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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

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 7 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

None

Withdrawal Requirements

Public school students must be withdrawn before they can be homeschooled. Each school may have its own policies, so contact your child’s school to learn about their particular requirements.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

None

Resources

Alaska Statute on Compulsory Attendance

North Star Independent Homeschoolers

Arizona

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-16

Should you intend to homeschool your child, you may choose to start schooling them at 8 rather than 6. To do so, notify the county school superintendent via an affidavit of intent (see below).

Notification Requirements

No more than thirty days after you start homeschooling your child, notify the county school superintendent by filing a notarized, one-time affidavit of intent. The affidavit must state the child’s name, birth date and school address, as well as the names and contact information of their parents or guardians. Include your child’s birth certificate with the affidavit. If you move to another county within Arizona, file a new affidavit for that county.

Withdrawal Requirements

Contact your child’s school and inform them that you will be filing an affidavit of intent to homeschool.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschooled students must be taught the five core subjects of grammar, mathematics, reading, science and social studies.

Other Requirements

None

Resources

Arizona Statute on Schooling

Arizona Families for Home Education

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 18

As alternatives to compulsory public school attendance, you may employ a private tutor, register your home as a private school, or enroll your child in an independent study program operated by a public or private school.

Notification Requirements

You are not required to notify the school district if a private tutor is teaching your child. If you opt to register your home as a private school, you must notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction by filing an affidavit and, subsequently, an enrollment confirmation letter listing all the students attending the school. File the affidavit each year between October 1 and 15.

Should you enroll your child in an independent study program, the supervising school will notify the relevant authorities.

Withdrawal Requirements

Depending on which alternative option you have selected, provide the necessary notification, submit a withdrawal letter to the school district and obtain your child’s school records by filing a student records request.

Testing Requirements

No testing requirements apply if your home is registered as a private school or if your children are taught by a private tutor. A child enrolled in a public or private independent study program will be tested as determined by the supervising institution.

Curriculum Requirements

All children in California must be taught the seven core subjects of art, English, health, mathematics, physical education, science and social studies.

Other Requirements

Tutors must be certified by the state and must provide at least three hours of instruction each day for 175 days, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you register as a private school, you must be “a person capable of teaching” and must provide “full-time” instruction, although the state does not define those terms and leaves them to the parent’s discretion. Everyone who takes part in the school’s administration must have their name, address and qualifications recorded. Also document your curriculum and your child’s attendance (note any absences more than half a day).

Resources

California Statute on Compulsory Attendance

California Homeschool Network

HomeSchool Association of California

Colorado

Three options exist for homeschooling in Colorado.

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 17

Colorado’s compulsory education law applies the year your child turns 6 by August 1. To homeschool, you must obtain one of the 3 available exemptions to this law. Here is a brief summary. (For full details on each option, go to CHEC.org.)

1. Follow the Home-Based Education Law

  • File a Notice of Intent to any school district 14 days prior to starting the education program
  • Assess on the odd grades 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and submit a composite score to the district where the notice of intent was filed OR with a private school that holds test scores.
  • Keep attendance records showing 172 day/year with an average of 4 hours per day.
  • Keep immunization records or exemption from immunization documents in your file.
  • Provide a sequential study of communication skills (reading, writing, and speaking), mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, and the US Constitution.

Learn more about the Colorado Home-Based Education Law.

2. Follow the Non-Public School Law

  • Enroll in a Colorado-based non-public school, often called an Independent or Umbrella school.
  • Teach 172 days.
  • Provide a sequential study of communication skills (reading, writing, and speaking), mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, US Constitution, and honor and use of the flag.
  • Follow any additional requirements of the private school you are enrolled with.

Learn more about the Colorado Non-Public School Law.

3. Hold a Current Colorado Teacher’s License

  1. No state requirements.

Resources

Christian Home Educators of Colorado

Connecticut

Compulsory school attendance age: 5 to 18

You may delay your child’s enrollment until 6 or 7 years old by signing an option form at your school district’s office.

Notification Requirements

Each year, file a notice of intent at least 10 days before your child starts school. You must state the intended length of your child’s school year, but there are no formal scheduling requirements.

Withdrawal Requirements

You must submit a withdrawal letter to the school district if your child is a public school student.

Testing Requirements

None, but an academic portfolio and yearly review are recommended by the state.

Curriculum Requirements

None, but the subjects of arithmetic, citizenship, geography, grammar, history, reading, spelling and writing are recommended by the state.

