Umbrella and Satellite Schools
You might prefer to establish your homeschool under an umbrella or satellite school. These schools are set up to provide cover, or an umbrella, for families who were unable to homeschool on their own or who would rather not go it alone. The umbrella schools are often private or alternative schools.
Some people believe that umbrella schools are solely religion-based. Although some are, many are not. Don't be afraid to ask when contacting the school. Better yet, speak with families who are enrolled with the schools, and always ask the school to send their complete information packet to you.
The umbrella or satellite schools can provide curriculum guidance, materials, testing services, record keeping, high-school transcripts, accredited diplomas, and other areas of assistance. Yet the education still takes place in the home; it isn't necessary to travel to a specific school or facility each day. A fee is charged for the services that umbrella or satellite schools provide, depending on what they offer.
To find umbrella or satellite schools in your area, contact your local school district and ask if they keep a list of such schools. Your homeschool support group is another good source of information on umbrella schools in your area. If you're unable to locate a school through these resources, try calling local private schools or churchbased schools to see if they offer home-education programs through their facilities.