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Home-Based Educational Programs. Home School. At all times, locations, and grade levels, parents may independently elect a home-based educational program. Home School. A Home-Based Educational Program is defined as:

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Home School

At all times, locations, and grade levels,

parents may independently elect a

home-based educational program.

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Home School

A Home-Based Educational Program is defined as:

  • A complete academic course using correspondence course and/or other appropriate materials in the home including virtual online school programs
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  • In lieu of the “school at post” DSSR education allowance, a separate allowance rate is authorized each school year for the purchase of home-based educational programs and allowable materials (under DSSR 274.12b).
    • Grades K-8 up to $5,700
    • Grades 9-12 up to $7,700
  • However, if the local non-DoD school has been certified as adequate by the Office of Overseas Schools, reimbursement is limited to the “school at post” rate if it is lower than the home-based educational program/private instruction allowance.
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  • Traditional curriculum textbooks and other supplemental materials as may be appropriate for math, science, language arts, social studies, and other subjects on a grade/age appropriate basis.
  • Instructional CDs/software, curriculum guides, and manipulative materials for math, etc.
  • Fees charged for access to libraries and group participation in local school-sponsored athletic, extracurricular, or music activities that are normally free of charge in U.S. public schools.
    • Group participation is defined as a lesson or activity with enrollment open to the public, not a lesson provided exclusively for a family group.

(See Non-Allowable Expenses, item h., below.)

  • Fees for curriculum-related on-line Internet services such as study programs, library services, and distance learning.
  • Rental of curriculum-related equipment such as microscopes or very large band instruments (such as a Sousaphone) that would normally be provided by U.S. public schools.
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  • Required testing materials by either the formal home-study course or other authorized program.
  • Advisory teaching service affiliated with the selected formally recognized home-study course.
  • Tuition charges, shipping costs, lesson postage, on-line Internet and facsimile charges associated with formal recognized home-study course or other authorized program.
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  • Equipment such as: computers, keyboards, printers, televisions, facsimile and scanning machines, calculators, microscopes, and furniture.
  • Non-course specific CDs, videos, DVDs.
  • General reading materials and reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, globes), etc.
  • Purchase or rental of items that have broader use than the course being studied (i.e. computer hardware, calculators, band instruments except noted above).
  • Expendable supplies (paper, pencils, markers) that are normally purchased by parents in the U.S.
  • Parental training in home-study private instruction.
  • Any form of compensation to the parent such as childcare or supervisory costs.
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  • Travel and transportation costs at post or away from post.
  • Personal telephone, Internet, satellite, cable or other available communication subscription fees.
  • Fees for museums, cultural events, or performances that would normally be paid by parents in the U.S.
  • Private lessons.
  • Membership in gymnasiums, cultural clubs, spas, and other private clubs.
  • Textbooks, Bibles, workbooks, daily devotionals, or any material primarily for religious instruction.
  • Insurance associated with shipping charges. (Do not elect optional insurance.)
  • Fees to an independent agency for posting credits and issuing transcripts.
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  • Notify local NDSP liaison of the desire to purchase a home-based educational program and/or materials.
  • Select an appropriate home-based educational program.
  • The following documentation is required:
    • DoDEA Form 610, for each dependent
    • Verification of Eligibility Form (with commander’s signature)
    • A copy of the sponsor’s orders plus any amendments.
      • If the child(ren) is/are applying for entry to kindergarten or first grade, a copy of that child's passport or birth certificate is required to verify age.
    • Funds Request Sheet
    • Receipt of payment for course materials

*Note: Reimbursement for home-based education expenses is based on actual expenses with proof of payment by sponsor through the submission of receipts (i.e., “after-the-fact”).

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  • Sponsors who elect to purchase educational curriculum materials for home-based educational programs must submit to the local NDSP liaison receipts and an itemized list indicating the appropriate dependent(s) for each purchase.
  • Sponsors are responsible for out of pocket expenses until the purchase is approved and reimbursement processed.
  • Responsibility for documentation rests with the sponsor. Receipts must be legible. Itemized lists of educational texts or materials must clearly indicate relevance to curriculum areas.