Charter and Homeschooling

Some parents are interested in educational options.  Homeschooling is one option, however, according to homeschooling authorities, homeschoolers in California have five basic options for teaching their children at home:

  1. File an affidavit to function as a private school.
  2. Enroll in a private school satellite homeschool program.
  3. Hire a certified private tutor (or become a credentialed tutor yourself).
  4. Use a public school independent study option.
  5. Enroll in a public charter school for homeschoolers.

Charter schools are free public school and receive state tax dollars funding. The charters are required to obey various federal and some state educational code including those pertaining to special education.

Students with disabilities attending private schools also have the right to access publicly funded special education services. Those services, however, frequently are provided in the public school setting and may be less extensive than what would be available if the student opted to enroll in public school full time.

Because private schools do not take tax dollars and therefore do not have to follow special education laws.  Though many private schools are working toward supports for children with special needs, many do not have the training or support.


Inland Empire Homeschool Groups
Provides a listing and description of local homeschool groups in the Inland Empire.

The HomeSchool Association of California
Offers advice from parents who have found their own solutions to special education challenges. You will also find information about the legal aspects of homeschooling children with special needs as well as listings of helpful books, periodicals, and other resources.

Charter Schools

Academy of the Inland Empire
1184 W 2nd St. #101, San Bernardino
Free public charter school for K-12 which offers an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education to teens who seek an accelerated schedule to begin college early or teens needing to catch up on credits to graduate with their classmates.  Offers homeschooling, a virtual program and an independent study option. Serves San Bernardino and all surrounding counties.

Dehesa Charter School
1441 Montiel Rd., Suite 143, Escondido
(760) 743-7880 or (877) 300-8299 toll free
A public school, is a personalized learning program serving home schooling families in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange Counties.  This school has a special education department, but is limited in the types of services and classes offered.

River Springs Charter School
43466 Business Park Drive, Temecula
(951) 252-8800 or 877-438-4451
A free, WASC accredited, public charter school. While not an appropriate choice for all students or families, RSCS typically serves four types of student populations: Traditional homeschool students, blended program students whose instruction combines home instruction/home study, classes and enrichment activities provided by student centers, and/or community classes, Independent Study Students, and Site-Based Students. This school has a special education department, but is limited in the types of services and classes that are offered.

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