Are you a PSP or an Independent Study Program?
Branson Academy is a Private School Satellite Program (PSP) for homeschool families.
Our program supports alternative educational methods including independent study, home schooling, unschooling, special needs learning, and home study options for students involved in competitive sports or arts programs.
Does Branson Academy sell curriculum or textbooks?
No. We ascribe to the philosophy that one-size curriculum does not fit every student. However, we have an extensive list of resources and planning materials to help you custom design a curriculum for your child.
Does Branson Academy offer online classes?
No. We are a PSP that exclusively provides administrative support for home school families. Think of us as the Admissions and Records Office for your home school.
What happens after registration?
After you register you will receive full access to our Parents page, which includes extensive K-12 resources and all the reporting forms you need to homeschool successfully. See How It Works for more information.
How often do I send in reports?
Reports are submitted once every quarter. Due dates and forms are posted on the Parents page, and email reminders are sent prior to deadlines.
A parent's commitment and responsibility in our program includes instruction of the student and submitting reports. Reports are mandatory.
What happens when I send in my reports?
Progress reports and portfolio samples are evaluated. Both are matched to ensure that grades are substantiated by the work. Parents are responsible for teaching their student(s), and reports provide proof of instruction as required by the state.
Is Branson Academy accredited?
No. As a Private School Satellite Program (PSP) we do not fit the specifications for accrediting agencies. However, any transcripts or records you receive from Branson Academy, Inc. are official legal documents. Graduates from Branson Academy have been accepted into the military, community colleges, and universities.
Do you recommend legal insurance?
Yes. As pioneer homeschoolers, we were long-time members of HSLDA. There are many benefits to joining such an organization if membership is within your budget - however, it is not mandatory to enroll.
Will my student receive a high school diploma?
Students who successfully complete the Basic Program which meets California State Education Code 51220 – 51228 requirements for high school graduation receive a high school diploma. Graduates receive an official transcript, diploma, and letter of recommendation from Branson Academy based upon verified student performance. (see High School Programs for more info.)
What is high school credits tracking?
We track credits and provide an annual report for students and parents to review. This is to help ensure your student is meeting the basic requirements for high school graduation in the State of California. We encourage parents and students to select courses which meet or exceed these requirements.
What if I don't live in California?
You can still enroll in Branson Academy and enjoy the benefits of our program. For state-specific requirements, visit HSLDA.
Should I enroll my child in Kindergarten?
California mandatory Kindergarten legislation AB 713 was stopped in the Senate Appropriations Committee, September 3, 2015. This is an on-going battle for California. Each year legislation is introduced, and for now, has been opposed. For state-specific requirements, visit HSLDA.
Does my child need shots?
Effective as of the 2016-17 academic year, California law eliminates the personal belief exemption for vaccinations in all public and private schools in California. An amendment was added to exempt students of home-based instruction and students enrolled in a private satellite program such as ours who do not receive classroom-based instruction.
How do I teach my child?
Successful home school parents are both committed to, and involved in, the education of their child. Research and explore teaching methods. Understand your child's learning style. Check out our resources page or Facebook page for links to articles, blogs, and other homeschool resources. There are so many fantastic products, curriculums, companies, and books available now for parents who want to teach their own children. We recommend reading Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso. This book gives parents insight into parenting styles, and strategies for instilling confidence and self-discipline in their children -- an essential tool for homeschool parents alongside academic instruction.
There are many different ideas on how and what to teach. Explore! Be courageous! And, be reassured -- there really is no one right way to home school. There are a lot of good ways. Some very excellent ways. And the way that will turn out to be right for you and your child.
Some families want a lot of structure, while others thrive in a less structured environment. Think about what is critical to you for a happy and productive home. Create a positive learning environment that promotes and encourages learning and exploration.
Then dig in and begin. There's no way around it - you just have to start. The perfect place to begin is right where you are!
We'll be right here to help.