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Requirement to notify school districts, standardized test your student(s), submit professional evaluation of student progress, plus other requirements.

 

Homeschool Laws: First Step in Getting Started Homeschooling

If you’re ready to homeschool, learning about state homeschool laws is a critical first step. Back in the 1980s, when homeschooling in Texas was illegal for a time, some parents were even jailed for homeschooling. Thankfully, Texans are now among the freest in the nation to homeschool.

But what if you travel out of state for an extended time, or temporarily reside in another state? It is wise to comply with a state’s homeschooling laws when temporarily living in another state, although the legality of this has not been tested. Even temporary state residents are typically subject to the state laws where they are residing, so it may be wise to also apply this logic to homeschool laws. Click on a state in the map above to learn about their requirements before you travel.

Homeschooling From the Beginning

If you homeschool from the beginning of your child’s education, you generally do not have to withdraw your child from the school he is in. In some states, if you homeschool from the start, you are not required to notify any authorities, but this is usually not the case. Pay special attention to requirements for starting to homeschool a student who’s entering kindergarten.

Homeschooling After Public School

In all cases, if your child already attends a public school, you will need to withdraw your child from that school or his absence will be recorded and charged as truancy. Truancy is a serious charge that could result in child protective services becoming involved in your family. Avoid this by formally withdrawing your child from school with a simple letter like this sample withdrawal letter:

{Your Name}
{Your Address}Dear {Name of Principal}:

I am writing to inform you that I am withdrawing {name of child or children} from {name of public or private school} as of {date of withdrawal}. From this time forward, they will be privately educated.

Please reply in writing should you have in questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

{Signature} {Date}

 

You should make a copy of this signed letter for your records and send the letter in a way that provides you proof of receipt, such as a mailing or shipping service requiring a signature or email with read receipt. Also save this proof of receipt in your records throughout your entire homeschooling years. If you do not receive the read receipt or signature confirmation, do not assume the letter was received. Likewise, a verbal confirmation of receipt is not sufficient. You need to be able to prove that your written withdrawal letter was received by a school official.

Homeschooling After Private School

In some states, homeschools are considered private schools, so legally moving from a private school to a homeschool is not a change in the eyes of the law. Nonetheless, for good record keeping and to safeguard your family, we recommend that you use the same withdrawal letter procedure with a private school as you would with a public school.

Returning to the School System After Homeschool

Often, the process of entering public school after a child has been homeschooled is dictated by the district. You student may be required to test to prove that he or she is on grade level.

Days/Hours and Subject Requirements for Homeschooling

You will always be safe by keeping the same schedule as the public schools. However, if you want to homeschool on a different schedule, check state statutes about day/hour requirements for school.

If a state has required subjects that must be taught, we have listed them in the state requirements for curriculum. However, please know those are minimum requirements. Texas requires only five subjects and science is not one of them. We highly recommend that you go far and beyond the state requirements for which subjects to teach.

Recordkeeping

Keeping record of your child’s school achievements is important. Should child protective services ever become involved with your family, good records will tip the scales in your favor as a home educator. These records may also prove important if you should ever need to enroll your student in public school. We recommend keeping the following written records for each year:

  • Grades
  • Curriculum used
  • Subjects mastered
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Standardized testing scores (if applicable)
  • Work samples
  • A reading list.

Completing High School

Read our comprehensive post on graduation, issuing a diploma and creating a transcript. If your student graduates before he has reached the age for which education is no longer compulsory, the transcript and diploma are important documents to justify why your student is not in school.

Even after the compulsory age is reached, diplomas and transcripts become important for next steps such as college, tech school and military. There are other miscellaneous reasons you may need them as well, such as demonstrating eligibility for Social Security benefits and getting good student discounts on auto insurance.

Join a State Homeschooling Organization

The state-specific information below is just a starting point for learning about homeschooling. We strongly recommend joining a homeschool organization in your state. Most states have one—a membership-based organization which not only will provide you with comprehensive information about homeschooling in your state, but will also keep you informed of changes to the law and bills in your state legislature that could affect homeschooling, either positively or negatively. See the “Resources” links in your state’s requirements to find the state homeschooling organization in your state.

Many state organizations also offer time and money-saving benefits like exclusive discounts, conventions for homeschoolers and other benefits. Check out what Texas Home School Coalition offers its members!

