Knowing families are faced with
identifying the best educational route to take, OnlineSchools.org has
created a guide for K-12 online education options. Much has been
written about online college education, but online elementary, middle
and high school courses are growing in popularity and practicality,
especially given the tech-based society we live in. The K-12
resources listed below walk families through the how, the why and
where, and answer common questions.
A TYPICAL QUESTION PUT BY THOSE CONTEMPLATING HOME EDUCATION:
when your child is ready for college, what credentials are you going to present, and how (more important, WHEN) do you start working towards getting those credentials?
A REPLY FROM VINEETA SOOD
I am Vineeta. I have two sons, 15 and 11. Both of them have never gone to a traditional school. We all have been involved in the process of learning at home and during our three year stay in Delhi, they have gone to an alternative school…… I have just finished enquiring about the requirements for education beyond tenth class. Thought I can share with you what I have found.
In fact, all your child needs to get an admission in a Pre University college ( pre degree two year college equivalent to 11th and 12th) or class 11th in a senior secondary school is a tenth grade certificate. Various Boards through which you can do your tenth are CBSE, ICSE, NIOS, IGCSE and some new coming international agencies. CBSE and ICSE are generally the boards which the children going to regular schools opt for. For a child learning through alternative systems, the options are NIOS, IGCSE (through British Council) and any other international board. NIOS is National Institute of Open Schooling established by Ministry of Human resource Development, Govt. of India. You can find more information about this from NIOS website: www.nios.ac.in. For IGCSE, you can go to google and search for IGCSE. You will come across various sites. CIE is one operating in India. There you will get lots of information. If you have some specific questions that I can answer, please let me know.
So far as 'when to start preparing' is concerned, the child learns a whole lot of things as he/she grows and explores when not hounded by adults all the time. The last two years are enough to do a focused study keeping in mind the volume of the syllabus involved and training to write an exam. My son is now preparing for his tenth grade. He will appear for tenth grade exam through NIOS in April 2006.
I hope this information will help. In case there are any queries that I can clarify, I will be very happy to respond.
Vineeta is willing to enter into correspondence with those who have further questions. She can be contacted at: email@example.com
Cambridge International Exams
To Register for CIE
To register for IGCSE, you can follow two paths. One is registering through the British Council Library and the other, you can find out which are the schools in your city which are registered with CIE or Edexcel. The exams are held twice a year. once in sept/Oct and then in April/May. You can register three months prior to the month of examination. However, it helps to make all these enquiries about a year in advance so that you don't miss out on any crucial information and if there is something to be taken care of, one has enough time to do so. All the requirements you can find out either from the British Council or from the school through which your child will appear for IGCSE exams.
IGCSE exam requires a bit of expenditure which is not so any Indian boards. I had enquired about it two years ago and found out that British council is more expensive as compared to a school registered with these agencies.
National Open School of India
(also known as the National Institute Open School of India)
The Education Satellite "EDUSAT"
was launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 20th September 2004. The main purpose of this is to provide education to all people primarily children from remote areas of the country who cannot go to schools or colleges. To continue please transfer to this page EDUSAT.