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
Alabama Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Alabama State Law Information - HSLDA

Alaska
Alaska Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Alaska Homeschool Law - HSLDA

Arizona
Arizona Homeschool Law: Arizona Statutes Regarding Education - AFHE.org
Arizona Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Arizona State Law Information - HSLDA

Arkansas
Start Home Schooling: Step1, Basic Requirements - ArkansasHomeschool.org
Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Home School - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Arkansas State Law Information - HSLDA

California
California Homeschooling Legal Information - Homeschool Association of California
California Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
California State Law Information - HSLDA

Colorado
Colorado Homeschool Law - CHEC.org
Colorado Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Colorado State Law Information - HSLDA

Connecticut
State of Connecticut Guidelines for Homeschooling - TeachCT.org
Legal Requirements - CTHomeschoolNetwork.org
Connecticut State Law Information - HSLDA

Delaware
Delaware Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Delaware State Law Information - HSLDA

Florida
Florida Homeschooling Law - FloridaHomeschooling.org
Florida Legal Requirements - FPEA.com
Florida State Law Information - HSLDA

Georgia
Georgia Homeschool Law - GHEA.org
Georgia Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Georgia State Law Information - HSLDA

Hawaii
Hawaii Education Code For Homeschooling - HawaiiHomeschoolAssociation.org
Hawaii State Law Information - HSLDA

Idaho
Idaho Homeschool Laws - ICHE-Idaho.org
Idaho Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Idaho State Law Information - HSLDA

Illinois
Illinois Law on Homeschooling - ICHE.org
Illinois Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Illinois State Law Information - HSLDA

Indiana
State and Local Homeschool Laws - SWIHE.org
Indiana Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Indiana State Law Information - HSLDA

Iowa
Homeschooling Options in Iowa - HomeschoolIowa.org
Iowa Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Iowa State Law Information - HSLDA

Kansas
Is Homeschooling Legal in Kansas? - KansasHomeschool.org
Kansas Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Kansas State Law Information - HSLDA

Kentucky
Kentucky Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Kentucky State Law Information - HSLDA

Louisiana
Louisiana Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Louisiana State Law Information - HSLDA

Maine
Maine Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Maine State Law Information - HSLDA

Maryland
Maryland Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Maryland State Law Information - HSLDA

Massachusetts
Homeschool Guidelines at a Glance - AHEM.info
Official Requirements - MHLA.org
Massachusetts State Law Information - HSLDA

Michigan
Home Education Options Under Michigan Law - INCH.org
Michigan Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Michigan State Law Information - HSLDA

Minnesota
Minnesota Homeschooling Laws and Forms - Homeschoolers.org
Minnesota Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Minnesota State Law Information - HSLDA

Mississippi
Mississippi Laws Regarding Homeschooling - MHEA.net
Mississippi Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Mississippi State Law Information - HSLDA

Missouri
Missouri Law - FHE-MO.org
Missouri Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Missouri State Law Information - HSLDA

Montana
Montana's Homeschool Law - MTCHE.org
Montana Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Montana State Law Information - HSLDA

Nebraska
Nebraska Homeschool Laws - NCHEA.org
Nebraska Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Nebraska State Law Information - HSLDA

Nevada
Nevada Homeschooling Laws - NevadaHomeschoolNetwork.com
Nevada Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Nevada State Law Information - HSLDA

New Hampshire
Legal Requirements - NHHomeschooling.org
New Hampshire Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
New Hampshire State Law Information - HSLDA

New Jersey
Getting Started with Homeschooling - ENOCHNJ.org
New Jersey Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
New Jersey State Law Information - HSLDA

New Mexico
New Mexico Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
New Mexico State Law Information - HSLDA

New York
New York State Homeschooling Regulations - NYHEN.org
New York Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
New York State Law Information - HSLDA

North Carolina
Law & Government Relations - NCHE.com
North Carolina Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
North Carolina State Law Information - HSLDA

North Dakota
North Dakota Home Education Law - Homeschool-Life.com
North Dakota Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
North Dakota State Law Information - HSLDA

Ohio
Ohio Home Education Law - Ohio Laws and Rules
Ohio Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Ohio State Law Information - HSLDA

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Law Affecting Home Education - OCHEC.org
Oklahoma Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Oklahoma State Law Information - HSLDA

Oregon
Complying with Oregon Laws - OHEN.org
Summary of Homeschool Law - OCEANNetwork.org
Oregon Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Oregon State Law Information - HSLDA

Pennsylvania
Homeschooling in PA - CHAPOnline.com
Homeschooling in Pennsylvania - PAHomeschoolers.com
Pennsylvania State Law Information - HSLDA

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Rhode Island State Law Information - HSLDA

South Carolina
South Carolina Homeschool Law - CarolinaHomeschooler.com
South Carolina Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
South Carolina State Law Information - HSLDA

South Dakota
South Dakota Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
South Dakota State Law Information - HSLDA

Tennessee
Tennessee Homeschool Information - MTHEA.org
Tennessee Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Tennessee State Law Information - HSLDA

Texas
Texas State Law Requirements Regarding Home Schooling - THSC.org
Texas Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Texas State Law Information - HSLDA

Utah
Utah's Homeschooling Laws - UHEA.com
Utah Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Utah State Law Information - HSLDA

Vermont
Vermont Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Vermont State Law Information - HSLDA

Virginia
Virginia Homeschool Laws and Policies - VAHomeschooler.org
Virginia Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Virginia State Law Information - HSLDA

Washington
Washington Homeschool Laws - WASHHomeschool.org
Washington Homeschool Law - ChristianHeritageOnline.org
Washington State Law Information - HSLDA

West Virginia
Know the Law - WVHEA.org
West Virginia Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
West Virginia State Law Information - HSLDA

Wisconsin
Wisconsin's Homeschool Law - Wisconsin Parents Association
Wisconsin Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Wisconsin State Law Information - HSLDA

Wyoming
Wyoming Home Education Law - HomeschoolersofWY.org
Wyoming Education Code For Homeschooling - A2ZHomeschooling.com
Wyoming State Law Information - HSLDA

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

Alberta
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Alberta - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Home Education in Alberta - AHEAonline.com

British Columbia
BC Homeschool Law - BCHEA.ca
Canada Homeschool Laws: British Columbia - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Manitoba
Manitoba Law - MACHS.ca
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Manitoba - HomeschoolCanada.ca

New Brunswick
Canadian Homeschool Laws: New Brunswick - HomeschoolCanada.ca
Home Educators of New Brunswick: Legal - HENB.ca

Newfoundland
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Newfoundland/Labrador - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Northwest Territories
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Northwest Territories - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Nova Scotia
Homeschooling in Nova Scotia: Getting Started - HomeschoolinginNovaScotia.com
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Nova Scotia - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Nunavut
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Nunavut - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Ontario
Legal Issues in Home Education - OntarioHomeschool.org
Legal Issues for Homeschooling in Ontario - OCHEC.org
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Ontario - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Prince Edward Island
Canadian Homeschool Laws: PEI - HomeschoolCanada.ca

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

Saskatchewan
Getting Started - SHBE.info
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Saskatchewan - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Yukon Territory
Canadian Homeschool Laws: Yukon Territory - HomeschoolCanada.ca

Mexican Homeschool Law

Mexico
Legal Information: Mexico - HSLDA
Homeschooling in México - HomeschoolingMexico.com.mx

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Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, specializes in helping parents homeschool high school. Get Lee's FREE Resource Guide "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School" and more freebies at www.HomeHighSchoolHelp.com.

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