A bill that would allow homeschool students in West Virginia to participate in public school sports and other extracurricular activities is on its way to becoming law. The measure, which has failed to get across the finish line in recent legislative sessions, cleared the Senate Monday and now heads to Gov.
Now in its third year, the Homeschool Academy of Sandpoint, ID has moved to a new location. Homeschool Academy provides supplement education for homeschoolers in grades K-8. Though the organization started with only 16 students, it currently has 116 students and HSA director Melinda Rossman expects to grow to 200 students by summer next year. Classes are available five days a week and are free to students.
Homeschool Students are invited to Fort Ticonderoga for Homeschool Day on Friday Sept. 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the day, students can learn about British soldiers and sailors who anchored and encamped at Fort Ticonderoga in 1781. There will also be a 90-minute boat tour available. Tickets are $6 per student and one parent per family is free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit fortticonderoga.org.
Parents can register their homeschool students for the new Mineral County Cyber Academy. The pilot program only has 25 slots available for students in grades 6-12 and is available at no cost. Students enrolled in the course will receive a high school diploma upon completion and participate in school sports if 6 or more hours of classes are taken. An open house will be held Sept. 11th from noon to 4 p.m. at Student Services in Keyser Middle School. Interested parents can contact Ashley Baker at 304-788-4213 for more information.
Last month, Jacob Berry, a 22-year-old homeschool graduate from Morgantown, West Virginia, and straight-A student, was kicked out of West Virginia’s Bridgeport Junior College when the school’s president, Sharron Stephens, realized he was home educated.
She told Berry that his presence on campus jeopardized the college’s federal funding and gave him one day to produce an “accredited” diploma. Although the family had complied with the state’s homeschool law, homeschooling parent-issued diplomas are not “accredited.”
HSLDA previously reported that the president was misinformed because federal guidelines simply require parents to certify the completion of high school in order to qualify for financial aid. There was never any risk to the school, said HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly. Donnelly sent a letter on behalf of the member family to the college president, but she refused to talk to him. So Donnelly publicized Jacob’s story.