Every state within the United States has different homeschool requirements. However, there are generally 4 different categories for such requirements for homeschooling. These include:
- States who don’t require any notice of your intent to homeschool your child
- States that don’t have a lot of regulations in regard to homeschooling
- States that have some regulations in regard to homeschooling
- States that have a lot of regulations in regard to homeschooling
It is important to take note of each of these types of states and understand what their requirements mean to you if you plan to homeschool therein.
States Requiring No Notice Of Your Intent To Homeschool Your Child
States that don’t require any notice of your intent to homeschool don’t require you to initiate any contact with the school district. The states that don’t have any notice requirements include:
- New Jersey
- Puerto Rico
States With Minimal Regulations In Regard To Homeschooling Requirements
States that have minimal requirements in regard to homeschooling only require that parents notify the school district that they plan to homeschool their children. These states include:
- New Mexico
- Washington D.C.
- The Virgin Islands
States With Moderate Regulations In Regard To Homeschooling
States with moderate homeschool regulations require parents to provide the school district with notification of their intent to homeschool their child, along with test scores provide a professional evaluation of the student’s progress. These states include:
- South Dakota
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
States With Lots Of Regulations In Regard To Homeschooling
States with lots of homeschool regulations require parents to notify their school district that they plan to homeschool, submit their child’s test scores, have a yearly evaluation of their child and use the curriculum that the state provides them with or provide a curriculum for the state to approve. They also require the parent to allow visits by state officials in order to check up on the student’s progress. Students who don’t meet these requirements after two quarters (each quarter consists of 90 days) are sent back to their local public school or must be enrolled in a private school. These states include:
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
- New York
- Rhode Island
Requirements For Homeschooling Your Children
Parents are considered to be competent to homeschool their children as long as they follow their state’s regulations. Therefore, there is no need for a parent to have a college degree. Instead, what you need to have is a strong desire to work with your children on a daily basis and the ability to efficiently organize your classroom.
Of course, you will also want to make sure that you check with your local school district in order to make sure that you understand your state’s homeschool requirements before you begin homeschooling your child. It is also a good idea to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your state’s regulations in regard to your homeschooled child being able to play on public school sports teams and using the public school’s library. You will find that the state law will vary for both of these situations.
Choosing to homeschool your child is not an easy task. You will have a lot of hard work ahead of you but supporters of homeschool will all agree that the effort is well worth it in the end. Therefore, the best advice for anyone who plans on homeschooling their child is to be sure that you fill out all of the required forms and meet all of the stated deadlines in order to conform to your state’s homeschool requirements. By doing this you will be able to keep your school year on track. Oftentimes this will also put off any school board that is wary of your homeschooling efforts.