Other Requirements

None

Resources

Connecticut Statute on Compulsory Attendance

State Recommendations for Homeschoolers

Connecticut Homeschool Network

The Education Association of Christian Homeschools

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

You must notify the superintendent of your school district by filing a one-time notice of intent before February 1 and no later than 30 days after you start homeschooling. The notice will require your child’s name, date of birth and address.

Withdrawal Requirements

Submit your notice of intent and contact the school to inform them of your child’s withdrawal.

Testing Requirements

Your child must be tested every year. A state-certified teacher may administer a standardized test or an evaluation. Alternatively, a mental professional may evaluate the child. You may also discuss an alternative assessment with the school superintendent.

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

You must keep a two-year portfolio that logs and contains samples of your child’s work. If a school superintendent requests verification that you are keeping a portfolio, you have 15 days to submit it.

Resources

Florida Statute on Compulsory Attendance

Florida Statute on Homeschooling

Florida Parent Educators Association

Georgia

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-16

 

Notification Requirements

Homeschooling families in Georgia are required to file an online Declaration of Intent every year, 30 days prior to the beginning of your homeschool program. Homeschooling programs may begin at any time of the year as long as the form has been submitted. After the first year, forms must be submitted before September 1. A written form rather than online is also permitted, as long as it contains the names and ages of the homeschooled students, address of your homeschool, the name of your school district, the dates of the year in which you plan to homeschool, and the signature of the parent or guardian responsible for schooling. Whether the form is submitted online or on paper, keep a copy for your records.

Withdrawal Requirements

To officially withdraw your child from any schools they are already attending, submit the Declaration of Intent first before informing the school you will be withdrawing. Follow any procedures and fill out any forms the local school asks you to to complete the process.

Testing Requirements

Homeschooled students must take a standardized test in 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades to evaluate their progress. However, you are not required to submit the test scores to anyone; they are for your own records.

Curriculum Requirements

Georgia requires homeschooled students to study five subjects: reading, language arts, math, social studies and science. The exact curriculum and educational methods used are up to the instructor’s discretion.

Other Requirements

Homeschooling families are required to submit an annual progress report for each child, focusing on their progress in the five required subjects. It is recommended that you save these reports for three years after their initial submission, along with copies of standardized test scores and Declaration of Intent.

Parents are required to have either a high school diploma or GED in order to homeschool their children. A private tutor may also be hired, but the same educational requirements apply.

Resources

Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Home Education Association

Hawaii

Compulsory school attendance age: 5-18

 

Notification Requirements

Homeschooling families must file a Notice of Intent form with their local public school. Alternatively, you may draft your own letter of intent as long as it contains your child’s name, birthday and grade level, your homeschool’s address and phone number, and the signature of the parent or guardian who will be teaching. You are only required to submit this notice one time as long as your child does not switch schools (defined as moving to a new school district or transitioning to another level, ie from middle school to high school).

Withdrawal Requirements

You must officially withdraw your child from any public school and file a notice of intent before beginning to homeschool. Once the notice has been filed, contact the school that received it and ask if there are any additional withdrawal forms to fill out.

Testing Requirements

Homeschooled students must follow the Statewide Testing Program and take tests in the 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grades. Parents can utilize the local school’s testing or pay for a private test. You may also request an alternate method of evaluating your student’s progress. However, your local school district’s principal must approve your request.

Curriculum Requirements

Hawaii does not have required educational subjects, but the law does require a structured curriculum centered around your child’s interests and needs, and several subjects are suggested for different grade levels.

Elementary school students are encouraged to study the following:

  • Math
  • Art
  • Music
  • Health
  • Physical education
  • Language arts
  • Social studies
  • Science

Older students, such as high school or secondary school students, are encouraged to study the following:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Guidance
  • Health
  • Physical education
  • Social studies

Other Requirements

Hawaiian law requires you to keep records of the curriculum you use, including the dates of your plan, a record of days and hours when instruction is taking place, the subjects covered, teaching methods used, and any books or instructional materials used. Your records should also include a copy of your Notice of Intent, as well as any standardized test scores and samples of your students’ work.

At the end of every school year, homeschooling parents are required to submit an educational progress report to the principal of their local school district. This report can consist of standardized achievement test scores, scores that show improvement over previous standardized tests, an evaluation by a Hawaiian teacher, or an evaluation by the parent including representative tests, assignments and work samples. If your report shows little to no progress, the principal may meet with you to discuss plans for improvement. You may also be asked to show your curriculum plan.

Resources

Hawaii Department of Education

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Homeschool Network

Idaho

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-16

 

Notification Requirements

None

Withdrawal Requirements

Parents must officially withdraw their child, fill out any required forms, and inform the school in person or in writing that the child will be instructed at home.

