Springs Charter School (formerly River Springs Charter School) is a charter school located in Riverside, California that includes a free public homeschool program serving San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties in Southern California. Parents can choose their own curriculum options and learning materials. They can directly order desired materials through Springs Charter School's textbook. An Education Specialist (ES) is assigned to each student.
Springs Charter Schools also has learning centers where homeschool students can attend enrichment classes or workshops once or twice a week. This can help ease concerns that some parents may have about socialization if they pull their kids out of public school for homeschooling. Because children spend some time in a classroom environment, it can make transitioning to a traditional school or college much easier.
How the Springs Charter Schools Homeschool Program Works
To register with Springs Charter Schools, you can go to their website to fill in an online application form. Springs Charter Schools has several schooling options, so make sure to choose homeschooling when you sign up. You will have to send various enrollment documents, such as medical, dental, and proof of residence. You may have to go to one of the school locations to fill in the forms to officially register.
Once your child is enrolled, you will be assigned an Education Specialist (ES), who will come to your home or meet at a location close to your home. The ES will meet with you to discuss putting your curriculum together. You can put together your own curriculum and choose your own materials.
Springs Charter Schools provides funds to pay for materials and learning center classes. Orders placed through some providers will be billed directly to these funds. You can also ask your ES to order materials.
Springs Charter Schools has a learning plan and your curriculum must cover each requirement. For example, for Language Arts, you must cover handwriting, grammar, literature, spelling, etc. Your ES will meet with you every 20 school days to help plan the next month's learning plan. The nice thing about Springs Charter Schools is that you have flexibility and freedom but you're not completely on your own either.
Springs Charter Schools is a public charter school, so your children will be California public school students. This means they must take any mandatory California state tests.
The school may provide students free access to online resources like brainpop.com, brainpopjr.com, readinga-z.com, and enchantedlearning.com.
Homeschool Learning Centers
Springs Charter Schools has several centers where students can take enrichment classes. Depending on the centers, these classes cover subjects like Math, Literature, Writing, Art, Theater, Science, Computers, and Spanish. Homeschool center locations are listed on their website: https://springscs.org.
Springs Charter Schools homeschool program is a great choice for parents who want flexibility and freedom but who don't want to go it alone. Parents have access to a custom homeschool curriculum at no charge. The learning center classes give children a chance to interact with other students in the program. The learning centers can be a nice supplement to what is being done at home.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2011 LT Wright
Jennifer Lewis on April 09, 2012:
If you strictly want to homeschool, this is a great program. If you are looking for on campus activities they are poorly organized and the students seem to have an inordinate amount of behavior problems mixed with incompetent staff making bad go to worse. The special Ed dept is very unorganized, out of compliance, and only exists for the sake of saying they have one. In spite of the schools mission statement, the special Ed dept is a one size fits all program and if you're lucky one of the service providers might read the IEP goals and work on one or two, but don't count on it.
Melissa Duran on February 03, 2012:
I would like more information about this charter sc hool in Corona a lot of my friend use this school the mosiac prgram and Im having a hard time ith the school my kids are inlisted in
LT Wright (author) from California on September 01, 2011:
River Springs is highly rated for it's homeschool and montessori programs. But they definitely have a lot of complaints about a couple of their schools. I think they have about a dozen schools overall. It seems that Da Vinci is the one with the most complaints.
On websites like greatschools.org and education.com they rank the whole school as one unit, rather than rating each school separately. It makes it difficult to figure out which schools are doing well and which aren't.
M.S. Ross on September 01, 2011:
PLEASE NOTE: As the homeschool learning center teachers in the Temecula learning center are likely not the same staff serving as teachers and administrators for the DaVinci Academy meeting in the same location, my comments above have no bearing on the learning center instructors. I am unable to vouch either way for those learning center instructors.
M.S. Ross on September 01, 2011:
Our family has had a long association with River Springs, dating back to when they were called Eagle's Peak. As a homeschool companion, they are fabulous, and the Education Specialists are there to give as much or as little support as families want or need. Even beginning homeschool families will find the program to be extremely well crafted, and will receive all the guidance needed to start on their homeschooling journey.
That being said...
Personally, I do *not* recommend their DaVinci Academy in Temecula. While River Springs excels as a homeschooling partner, their Temecula academy is severely lacking in quality educators, satisfactory grounds for kids to play in (students and teachers alike refer to the fenced-in cement blocks where kids are to take recess as "The Cage"), and my own kids--both of whom have been from one to several grades ahead in their studies--both tumbled down significantly in their academic challenges and in their test scores during their year at DaVinci. One teacher even told my son that a C grade was "good enough"--this, after years of my successful homeschooling to mastery, and my personal insistence that we do not progress until we fully understand the level we have just studied.
I would love to say that such a review of this facility is limited to my own personal experience; however, I am sorry to report that there are a great many parents and students who would agree with my assessment.
So: if you wish to homeschool, yes, definitely go with River Springs. However, if you're looking to enroll your child into a 5-day/week program, I would urge you to look elsewhere.
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lundmusik from Tucson AZ on August 31, 2011:
wow,, thanks for this great hub