As part of my home school education I take two classes from a private school which has an online program. I take their English and Science classes. I think I especially benefit from the English class, as grammar and punctuation is something I struggle with.
Each year this academy has a conference where the students who attend the academy physically and the distance learners get together in a lodge up in the mountains and get to enjoy many youth speakers. Some of the topics are self esteem, relationships with family, setting goals and using our differences for good. I just got back from the conference last week. It was my fourth time going; I really enjoyed it and I think I learned a lot.
One of the things I like about this conference is the sense of community it breeds between the distance education students and the academy students. There are teens attending from all over the world.
Another nice thing was how motivating it was. After four days of speakers I felt ready to take on the world. And this is especially useful as I’m starting high school. Things can be pretty overwhelming.
In conclusion, being home schooled doesn't limit your growth opportunities, it just changes them, and I think it changes them for the better.