How do I join LEAH?
Membership in LEAH is through a local chapter. These support groups typically provide opportunities to meet with experienced home educators, field trips, athletic activities, and various other events. LEAH support groups are organized in seven geographic regions covering the state.
I am not a Christian. May I join LEAH?
LEAH is a Christian Homeschool organization, and as such adheres to Christian principles and precepts. We ask all our group (chapter) leaders to sign the Statement of Faith. Some chapters also require each member to sign the Statement of Faith indicating agreement with it. Other chapters do not have this requirement, or may simply ask that you understand and respect the Christian basis of LEAH.
I do not attend a local church but I am a Christian. May I join LEAH?
As long as you can meet and adhere to a particular chapter’s requirements, you may join a LEAH chapter. Keep in mind that leadership roles may be limited by additional requirements. All leaders are expected to be part of a local fellowship.
How can I locate a chapter near me?
There are many chapters available. Click on “Get Connected” under “About” for more information.
Do I have to join LEAH to go on trips, etc. with other LEAH members?
LEAH trips are generally planned for LEAH members. However, it is always at the discretion of the LEAH Chapter Leader. Insurance matters may weigh in to the decision of the chapters’ leaders – please be sensitive to this in the world in which we live.
How do I start my own LEAH chapter?
Contact your Regional Representative. It is a fairly simple process. You have to fill out a straightforward application and give your Christian testimony and homeschool experience and have an interview with the Regional Representative for your area. They are eager to help you.
What are the advantages of LEAH membership?
LEAH offers fellowship with Christian homeschoolers, educational trips, learning cooperatives and general activities with other homeschoolers. Much of the support comes through your local chapter. LEAH publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Messenger, that has practical and inspirational information. LEAH learning cooperatives have access to insurance coverage. LEAH is able to extend 501(c)3 benefits to chapters that opt for this (requires a one-time fee). This benefit enables chapters to participate in programs like “Boxtops for Education” and receiving donations while crediting the donor with tax exemption.
The truancy officer, Children Abuse Services, or legal services is involved because we have not sent our child to school and now we want to home-school. Can you help us?
Homeschool is not a decision to be made lightly. In fact, successful homeschoolers are those who have prayerfully considered and PREPARED for their decision to homeschool. Preparation includes reading up on how to homeschool, visiting support groups and speaking with other homeschoolers. This takes time. Also please be advised LEAH will not testify for you nor represent you in any legal proceeding.
Can you help me with my paperwork?
Speak with your chapter leaders or read the LEAH Regulatory Manual first. Most chapter leaders offer help with new homeschoolers or have mentor new homeschoolers. You will be best prepared if you read the Regulatory Manual first before speaking with your Chapter Leader.
I want to speak with an experienced homeschooler. Can you help me get in touch with someone?
The majority of personal contacts can be made within the LEAH Chapter. Veteran home-educating parents are available, but please keep in mind LEAH is a volunteer organization run by volunteer parents. Please respect their time and do not telephone during traditional school hours or obvious family times or late night. Please email Chapter leaders. They will direct you to services and support within the group.
Can you home educate my child for me?
No. LEAH is an organization which offers encouragement and support to parents who are homeschooling their own children through local LEAH Chapters.
My three year old is reading. Should I begin reporting his progress to my school district? When should I stop reporting?
You begin reporting when the child is compulsory school age which is “a minor who becomes six years of age on or before the first of December in any school year…until the last day of session in the school year in which the minor becomes sixteen years of age” or completes high school. It does not matter how advanced your child is when he or she first turns the age of six
I want to homeschool my child in science but they attend the local high school. What can I do to get the science work she does at home documented so the school district accepts it?
Currently, NYS does not have dual enrollment. If your child is enrolled in high school they fall under the auspices of your local school district. LEAH is a support group for parents who are educating their children at home full time.
Do homeschoolers get diplomas? or Can homeschool graduates have a normal life?
Homeschool students do not get public/government high school diplomas because they are not public high school students. The NY State Education Department has information regarding the specific options that homeschoolers have to validate their homeschool equivalency in order to attend college in New York. Know that homeschoolers have been graduating for decades and they do well in their adult life – in college, in business, at home. Check research done by Dr. Brian Ray at the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). HSLDA has a collection of many articles and research that document the success of our students in life.
My son just dropped out of school can I homeschool him or is it too late?
It is never too late to homeschool, however, please see the above.