Homeschooling can be very confusing when it comes to knowing the laws. Make yourself aware of the laws in your area for a better and easier experience.
When choosing to begin homeschooling or homeschooling in various states, be sure to become familiar with the homeschooling laws of the state you’re in.
Even if you’re in a state for a short period of time and legally reside in another, you are still subject to the laws of the state that you’re currently in.
Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, there are different forms of homeschooling regulations in different states. These are based on different criteria that the state chooses to use as the basis for their laws.
Some states require no letter of intent that you’re going to homeschool, while others do, and the time at which you have to submit one can vary. You may have to submit one at the very beginning of your homeschooling, or not until your child has reached certain requirements.
Some states require standardized testing, while some only require an evaluation by a qualified teacher. Fewer than half the states require testing.
In states where homeschools are operated as private schools, the graduation requirements for private schools usually apply to the homeschoolers as well.
There are states, however, that have no “official recognition” equal to graduation, so even if a student has gone through all 12 school years, they can’t actually say they’ve graduated.
For information on the laws in your state or for legal support, you can consult many different organizations. (See resources below for more information.)
Be aware of your rights and the requirements for your area. This makes homeschooling much easier for everyone and you know where to turn should you have any issues that need resolved.