Have you followed the news articles from other countries, where homeschoolers have been jailed or had their children taken away just because they homeschool? We are fortunate here in North America, because homeschooling is completely legal in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Still, homeschool laws by state vary and can be confusing, causing immobilization due to fear of regulation. Beginners will ask “Where do I get the curriculum?” or “Where do I join Home School?” And yet there is no single curriculum, or a single “school” that homeschoolers must join. In order to begin homeschooling, you need to know the laws that apply, and then work to educate your children.
Before we dive into specific homeschool laws by state, I want to reassure you that - unlike your other possible encounters with the law - this one does not need to be scary. In fact, there are only three easy steps to get through unscathed.
State laws vary, but each state will allow parents to educate their children at home, in a way that will uniquely fit the family and the child. State law may provide general guidance or requirements, but it’s always the parent who can choose the particulars. We can choose the homeschool methods and curriculum to perfectly fit our children and situation.
Many laws are written specifically for public school students. These laws do not apply to private schools or homeschools. Frequently, homeschoolers do not have to follow the law for public school children, any more than private school students must comply with laws meant for other organizations. We need to understand and comply with state homeschool law. Look up your homeschool laws by state, province, or territory, using the list below.
As you are reading the law, remember what it does not say. Searching for the law that applies to “high school” may not give you the information you need. The public school law may be reported in the newspaper, but that doesn't mean it applies to you. And even though it may specify requirements for public school graduation, that doesn’t necessarily equate to a quality education. Always keep in mind when looking over laws and educational requirements for your area, that public high school requirements are not usually enough for college admission. Many homeschoolers exceed the expectation of public schools, because they are invested in the academic success of their children.
I encourage you to follow your local homeschool law. This will allow maximum flexibility after high school. We have put together a handy dandy list of links for laws all across North America for you!
Arizona Homeschool Law: Arizona Statutes Regarding Education - AFHE.org
Arizona Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Arizona Homeschool Law Information - HSLDA
Start Home Schooling: Step1, Basic Requirements - ArkansasHomeschool.org
Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Home School - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Arkansas Homeschool Law Information - HSLDA
Complying with Oregon Homeschool Law - OHEN.org
Summary of Homeschool Law - OCEANNetwork.org
Oregon Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Oregon State Homeschool Law Information - HSLDA
Pennsylvania Home Education Law - HomeschoolPennsylvania.org
Quick Start Guide To Homeschooling in Pennsylvania - CHAP
Pennsylvania Home School Laws - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Pennsylvania Homeschool Law - HSLDA
Texas State Law Requirements Regarding Home Schooling - THSC.org
Texas Homeschool Law - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Homeschool Law in Texas Information - HSLDA
New Brunswick Homeschooling Laws - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Getting Started: New Brunswick Law and Application Process - HENB.ca
Newfoundland & Labrador Homeschooling Laws - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Northwest Territories Homeschool Laws - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Nunavut - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Prince Edward Island
Canadian Homeschool Laws: PEI - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Québec Homeschooling Laws - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Yukon Territory - HomeschoolCanada.ca
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