Many homeschoolers are tempted to put their children in public school so they can participate in sports. Whether or not it is a good idea depends on the child and the circumstances.
Q. My child is showing quite a bit of athletic promise and talent. We are currently homeschooling. A coach suggested I put my child back in public school so they can have more access to sports. Are they right? Should my athletic child return to public school?
A. It might be a good idea for an athletically gifted child to return to public school. However, it might be better to continue homeschooling. It depends on the child and their distinct circumstances. Here are some things you should consider.
Why are you homeschooling in the first place? If you decided to homeschool to give your child one on one attention then to they no longer need that kind of attention? If you homeschool your child because they struggled in public school, are they past that point of stuggling? Sports access should not supersede academic needs for any reason, so weigh their academic needs first, and foremost.
Is your child equipped to return to public school? After homeschooling for a few years, many kids are equipped to return to public schools. Others may not be for whatever reason. Some kids need to be able to work at their own speed. Some need personal attention. Your child must be able to work with others and at the speed of the group before going to public school. Keep this in mind, and start training them to work with others and meet deadlines if you are thinking about putting them in school.
Does your child want to go school? If your child loves homeschooling, sports may not be a good enough trade off for them to want to go to public school. The child’s education should be positive and so a hesitant child may have a difficult time adjusting to the public school.
Is there a homeschool network sports program in your area? Most large cities have large homeschooling networks equipped with active sports organizations. If the only reason for going to school is participate in sports, it may not be necessary. They can get noticed just as well in a homeschool/private school sports league.
Can your child go to school part time or just for sports? Is there the possibility of a happy medium? Some school systems in some states allow homeschoolers to participate part time, or just for electives and sports. Do your research and find out if this may be an option.