Life Academy or any other school until first grade.
No, the enrollment fee is the same regardless of what time of year you enroll. Your family registration fee covers one academic year, from September 1 to August 31. If you enroll in the spring, enrollment for the next school year will be due by August 31.
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