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Alabama

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Alabama.

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 17

The parent of a child who is 6 may opt out of enrolling the child in school by notifying the local school board in writing that the child will not be enrolling until age 7. Children attending a church school may withdraw from school as early as age 16.

Notification Requirements

File an annual attendance report for each child, each year, within five days of the start of public school, with the district office.

Withdrawal Requirements

File your first annual attendance report to the district office, then send a withdrawal letter to your student’s school.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

none

Other Requirements

180 days annually and you must keep a record of attendance.

Must file for an exemption for immunizations.

Resources

Alabama Statute on Homeschooling

Alabama State Homeschooling Organization

Alaska

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Alaska.

Arizona

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Arizona.

Arkansas

Compulsory school attendance age: 5 to 17

If you submit a kindergarten waiver form to the school district, your child may skip kindergarten and start school at 6.

Notification Requirements

Each year, by August 15, you must notify the school district superintendent by filing a notice of intent and waiver form. Although the state does not set formal requirements on such matters, you must describe your educational qualifications, curriculum plan and schedule.

Whenever you relocate to another school district, file a new form within 30 days.

Withdrawal Requirements

Parents who withdraw their child during the school year must file the waiver at least two weeks in advance. If you intend to withdraw your child after the first semester, file the waiver by December 15.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

None

Resources

Arkansas Statute on Compulsory Attendance

The Education Alliance

California

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in California.

Colorado

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Colorado.

Connecticut

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Connecticut.

Delaware

Compulsory school attendance age: 5 to 16

At the parent’s request, school officials may evaluate whether the child is ready for kindergarten and may postpone their enrollment until 6.

Notification Requirements

Open an online account with the Delaware Department of Education to create your school. You will be sent a document acknowledging your new homeschool. Each year, submit enrollment information by October 5 and attendance records by July 31.

Withdrawal Requirements

To withdraw your child, you must go to their school and present the acknowledgement that you received from the Department of Education.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

Keep an attendance record for your child.

Resources

Delaware Statute on Compulsory Attendance

Delaware Statute on Homeschooling

Delaware Statute on Reporting Requirements

Delaware Department of Education

District of Columbia

Compulsory school attendance age: 5 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Each year by August 15, you must notify the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) by submitting a notification of intent. First-time homeschoolers must file the notification within 15 days of starting to homeschool.

Withdrawal Requirements

After filing the notification of intent, follow the particular withdrawal procedures described by your child’s school.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

All homeschooled students must be taught the eight core subjects of art, health, language, mathematics, music, physical education, science and social studies.

Other Requirements

Parents must have a high school diploma or GED to homeschool their children, unless granted special permission by the superintendent. Keep a one-year portfolio documenting all of your child’s work. The superintendent may ask to review it twice per year.

Resources

District of Columbia Statute on Compulsory Attendance

District of Columbia Statute on Homeschooling

DC Home Educators Association

Florida

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Florida.

Georgia

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Georgia.

Hawaii

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Hawaii.

Idaho

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Idaho.

Illinois

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Illinois.

Indiana

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Indiana.

Iowa

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Iowa.

Kansas

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Kansas.

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-18

Note: homeschooling is not considered a legal option in Kansas. However, the definition of private schools include homeschools.

Notification Requirements

Kansas requires that homeschools be registered with the state. Registration only needs to happen once, at the beginning of your homeschool, and does not need to be renewed later.

Withdrawal Requirements

To withdraw from a public school, fill out any forms the school requires and inform them of your intent to homeschool. Make sure to request copies of your student’s records as well.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschoolers are required to teach for an equivalent amount of time as public schools. This comes to 186 days per year, 6 hours per day for students grades 1-11. However, no requirements are placed on which particular days are utilized. No special subjects or curriculum are required either.

Other Requirements

Kansas requires homeschool teachers to be “competent instructors”. However, no legal definition exists for this, and the Kansas attorney general has said that homeschooling parents do not need to be certified as teachers.

Students are also required to receive vaccinations. Proof of vaccination must be kept on file by the parent/instructor.

