Facilitation of Home Schooling

Students come to Individual U. for “home schooling” for a wide variety of reasons. Many have had difficulty succeeding in their previous academic environments, sometimes due to attentional, learning or emotional issues. In certain cases, these difficulties follow the diagnosis of a new learning or attentional disability, during which time health professionals often make adjustments and changes to children’s medication and treatment regimens. We have found that some students benefit from individualized homeschooling programs as they acclimate to these new regimens. Students who have developed chronic illnesses or whose lives have been interrupted by family illnesses or extremely difficult social circumstances are also well served by Individual U. home-school programs.

Another group of students and young adults who benefit from this program include “twice-exceptional students,” including some with high functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. Many of these students show a particular spark or interest that is not adequately cultivated in traditional classroom settings. Individualized programs that nurture and explore these abilities and interests may complement efforts to help address students’ vulnerabilities and challenges.

A fourth group of students who are often homeschooled at Individual U. include those who have fallen behind grade level. In some cases, these students have failed or performed poorly across the board, whereas in other instances they struggle or languish in particular subjects. These students come to Individual U. for the combination of academic remediation, enrichment, embedded executive function skills training, and integrated study of skills and practices for improving self-esteem and developing self-awareness and self-direction. Their programs often include the use of movement work in Tai Chi Chuan, Argentine tango, yoga, and meditation.

While Individual U. is not a school, and does not by itself grant credit for the “home-schooled year,” students who complete our home-school programs have two options for securing accreditation. All students are able to receive credit for the year or time studied with Individual U. through the New York City Board of Education, working closely with our independent liaison to the Board. In addition, an increasing number of independent schools around New York City offer families the opportunity for their children to gain a place with one of their classes with a proviso that they spend six months to a year as “home-schooled students at Individual U.”  Some specific schools agree to grant transcript credit for the work done at Individual U., in which case the student’s individualized program is designed to incorporate elements of the school’s academic program into the student’s Individual U. program.