Know Your State Homeschool Law

Know Your State #Homeschool Law @TheHomeScholar

Updated: October 2018
By Lee Binz
The HomeScholar

Homeschooling Within the Law: What you Don't Know Might Hurt You!

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, new homeschoolers can be confused by state law, or immobilized by fears of regulations. 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.

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The first step in homeschooling is to check your local homeschool laws.

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 methods and curriculum to perfectly fit our children and situation.

The second step of homeschooling is to recognize the limitation of laws.

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 the law for homeschoolers. Look up your state, province, or territory's homeschool law, 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.

The third step of homeschooling is to determine what works for your family.

I encourage you to look toward college requirements, not high school requirements, to make sure you are prepared for anything. Along with checking out your local homeschool law, peruse websites of those universities your child is considering before they get to senior year, so you're not surprised by admission requirements!

Find a curriculum that fits, and use whatever methods will help your child learn. Do what is best for your child, based on the knowledge you have gleaned. If you have made a sudden switch to homeschooling, recognize that it can take some time to find a good curriculum fit. In the meantime, visit a library and get some great books from a College Bound Reading List and have your child write a daily journal. Watch educational videos, like Ken Burn’s Civil War. That should give you enough time to research and order the appropriate homeschool curriculum for your family.

Find Your Homeschool Law

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!

Know Your State #Homeschool Law @TheHomeScholarUnited States Homeschool Laws by State

Alabama Education Code For Homeschooling -
Alabama State Law Information - HSLDA

Alaska Education Code For Homeschooling -
Alaska Homeschool Law - HSLDA

Arizona Homeschool Law: Arizona Statutes Regarding Education -
Arizona Education Code For Homeschooling -
Arizona State Law Information - HSLDA

Start Home Schooling: Step1, Basic Requirements -
Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Home School -
Arkansas State Law Information - HSLDA

California Homeschooling Legal Information - Homeschool Association of California
California Education Code For Homeschooling -
California State Law Information - HSLDA

Colorado Homeschool Law -
Colorado Education Code For Homeschooling -
Colorado State Law Information - HSLDA

State of Connecticut Guidelines for Homeschooling -
Legal Requirements -
Connecticut State Law Information - HSLDA

Delaware Education Code For Homeschooling -
Delaware State Law Information - HSLDA

Florida Homeschooling Law -
Florida Legal Requirements -
Florida State Law Information - HSLDA

Georgia Homeschool Law -
Georgia Education Code For Homeschooling -
Georgia State Law Information - HSLDA

Hawaii Education Code For Homeschooling -
Hawaii State Law Information - HSLDA

Idaho Homeschool Laws -
Idaho Education Code For Homeschooling -
Idaho State Law Information - HSLDA

Illinois Law on Homeschooling -
Illinois Education Code For Homeschooling -
Illinois State Law Information - HSLDA

State and Local Homeschool Laws -
Indiana Education Code For Homeschooling -
Indiana State Law Information - HSLDA

Homeschooling Options in Iowa -
Iowa Education Code For Homeschooling -
Iowa State Law Information - HSLDA

Is Homeschooling Legal in Kansas? -
Kansas Education Code For Homeschooling -
Kansas State Law Information - HSLDA

Kentucky Education Code For Homeschooling -
Kentucky State Law Information - HSLDA

Louisiana Education Code For Homeschooling -
Louisiana State Law Information - HSLDA

Maine Education Code For Homeschooling -
Maine State Law Information - HSLDA

Maryland Education Code For Homeschooling -
Maryland State Law Information - HSLDA

Homeschool Guidelines at a Glance -
Official Requirements -
Massachusetts State Law Information - HSLDA

Home Education Options Under Michigan Law -
Michigan Education Code For Homeschooling -
Michigan State Law Information - HSLDA

Minnesota Homeschooling Laws and Forms -
Minnesota Education Code For Homeschooling -
Minnesota State Law Information - HSLDA

Mississippi Laws Regarding Homeschooling -
Mississippi Education Code For Homeschooling -
Mississippi State Law Information - HSLDA

Missouri Law -
Missouri Education Code For Homeschooling -
Missouri State Law Information - HSLDA

Montana's Homeschool Law -
Montana Education Code For Homeschooling -
Montana State Law Information - HSLDA

