Franklin vs. Public or Private Schools


We know you have a lot of choices. Searching the internet for GED, HSE, Remedial, or just regular H.S. courses, can be an overwhelming task. When you are choosing which online school to attend, you don’t need to limit yourself to Utah, instead you need to consider what the school has to offer. Most students choosing a school are looking for freedom with scheduling their classes, unique course descriptions and a helpful staff. But let’s face it, the bottom line is cost, so lets explore those areas and others below:

Upfront Savings:

  • Transportation - No transportation costs to and from school.
  • Clothing - No school related clothing requirements, including peer pressure fashions.
  • Food - No money spent on school lunches, or even lunch box/bag, thermostats, sandwich bags, etc.
  • Healthcare - No worries about children exposed to illnesses.
  • Books - no books are needed at franklin2020.  Everything is online.
  • Supplies - all other school supplies are shared by the household. 
  • Multiple children - All children within the same household can use the same account with our Franklin2020.
  • Tuition - Obvious cost saving over private schools.
  • Vacations - Not bound by school year or weekends. Can travel during off-peak seasons/times. 

Hidden Savings:

  • Food – Assurance that your child is eating properly.
  • Drugs – Keeping your children away from a peer pressures.
  • Un-Schooling” – Time spent re-educating your child what you felt they have learned incorrectly. 
  • Adequate Sleep –Healthier immune system.  No frantic rushing off to school.
  • Travel Safety – No unsafe commuter traffic or unhealthy environments while walking to school.
  • Missed Lessons – No falling behind due to unforeseen events such as illness.  
  • Disabilities – No worries about your child meeting their special needs.
  • Fundraisers - All schools require students to raise money.
  • Sex Education – Have your children learn good moral lessons from you, and not from their peers.  
  • Curriculum – Ensure a consistent education with ability to offer greater degree of moral or religious instructions.
  • Environment – Control what your child is exposed too daily.
  • Familyenhance family relationships between children and parents and among siblings.
  • Abuse/Harm – protect your children from abuses including psychological, physical, and accidental.

Academic Performance:

  • Performance Homeschoolers, on the average, out-performed their counterparts in the public schools by 30 to 37 percentile points in all subjects. Homeschoolers who are homeschooled two or more years score substantially higher than students who have been homeschooled one year or less. 
  • Percentile The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.
  • Credentials Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children's academic achievement. Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents' level of formal education or their family's household income.
  • SAT / ACT Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.
  • College Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.

Facts and Trends:

  • Growth Homeschooling may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States (at 7% to 12% per year).
  • Size There are about 2 million homeschool students in the United States.
  • Burdon Families engaged in home-based education are not dependent on public, tax-funded resources for their children's education. The finances associated with their homeschooling likely represent over $16 billion.
  • Minorities Homeschooling is quickly growing in popularity among minorities. About 15% of homeschool families are non-white/non-Hispanic.
  • Demographics A demographically wide variety of people homeschool – these are atheists, Christians, and Mormons; conservatives, libertarians, and liberals; low-, middle-, and high-income families; black, Hispanic, and white; parents with Ph.D.’s, GEDs, and no high-school diplomas.
  • Nurturing Loving and caring parents are what matters.
  • Religious "Tenets of Biblical Patriarchy" asserts that “Since the educational mandate belongs to parents and they are commanded personally to walk beside and train their children, they ought not to transfer responsibility for the educational process to others. However, they have the liberty to delegate components of that process.”

Social, Emotional, and Psychological Development:

  • The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.
  • Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H; political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.



  • A Homeschool Research Story, Brian. D. Ray, 2005, in Homeschooling in Full View: A Reader.
  • Home Educated and Now Adults: Their Community and Civic Involvement, Views About Homeschooling, and Other Traits, Brian D. Ray, 2004.
  • Home schooling: The Ameliorator of Negative Influences on Learning, Brian D. Ray, Peabody Journal of Education, 2000, v. 75 no. 1 & 2, pp. 71-106.
  • Homeschoolers on to College: What Research Shows Us, by Brian D. Ray, Journal of College Admission, 2004, No. 185, 5-11.
  • National Education Association. (2005). Rankings and estimates: A Report of School Statistics Update. Retrieved 7/10/06 online
  • Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling, Brian D. Ray, 2005.