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When you compare that number to the more than 300 students in more than 85 families who participate in the Holy Family Homeschoolers (HFH) program in the diocese, one can see it is a viable and growing option for families.
According to HFH families, the two biggest reasons they chose to homeschool are faith and academics. Teaching children at home gives parents a chance to teach the faith in a manner which is not watered down and is in keeping with the Magisterium.
HFH families also say homeschoolers, on average, score significantly higher on SAT tests than students in public schools and in religiously affiliated private schools. Colleges also recruit home schoolers at a high rate over any other group of incoming freshmen.
Homeschooling offers flexibility. Students may follow the standard school year, or be educated year-round, taking breaks for vacations or liturgical seasons. Homeschoolers can also take family time when a new baby arrives or a grandparent is ill, all while teaching the children the value of family. Time missed can be made up during the summer months or at other times.
The families say there are also opportunities not available to traditionally schooled students, offering homeschoolers a depth and breadth of education unavailable elsewhere. Students have worked for senators at the Capitol, interned at Relevant Radio, attended religious rallies, established their own businesses, engaged in mission work, and taken college courses — all during school hours.