Home schooling

Homeschooling Requirements

Homeschooling requirements vary greatly from state to state and many parents desiring to school at home are wondering what their particular state allows or calls for. As the condition of the public schools worsen and become more undesirable in the influences our children are exposed to, more and more parents are looking at an alternative education for their children. Many of these concerned families are taking up homeschooling as that alternative route.

Guidelines are set by each state and local government, concerning homeschooling. Most states in the U.S.  require that you at least notify the local school board of your intention to home school your child. In a few (including Texas, Alaska, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey and Idaho), you may go ahead with home schooling your child without informing the state.

States that have homeschooling requirements where you only need notify your county board of education are: Delaware, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Nevada.

These 6 are the states with the highest and tightest regulations: Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota. They require that parents send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials).

The rest of the states not already listed have moderate requirements such as having parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress. You will need to check with your local school boards for specifics in each case. You may also want to check with the Home School Legal Defense Association (listed on our resource page) for more information.

It is important for you to find out the exact homeschooling requirements for your state or province. It will enable you to be confident that your child's education is being recognized by the state. Although technically you do not have to get state 'approval' for home schooling, a good working relationship with your local government (where possible) will make life easier for everyone. And if you do not have your state's approval, your home schooling may not be considered legitimate, which may increase the difficulty your child would have in going to certain universities or colleges.