How To Schedule
Assessments are $40/ 1 child, $65/2 children, and $80/3 or more. I am licensed to complete assessments for homeschoolers in Ohio. I am available to complete assessments either in person, at my Gahanna area home, or online using a variety of methods. Please see the “what to expect” and “how to prepare” pages for more information. If you would like to schedule an in person or online assessment, please follow this link to set up a time. You will receive an email confirmation with all necessary information after you have submitted the form. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
What to Expect
Every child and family is different when it comes to homeschooling. Each will approach their education in a different way, as will I evaluate them all individually. It is my goal as an evaluator to support the parents in their homeschooling journey, not to judge. Portfolios for each child will be as unique as their journey, so I come without expectations. If you are struggling in an area, I am here to help brainstorm ideas to help you over the hurtle. Think of me as an extended support system. I am here to help you to succeed in your homeschooling journey. Meetings will typically last 1 hour per child, although with multiple children completing the same types of work, it may take less. Assessments can be done in person, or can be strictly online or a combination of online and over the phone. I will need to see work samples, but they may be uploaded to my secure website, or shared via Google Hangouts or Skype. I will sit down with you, the parent and teacher, either online, over the phone, or in person, as I go through their “portfolio”. I say “portfolio” because this may look different for each of you. For ideas for portfolios, please visit the “how to prepare”page. I am simply looking to see if you are “working to your child’s potential,” as the state asks me to do. Typically, I will get a lot of information from you because you are the one that knows your child and is in full control of their education. Only you can tell me about the trials and tribulations of finding your child’s level, backtracking, or speeding up the process to get to your ultimate goal. Whether you are an unschooler or homeschooler, you will have some method to your teaching and be able to explain it better than anyone. If you are worried you do not have a lot of paperwork to show me, we can make-up the difference with dialog between you, your child, and myself. When the evaluation is complete, you will receive a signed form from me that you can send to your school district.
How to Prepare
Each family will have a different way of creating their homeschool portfolio, and that is perfectly acceptable. What you need to do is find what works for you and stick with it. I do not require an extremely detailed layout, I just expect to see that you are working with your child on something that would lead me to believe that you are “working to their potential” as the state would require. Parents have brought a variety of portfolios to me, and each is as unique as the child. If you feel comfortable keeping a three ring binder that you just open up and put the occasional work in at the end of the day, that would work great for our purposes. If you are an unschooler without a lot of written work, but have a lot of pictures that you could put together of the many educational trips, experiments, etc, that you have done throughout the year, that is also acceptable. Again, you need to find what works for you and stick with it. If you are getting close to your assessment and feel as if you have no organization to your work, don’t worry!! Bring/upload what you have and we will figure it out! Conversation goes a long way in this process. Think of it as a mini interview. For those planning to do the online assessments, you will need to upload some or all of your work samples to my secure facebook page, and send payment through paypal at least 24hrs in advance. If you choose to upload only a small portion of work samples/photos, please have any other records available for an online meetup using either Google Hangouts or Skype. If you choose to upload all of your work samples, we can meet over the phone, via Google Hangouts, or Skype. After you have scheduled your appointment we can plan and discuss whichever option you choose. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!