I traveled with my daughter when she was enterinig the 9th grade. I was in S. C., and I wasn't pleased with the school system where we were. I found out that in S. C., they're pro Homeschooling, and were very helpful in helping me set up a program for my daughter. They helped me fill out the paperwork, and I was approved with no hassle. I had to submit a resume, and they pointed me toward a Homeschooling Assoc. And the Assoc, pointed me to where I could get books cheaply, and materials.
This was a good thing in my view, as I think this led to my daugher and I becoming very close! I also hooked up with some parents and got my daughter into a bowling league, to help with her making friends, and enteracting with other kids her age. She exceled at bowling, and was awarded a scholarship. I also got her in a local church, where they had a strong youth group. This led to trips to Disney World, and sking in VA.
It also helped me not to have to worry about her having companionship while I worked. This was a win win situation for us both. She now is finishing up her last year on a distance learning program, and is straight A student in Business Management.
There is much more help out there for home schoolers then when I started. When I started home schoolers were still fighting for the right to be recognzied, and some parents where having the fight their school districts. Thankfully that is not true for the most part anymore.