Review of the River Springs Charter School Homeschooling Program
River Springs Charter School Located in Riverside, California
River Springs is a charter school located in Riverside, California that includes a free public homeschool program serving San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties in Southern California. Parents get to choose their own curriculum options and learning materials. Parents can directly order desired materials through textbook providers Bookmart and textbookx.com. An Education Specialist (ES) is assigned to each student.
River Springs also has learning centers where homeschool students can attend enrichment classes or workshops once or twice a week. This can help ease concerns that some parents may have about socialization if they pull their kids out of school for homeschooling. Because children spend some time in a classroom environment, it can make transitioning to a traditional school or college much easier.
How the River Springs Homeschool Program Works
To register with River Springs, you can go to their website to fill in an online application form. River Springs has several charter schools, so make sure you choose the homeschool option. You will also have to send various enrollment documents, such as medical and dental and proof of residence. You may have to go to one of the school locations to fill in the forms to officially register your child.
Once your child is enrolled, you will be assigned an Education Specialist (ES), who will come to your home or meet at a location close to your home. The ES will meet with you to discuss putting your curriculum together. You can put together your own curriculum and choose your own materials.
River Springs provides funds to pay for materials and learning center classes to. Orders placed through Bookmart and textbookx.com will be billed directly to these funds. You can also ask your ES to order materials.
River Springs has a learning plan and your curriculum must cover each requirement. For example, for Language Arts you must cover handwriting, grammar, literature, spelling, etc. Your ES will meet with you every 20 school days to help you plan the next month's learning plan. The nice thing about River Springs is that you have flexibility and freedom but you're not completely on your own either.
River Springs is a public charter school, so your children will be California public school students. This means they'll have to take any mandatory California state tests.
River Springs provides students free access to discoveryeducation.com, brainpop.com, and brainpopjr.com, which have hundreds of videos covering many subject areas. I use videos from these website almost everyday to supplement many of the things I teach. Access is also provided to readinga-z.com, and enchantedlearning.com.
Homeschool Learning Centers
River Springs has several centers where students can take enrichment classes. Depending on the centers, these classes cover subjects like Math, Literature, Writing, Art, Theater, Science, Computers and Spanish.
Homeschool centers are located in Temecula on Margarita Road, Hemet on North Girard Street, Corona at Second and Grand Ave, Riverside on Chicago Avenue, and Santa Ana in Orange County.
River Springs homeschool program is a great choice for parents who want flexibility and freedom but who don't want to go it alone. Parents can have a custom homeschool curriculum at no charge. The learning center classes give children a chance to interact with other students in the program. The learning centers can be a nice supplement to what is being done at home.
Visit http://riverspringscharter.org for more information.