Frequently Asked Questions
(about Homeschooling in Salem and Homeschooling in General)
Q: How do I find out what's going on in Salem for homeschool families?
A: There are two great ways to connect:
- Come to our monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Click on our events tab to find out the details (or by clicking on monthly meetings in the above sentence)
- Another opportunity is by joining our Facebook page.
Q: What are the requirements to homeschool in Salem?
A: The law for homeschooling in Oregon is explained briefly on the OCEANetwork website.
The two main requirements are:
- Notification of your intent to homeschool to the Willamette Educational Service District (WESD).
- Standardized Testing at the end of grades 3, 5, 8, and 10.
Find a list of Certified Testers in the area on our Testers page.
Q: What curriculum should I use?
A: That is one of the most difficult questions most new homeschoolers face! Don't worry if it takes you quite a while to figure it out. Take a look at the list of links on the right. Explore different homeschooling methods. Then take a look at the different curriculum options. Order lots of catalogs and read through them (many homeschool catalogs are more like magazines than just catalogs). Another great resource is Exodus Books in Oregon City. It is a homeschool store with tons of curriculum and books. The owner, Eli, is always willing to offer suggestions and options. Blogs and online forums are also a great way to find information about different curricula. Good luck and enjoy the process!
Q: What about socialization?
A: This question is asked more than any other about home education. We prefer to ask the question a different way: Do I want my children to blend in to the crowd or stand out? Put that way, the answer is simple.
A recent study by Dr. Ray at NHERI found that homeschooled adults were twice as likely to coach sports teams, volunteer in their town or participate in church work than non-homeschooled adults. The study also found homeschooled adults were 50% more likely to be involved in community groups and professional organizations.
Adults and children who have been homeschooled do stand out, they don't blend in, and that is just the way we like it!
(From the SACHSN brochure)
Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe--all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life. ~ Deuteronomy 32:46-47a