Home Schooling Cost Analysis
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Education
When parents decide to educate their children at home, it usually costs
much less than either a private school or a public school.
By home schooling your child, you will save time and gas because
there is little or no commuting. There is also less expense for day
care due to the one parent staying home full time. In addition,
clothing is inexpensive because there is no pressure to keep up with
fashion trends. Home school expenses include books and supplies, which
can be very reasonable especially when you use your local library.
Eating meals at home is also cheaper and much healthier than either
buying meals at school or making lunches for school depending on how
you make them. Other expenses include music lessons, sport supplies and
other fees for hobbies or group activities. Computer equipment and
computer software are also an extra expense. Some parents who home
school also pay for private tutoring to supplement their own teaching.
Public schools have no tuition and do not charge for books, but
parents must pay for school supplies. Extracurricular activities your
child may be involved in have fees associated with them, same fees as
for home schooling. Children who attend public school can either ride
the bus, which is free, or commute to school, which can be costly with
rising gas prices. Sometimes there is a fee for computer classes in
public school, depending on the school. Public school lunches cost
more, especially when parents do not know if their children are
throwing the food away or sharing it with other children. Clothing
expenses are high because of peer pressure and popularity. Often,
parents need day care for their children until they are done with work.
Private schools do charge tuition, which is usually 1000 to 5000
per year, depending on the school. A private school also charges for
books, but not usually supplies. Music and art lessons are usually
included in the tuition cost. Computer software is an extra fee, along
with any sport supplies or other after school program. Private schools
do not offer any transportation, so that is an extra expense.
Overall, parents who choose to home school spend the least amount
of money, while parents who choose private school spend the most. On
the other hand, when a parent decides to home school, a full time job
for the parent teacher is usually out of the question (or very
difficult to include in a daily schedule). Nevertheless, the choice to
home school should be based on your child's ability to thrive and learn
in a home setting or school setting.