Resources

Kansas Department of Education

Midwest Parent Educators

Kentucky

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-16

 

Notification Requirements

Homeschooling parents are required to send a letter of intent to the district superintendent, either 10 days before school begins or at most 2 weeks after public school begins. If you begin homeschooling later in the school year, you may send the letter later, but it must be sent promptly in any case. The letter must be sent each year that you continue to homeschool, and must contain your students’ names, ages and addresses.

Withdrawal Requirements

You must withdraw your child from any public school they are attending by sending a letter of withdrawal containing your name, signature, names of children to be withdrawn, your address, and the date. Neglect to do so can label your child as a dropout or truant.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschools are required to be in session for at least 185 days of the year. The following subjects are required as well:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Civics

Other Requirements

Kentucky law requires homeschoolers to keep records of attendance, grades and courses taken. A portfolio of each student’s work is recommended but not required.

All students are also required to be vaccinated, although homeschoolers do not have to submit proof of immunization.

Resources

Kentucky Department of Education

Christian Home Educators of Kentucky

Louisiana

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Louisiana.

Maine

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Maine.

Maryland

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Maryland.

Compulsory school attendance age: 5-16

 

Notification Requirements

File a homeschool notification form for each child with your local superintendent 15 days before you begin homeschooling.

Withdrawal Requirements

Notify your local school via email, letter or in-person. Also file a Maryland homeschool notification form.

Testing Requirements

You must meet with a representative to review your child’s portfolio at the end of each semester, not exceeding three times annually. Additionally, the child may take standardized testing administered by the local school.

Curriculum Requirements

8 subjects are required: English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health and physical education.

Other Requirements

The child must be taught on a regular basis and receive as many hours of instruction as necessary to meet the standard achievement level for his grade. Keep a portfolio of your child’s work, including instructional materials, reading materials, writing samples, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials or tests. You must improve your child’s homeschool program within 30 days if his representative notifies you in writing that he is not receiving proper instruction. Children being homeschooled under an umbrella school must be vaccinated.

Resources

Maryland State Department of Education

Maryland Homeschool Association

Southern Maryland Homeschool Network

Maryland Homeschool Resource Network

Maryland Home Education Association (MHEA)

Massachusetts

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Massachusetts.

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-16

 

Notification Requirements

Get approval from your local school district. You may be asked to show your education plan, your qualifications to homeschool, your educational materials or your child’s academic progress. If your local school district refuses your request, they must prove that your homeschool plan is not equivalent to the public school plan, but they cannot require home visits.

Withdrawal Requirements

Submit a withdrawal letter and notify your local school district of your intent to homeschool.

Testing Requirements

No testing is required but the school district can require an educational assessment, including a portfolio, an assessment by a professional educator, an educational journal or a program certificate of achievement.

Curriculum Requirements

You are not required to teach specific courses, materials or methods, but you must teach the equivalent of the public school curriculum, which includes spelling, reading, writing, English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, history and constitution of the United States, duties of citizenship, health education, physical education and good behavior.

Other Requirements

180 days per year or 900-990 hours per year, or equivalent amount of time. You may be asked by local school officials about your qualifications to homeschool, but you are not required to submit any official documentation. An assessment may be required by your local school district, including a review of your child’s portfolio, an assessment by a professional educator, an educational journal or a program certificate of achievement.

Resources

Massachusetts Department of Education

Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM)

Massachusetts Home Learning Association (MHLA)

Michigan

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Michigan.

Minnesota

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Minnesota.

Mississippi

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Mississippi.

Missouri

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-16

 

Notification Requirements

None

Withdrawal Requirements

Submit a withdrawal letter to your local superintendent.

Testing Requirements

No testing required but you must evaluate your child’s academic progress. Keep records of your evaluation.

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

1,000 hours per year. Six hundred hours of the 1,000 hours must be spent teaching required subjects and 400 of the 600 hours must be at the primary homeschool location.

Resources

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Families for Home Education

Missouri Homeschool Groups

Montana

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-16

 

Notification Requirements

Notify your county superintendent each year you choose to homeschool. Submit the notification form provided by your county superintendent of schools. See Montana County Superintendent of Schools List

Withdrawal Requirements

Contact your child’s school about preferred method of withdrawal.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

You are required to teach basic educational subjects taught in Montana public schools.

Other Requirements

360 hours per year for kindergarten; 720 hours per year for grades 1-3; 1,080 hours per year for grades 4-12. You must keep records of your child’s immunizations and homeschool attendance.