Testing Requirements

Tests are not required for homeschool students. However, parents can choose to take advantage of annual achievement tests performed by local public schools. Make sure to inform the school of your desire for the test at the beginning of the school year.

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschoolers are required to study the following subjects:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Health
  • Physical education
  • Social studies
  • Language arts and communications

Other Requirements

Idaho law does not require records from homeschoolers, but it may be wise to do so anyway to keep proof of your children’s education and progress.

Resources

Idaho Department of Education

Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State

Idaho Coalition of Home Educators

Illinois

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-17

 

Notification Requirements

State law does not require homeschoolers to register. The school board provides an intent form for parents to use if they so desire, but it is not required and may not be the best choice in some cases. The choice is entirely up to the parent.

Withdrawal Requirements

If your child is attending public school, you must officially withdraw them by sending a withdrawal notice letter and keeping your child home on the date indicated in your letter. Within ten days of sending your intent letter, request copies of your student’s records from the school. If you are contacted or challenged by the school, assure them you are within your legal rights.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschooling families in Illinois must study the following subjects:

  • Math
  • Biology and physical science
  • Social sciences
  • Fine arts
  • Physical education and health
  • Language arts

Other Requirements

none

Resources

Illinois Board of Education

Illinois Christian Home Educators

Illinois HOUSE

Indiana

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-18

 

Notification Requirements

While Indiana does not require a notice of intent to begin homeschooling, an intent form is available if the parent should choose to file one. Again, it is not required, only available.

Withdrawal Requirements

To withdraw your child from public school at any point during the school year, send in a withdrawal letter and begin homeschooling on the indicated date. However, a high school student withdrawal requires a bit more work. In that case, you must meet with the school principal to discuss the legal requirements of homeschooling, and you and the principal must sign a form indicating the discussion took place and you understood the requirements. Refusal to sign this form will label your student as a school dropout.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

The state of Indiana does not require specific subjects, only that the instruction given must be “equivalent instruction” to that given in a public school. There is no legal definition for equivalency, other than the teaching must be in English.

Other Requirements

Homeschooling parents are required to teach a minimum of 180 days out of the year. However, it is left up to you which days and hours to teach.

Homeschoolers are also required to keep detailed records of their attendance in their homeschool. No standard form exists for this record, so it is up to the parent’s discretion on how to keep this record.

All children are required to receive vaccinations, although homeschoolers are not required to show proof that they are vaccinated.

Resources

Indiana Association of Home Educators

Indiana Home Educator’s Network

Iowa

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-16

 

Notification Requirements

Homeschooling parents are not required to submit notification to their local school district. However, the school district may periodically contact you asking for an information report on your homeschool. You are only required to identify the primary instructor of your homeschool, your location, the name of the parent responsible for the education, and the names of your enrolled students.

Withdrawal Requirements

Contact your child’s current school and inform them you are withdrawing to homeschool as independent private instruction. Ask for any necessary withdrawal forms to fill out and submit.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschooling students are required to study the following:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Social studies
  • Science

Other Requirements

All students are required to receive vaccinations, but homeschoolers under the Independent Private Instruction option are not required to produce proof of this.

Resources

Iowa Department of Education

Homeschool Iowa

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-18

 

Notification Requirements

Homeschoolers must submit a Home Study Application within 15 days of beginning to homeschool. This application must be renewed annually, either within 12 months of your previous application or by October 1. For your first application, you will be required to submit copies of your children’s birth certificate, and subsequent applications will require a portfolio of homework and/or test scores that demonstrate progress.

Withdrawal Requirements

Withdraw your children from public school by submitting a letter of withdrawal containing your name and signature, address, the date, and the names of the children to be withdrawn. Keep a copy for your records as well.

Testing Requirements

Louisiana law allows parents to choose between annual tests or assessments for their children, but either one must be performed and submitted annually. Choices include:

  • An education exam available through the local public school
  • Standardized achievement tests
  • An assessment from a teacher of your child’s grade

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschools must be in session for at least 180 days of the year. Specific subjects are not required, though the law does require “sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered in public schools at the same grade level”.

Other Requirements

Vaccination requirements may be waived. However, students 11 years old and older must submit either proof of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis, or a waiver, to the State Board of Education.

Louisiana law does not require records of homeschooling activity. However, if you choose to submit a portfolio of your student’s work with your application each year, you will need to include the following:

  • Outlines of each subject taught
  • List of curriculum and other resources used
  • Copies of students’ work and standardized tests
  • Third party testimonies of students’ progress

Resources

Louisiana Board of Education

Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Baton Rouge

Maine

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-17

 

Notification Requirements

File a notice of intent letter within ten calendar days of beginning homeschooling with the county commissioner and local school; in subsequent years, file a subsequent year letter by September 1.

