Homeschooling refers to a situation where a parent or guardian educates a school-aged child through a home study program. Programs vary, but include the basic academic subjects taught in schools such as reading, math, and science.
Is Homeschooling Legal?
Yes, homeschooling is legal. However, the laws differ depending on your state and school district. State law commonly requires that the parent or guardian doing the homeschooling have a high school diploma. Beyond that, state homeschooling laws fall into one of the following categories:
- No notice required: a parent or guardian may choose to homeschool a child without providing any notification to the state
- Low regulation: a parent or guardian is simply required to notify proper authorities of homeschooling
- Moderate regulation: a parent or guardian must send notification, plus test scores or other professional assessments of the child’s progress
- High regulation: a parent or guardian must send notification, test scores or professional assessments and also may be required to obtain state approval of the curriculum, teacher qualification, or meetings with state officials
How Can I Begin Homeschooling?
If you are interested in homeschooling, you should get more information on your state¿s laws. Helpful references include homeschooling organizations, homeschooling support groups, and your local library.
Should I Talk to a Lawyer about Homeschooling Issues?
The information surrounding homeschooling can be plentiful and accessible. However, much of this information requires interpretation. An experienced family lawyer can help clarify the laws and regulations of homeschooling in your region.