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Harrison, other counties see more homeschools

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — While students throughout the region are back in school, not all are seated at desks in a traditional classroom.

Harrison County currently has 399 students who are receiving their education through homeschooling, said James Kirby, attendance director for the Harrison County Board of Education.

“We increase every year,” Kirby said. “It’s been a steady increase over the last 10 years, which isn’t anything different than what’s going on across the state and the country.”

Many parents choose to homeschool their children for a variety of reasons, Kirby said.

“There’s a group of parents that homeschool from kindergarten all the way through. That’s about one-third percent,” he said.

Other parents choose to homeschool their children for the first few years to help their child mature, while others use it as a way to help their child through a particular grade, Kirby said.

More common today are high school students using homeschooling to receive an online high school diploma because the program can be completed in less time than spending four years in high school…

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