Nebraska Homeschool Laws -
Nebraska Education Code For Homeschooling -
Nebraska State Law Information - HSLDA

Nevada Homeschooling Laws -
Nevada Education Code For Homeschooling -
Nevada State Law Information - HSLDA

New Hampshire
Legal Requirements -
New Hampshire Education Code For Homeschooling -
New Hampshire State Law Information - HSLDA

Know Your State #Homeschool Law @TheHomeScholarNew Jersey
Getting Started with Homeschooling -
New Jersey Education Code For Homeschooling -
New Jersey State Law Information - HSLDA

New Mexico
New Mexico Education Code For Homeschooling -
New Mexico State Law Information - HSLDA

New York
New York State Homeschooling Regulations -
New York Education Code For Homeschooling -
New York State Law Information - HSLDA

North Carolina
Law & Government Relations -
North Carolina Education Code For Homeschooling -
North Carolina State Law Information - HSLDA

North Dakota
North Dakota Home Education Law -
North Dakota Education Code For Homeschooling -
North Dakota State Law Information - HSLDA

Ohio Home Education Law - Ohio Laws and Rules
Ohio Education Code For Homeschooling -
Ohio State Law Information - HSLDA

Oklahoma Law Affecting Home Education -
Oklahoma Education Code For Homeschooling -
Oklahoma State Law Information - HSLDA

Complying with Oregon Laws -
Summary of Homeschool Law -
Oregon Education Code For Homeschooling -
Oregon State Law Information - HSLDA

Homeschooling in PA -
Homeschooling in Pennsylvania -
Pennsylvania State Law Information - HSLDA

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Education Code For Homeschooling -
Rhode Island State Law Information - HSLDA

South Carolina
South Carolina Homeschool Law -
South Carolina Education Code For Homeschooling -
South Carolina State Law Information - HSLDA

South Dakota
South Dakota Education Code For Homeschooling -
South Dakota State Law Information - HSLDA

Tennessee Homeschool Information -
Tennessee Education Code For Homeschooling -
Tennessee State Law Information - HSLDA

Texas State Law Requirements Regarding Home Schooling -
Texas Education Code For Homeschooling -
Texas State Law Information - HSLDA

Utah's Homeschooling Laws -
Utah Education Code For Homeschooling -
Utah State Law Information - HSLDA

Vermont Education Code For Homeschooling -
Vermont State Law Information - HSLDA

Virginia Homeschool Laws and Policies -
Virginia Education Code For Homeschooling -
Virginia State Law Information - HSLDA

Washington Homeschool Laws -
Washington Homeschool Law -
Washington State Law Information - HSLDA

West Virginia
Know the Law -
West Virginia Education Code For Homeschooling -
West Virginia State Law Information - HSLDA

Wisconsin's Homeschool Law - Wisconsin Parents Association
Wisconsin Education Code For Homeschooling -
Wisconsin State Law Information - HSLDA

Wyoming Home Education Law -
Wyoming Education Code For Homeschooling -
Wyoming State Law Information - HSLDA

Know Your State #Homeschool Law @TheHomeScholarCanadian Homeschool Law by Province / Territory

Canadian Homeschool Laws: Alberta -
Home Education in Alberta -

British Columbia
BC Homeschool Law -
Canada Homeschool Laws: British Columbia -

Manitoba Law -
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Manitoba -

New Brunswick
Canadian Homeschool Laws: New Brunswick -
Home Educators of New Brunswick: Legal -

Canadian Homeschool Laws: Newfoundland/Labrador -

Northwest Territories
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Northwest Territories -

Nova Scotia
Homeschooling in Nova Scotia: Getting Started -
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Nova Scotia -

Canadian Homeschool Laws: Nunavut -

Legal Issues in Home Education -
Legal Issues for Homeschooling in Ontario -
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Ontario -

Prince Edward Island
Canadian Homeschool Laws: PEI -

Know Your State #Homeschool Law @TheHomeScholarQuebec
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Quebec -

Getting Started -
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Saskatchewan -

Yukon Territory
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Yukon Territory -

Mexican Homeschool Law

Legal Information: Mexico - HSLDA
Homeschooling in México -

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