Resources

Montana Coalition of Home Educators

Nebraska

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Nebraska.

Nevada

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Nevada.

New Hampshire

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in New Hampshire.

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Send a letter of intent or your own written letter (must include name, birth date and address of the child) to the superintendent of your local school district within 5 business days of beginning to homeschool.

Withdrawal Requirements

Contact your local school district and inform them you are withdrawing your student. Ask if they require a withdrawal form. If so, fill out and send it in. Also send a letter of intent to the superintendent after withdrawing your child.

Testing Requirements

Yearly education evaluation. Can be achieved by:

  • Your child scoring above the 40th percentile on a National Student Achievement Test
  • Your child scoring above the 40th percentile on a Student Assessment Test.
  • Have a certified teacher from either a public school or non to public school review your child’s portfolio.
  • You can also request a different form of evaluation with the superintendent of your local district.

Note that these actions must be completed by each student each year they are homeschooled.

Curriculum Requirements

Must include math, science, health, language, reading, writing, spelling, government, History of the Constitutions of New Hampshire and the U.S., and Art and Music appreciation.

Other Requirements

The educator of the child must be the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Must keep a portfolio for each child containing worksheets, workbooks, any creative materials used or created by your child, a list of all reading materials your child used (listed by title) and your child’s writing samples.

Resources

New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition

New Jersey

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in New Jersey.

New Mexico

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in New Mexico.

New York

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in New York.

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

Send a Letter of Intent 14 days after starting to homeschool, and send one every year you continue to homeschool by July 1st.

Withdrawal Requirements

Notify your local school district of your intent to homeschool. Ask if they require a withdrawal form. If so, fill out and send it in before you start homeschooling.

Testing Requirements

Yearly testing and records thereof required. Records must be submitted to the school district alongside the 4th quarterly report on June 30th.

With permission from your local school district’s superintendent, achievement tests may be administered to your child by either a certified teacher or qualified person. Tests may also be taken in a public school or nonpublic school, but permission is required from the superintendent for non-registered schools.

Accepted Achievement tests:

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  • California Achievement Test
  • Stanford Achievement Test
  • Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills
  • Metropolitan Achievement Test
  • State Education Department Test
  • a test approved by the State Education Department

Note that your child must score above the 33rd percentile to prove academic progress.

Alternative option: children in grades 1-8 can replace testing with academic evaluation. This involves a New York State-certified teacher, home instruction peer group review panel, or someone else who is chosen by the parent and allowed by the superintendent, to interview your child, review a portfolio of their work, and then write a summary of their academic progress.

Curriculum Requirements

Must include for grades 1-6: math, science, reading, spelling, the English language, history, geography, health, physical education, music, visual arts, and bilingual education—or English as a second language if needed.

Must include for grades 7-8, (including hours required per year): math (216),science (216), English (216), history and geography (216), health (regularly), physical education (regularly), music (54), art (54), practical arts (regularly), and library skills (regularly).

Additionally, for grades 1-8, each child must be taught each of the following at least once: U.S. History, New York State History, and the Constitutions of both the U.S. and New York State.

Must include for grades 9-12, (including hours required per year): math (216), science (216), English (432), social studies—American History (108 ), Participation in Government (54), and Economics (54)—, health (54), physical education (216), music or art—or a combination of both—(108), and electives (324).

Additionally, for grades K-12, the following subjects must be taught to each child each year: Highway Safety and Traffic Regulations (including Bicycle Safety), Fire and Arson Prevention and Safety, Health Education; alcohol, drug, and tobacco misuse, and Patriotism and Citizenship.

Other Requirements

The educator of the child must be the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Your school district, upon receiving your Letter of Intent, will send you within 10 business days a copy of the Home School Regulations and an Individual Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) form. You must fill out the IHIP form for each child and send it back within 4 weeks of receiving it or by August 15th. After the school district receives the form(s), they will respond, notifying you if any revisions are required. You will have 15 days to correct the forms and send them back.

You must send the school district quarterly reports for each student; 4th quarter must be reported on June 30th.

180 days per year, or:

  • Grades 1-6: 900 hours per year.
  • Grades 7-12: 990 hours per year.

