Here at iCademy Middle East, we are often asked about homeschooling and the logistics behind it. While iCademy is not a traditional method of homeschooling in the UAE, we do share many characteristics. Blended learning, online learning, and homeschooling are often lumped together. Here is a breakdown of how each of these models is different, as well as answers to some of the most common questions we hear!
This is any method of schooling that takes place in the home. People may have different definitions of “homeschooling,” but traditionally it is a curriculum decided upon and created by the family. Then, learning may take place at the home. It may or may not follow pre-determined state or country educational standards. Laws about homeschooling vary considerably depending on the country.
This can be any combination of learning inside and outside the home. Some traditionally homeschooled students choose to participate in classes at a school or learning center to complement their learning. Some online schools, such as iCademy Middle East, offer blended learning models. Students can choose to mix learning at home and at the Knowledge Hub in Dubai, where they receive individualized instruction and support.
Some schools operate completely online. It is very important to check the school’s accreditation before enrolling your student. Accredited online schools are legally the same as brick-and-mortar schools. iCademy Middle East is accredited through NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) based in the United States, and the KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) in the UAE.
Homeschooling in the UAE?
Yes! Homeschooling your children is perfectly legal in the UAE and recognized by the KHDA. In fact, the UAE government even provides support for some homeschooled students.
Will my Student Have Difficulty Going to University if they are Homeschooled?
In most cases, no; students should not have any problems applying to and attending university if they have received a homeschool education. Students will be asked to provide documentation and grades that prove their education, so be sure to stay organized. Accredited programs such as iCademy take care of this issue for you. Blended learning models and online programs that allow the same flexibility as traditional homeschooling provide official documents, including diplomas and transcripts. These will be necessary during the university application.
However, some countries, such as Germany, do have strict anti-homeschooling laws in place. which can affect a student’s ability to apply in that country. It is important for families to do their research before applying to universities in different countries, so be sure the schooling route you want to take will be recognized.
How does iCademy compare to Traditional Homeschooling?
iCademy’s mission is to provide a flexible education for all students and meet them where they are to help them thrive. In this way, an education at iCademy aligns with the goals of most homeschool education systems. What makes iCademy different is the structure of an organized, standard-aligned curriculum, which is easier for families who are not trained in education. Traditional homeschooling requires families to tackle this independently. While this certainly provides the ultimate freedom in education, it is no doubt a lot of work! The beauty of modern-day schooling though, is there is no right or wrong way for students to learn. Now, the journey focuses on the individual needs of the student, and families can benefit from several different methods of learning!
*iCademy Middle East is an American curriculum online school that provides a comprehensive education to students based in the UAE and around the world. We are NEASC and KHDA accredited, and provide individualized learning and instruction from grades K through 12.