Withdrawal Requirements

Submit a withdrawal letter to your child’s school and a notice of intent to the Department of Education.

Testing Requirements

The child must take an annual standardized test, take a test developed by local school officials and arranged prior to the start of the school year, or have their records annually reviewed and approved by a Maine-certified school teacher.

Curriculum Requirements

11 subjects are required: English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, health education, library skills, fine arts, Maine studies (in at least one grade from 6-12th grade) and proficiency in the use of computers (in at least one grade from 7-12th grade.)

Other Requirements

175 days of instruction annually. You must keep records of original notice of intent and all end-of-year assessments until you cease homeschooling. All children are required to be vaccinated, but records of vaccinations are not required.

Resources

Maine Department of Education

Homeschoolers of Maine

Maine Home Education

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

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-18

 

Notification Requirements

None

Withdrawal Requirements

Call your local school or submit a withdrawal letter (a letter is recommended.)

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

8 subjects are required: reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing and English grammar.

Other Requirements

All public-schooled and homeschooled students are required to receive vaccinations; however, homeschoolers do not need to keep records or submit proof of vaccinations.

Resources

Michigan Department of Education

Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling in Michigan (Forever, For Always, No Matter What)

Minnesota

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-17

 

Notification Requirements

Notify your local school superintendent once a year, every year you homeschool.

First time homeschoolers must submit a Minnesota Initial Report to Superintendent form; include child’s name, date of birth and address, information about annual test, name and qualifications of each instructor and immunization records. Use this form if:

  • Your child is 7 years old and has not been previously public-schooled, even if homeschooled before age 7 (submit by October 1st)
  • Your child is homeschooling for the first time (submit within 15 days of withdrawing your child from public school, even if younger than age 7)
  • You move to a new school district (submit to old school district within 15 days of moving to new district)

Every subsequent year, submit a Minnesota Letter of Intent to Continue by October 1st of that year. It must include the same information as above, except immunization records. Immunization records must be submitted again at the start of the child’s 7th grade year.

Withdrawal Requirements

None

Testing Requirements

  • Each child must be tested or assessed annually using a nationally norm-referenced standardized achievement exam. You must include in your annual report to the superintendent: the test or assessment to be used, where you will administer it, and who will administer it. The superintendent must agree with your choice of test, location and administrator. Most school districts accept oral or interview tests, fill in the bubble tests or online tests.

Curriculum Requirements

13 subjects are required: reading, writing, literature, fine arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, health and physical education.

Other Requirements

To qualify for homeschooling, you must meet one of the following requirements: be the parent of the child who is homeschooled, hold a valid Minnesota teaching license for the grade level and field to be taught, be directly supervised by a licensed Minnesota teacher, teach in an accredited school or possess a bachelor’s degree. All children must receive vaccinations and their immunization records must be attached to the Initial Report Form or Letter of Intent to Continue before the child’s 7th grade year. No specific immunizations are required, but if you choose certain immunizations, you must attach a notarized statement with the immunization records.

Resources

Minnesota Department of Education

Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance

Homeschool Adventures

Mississippi

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-17

 

Notification Requirements

For each child, submit a certificate of enrollment obtained from your county’s school attendance officer by September 15th. The form must include the child’s name, address, phone number and date of birth. The form must also include your name, address and phone number, an overview of your educational plan and your signature.

Withdrawal Requirements

You may withdraw your child at any time during the school year. Submit a withdrawal letter and contact the county’s school attendance officer for a certificate of enrollment form.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

180 days per year or number of days it takes for student to progress from one grade to the next. Submit a certificate of enrollment within 10 days of receiving a notice of failure to submit form by county’s school attendance officer. You must be the parent, guardian or custodian of the child being homeschooled.

Resources

Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi Home Educators Association (MHEA)

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Before you start to homeschool, you must file for exempt status as a non-accredited school for each child, and continue to do so each year, by July 15th.

Withdrawal Requirements

First hold an exit interview with the superintendent of your local school district. Then complete a separate release form for each child and have it signed and notarized. File the completed form with the Commissioner of Education. Finally, file for exempt status as a non-accredited school for each child, each year, by July 15th.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

Must include math, language arts, social studies, science, and health.

Other Requirements

Elementary grade students: 1032 hours per year.

High school students: 1080 hours per year.

Vaccinations required for students being homeschooled for non-religious reasons; records of vaccinations must be kept.

Vaccinations not required for students being homeschooled for religious reasons.

