Knowing the homeschooling requirements will not only help you begin homeschooling successfully, you will gain confidence as a homeschooling parent.
Almost every parent wonders at some point - either at the start of homeschooling or when facing difficulties...
"Can I really home school my child?"
The answer is yes! :) You can home school your child! Help, home school support and guidance is available for you.
Many people – even family members may try to discourage you from taking the most active roll in your child’s education, causing you to question whether you can home school your child legally.
Remember, homeschooling is legal in every state of the US (and many other countries around the world!).
Typical Homeschooling Requirements and Terms
Compulsory School Age
The parent of guardian of a child of "compulsory school age" has a duty to provide an education during that period.
Compulsory school age refers to the period of a child’s life from the time the child enters school as a beginner which differs depending on where you live, until your state’s specified age, or graduation from a high school, etc.
The starting and ending age that your state requires a child to receive an education.
Some available options when setting-up your school legally in your state may be:
Other options may be available to you or only one or two, visit your governments website to find out how you will need to set-up your home school legally.
Some states require the basic subjects like reading, writing and arithmetic.
Other states require a more detailed list with additional subjects like: Language, reading, spelling, writing, geography, history of the United States and state, government, math, science, health, physical education, fine arts (including music), first aid, safety, and fire prevention.
Homeschooling requirements can be very involved and detailed!
Grades K-12: patriotism and citizenship, substance abuse, traffic safety, fire safety; Grades 1-6:arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing, English, geography, U.S. history, science, health, music, visual arts, and physical education; Grades 7-8:English, history and geography, science, mathematics, physical education, health, art, music, practical arts, and library skills; At least once in grades 1-8: U.S. and state history and constitutions; Grades 9-12: English, social studies--including American history, participation in government, and economics, math, science, art or music, health, physical education, and electives
Some qualifications may be include:
In some states, if you do not have the above certification, you may need to homeschool under the supervision of a certified teacher or other qualified individual.
Although studies show a parent’s level of education has no direct effect on homeschooling success, some states still require you to hold certain qualifications to teach your own child.
Sometimes one notice at the beginning of the school year is all that is needed. Other states require submission each year.
Notices may need to be submitted either on a local or state level. Laws may require you to submit forms within a certain time frame from the start of your home education program.
Form filing may be optional as it is in my state, and therefore you can choose to submit the form/s, or not.
Some form names you may come across are: Notice of Intent, Individualized Home Instruction Plan
You may need to maintain and submit a portfolio of your child’s work and progress, indicating that instruction in the required courses has been given, to local school officials. Depending on your homeschool laws, portfolio requirements may be minimal or more detailed.
Records may need to be submitted monthly, quarterly or yearly, or just kept in your care, and made available upon request.
Some items found in a portfolio are: Number of hours of instruction, materials used, work completed, description of material covered in each subject, your child’s grade or written evaluation in each subject and standardized test results (if applicable).
Standardized tests may need to be administered in certain grade levels and results submitted to local officials or other governing authorities.
You will want to find out if your state requires testing and the process for submitting required test scores, evaluation or assessment.
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