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| August 19, 2015

Homeschooling allows rural ranch families the option of a high quality

By Wendy Howell • Williams News

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Turn left at the power line. Turn right at the Y at the bottom of the switchbacks. No road signs, no traffic. No school building.

The ranch sits at the top of a canyon at the end of a dirt road. Cattle and occasional pronghorn come in and out of view on the 20-mile drive. The working cattle ranch is located on the western side of the 700,000 acre Babbitt Ranches. The nearest neighbor is 40 minutes away. There is no cell service and no internet; a microwave radio phone is the only way to communicate with those off the ranch.

Scott and Victoria Westlake live and work on the ranch with their four daughters. The girls range in age from 4 months to 13 years old. They have homeschooled the girls for the past nine years.

But not only because of where they live.

“People would like to pin it (homeschooling) on why we live way out here,” Victoria said. “Because obviously it would be horrible to have to drive to town to get the kids to school. But we like to homeschool, if we lived in town we would still homeschool.”

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