Resources

Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association

Nebraska State Homeschooling Organization

Nevada

Compulsory school attendance age: 7-18

 

Notification Requirements

File a Notice of Intent with the superintendent of your local school district either before starting to homeschool, within 30 days of moving to Nevada, or within 10 days after withdrawing your child from public school.

Withdrawal Requirements

Contact your local school district, notify them of your plans to withdraw your child and ask if they require a withdrawal form. If so, fill out and send it in.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

Must include mathematics, science, English (reading, writing, and composition) and social studies (history, geography, economics, and government).

Other Requirements

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

Resources

Nevada Homeschool Network

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

none

Withdrawal Requirements

Contact your child’s school and the superintendent of the school district and inform them that you will be withdrawing your child from school. Send a withdrawal letter.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

none

Other Requirements

none

Resources

New Jersey Christian Homeschooling Organization

New Mexico

Compulsory school attendance age: 5 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Notify the state of New Mexico of your intent to homeschool at least 30 days before beginning to do so, and again each year before August 1st. You may either send a written form to the New Mexico Public Education Department, or complete an online form.

Withdrawal Requirements

Notify your local school district of your intent to homeschool. Ask if they require a withdrawal form. If so, send it in at least 30 days before beginning to homeschool.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

Must include math, language arts, reading, social studies, and science.

Other Requirements

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

Parent or guardian teaching the child must have a high school diploma, and keep a copy of it on record.

180 days a year, and a calendar showing record of it.

Vaccinations and records thereof are required.

Resources

Christian Association of Parent Educators

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 7 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

Send a Statement of Intent to your local school district’s superintendent 14 days before starting to homeschool.

Withdrawal Requirements

Send a Statement of Intent 14 days before starting to homeschool. Also contact the school and notify them of your intent to homeschool. Ask if they require any withdrawal forms. If so, fill out and send in.

Testing Requirements

If you have a philosophical, moral, or religious objection to the use of a standardized test, a license or approval to teach, a baccalaureate degree, or you have passed a national teacher examination (in any state), your child is not required to take a standardized test.

If not, your child must take a test while in 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th grade. Your child may take any nationally normed standardized achievement test, either at a local school (the school will pay for this test) or at home (you will pay for this test). Only a licensed or approved teacher may administer the test, even if your child is taking it in your home.

Curriculum Requirements

Must include for grades 1-8: math, science (which must include agriculture), English language arts (which must include English grammar, spelling, reading, composition and creative writing), social studies (which must include U.S. History, The U.S. Constitution, geography, government, and North Dakota studies), health (which must include physiology, hygiene, disease control and the nature and effects of alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics), and physical education.

Must include for grades 9-12 including required hours): math (480)—must include algebra II (120), math higher than algebra II (120), science (480)—must include biology (120) and physical science (120), English language arts (480)—must include literature, composition and speech, social studies (480)—must include U.S. History (120), World History (120) and either Problems of Democracy (120) or U.S. Government (60) + economics (60), health (60), physical education (60 hours per year), Fine Arts (240)—must include music (120), career and technical education (240), foreign language—must be same language each year—(240), and an advanced placement course (120) or a dual credit course.

Other Requirements

4 hours per day and 175 days per year.

Yearly records of courses, test results, and academic progress assessments.

Vaccinations required; you may submit a certificate of immunization or exemption along with your Statement of Intent.

The child’s educator must have a high school diploma. If not, then you can teach your child for two years while a licensed or approved teacher—you are permitted to select and pay this teacher—monitors you. This teacher is required to spend 1 hour a week, plus 30 minutes for each additional child, with you and your child, and to report your child’s academic progress to your local school district’s superintendent twice a year. If your child scores under the 50th percentile on a standardized test, an additional year of monitoring will be required. Once the monitoring is complete, and your child scores above the 50th percentile, you are allowed to homeschool all of your children yourself.

Resources

North Dakota Statute on Homeschooling

North Dakota Homeschool Association

North Dakota Online School

Ohio

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-18

This is not to say that your student can begin kindergarten before age six. However, if your student does start kindergarten before six years of age, he or she will be subject to the compulsory attendance law until age 18, as a six-year-old would.

Notification Requirements

Fill out this notification form and send it your local public school superintendent for each student, each year that you homeschool.

Within 14 days of sending in your form, your local superintendent will send you a letter of approval to homeschool or a request for more information about your homeschool. You have 14 days to respond to a query for more information from the superintendent.

Withdrawal Requirements

You must officially withdraw your child from public school if they are already enrolled, otherwise the school may charge you for truancy since your child’s absences are not excused. Contact your child’s public school and ask for pertinent forms that need to be filled out to withdraw your child from the school.

