29 Newsworthy Homeschool Topics since Leap Day 2012

As leap day approaches, take a step back in time to see what has happened and changed in the world of homeschooling over the course of the past four years.

September 6, 2012
Happy 35th Anniversary, AOP!
Alpha Omega Publications celebrates 35 years of growth from a small curriculum provider with one print product to a tech-savvy company with print and digital products, an online academy, and more.

November 1, 2012
Homeschool Domination
According to an infographic published by collegeathome.com, homeschoolers are not just consistently outperforming public schools, but they are blowing them out of the water in test scores, college GPA, and even daily living skills.

April 4, 2013
Homeschoolers Get More Sleep
A new study shows that homeschoolers are happier, healthier, and perform better academically and socially because they get more sleep than their public and private school peers.

June 6, 2013
The Home Advantage
According to an infographic published by Course Hero®, homeschooling grew 919 percent between the years 1980 and 2010. Check out the visual for more facts about homeschool growth, the academic performance of students, and the impact of technology on homeschooling.

July 2, 2013
Tebow Bills Gain Ground on Equality for Homeschoolers
Thanks to Tim Tebow Bills, homeschoolers are being allowed to try out for band, football, music, theater, and many other activities at the public schools in their district.

September 5, 2013
Why Colleges Are Recruiting Homeschoolers
Bright homeschoolers are in demand on campuses across the nation where colleges and universities have finally realized that these well-mannered high achievers are a boon to academics and student life.

January 2, 2014
Homeschoolers Are Healthier
Researchers are openly surprised by the results of a study on childhood obesity that found homeschool students to be thinner, healthier, and fitter than their public school peers.

February 8, 2014
Homeschool Snowboarder Wins First Gold Medal at 2014 Olympic Games
Alpha Omega Academy, the online school of Alpha Omega Publications, congratulates alumnus Sage Kotsenburg on his gold medal win in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

May 1, 2014
Building the Machine Breaks Down Common Core
Building the Machine is a carefully crafted, investigative documentary that sets out to disclose the who, what, where, when, why, and how behind the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), better known as Common Core.

June 5, 2014
Take a Sneak Peek at LIFEPAC’s New Look
Alpha Omega Publications announces the upcoming release of redesigned LIFEPAC courses for grades 7-9, which include updated interior images, new covers and boxes, and updated theme colors for the five main subjects.

August 4, 2014
AOP Introduces New Budget-friendly Way to Homeschool
Alpha Omega Publications introduces a new, budget-friendly way to homeschool with family and individual plans for Monarch online homeschool curriculum.

September 6, 2014
Has Common Core Created a Homeschooling Boom?
Homeschooling continues to rise in popularity, and experts are crediting the latest numbers to concerns about Common Core.

September 8, 2014
German Homeschool Family Vows to Stay and Fight
One year after Dirk and Petra Wunderlich watched German officials seize their children, the family vows to stay in Germany and fight for the freedom to homeschool.

September 26, 2014
Homeschool Family Ordered to Follow Common Core
A homeschool family in New Jersey is ordered to follow the Common Core standards to meet an interpretation of a state law that requires that children receive “instruction equivalent to that provided in the public schools.”

October 16, 2014
No Connection Between Homeschooling and School Shooting
Nearly two years after Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a task force proposes tighter scrutiny and control on homeschoolers in Connecticut.

October 23, 2014
New Homeschool Documentary Hits Select Theaters
Geared toward parents questioning public education, Class Dismissed follows one homeschool family’s experience as they pull their kids out of a Los Angeles school.

January 20, 2015
Swedish-American Family Fights for Homeschooling Rights
After having their requests denied to homeschool their daughter, a Swedish-American family takes their case to Sweden’s Supreme Court.

January 22, 2015
Sage Kotsenburg Aims for First X Games Gold
Olympic gold medalist and Alpha Omega Academy graduate Sage Kotsenburg takes fifth place at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

February 16, 2015
The Newest Homeschoolers
From New Yorkers who can’t afford private school to parents in Silicon Valley, the newest homeschoolers are “techies” in big, coastal cities who are making the switch to education at home because of a do-it-yourself attitude and a progressive spirit.

February 23, 2015
Homeschool Students Maintain Strong Christian Faith
A survey conducted by Generations with Vision and the National Home Education Research Institute finds that nearly 90% of churched homeschool students remain strong in the faith, a rate that far surpasses their churched counterparts who attended public or private school.

April 20, 2015
Vaccination Law Leads Parents to Homeschool
A new California law that requires public school students to be vaccinated leads some parents to choose homeschooling for their children.

May 18, 2015
Public School Leaders Look to Homeschoolers for Inspiration
With homeschooling numbers in Nebraska reaching a 30-year-high, public school leaders in the state look to homeschools for inspiration.

September 14, 2015
The Secret Life of a Homeschooler in China
Unfortunately, homeschooling is illegal in China; however, that hasn’t stopped parents from educating their children at home in the world’s most populous country.

September 22, 2015
Governments Making Push for Mandatory Kindergarten
Backed by HSLDA, homeschool parents across the country are taking a stand against policies that mandate kindergarten.

October 5, 2015
Student Credits Homeschooling for Perfect ACT & SAT Scores
A high school senior who was homeschooled until 7th grade credits homeschooling for helping him earn perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT.

November 30, 2015
Homeschooler to Light U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Anna Kathleen DeVolld, a 5th grade homeschooler from Soldotna, Alaska, earned a trip to light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., by winning an essay contest that prompted entrants to answer the question “Why is it special to have a Christmas tree from Alaska?”

December 14, 2015
AOP Participates in U.S.-Ireland Homeschool Partnership
Alpha Omega Publications partners with HSLDA to help provide homeschoolers in Ireland with Christian curriculum.

January 7, 2016
Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Announces Homeschool Coalition
United States Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announces a new homeschool coalition as part of his campaign for the White House in 2016.

January 25, 2016
Undercover Video Explores Common Core Motives
Common Core is back in the news after an undercover video was released as evidence that the state standards are more focused on money than children.

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