The requirements for homeschooling your child are different based on where you live. The homeschool requirements for Florida are very different from the homeschool requirements in California and are just as varied as the homeschool requirements in Texas. So, you must check your the homeschool laws for your state or country.
Homeschooling is legal in every state of the United States, but the laws are different in other countries. If you live in another country, be sure to understand your country’s laws. It is illegal to homeschool in some countries, so if your homeschool family is going to be relocated to a different country (even temporarily), you need to check the homeschooling laws there before you start homeschooling!
Guidelines for Homeschooling
1. Check homeschooling state laws.
You can check your state laws through the Homeschool Legal Defense Association or search the web for “homeschooling [your state].” This is the first thing you should do when considering homeschooling!
2. Understand the homeschool requirements for parents.
You don’t need a license or teaching certification to homeschool. However, just like homeschooling laws, the requirements for parents will vary based on state. For many states, the homeschool requirement for parents is to have a high school diploma or equivalent (like a GED).
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3. Review the homeschool filing requirements.
Depending on where you live, you may or may not have to file your intention to homeschool with your local school district. It’s important to know this because your child could be counted as truant if you have not completed the appropriate paperwork. There are also very relaxed homeschooling states where you may not be required to file your intent to homeschool.
If you are transferring your child from a private or public school into homeschooling, be clear on what paperwork is needed to alert the school. Again, your child could be counted as absent or truant if the appropriate paperwork is not filed with the school.
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4. Understand the homeschooling state reporting requirements.
What do you need to report for your state? Do you need to use a state-approved curriculum? Will your child need to take state tests? Do you need to submit your child’s grades periodically or provide an attendance report? There are many things that you may need to submit based on your state’s requirements. Be sure you have the checklist! (Conversely, some states may not require you to submit anything for your homeschooler.)
Once you are clear on the laws and requirements, you can start homeschooling your child TODAY!
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