Testing Requirements

Students must undergo year testing or academic assessments by

  • A nationally standardized test
  • An assessment written by a certified teacher or someone approved by your local school’s superintendent. The assessment is based on your child’s portfolio for that year.

Curriculum Requirements

Homeschool law in Ohio requires you to teach the following subjects:

  1. Fine arts (including music)
  2. First aid, safety and fire prevention
  3. Geography
  4. Health
  5. History of the United States and Ohio
  6. Language
  7. Mathematics
  8. National, state and local government
  9. Physical education
  10. Reading
  11. Science
  12. Spelling
  13. Writing

Other Requirements

You must homeschool for no less than 32 weeks during a school year and provide 900 hours of instruction per school year.

You must hold a high school diploma or equivalent degree to homeschool your child; or have accredited test scores that show that you have a high school equivalent education. Otherwise you must homeschool under the supervision of someone with a bachelor’s (or higher) degree until your student’s test scores demonstrate proficiency.

It is wise to keep records of your homeschool (should you ever need proof of your child’s education), even though this is not required by Ohio state law.

Resources

Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Home Educators

ACC Homeschoolers (homeschool group in Ohio)

Oklahoma

Compulsory school attendance age: 5-18

 

Notification Requirements

None

Withdrawal Requirements

None, but we recommend sending a withdrawal letter to your child’s public school.

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

Oklahoma homeschool law strongly suggests (but does not require) homeschools to teach the following subjects:

  1. Citizenship
  2. Conservation
  3. Health
  4. Math
  5. Physical education
  6. Reading
  7. Safety
  8. Science
  9. United States Constitution
  10. Writing

Other Requirements

None

Resources

Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation

Oklahoma Homeschool

Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oregon

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-18

 

Notification Requirements

You must notify your education service district within 10 days of beginning homeschooling.

Withdrawal Requirements

You must officially withdraw your child from public school if they are already enrolled, otherwise the school may charge you for truancy since your child’s absences are not excused. Create and send your child’s school a withdrawal letter.

Testing Requirements

Homeschool students must be tested during their third, fifth, eighth, and tenth grade years by an Oregon Department of Education approved proctor. You must pay for each student’s test and keep a copy of each test score for your records.

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

None

Resources

Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN)

Oregon Department Of Education

Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork)

Pennsylvania

You can homeschool your children or hire a private tutor to homeschool them. The regulations for being taught by a tutor are lower than Pennsylvania’s homeschooling regulations.

Compulsory school attendance age: 8-17

 

Using a Pennsylvania Private Tutor

A private tutor must file his or her Pennsylvania teaching certificate and criminal history record with the superintendent of your local school district. Although a tutor is required to teach 180 days of each year or 900 hours per year for grades K-6 and 990 hours per year for grades 7-12, the tutor will not be required to show proof of attendance to anyone.

Tutors are not required to keep records of their lessons teach certain subjects. Students taught by a private tutor are not required to take standardized testing.

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Notification Requirements

You must send a notarized affidavit to your local school district by August 1 of each year that you will be homeschooling.

Before beginning homeschooling, you must send in your first affidavit before you withdraw your child from school. If your child has never been enrolled in public school, send in your child’s first affidavit around his or her eighth birthday.

Affidavit for Grades K-6 (form by the Pennsylvania Department of Education)

Affidavit for Grades 7-12 (form by the Pennsylvania Department of Education)

Withdrawal Requirements

If your child is enrolled in public school, you must write and send a withdrawal letter (along with the affidavit mentioned above) to your child’s school before homeschooling.

Testing Requirements

Each homeschool student must take a nationally standardized test (proctored by someone other than the student’s parents) in their third, fifth, and eighth grade years.

Curriculum Requirements

For kindergarten through sixth grades:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Art
  3. Civics
  4. English; including spelling, reading and writing
  5. Geography
  6. Health and physiology
  7. History of the United States and Pennsylvania
  8. Music
  9. Physical education
  10. Safety education (including regular instruction about the dangers and prevention of fires)
  11. Science

For seventh through twelfth grades:

  1. Art (at least 2 years)
  2. English (at least 4 years; including language, literature, speech and composition
  3. Geography
  4. Health
  5. Mathematics (at least 3 years) including general mathematics, algebra and geometry
  6. Music
  7. Physical education
  8. Safety education (including regular and continuous instruction about the dangers and prevention of fires)
  9. Science (at least 3 years)
  10. Social studies (at least 3 years) including civics, world history, history of the United States and Pennsylvania.

Other Requirements

You must hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent (such as a GED) to homeschool your children.

You must teach 180 days of each year or 900 hours per year for grades kindergarten through sixth, and 990 hours per year for grades seven through 12. You are not required to show proof of your child’s school attendance, but you will want to keep it for records.

