The school year is in full swing.
private schools and online schools offer families
lots of options when it comes to education.
But there is another type of schooling that about
one-point-five million students across the country
That's tonight's Assignment: Education report.
Let's get warmed up.
We will practice some steps like sashes.
up, up, ple.
Bronwyn and Gwyn are sisters from Holmen with a passion
I have been dancing for almost 10 years now.
Bronwyn started when she was just two.
Her favorite form of dance is ballet.
it's just really graceful and the movements feel really.
it just looks really pretty.
Gwyn enjoys lyrical dance.
nats but says socializing is also a part of the experience.
I like making friends.
Let's do history.
video of house
But school comes first for these girls.
and their brother.
:38...What have we learned?
And their home is their classroom.
I want to be home schooled.
After completing second grade at a traditional school.
Bronwyn asked her parents if she could be home schooled
because she didn't feel challenged in class and was
bullied outside of class.
I don't have the patience for it.
But the Hicks family did their research.
and figured out how to educate their three children
okay we'll give it a whirl and if we don't like it
And here we are going into five years.
The children will tell you the experience has been
I prefer the home school.
It's really cool that your mom gets to teach you,
because she knows how you learn.
Stephanie also knows home schooling means more than
providing education and socialization.
She needs to prepare her children for the future.
Both Bronwyn and Chase plan on going to college.
I'd like to go to UW-L.
UW-La Crosse receives applications from home school
students every year.
Each student, including a home school student, need
to be able to demonstrate to us that they've completed
a curriculum that prepares them to be successful in
This includes high school transcripts, an ACT or SAT
score as well as proof of community involvement.
A home school student is not at a disadvantage compared
to a student that attends a public or private high
They're expected to meet the same type of preparation.
I contemplate, am I doing the right thing for them?
Is this what's best for them? Are they learning enough?
So far the answer is, yes!
You need to really educate yourself as to what is
best for you and your children.
Slide out and close first.
A question the Hick's family isn't going to dance
around when it comes to educating their kids.
Stephanie says finding the right curriculum for her
children was a major part of the home school process.
In the state of Wisconsin, people are free to choose
the curriculum most appropriate for their family.
Home schooling seems to be growing in popularity across
The Department of Education estimates the number of
home-schooled students has grown at about seven-percent
a year for the past 10 years.
Almost 20-thousand students were home schooled in
Wisconsin last year.