Lots of people (who shall remain nameless) think because I homeschool through a charter school, that I in essence do school at home, and therefore am not truly a homeschooler. Just like the social structures in high school that separated the geeks from the jocks, and the actors from the set builders, if you are labeled a school at homer, then the "true" homeschoolers, or Goddess forbid the unschooler, tend to look at you as slightly less then one step away from a *gasp* public schooler.
And for a lot of the charter school families that I have met, they are okay with that. They WANT to be like the public schoolers, only they want to do it at home for what ever reason. Maybe they have an odd family schedule, or a special needs child or maybe they don't wish to chance exposing their child to something outside their religious beliefs. Cool, good for them, and more power to 'em. But that's not all of us.
Some of us like having a teacher to turn to when we need suggestions to help our student learn. I tried this once before, hired a PROFESSIONAL for a session, and her advice to me to help me with my defiant child who refused to learn to spell? Unschool.. That's it, no let's look at it this way, or have you tried this or that.. Just unschool cause we all know that's the answer to everything, NOT! I like having the accountability of someone else, not telling us what to do and when but confirming that yes, we are on track. I like that, again Goddess forbid, but if my kids ever had to jump into public school, we would know exactly where they should be grade wise, and have the paperwork to back it all up.
Though I school through a charter, I don't do school at home. I use the same curriculum pieces that lots of "homeschoolers" do, Moving Beyond the Page, REAL Science Odyssey, Growing with Grammar. In fact, the only school at home type book we use is our Math book, and that's cause, honestly? IT WORKS! I take a great deal of time and research to find EXACTLY what fits for our needs. I appreciate that my charter school is flexible enough to allow families that want to use what works for them to do so.
So please, when you hear someone say they school through a charter, don't automatically classify them as school at home, and therefore not worthy to be in your little circle. We all decide what works best for our family, and unless you've sat at my kitchen table and seen how we learn, you don't know how I school just based on where my books come from.