Transition from home school to public school


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AHS Sophomore, Cade Whisenant, discusses his transition from home school to public school.

Cade Whisenant is a new student at Ada High, and he recently made the decision to move to public school, after growing up home schooled.

Whisenant, a sophomore, enjoyed his home school experience and the weekly routine.

“It was good, there was a lot more work that you could get done in a shorter amount of time. Every Tuesday I would go up to Norman, and I would do a Co-Op and take classes up there, and they would give me homework for the rest of the week, and then I would just do it over again,” said Whisenant.

Whisenant, who is primarily taking junior level courses, recognizes that both public schools and home school have advantages and disadvantages.

“Some of the advantages of home schooling is you get to work more and earn more money with your free time. The disadvantages [are] you don’t get to socialize as much as you would if you went to public school,” Whisenant said.

Whisenant chose to transition into public school at Ada High primarily to play football. Upon transitioning into public school, he found had some adjustments to make.

“It was a lot to get used to, the schedule, and the schedule changes, but I felt welcomed. I have a lot of friends here, and they all welcomed me.”

Teenagers who are home schooled have been stereotyped in the past, and Whisenant jokingly revealed the biggest stereotype that is actually true. “It’s all true, we all wear jean skirts, even the guys!”

After his first weeks at AHS, Whisenant has found public school to his liking.

“I think Ada is better, because there is a lot more that you can do, home schooling gets boring sitting at home by yourself all day.”

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