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Elite athletes take home-school route

Athletic pursuits are as good a reason as any to homeschool. Most homeschoolers begin with a different reason but find the child’s passion later.

Will Viana gets out of bed at 4 a.m., washes his face and pads into the kitchen of his family’s home in Valrico, Fla., for a bowl of oatmeal. This is not a middle-of-the-night snack: The slim 13-year-old soon will head out through the rainy gloom for several grueling hours of swim practice.

When his Blue Wave teammates finish their workouts, they will rush to catch a bus that will take them to their public schools.

But Viana, an aspiring Olympian, will head home for a second breakfast and his lessons, taught by his mother, Tracy. He’ll be back in the pool by midafternoon. Read more…

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