Chapter: 1

What are Home Schooling Requirements?

Resource List

– The only place to go to learn about legal requirements in United States for homeschooling is HSLDA.org.

Responsiblehomeschooling.org has another great guide for this topic. Talks about requirements per topic basis.

Introduction

Home schooling requirements encompasses a wide range of questions. You may have many questions like what are the legal home school requirements? or questions like what are the requirements of the parents in order to successfully educate their children? For some one who is just starting homeschooling, these are all important questions to ask.

Legal Home Schooling Requirements

Home schooling requirements encompasses a wide range of questions. You may have many questions like what are the legal home school requirements? or questions like what are the requirements of the parents in order to successfully educate their children? For some one who is just starting homeschooling, these are all important questions to ask.

The best place for you to visit and be well versed in is the HSLDA.org. This is the place to go if you are looking for legal requirements for homeschooling in the United States.

In some states, the parents are required to send no notification to the state authority at all, whereas some states require the parents to send one. There are other states that have very strict rules. These states (one of which is New York) requires parents to send notification, test scores, teaching qualification of the parents etc

The law that you will follow is of the state in which you are currently residing. So if your home state is Oklahoma (which has minimal rules and regulation), but you are currently residing in New York state, then you have to abide by the stringent rules of the New York state.

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Parent Qualification Requirements

In most of the states, parents can homeschool their children without any qualification. However, the 11 states that require some sort of educational qualification include the following:

North Dakota, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Washington, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and North Carolina

In six of the above mentioned states, namely: North Dakota, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Washington parents can bypass the qualification requirements.

When doing so, some states would require the parents to homeschool under a school. These states include Virginia, Tennessee and Washington. North Dakota, Ohio and Washington require supervision of homeschooling under a qualified person such as a teacher or someone holding a degree. In Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, the requirements can also by waived at the choice of the superintendents.

As a rule of thumb: Parents who seek to educate their children at home should at least hold a high school diploma. This will ensure that your child’s academic education is adequately satisfied. If the parents do not hold a high school diploma or GED, then homeschooling should be conducted under a trained and qualified teacher.

If the parents meet the minimum qualification required, then the next step would be to learn how to homeschool. If the parents are going to seek help from a certified teacher, then they can learn the technique from the teacher.

Homeschool Curriculum Requirements

Most of the states do not have any subject requirement and they encourage the parents to teach the subjects that are taught in public schools. However, some states with strict rules require you to teach certain subjects.

For example, it is a requirement in Rhode Island that you must teach reading, writing, geography, maths, health, physical education, United States history, Rhode Island history, and educate on American Government.

Other Home Schooling Requirements

There are many other simple requirements that deal with paper work and state law compliance. This all depends upon the state that you are willing to homeschool in.

Some states would require you to submit a notice of intent to the superintendent, others would require you to register your homeschool as a private school first. You would also be required to teach for a required period. This is different from state to state. Some states have required period of 180 days while other have 186 etc. Some states require that you have a definite plan and schedule, other do not. Similarly some states require you to test your students, while others don’t. There are many smaller rules and laws attached to each state.

You can learn about all the peculiar details about your state from the following website:http://www.hslda.org/

Home schooling requirements