Keep records of attendance, and records of correspondence with school district (Letter of Intent, IHIP form, etc.)

Resources

New York Homeschool Regulations

IHIP forms and Quarterly Report Forms

NYC Homeschooling Resources

North Carolina

Compulsory school attendance age: 7 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

Submit a Letter of Intent (only one required per household) after July 1st of the year you start homeschooling.

Withdrawal Requirements

Send a Letter of Intent, a copy of your high school diploma, and a note that reads, ““PRIORITY HANDLING REQUESTED; CHILD IS CURRENTLY IN A YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL,” to the superintendent of your child’s school.

Testing Requirements

Must take a Nationally Standardized Test every year which includes the following: math, English grammar, reading and spelling. Find a list of North Carolina’s accepted tests here.

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

The child’s educator must have a high school diploma.

Must be taught 9 months per year.

Vaccinations and records thereof required.

Resources

North Carolina Homeschool Information

North Carolinians for Home Education

North Carolina Homeschool-ology

North Dakota

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in North Dakota.

Ohio

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Ohio.

Oklahoma

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Oklahoma.

Oregon

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Oregon.

Pennsylvania

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in .

Rhode Island

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-18

 

Notification Requirements

If your child is enrolled in public school, you must send the school a Notice of Intent to Homeschool,and a local school committee must give their approval for you to legally homeschool (you should receive letter of approval by mail).

Withdrawal Requirements

If you child’s form has a specific withdrawal form to use, submit that. If there is no specific form, write and submit a withdrawal letter, otherwise the school may consider your child absent and charge you for truancy.

Testing Requirements

None

However, some school districts will require an end of year report. The decision of what type of evaluation will be used to measure your child is up to you.

Curriculum Requirements

Rhode Island state law requires these subjects to be taught in your homeschool:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Civics
  3. Geography
  4. Health
  5. History of the United States and Rhode Island
  6. Physical Education
  7. Reading
  8. Writing

Other Requirements

Homeschooled students must be taught for 180 days per year. Keep records of which days you teach (they do not have to be during the school year).

Keep records of your child’s immunization/exemption papers (although immunizations are not required for homeschooled students) and any correspondence with your child’s former public school.

Also consider keeping samples of your child’s academic work for the next two years (should it be needed).

Resources

Rhode Island Department Of Education

ENRICHri (A Rhode Island Home Education Community)

Rhode Island Guild of Homeschool Teachers (RIGHT)

South Carolina

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in South Carolina.

South Dakota

Compulsory school attendance age: 5-18

 

Notification Requirements

You must notify your local school district of your intent to homeschool your child. There are two different notification certificates: one is for your initial notification (when you are about to begin homeschooling) and the annual notification certificate must be submitted to your local school district each year that you homeschool your child.

Withdrawal Requirements

If your child is attending public school, you must officially withdraw them before homeschooling by sending an initial notification form to your child’s school.

Testing Requirements

In fourth, eighth and eleventh grades, your child is required to take a nationally standardized achievement test and you must submit your child’s score to your local school district. Your child may test somewhere beside your local school, but there will be a fee for taking the test elsewhere.

Curriculum Requirements

You are required to teach the two subjects in your homeschool (although we recommend teaching more subjects to give your child a well-rounded education):

  1. Language Arts
  2. Mathematics

Other Requirements

You are required to homeschool your child for the same amount of time that a public school would teach a student in a year. This equals at least 437 hours per year for kindergarten, 875 hours per year for 1-5 grades and 962 hours per year for grades 6-12.

South Dakota homeschool law requires you to keep your child’s birth certificate in your homeschool records. It is recommended to keep samples of your child’s work should ever need proof that your child is being educated.

There are no qualifications for parents to meet in order to homeschool their child.

Resources

South Dakota Department of Education

South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE)

Tennessee

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-17

 

Notification Requirements

You are required to send a Notice of Intent to Homeschool to your local school director each year that you homeschool.

Withdrawal Requirements

If your child is attending a public school, send and submit the Notice of Intent to Homeschool to your local school director, then contact your child’s school and ask if there are any other pertinent withdrawal forms that need to be filled out.

Testing Requirements

Homeschooled students in Tennessee are required to take a standardized test at the end of grades 5, 7 and 9. The test can be taken at your local school or through another professional testing service (if you choose the second option, you will be responsible for paying for your child’s test).