You must keep a portfolio and a written academic evaluation for each student, each year that you homeschool.

Each student’s portfolio must include:

  • A list (by title) of any reading materials that were used during the year
  • Writing samples from your child
  • Worksheets used during the year
  • Workbooks used during the year
  • Creative projects that were used or made by your child
  • Copies of your child’s test scores (only required in third, fifth, and eighth grades).

The written academic evaluation must be done by a certified individual who has had at least two years of experience in a Pennsylvania school (public or other) within the past 10 years. The evaluation will consist of the individual interviewing your child, reviewing your child’s portfolio for the year and determining if your child’s academic performance is satisfactory. The individual will then provide you a written statement about the evaluation.

Resources

Pennsylvania Department Of Education

PA Homeschool Law

Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association

Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania

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

There are three options for homeschooling in South Carolina. You may homeschool independently with approval by your school district’s board of trustees, you may become a member of The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools, or you may join any of South Carolina’s independent homeschool associations.

Compulsory school attendance age: 6-17

 

Homeschooling in SC: Option 1

Notification Requirements

You will need approval from your local school district’s board of trustees in order to begin homeschooling. Each South Carolina school district has its own application for you to fill out and submit to your local school district.

Withdrawal Requirements

If your child is already attending public school, you will need to withdraw him or her before beginning to homeschool. Ensure that your child is registered with the school district, then show the school proof of your child’s registration. The school may require you to fill out more forms for the withdrawal process (such as release of records for your child).

Testing Requirements

Under Option 1, homeschooled students are required to annually take the standardized state test that is administered to their public school peers. You can have your child tested in your home. If that is desired, a certified employee from your local school district will come to your home to administer the test to your child. However, you will be responsible for paying the test administrator to come to your home.

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach the following subjects in your homeschool:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Reading
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Writing

For grades 7-12 ,add the following two subjects to the subjects listed above:

  1. Composition
  2. Literature

Other Requirements

You must have a high school diploma, GED or bachelor’s degree to homeschool your child and you must homeschool for 4.5 hours per day for 180 days per year.

Keep these records of your homeschool:

  • Written records of the subjects that you teach and the activities that your student is involved in
  • A portfolio of your child’s academic work samples
  • Evaluations of your child’s academic progress

You are required to submit a semiannual progress report to your local school district. The progress report must include records of your child’s homeschool attendance and evaluations of your child’s progress in each of the required subjects (see Curriculum Requirements).

Homeschooling in SC: Option 2

Notification Requirements

You must be a paying member of South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). SCAIHS will report your child’s enrollment to your local school district for each year that you are enrolled to homeschool.

Withdrawal Requirements

To withdraw from public school before beginning to homeschool, become a member of SCAIHS and they will provide you with necessary documents to finish withdrawing your child. The school may require you to fill out more forms for the withdrawal process (such as release of records for your child).

Testing Requirements

None

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach the following subjects in your homeschool:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Reading
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Writing

For grades 7-12, add the following two subjects to the subjects listed above:

  1. Composition
  2. Literature

Other Requirements

You are not required to keep records of your homeschool.

You must have a high school diploma, GED or bachelor’s degree to homeschool your child and you must homeschool for 180 days per year.

Homeschooling in SC: Option 3

Notification Requirements

You are required to be a paying member of a South Carolina homeschool association. Here is a list of homeschool associations in South Carolina that fulfill this requirement. Once you join one of these associations as a member, your notification requirement is completed. The association must report your enrollment in the association to your local school district each year that you are enrolled.

Withdrawal Requirements

After you choose and register with one of the homeschool associations from the link above, your association will provide you or your child’s school with the necessary paperwork to withdraw your child from public school. The school may require you to fill out more forms for the withdrawal process (such as release of records for your child).

Testing Requirements

None

Your homeschool association may require or simply recommend achievement testing (this varies by association).

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach the following subjects in your homeschool:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Reading
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Writing

For grades 7-12, add the following two subjects to the subjects listed above:

  1. Composition
  2. Literature

Other Requirements

You must have a high school diploma, GED or bachelor’s degree to homeschool your child and you must homeschool for a minimum of 180 days per year..

You must keep these records of your homeschool:

  • Written records of the subjects that you teach and the activities that your student is involved in
  • A portfolio of your child’s academic work samples
  • Evaluations of your child’s academic progress.

You are required to submit a semiannual progress report to your homeschool association. The progress report must include records of your child’s homeschool attendance and evaluations of your child’s progress in each of the required subjects (see Curriculum Requirements).

