Home schooling requirements for your child are different based on where you live.
The home schooling requirements in Texas are very different from the school education requirements in California and are just as varied as the home schooling requirements in Florida.
So, the first thing you must do is check 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 (like Germany), so if your homeschool family is going to relocate to a different country (even temporarily), you need to check the homeschooling laws there before you start homeschooling!
Home Schooling Requirements
1. Check your state’s home schooling requirements.
Again, this is the very first thing to do when considering home schooling!
You can check your state laws through the Homeschool Legal Defense Association or search the web for “homeschooling [your state].”
Don’t do any further home school research until you complete this step!
2. Understand the home school requirements for parents.
You don’t need a license or teaching certification to homeschool. However, just like homeschooling laws, the home schooling 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).
For most states, the parental qualifications will be outlined when you look up home school state laws.
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3. Review the home schooling filing requirements.
Depending on where you live, you may or may not have to file your intention to homeschool with your local school district (especially if you are taking your child out of public school or private school to homeschool).
This is important because your child is considered truant if you do not complete the appropriate paperwork required for your state or country.
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 is absent or truant if the appropriate paperwork is not filed with the school (which causes major issues with your homeschool journey).
There are also very relaxed homeschooling states where you may not be required to file your intent to homeschool.
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4. Understand the home schooling 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!