After learning that River HomeLink in Camas would be moving back to Brush Prairie, within the Battle Ground School District a group of parents got together to see what could be done about it.
The result of this meeting was the concept for Columbia Gorge HomeLink, a similar program, which would be located somewhere in the Camas or Washougal area.
Local couple Janelle and David Stanton are spearheading the effort to start a new program.
River HomeLink was classified as an “alternative learning experience,” by the state. While it was under the umbrella of the Battle Ground School District, there was also heavy parental support. This is described as a “parent-public school partnership.” Program supporters said it offers the best of both worlds.
“You have a student-teacher ratio that is unattainable in a public school, while still having the choice to home school your children at the same time,” David Stanton said. “They can attend as many or as few classes as they want to. For example, I wouldn’t want to teach my kid math. That’s where they really benefit from a certified teacher who is an expert in the subject. Also, as they get older, the kids have educational consultants who make sure they are on the right track to graduate. It adds accountability to a home-based program.”