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State Homeschool Requirements and Laws

If you’re thinking about homeschooling your children, then you are likely wondering what the state homeschool requirements are where you live.

Did you know that every state has its own laws around education and homeschooling?

Some states, like Texas, have very low regulations and are considered to be homeschool friendly. At the state level, places like New York, have very high regulations around homeschooling.

This is Not Legal Advice

Please note that we’re not lawyers, and this information should not be construed as legal advice. At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we strive to connect you with the information that you need as you homeschool your children.

We believe that a child’s education is always the responsibility of the parent. However, when you homeschool your children, then your child’s education is legally your responsibility. As a result, you’ll want to know your state’s homeschool law.

We’ve pulled together a list of links that you’ll find helpful as you try to understand your state’s homeschool laws.

Homeschool Requirements, Statutes, Regulations, Laws

Homeschool Regulations to Consider

Below you’ll find a list of regulations that many states have around homeschooling. Keep in mind the regulations in each state vary.

  • Parental Education Requirements. At least one parent or legal guardian may be required to have a high school diploma or GED in order to homeschool their child.
  • Letter of Intent or Declaration of Intent. This is a letter or form that you might need to submit to your state and/or local school district to inform them that you plan to homeschool your child. Take note of deadlines that are relevant where you live.
  • School Age Children. Know the age that your state government requires children to participate in compulsory education.
  • Calendar Year. Do you know when your state’s school calendar year begins and ends? Your “school” days might need to coincide with your state’s calendar year.
  • Hours of Instruction. Be aware of how many hours a day you are required to teach your child.
  • Number of Days. Understand how many days a year your state expects your child to be “in school.”
  • Attendance Records. Your state may have a compulsory attendance law that might require you to keep record of attendance.
  • Required Subjects. Know what core subjects your child is expected to study in your home state. Your state’s laws may require homeschooled students to complete grade-level requirements in specific subjects. Common subject areas include math, language arts, social studies, science, physical education, and fine arts.
  • Annual Assessment. State law might require your child to participate in an annual assessment or achievement test.
  • Language. Some states require that the curriculum be taught in the English language.
  • High School Diploma. You will want to understand your state’s requirements to help your child earn their high school diploma.
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Homeschooling Organizations vs Government Organizations

When gathering information about homeschooling, be mindful that government organizations and most* homeschooling organizations have different agendas.

The government wants your kids to stay in school. When your kids are in school, your state’s education department receives funds for your child and can advance various agendas.

Please note, K12 Online Public Schools are not homeschooling, these programs are part of the public education system. If the public education system is funding your child’s education, then your child is attending public school and is not homeschooling.

Most* homeschooling organizations want to help you educate your children from home. When you homeschool your children, you are generally paying for your child’s school supplies and education. When you homeschool your child, you are legally responsible for your child’s education.

*Please note that there are a few organizations with the word homeschool in their name that exist to undermine homeschooling.

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How to Search for Your State or Country’s Homeschooling Information

This article is a work in progress. If we don’t have all the information for your state yet, here is how you can find the information.

  1. Home School Legal Defense Association. HSLDA shares a helpful map that shows the homeschool laws by state. When you click your state, it will show you what is required to legally homeschool in your state.
  2. Your State Homeschooling Organization. Google your state + homeschooling organization or association.
  3. U.S. Department of Education. Access any United States state, commonwealth, territory, or freely associated state. This website shares helpful information and includes links to your State Department of Education.
  4. Your State Department of Education. After you click on the U.S. Department of Education website, click your state.
  5. Discover Your State’s Laws for Homeschooling. Visit Congress.gov for a list of state legislature websites. Once you are on your state’s legislature website, look for a link to education and go from there. You can also do a search for homeschooling.
  6. YouTube. Search homeschool + your state.
  7. Sign Up for HomeSchool ThinkTank’s Email List. We send helpful homeschooling information and offer monthly support calls to member’s on our email list.
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Search Tips

There are many terms that you will want to search for on your state’s education site. Try these terms for the best results.

  • homeschooling
  • home schooling
  • home school
  • homeschool
  • home education
  • alternative education
  • private school
  • charter school
  • online education
  • e-learning

Your State + Homeschooling Information Below

We are in the process of sharing helpful information about homeschooling for each state.

If your state isn’t listed yet, click here for directions on how to find the information you need about homeschooling.

States are listed in alphabetical order.

Alabama Homeschooling Information

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Alaska Homeschool Requirements

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Arizona Homeschool Resources

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Definition of a Homeschooler According to Arizona State Law

ARS §15-802 (G)(2) Homeschool means a nonpublic school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or nonpublic instruction provided in the child’s home.

Homeschoolers are parents or legal guardians who choose to educate their own children at home in at least the required subjects of reading, grammar, math, science, and social studies pursuant to A.R.S. §15-802.

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Arkansas Homeschooling Information

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California Homeschool Resources

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Colorado Homeschooling Information & Associations

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New Mexico Homeschooling Resources

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Utah

More information about Utah is forthcoming.

This Article is in Progress

We are continuing to work on this article to bring you the information you need. If we don’t have all the information that you need below, please see the directions at the top of this article to discover the information you need.

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