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Different Types of Home Schooling

LBL is not able to provide curriculum, books or materials to home schooling families. Parents have full responsibility and freedom to design their child’s education. There are many ways of educating at home and this is short summary of some of the more popular styles. LBL does not endorse any specific curriculum or home schooling method. This information is provided for your information only.

  • School At Home
    A public school style environment at home, with a complete curriculum, traditional grading system and record keeping.
  • Distance Education
    Parents can choose courses or programs from companies and schools that offer teaching assistance and learning materials to a student learning at home.
  • Unschooling
    The central philosophy of this home school style is child-directed learning. Children determine what they learn, when they learn, how they learn, and why they learn.
  • Eclectic Home Schooling
    A mixed style of home school where parents pick and choose from the different approaches and methods of home schooling, and takes from each what works best for their family at the time.
  • Unit Studies
    A style where the student studies a topic in-depth for a period of time, and includes many areas of learning within that topic (science, social studies, language arts, math, and fine arts, etc) as they apply.
  • Classical Method
    This style is a three-part process of training the mind. The early grades are spent in absorbing facts; in the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments; and high school students learn to express themselves.

Web Resources

Home School – Contact

Program Administrator:
Ann Lavond

Home School Registrar:
Sam Rounsavell


School District Contacts
For families in the 12 districts of Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

Community College Contacts
Local community colleges offering GED and other resources to older home school students.

Important Message

LBL ESD is providing modified services due to COVID-19 and the statewide school closure. Please contact 541-812-2600 for assistance. Limited staffing during the closure will make response to public inquiry difficult, and some inquiries may be delayed until programs reopen.