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

You must hold a high school diploma or GED to homeschool your children and you must teach a minimum of four hours per day, 180 days per year.

You must keep records of your child’s homeschool attendance and submit it to your local director of schools each year that you homeschool. You may use this attendance calendar that the Tennessee Department of Education provides each year to track your student’s attendance.

Homeschool students are required to receive vaccinations. You are also required to keep records of your children’s immunizations and submit them to your local director of schools annually (along with the Notice of Intent form).

Resources

Tennessee Department Of Education

Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA)

Texas

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-18

 

Notification Requirements

None

Withdrawal Requirements

If your student is enrolled in public school, you are required to withdraw your child as you begin homeschooling.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

There are five subjects that you are required to teach in your homeschool:

  1. Good Citizenship
  2. Grammar
  3. Math
  4. Reading
  5. Spelling

The curriculum should be in visual form (e.g. workbooks, videos, online programs, etc.).

Other Requirements

There are no qualifications that parents must meet before being allowed to homeschool their children. You are also not required to teach a certain amount of hours or days every year.

You are not required to keep records of your homeschool, but it is wise to do so for jobs and colleges. However, Texas law protects homeschool students against discrimination by public universities.

All students (including homeschooled students) must receive immunizations according to Texas law. However, the state does not require you to keep record of your child’s immunization record or show proof to anyone.

Resources

Texas Home School Coalition (THSC)

Texas Unschoolers

Utah

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Utah.

Vermont

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

You must complete a Home Study Enrollment Form. See Other Requirement below for students entering kindergarden or pre-K.

For all students 12 and over, or students under 12 who have not homeschooled for the last two consecutive years, you must submit a Minimum Course of Study (MCOS): a list of skills and topics, scope and sequence, outline or narrative for each of the topic areas that the student will be learning about during the course of the school year. If the student is age 13 or older at the time of enrollment, you are not required to provide a MCOS for physical education, health and fine arts.

Students with special needs must also have a the MCOS Adaptations page completed.

You should receive written receipt of these forms within 14 business days.

Withdrawal Requirements

In addition to the notification requirements above, contact the student’s school to ask if there are additional requirements before withdrawing from public school.

Testing Requirements

Annual Progress Reporting in one of these formats:

  1. An End-of-Year Assessment (EOYA)
  2. A report prepared by the student’s parents or instructor, or a teacher advisory service report from a publisher of a commercial curriculum, together with a portfolio of the student’s work that includes work samples to demonstrate progress in each subject area in the minimum course of study.
  3. The complete results of a standardized achievement test approved by the State.

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach these 11 subjects:

  1. Basic Communication Skills
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Use of Numbers
  5. US citizenship, history, and government
  6. Vermont citizenship, history, and government
  7. Physical Education
  8. Health Education; including the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs on the body and society
  9. Literature
  10. Natural Sciences
  11. Fine Arts

Other Requirements

Families starting a child’s education with homeschooling need to have an independent evaluation for possible learning disabilities. In lieu of this form, you may also submit: a special education evaluation, IEP, 504 Plan, results from a screening or summary from a physician, licensed special educator, license related service provider, psychologist/psychiatrist, or licensed classroom teacher or other professional evidence.

Resources

Vermont Home Study Program Statutes

Vermont Agency of Education

Although there is no state homeschooling organization, we highly recommend connecting with one of these local homeschool groups, since homeschooling requirements in Vermont are much more stringent than in other states. Groups are great places to get advice and find mentor families.

Central Vermont Homeschool Resource

Vermont Christian Educators

Open Path Homeschooling

 

Virginia

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Virginia.

Washington

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Washington State.

West Virginia

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in West Virginia.

Wisconsin

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Submit an online affidavit every year by October 15.

Withdrawal Requirements

Submit the above-mentioned online affidavit and contact the school about other requirements before withdrawing the student from public school.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach at least these subjects:

  1. Reading
  2. Language Arts
  3. Mathematics
  4. Social Studies
  5. Science
  6. Health

Other Requirements

Students must attend school 875 hours a year.

Resources

Wisconsin Statutes on Homeschooling

Wisconsin Homeschooling Association

Wyoming

This state is affiliated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.
Learn about homeschooling in Wyoming.