Resources for internationally mobile
families considering homeschooling.
My general advice is to contact the
embassy of the country where you'll be, and ask about their compulsory
education code and the exemptions to it. Do they allow for private
schools or tutors? How does one qualify as a private school or
tutor? Could you apply? If not, ask if your children can homeschool
through a distance learning program, as enrollees in a distant
The Big Field Trip
We have lived in India for a year and a half now, and some of
my highest hopes and educational goals have been realized. Simultaneously,
some of my ideas lie trampled under the stress and adjustment
of living in a new culture. By Sherra Still, TOS.
A comprehensive resource for expatriates living and working abroad.
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
Let your children see the world! Consider homeschooling while
posted at an embassy abroad.
If you are living away from your home culture, you may want to
teach your children at home while you settle in and visit the
local schools, or you might decide that it's a good opportunity
to try out home education long-term.
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
by Gillison, Samantha
Review from your Homeschooling Guide on this dark novel of an
homeschooling family's nightmare in New Guinea. 1999 Paperback
Service Association Scholarship Program
Provides financial aid and merit scholarships for Foreign Service
youth to pursue their college education.
274.12 Other Amounts ... b. in lieu of the "school at post"
rate, a separate allowance rate of up to $3,000 each school year
for home study/private instruction in grades K-8 and up to $5,000
in grades 9-12; however, if the local school/grade is adequate,
reimbursement is limited to the school at post rate if it is
lower than the home study/private instruction rate.
Because Foreign Service children face constantly changing cultures,
uneven quality of schools abroad, and scarcity of educational
facilities for special-needs children, a priority of the Family
Liaison Office (FLO) is the educational and emotional development
of children from mobile families.
The Home Study Option
Foreign Service families are taking another look at the home school option when a post lacks educational facilities or because of personal or religious preferences. The following are some thoughts, based on one family's experience, to help you evaluate the option of a home study program for your family.
Instructions Questions and Answers
QUESTION: What is adequate home study/private instruction?
ANSWER: This is a complete academic course approved by a competent
authority using correspondence course and other appropriate materials
in the home or by private instruction.
Homeschooling and Online Education
Prepared by the US Department of State for their employees and families.
See also Distance
Home Study Option
Home schooling, however, has become a more familiar concept through
its current popularity in the U.S. Now, Foreign Service families
are taking another look at the home school option when a post
lacks educational facilities or because of personal or religious
& Expatriate Kids
China has changed the whole family and I'm certain it's the best
education Zak has received up this point. In the US, so much
of what we hear about China is simply untrue. By Leslie Clary,
HEM M/J 06.
Know You're an MK When...
1. You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?"
This list is for expatriates who homeschool their child or children.
International Schools Services
The ISS appears to be able to customize an education program
for families stationed in even the most remote areas of the world.
This is a page so you can see what your alternatives are other
than homeschooling. You can find contact and background information
on worldwide American-sponsored elementary and secondary schools
overseas and current fact sheets on the 180 American international
A group of stay-at-home Foreign Service parents in the Washington
DC area. With the support of the American Association of Foreign
Service Women, the playgroup has grown to include members from
the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies.
Foreign Service Youth Foundation
Provides information, advocacy and outreach activities for the
internationally mobile youth of all U.S. foreign affairs agencies.
This support is extended to youth and their parents in the Washington,
D.C. area as well as at Foreign Service posts abroad.
I.B. or Not I.B.? That is the question
With the virtues and value of A-levels in dispute as never before, more and more parents and students are considering the International Baccalaureate. But what is the IB? Where does it come from, and -- crucially -- is it any good?
the ACT Outside the 50 United States
Students must register directly with the supervisor of the test
center where they wish to test, not with ACT and not via the
Web. The deadline date for contacting the test center is the
Friday two weeks before the scheduled test date.
Third Culture Kids (TCKs): Focus of Major Study
A research project on adult-TCKs who are between 25 and 90, who
currently reside in the United States, and who spent at least
one school-age year abroad as the minor dependent of an American