LOS FRESNOS, Texas – A Rio Grande Valley homeschool is recognized as the top homeschool in the Lone Star State. Out of 200 schools in Texas, the Lalonde Homeschool came out as the winner.
Beckett Lalonde, homeschool student, “My mom teaches me everything. I’m really proud of her and I really like it. It’s really fun and then sometimes I even get to work with my older siblings and I really enjoy it.”
Close to 2,600 students from across the state participated in the 2019 Private Schools Interscholastic Association Academic State Meet. In the 59 academic contests, that include math, science, language arts, speech, social studies, and fine arts, the Lalonde children were among those who placed.
Ava Lalonde, homeschool student, “We work about 40 minutes each day on our different subjects that we did and we had to a little bit prioritize those over some other things that we were doing.”
Winners at each school compete in a district competition. District winners then compete at the state level and the Lalonde Homeschool, took the top award.
Aiden Lalonde, homeschool student, “My favorite part about school is getting to do my work at an accelerated rate that way I can get done things faster than normal.”
Almost 45,000 students are part of the PSIA including homeschooled children and public charter schools, which seeks to inspire students to reach their highest academic goals each year.
Cara Lalonde, parent, “We just have a pretty normal school schedule we work 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. along the lines of most schools. We have our schedule up on our wall of what we’re going to do.”
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Adam Lalonde, parent, “If there’s different interests they want to pursue they’re able to pursue that. Just in some unique ways that homeschool offers that may not be as accessible in normal means.”
The Private Schools Interscholastic Association remains the most comprehensive academic extracurricular program in the nation for students in grades 1-8.