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May 24, 2005 > New Haven to offer home schooling

New Haven to offer home schooling

by Rick La Plante

Superintendent Pat Jaurequi has announced that home schooling will be an option for parents of children in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City starting in September.

The program, designed for parents who choose to educate their children at home as an alternative to the regular classroom, will be open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Educational materials will be provided by the district, and home schooling families will work with a supervising teacher, credentialed and experienced with multi-grade curriculum.

"The program will be a collaborative effort between the parent and the teacher,'' Jaurequi said. "Each will have a specific set of responsibilities, and together they will make sure the child has the best educational experience possible.'' There is no cost for participating families.

Home schooling students will be evaluated on the same subject matter as students in the district's classroom settings, and a report card will be prepared cooperatively between the parent and the supervising teacher, said Kathy Moniz, the district's director of Pupil
Services and Alternative Programs. Moniz designed the program in collaboration with Derek McNamara, assistant superintendent, Instruction.

In kindergarten through fifth grade, students may participate in activities at their neighborhood school, such as physical education, science and music, Moniz said. In addition, sixth through eighth-grade students may be enrolled in a maximum of three classes at their neighborhood school while taking their remaining subjects through the
home school program. Students may attend their neighborhood school for assemblies, field trips, dances, clubs or other special events.

The program will be open not only to New Haven residents but to children who live outside the district's boundaries, who will be accepted upon administrative approval on a space-available basis with an interdistrict transfer from their home district.

Information on New Haven's home schooling program is available through the district's Pupil Services Department, (510) 471-1100, ext. 2318 or 2378.

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