Resources

South Carolina Department of Education

South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools

 

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Contact your local school district to see if they have special forms to complete. Otherwise, submit this one-time affidavit when you begin to homeschool. The district will reply within 30 days by sending an annual certificate of excused absence from public school. This should arrive each year thereafter. Be sure to keep the school district informed of address changes within the district. But if you move to a new district, you need to submit the form again. Should your annual certificate not arrive within a month of the start of school, contact the district to request it.

Withdrawal Requirements

Formally withdraw by completing the one-time affidavit. Also inquire of your particular school about any forms they may need you to complete.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

none

Other Requirements

none

Resources

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Home Education Association

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 5 to 18

 

Notification Requirements

Send a notice of intent to the school district superintendent by Aug. 15 every year. Also include a list of the subjects you will teach to each student.

Under the private tutor law, Virginia-certified teachers can home educate by sending the school district superintendent a copy of your teaching certificate. The law also requires that you teach 180 days/year, and keep students’ immunization records.

Withdrawal Requirements

File the above-mentioned notice of intent and contact the school about additional requirements.

Testing Requirements

Annually, with results submitted before August 1. Three methods of annual evaluation are:

  1. A standardized achievement test with student scoring 24th percentile or higher
  2. An educational evaluation or assessment performed by a certified teacher (from any state) or someone with a masters degree, or higher, in an academic discipline
  3. A report card or transcript from an institution of higher learning, a correspondence school, or distance learning program.

Curriculum Requirements

None

Other Requirements

In order to homeschool your must;

  1. Have a High School diploma or higher credential
  2. Have a Virginia Teaching Certificate
  3. Enroll student in distance learning program
  4. Provide evidence that you are able to provide an adequate home education.

All students must be have immunizations or file for an exemption.

Resources

Virginia Homeschool Statutes

Home Educators Association of Virginia

 

Washington

Compulsory school attendance age: 8-18

 

Notification Requirements

Submit a declaration of intent, one form for children eight and older, to the district each year by Sept. 15, or within two weeks of the start of school.

When your child turns eight, file a declaration of intent for that child.

Withdrawal Requirements

File the above-mentioned declaration of intent and check with the school for other requirements.

Note: Although education prior to age 8 is not mandatory, you must still formally withdraw children under 8 from the public schools.

Testing Requirements

Annual evaluation is required in one of two ways:

  1. Standardized Achievement Test administered by a qualified person
  2. An evaluation by a certified person.

EduGreat offers testing and evaluation/assessment in many areas of Washington.

Curriculum Requirements

Must teach these subjects:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Spelling
  4. Language
  5. Math
  6. Science
  7. Social Studies
  8. History
  9. Health
  10. Occupational Education
  11. Art and Music Appreciation

Other Requirements

You must meet one of the following in order to homeschool:

  1. Complete 45 college-level quarter credit hours (30 semester credit hours)
  2. Complete a parent-qualifying course in home-based instruction
  3. Be supervised by a certified person, including one hour weekly meeting with your student
  4. Get school district superintendent approval.

You must maintain records of annual test scores, immunizations and other relevant records, according to state law, although you may never need them if you do not later enroll in public school.

Resources

Washington Statutes on Homeschooling

Washington Homeschool Organization

West Virginia

Compulsory school attendance age: 6 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

File this Notice of Intent with the school district. If you move to a new district within the state, file a new notice with that district. If you move out of state or country, notify the district, or stop homeschooling for any reason, notify the district.

Withdrawal Requirements

File the above-mentioned Notice of Intent and contact the school about other requirements before withdrawing the student from public school.

Testing Requirements

You must annually evaluate your student by one of these methods:

  1. Take a nationally normed standardized test
  2. Participate in the public school’s standardized testing
  3. Have a portfolio of student’s work evaluated by a certified teacher
  4. Some other method mutually agreed upon by parent and local school district superintendent.

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach at least these subjects:

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

Other Requirements

You must have a high school diploma or GED to homeschool.

Resources

West Virginia Education Statutes

West Virginia Homeschool Organization

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

Compulsory school attendance age: 7 to 16

 

Notification Requirements

Every year, you must submit a list of curriculum to the local school board trustees for each student. The list must include your curriculum choice for the required subjects (list below). Here is a sample of this list.

Withdrawal Requirements

Submit the above-mentioned list of curriculum and contact the school about additional requirements before withdrawing your student.

Testing Requirements

none

Curriculum Requirements

You must teach these subjects:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Civics
  5. History
  6. Literature
  7. Science

Other Requirements

Wyoming requires homeschool students to be immunized.

Resources

Wyoming Statutes on Homeschooling

Wyoming Homeschool Organization