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How Do You Homeschool in New Mexico?

If you’re wondering how to homeschool in New Mexico, it’s simple to get started. Here’s your step-by-step guide to homeschooling your child in NM in the 2023 school year. Be sure to watch the video and listen to the podcast episode that is further down this page.

Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school, the steps to get started are the same. To be clear, at HomeSchool ThinkTank, we’re not lawyers, but we’re here to guide you on your homeschool journey.

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New Mexico Homeschooling Resources

Many of the links below lead to more helpful information about homeschooling.

CAPE NM stands for Christian Association of Parent Educators New Mexico homeschooling organization. The people who run this organization are helpful regardless of your belief system.

New Mexico Homeschooling Information

New Mexico state law requires that homeschooled children are registered with the state each year. Before heading to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) website, we’d like to share a little information.

While visiting with a CAPE NM representative, it was mentioned that the State of New Mexico is now asking if you would like your child to be assigned a STARS ID. This question is asked on the state’s homeschool registration form. A STARS ID number is a number assigned to each student in the public education system. At the time of this writing, this is optional for homeschooled students.

If your child has already been to a New Mexico Public School, they’ve already been assigned a STARS ID number. However, if your child hasn’t been assigned a number yet, a CAPE NM representative suggested that parents don’t allow a STARS ID number to be assigned to their child*. Apparently, this number links your child to the Child Protective Services System.

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New Mexico STARS ID: Public School Extra-Curricular Activities and Dual Credit Classes

Note* Please note that if your child is participating in public school extra-curricular activities or sports, they will need a STARS ID number. Also, your child will need a STARS ID number to be a dual-credit homeschool student at a college.

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How to Register Your Child as a Homeschooled Student in New Mexico

New Mexico state law requires that homeschooled children are registered with the state each year.

New Mexico Public Education Department Homeschooling Information

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Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling in New Mexico

Please refer to the Statutes PDF, or the NM PED Frequently Asked Questions to ensure you receive the most up-to-date information. At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we regularly update our articles, but it’s always possible that the NM PED has adjusted the statutes in the meantime.

Who can homeschool my child in New Mexico?

Instruction must be given by a person possessing a high school diploma or equivalent. For more information, see the statutes link provided in this article. According to the NM PED, the homeschool operator must be the parent or legal guardian.

What subjects are required for homeschooled students in New Mexico?

Reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science. For more information, see the statutes link provided in this article.

When does my child have to start school in New Mexico?

In New Mexico, the compulsory school age is five years old. For more information, see the statutes link provided in this article.

How do I register to homeschool in New Mexico?

Notify the state on or before August 1st of each year or within 30 days of the establishment of a homeschool. This information comes from the NM PED.

How many days a year do I have to homeschool my child in New Mexico?

The Compulsory School Attendance Law is based on 180 days. A home-schooled student must also meet at least the length of time established in the student’s local school district. This information comes from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Helpful Information for New Mexico High School Homeschool Graduation Requirements

Below are helpful links and information about New Mexico homeschool high school graduation requirements.

How Will My Child Graduate from High School in New Mexico?

While many homeschooled students stop homeschooling at the end of eighth grade and go to a public or private high school, this is not necessary. Your child can graduate with a high school diploma as a homeschooled student.

There are three ways to graduate as a homeschooled high school student in New Mexico.

  1. Graduation by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Graduation by correspondence course, distance learning school, or homeschool program.
  3. Take and pass the GED test. A student can take this test beginning at the age of 16.

See #11 from the NM PED Frequently Asked Questions page.

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When Can My Child Graduate High School in New Mexico?

A student must be in school until they are 18 or have graduated from high school or received a general educational development certificate (GED).

For more information, see the statutes link provided in this article.

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