Homeschooling

How can I prepare to homeschool my child?

Parents must register an Individualized Home Instruction Plan with New York State. Next Level advisors can help parents navigate the registration process.

Can I use an outside instructor to teach all courses to my child?

Parents are required by New York State to teach a “majority” of material to their children. Next Level instructors can be particularly useful for teaching courses for which parents may not be qualified. For example, a child may have advanced to higher level math or science that a parent doesn’t know and a professional Next Level instructor can either teach the entire course or provide periodic support. Parents could also use a Next Level instructor to teach them the material and then they can teach their child.

Does my child need to take exams?

There are a variety of New York State reporting and exam requirements that Next Level advisors can help clarify.

Can my child receive test accommodations for a learning disability?

Yes. For documented learning disabilities students are eligible for accommodations such as extra time.

Do you provide materials for subjects you teach?

Yes. Next Level Learning instructors provide all the materials your child will need for the duration of the course, including homework assignments.

What curriculum is required when homeschooling my child?

For grades one through six, New York State requires instruction in arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing, the English language, geography, United States history, science, health education, music, visual arts, physical education, bilingual education and/or English as a second language where the need is indicated.

For grades seven and eight New York State requires 216 hours each year of instruction in English, History and Geography, Science, and Mathematics. Art and Music require 54 hours each per year. Physical and Health education, Practical Arts, and Library Skills should be taught on a “regular basis.”

United States History, New York State History, and the Constitutions of the United States and New York State must be taught at least once during the first eight grades.

For grades nine through twelve English and Social Studies requires 432 hours each; Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education 216 hours each; Art and/or Music 108 hours; Government, Economics, Health Education 64 hours each; and 324 hours of elective courses.

Between kindergarten and 12th grade, New York State also requires students to receive instruction in Patriotism and Citizenship, Health Education (including alcohol, drug, and tobacco misuse), Highway Safety and Traffic Regulation, including Bicycle Safety, and Fire and Arson Prevention and Safety.

How can Next Level help me with homeschooling my child?

Next Level Learning is prepared to help parents homeschool their children, especially in more advanced subjects that require a higher level of proficiency than the parent may possess. We can assist on a temporary basis until the student completes a course being taught by a parent, or we can teach an entire course. Please contact Next Level Learning to find out how our highly skilled instructors can help you ensure your child learns all subjects required by New York State and is fully prepared to move onto college.

Can Next Level help if my child is temporarily out of school?

Next Level Learning can help students who are temporarily out of school for a variety of reasons, such as a short-term visit from another city or country, while recovering from an injury, while accompanying a parent on a temporary visit related to diplomatic or work activities, or performing in a production or movie being shot in our area. As always, instructors are available to travel to the student’s home, hotel, or other location.

Whatever the reason, Next Level’s highly trained, professional instructors are prepared to help parents homeschool their children, especially in more advanced subjects that require a higher level of proficiency than the parent may possess. Our instructors can assist on a short-term basis until the student completes a specific course, or we can teach an entire course. For students temporarily in New York, Next Level can coordinate course and curriculum content and requirements with the child’s school in another city, state, or country.

Please contact Next Level Learning to find out how our highly skilled, professional instructors can help ensure your child maintains doesn’t fall behind while he or she is temporarily away from school.

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