Home Schooling and The HOPE Scholarship

By: Kate Gaier Email
By: Kate Gaier Email

Knowing the financial backing is there, many students are at ease making the transition to higher education, but are home schooled students at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving the hope scholarship?

Shelly Autry has five boys ages two to 14 and has opted to home school them.

"I found it to be wonderful. I think there are a lot of people who don't feel that they could tackle it, you know, the job of educating all your children."

Autry says she hopes her children will consider going on to college, but will they face more obstacles than a child who graduates from a traditional high school?

Autry says she's not worried.

"Whatever needs to be done at that time, we'll do those things to make sure they can get into college and make sure they have everything that they need."

"That's on our minds. That when they reach that age what are we going to do as far as afford to send them to college," Deeann Johnson says.

Johnson has a single income family like many other home schoolers, and for that reason she says parents need to plan ahead when it comes to secondary education.

Johnson added, "Do I worry about other certain obstacles? Sure, because we are doing something different then the norm."

Autry added, "There's a lot of things to say about home schooling that's really positive."

Both women say they feel Georgia is a home school-friendly state, and having a support group in the community makes their decision to home school that much easier.


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