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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Here's an article from 2013 by a mother in Vaud, who explains the cantonal requirements for home-schooling, there. I'm amazed!
http://www.expatparent.ch/2013/09/ed...ome-schooling/

and here info (in French) about support for those who home-school their children in Vaud:
https://feel-vaud.ch/faq/
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Old 27.08.2018, 08:05
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

I would take issue with that. My son is one of those kids who does not fit “the standard” - being very bright he was getting bored with the classwork being too easy. The school had a lot of discussion with us. In the end they bumped him up a class, and helped us set up outside courses.

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I took FunnyBone to mean that a child who does not fit the norm 100% has a harder time in Switzerland than, perhaps, in another country, because the Swiss system, at least as their family has encountered it, is geared towards standard solutions, with less focus or less room for children who don't match that standard, and that that can hurt the child.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Fascinating subject indeed- and the variety of local attitudes to Home Ed in Switzerland is mind boggling. Some Kantons don't allow it at all, others tolerate it providing one of the parents is a qualified teacher for the relevant level, or the family/ies employ a tutor who has the relevant qualifications, like Fribourg and Valais. Some K/Cantons define a syllabus.

Others like Jura, Bern, BaselS, Neuchâtel and Vaud have a much more liberal attitude. Vaud however ir re-thinking its approach as they have encountered cases of not 'home schooling' but 'unschooling' - there has been some authorisations withdrawn due to this, and authorities are rethinking their approach. French has to be taught by a parent who is fully bilingual or by employing a tutor.

Still a very minority thing in CH- Valais is a very large C/Kanton with only 5 children home educated. Overall, about 1000 children in CH out of 880.000- with 43.000 privately educated.

(from 20 Minutes 4.09.16: Le Valais compte 5 enfants, Genève 35, a relaté récemment le quotidien 24 Heures. Ces différences tiennent pour beaucoup aux régimes très différents d'un canton à l'autre.)

The youngsters I taught, from France, had to follow an official syllabus and programme, like CNED (Centre d'Education à distance) with their books and materials- and sit the same exams as other kids and in a formal setting. Totally different kettle of fish- in their case it was either because they were top athletes or musicians.

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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

I'm always amazed how 'concerned' people are about how random people they will never know are choosing to raise their children. Why do you care so much? Why is it important for some to tell others how to be? Why can you not accept that people are different and choose to lead their lives along different paths?

The person did not ask for anyone's opinion on her choice. She was simply trying to reach like-minded people.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Hi,

I know this thread is not recent, but I am homeschooling my 15 year old daughter and think it would be a great idea to get some children together.

There is a group in Lausanne but having one in the Gland-Nyon area would be great.

Although the Swiss Education authorities are quite demanding in terms of schooling, it is not that difficult to put in place as long as you comply to visits and questions they might have.

Along teaching in schools, I have had many years of experience as an online tutor for both American and English online curriculum providers and I am a big advocate of Homeschooling.

Schools do not necessarily offer the best learning experience for some children and I have taught quite a few students who eventually integrated a school or university system later on and did very well for themselves.

Homeschooling is demanding on parents but also very rewarding on students who can learn at their own pace and will perform above average in many cases.
They have more time to do sport, musical or artistic activities and thrive later on as young adults.

Hope we can get this going....

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Old 24.12.2018, 09:38
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Can't fathom home-schooling, especially in a foreign country. I'm certainly not fluent enough to tutor in the local lingo and my grasp of maths is absolutely shite.

Just inwardly laughing at myself trying to teach my son algebraic equations. It would be a nightmare, probably double nightmare if he were a teenager.

Far better for me to pay my taxes and let someone who is trained and knows what they're doing teach him.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Homeschooling...hmmm.

Having taught in boarding schools for over two decades, we occasionally deal with students who have been homeschooled and, for one reason or another, are brought back into mainstream schooling (although describing a boarding school as mainstream is a tad ingenuous).

Some are perfectly fine, some are a tad unsure of themselves and some are...a little different.

While some aspects of a mainstream curriculum are readily recreated at home, I struggle to see how a fully functioning science lab can be created there. How are parents to get hold of chemicals, to say nothing of all of the associated health and safety requirements that must be met? What about biological experimentation? Sure, simple experiments with non-hazardous materials can be recreated, but for how long is that feasible?

Based upon my experiences of dealing with homeschooled children, I wouldn't say that it is an issue if it is short term, but I cannot see it being a viable long term solution except for a very limited number of children with quite specific needs.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

If you are going to homeschool, check out the acceptability of the qualifictions being worked towards. I've known some home-schooling parents in Switzerland presented with a bit of shock.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

I was home schooled in the UK, between the age of 11 and 13. Ironic, as my father was a school headmaster at the time.

Age 13, I took my GCSE's and passed them with good grades. (I had to go to school to sit the exams).

I remember an active and healthy home schooling community with plenty of social events. And there were always after school social activities, Air Cadets, football club, judo and so on.

Homeschooling always made me feel isolated. I resisted being educated by my parents.

And, I disliked even more being the nerdy new kid, when I eventually rejoined the mainstream school system.

In hindsight, it turned out just fine.
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I know this thread is not recent, but I am homeschooling my 15 year old daughter and think it would be a great idea to get some children together.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Hi, I'm looking into options to take our 15 year old to Zurich for 4 months. She would be a Junior in school (grade 11) but doesn't speak any German (either do we). Is there any options for her? She has specific core courses to take and we do not want to damage her grades.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Paola, the problem is, that grade 11 is post mandatory schooling. She would not know enough German to enter a Gymnasium (Swiss version of very academic high school), so your only option really is a private international or bilingual school.
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Paola, the problem is, that grade 11 is post mandatory schooling. She would not know enough German to enter a Gymnasium (Swiss version of very academic high school), so your only option really is a private international or bilingual school.


Oh! I don't know how schools in Zurich are
I was hoping kids at, whatever school she attends, would know English enough to communicate with her and vise versa; as far as I understand those private schools are very expensive :S
So, there are no public schools her grade? How is a Gymnasium school then?
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

The kids would know enough English to communicate with her. That is not the problem. She would not know enough German to follow any classes though. Entry into Gymnasium is very selective, so finding one willing to accept her might be difficult, and she won't be able to earn any credits towards her American high school.
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Re: English speaking teens and homeschool Vaud

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly; maybe she could be placed in grade 10? is 10 mandatory? and work in her own online classes? She could take the courses online, I mostly want the socialization as don't want her to be trapped with us all the time! hahaha... You probably don't know any of this, sorry to ask so many questions but I'm trying to understand all the options and make this time easy for her; 4 months is a long time, especially at her age... she's not very happy about taking courses online and sadly a private school is not an option for us
I appreciate all you are telling me
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Thanks for getting back to me so quickly; maybe she could be placed in grade 10? is 10 mandatory? and work in her own online classes? She could take the courses online, I mostly want the socialization as don't want her to be trapped with us all the time! hahaha... You probably don't know any of this, sorry to ask so many questions but I'm trying to understand all the options and make this time easy for her; 4 months is a long time, especially at her age... she's not very happy about taking courses online and sadly a private school is not an option for us
I appreciate all you are telling me
Please keep in touch
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You can try to enroll her in a secondary school in the 9th grade as she won't be accepted in a high school (gymnasium) and probably neither in any vocational school.

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