Homeschool laws by state

Posted: 13 August 2020 11:54 am
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Everything you need to know about notifying your local school district, teacher certification requirements and more.

Every state has provisions to give parents the option to homeschool their children. Instead of in-person or online public school, you can choose to personalize their education by opting for a different curriculum. But you’ll need to follow your state’s legal homeschooling requirements, including how to notify your school district and whether you need a teacher certification.

While many states don’t require you to notify your local public school district of your intent to homeschool, it’s recommended you do so anyway so that your child isn’t considered truant. And if you plan to homeschool your child through grade 12, check with your state’s Department of Education (DoE) to see what type of diploma they’ll receive, who’s responsible for issuing it, whether it’s recognized by the state and any issues they might have applying to college or a job in public service.

StateHomeschool optionsNotification requirementsTeacher certification requirementsSubjects requiredClassroom hours requiredState-mandated assessment requirementsImmunization requirements
Alabama
  • Church school: Enroll in a church school that accepts homeschool students. You can then teach your child according to the school’s policies.
  • Private school: Create your own home-based private school or enroll in an existing private school that allows for home instruction.
  • Private tutor: Become or hire an Alabama-certified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • Church school: You must file a church school enrollment form with your school district’s superintendent.
  • Private school: The school must notify your school district’s superintendent 5 days after the start of the public school year.
  • Private tutor: Your child’s tutor must file a proposed teaching schedule with your school district’s superintendent.
  • Church school: Varies by church school
  • Private school: None
  • Private tutor: Alabama-certified teacher
  • Church school: Varies by church school
  • Private school: PE
  • Private tutor: Teach in English and include the same subjects as the public school system
  • 180 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 6+ hours of lessons
None
  • Church school: None
  • Private school: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • Private tutor: None
Alaska
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child from home.
  • Private tutor: Become or hire an Alaska-certified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • School-board approved homeschool: Create or enroll in a homeschool curriculum that’s equivalent to a public school curriculum.
  • Religious private school: Enroll in a private school that doesn’t receive any direct state or federal funding and allows home instruction.
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Private tutor: None
  • School-board approved homeschool: File a written request to your public school principal and get a written excuse of attendance.
  • Religious private school: File a notice of enrollment with your local superintendent by the first day of public school.
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Private tutor: Alaska-certified teacher
  • School-board approved homeschool: None
  • Religious private school: None
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Private tutor: None
  • School-board approved homeschool: None
  • Religious private school: Varies by private school
180 annual instructional days
  • Grades K–3: 740 hours per year — 4 days per week
  • Grades 4–12: 900 hours per year — 5 days per week
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Private tutor: None
  • School-board approved homeschool: None
  • Religious private school: Yes — grades 4, 6 and 8
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Private tutor: None
  • School-board approved homeschool: None
  • Religious private school: Proof of immunization or exemption
ArizonaTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File an affidavit of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent within 30 days of starting instruction.None
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science
NoneNoneNone
ArkansasTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent by August 15.NoneNone
  • 178 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 6 hours of lessons
NoneNone
California
  • Home-based private school: You educate your child at home.
  • Private school satellite program (PSP): Enroll in an existing private school that allows home instruction.
  • Private tutor: Become or hire a California-certified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • Home-based private school: File an affidavit with the California DoE by October 15.
  • PSP: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent by October 15.
  • Private tutor: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent by October 15.
  • Home-based private school: None
  • PSP: Varies by school
  • Private tutor: California-certified teacher
Teach in English and cover traditional public school coursework, including:
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Driver training
180 annual instructional days
  • Kindergarten: 600 hours per year
  • Grades 1–3: 840 hours per year
  • Grades 4–6: 900 hours per year
  • Grades 9–12: 1,090 hours per year
NoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
Colorado
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Independent school: Enroll in a nonpublic, independent school that allows home instruction.
  • Certified teacher: Become or hire a Colorado-certified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • Traditional homeschool: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your local school district within 14 days of starting instruction.
  • Independent school: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your local school district within 14 days of starting instruction.
  • Certified teacher: None
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Independent school: Varies by school
  • Certified teacher: Colorado-certified teacher
Traditional homeschool:
  • US Constitution
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Math
  • History
  • Civics
  • Literature
  • Science

Independent school:

  • Math
  • History
  • Civics
  • Literature
  • Science
  • US Constitution
  • Honor and use of the flag

Certified teacher: None

  • Traditional homeschool: 172 annual instructional days — 4 hours per day
  • Independent school: 172 annual instructional days
  • Certified teacher: None
  • Traditional homeschool: Yes — grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11
  • Independent school: Yes — grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11
  • Certified teacher: None
  • Traditional homeschool: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • Independent school: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • Certified teacher: None
ConnecticutTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File an intent to homeschool form to your school district’s superintendent within 10 days of starting instruction.None
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Geography
  • Math
  • US history
  • Citizenship
  • 180 annual instructional days
  • Grades K–12: 900 hours per year
NoneNone
Delaware
  • Single-family homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Multi-family homeschool: Children from more than 1 family are taught by 1+ parents at home.
  • Local school district homeschool: You educate your child at home with written approval from the local school district.
  • Single-family homeschool: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with the Delaware DoE by October 5.
  • Multi-family homeschool: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with the Delaware DoE by October 5.
  • Local school district homeschool: Request written approval from the superintendent and file a written notice of intent to homeschool with the Delaware DoE by October 5.
None
  • Single-family homeschool: None
  • Multi-family homeschool: None
  • Local school district homeschool: Same subjects taught in public school
  • Grades K–11: Approx. 1,060 hours per year
  • Grade 12: Approx. 1,032 hours per year
NoneNone
Florida
  • Home-based private school: Create your own home-based private school.
  • Private umbrella school: Enroll in a private school that’s registered with the Florida DoE and allows home instruction.
  • Private tutor: Become or hire a Florida-certified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • Home-based private school: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent within 30 days of starting instruction.
  • Private umbrella school: None
  • Private tutor: None
  • Home-based private school: None
  • Private umbrella school: Varies by school
  • Private tutor: Florida-certified teacher
None180 annual instructional days
  • Home-based private school: Yes
  • Private umbrella school: None
  • Private tutor: None
  • Home-based private school: None
  • Private umbrella school: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • Private tutor: None
GeorgiaHome study program: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with the Georgia DoE within 30 days of beginning instruction.High school diploma or equivalent
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • 178 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 4.5 hours of lessons
Yes — every 3 years starting in grade 3None
HawaiiTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a notice of intent to homeschool with your public school’s principal.NoneNone, but the Hawaii Board of Education has strong subject area recommendations180 annual instructional daysYes — grades 3, 5, 8 and 10None
IdahoTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.NoneNone
  • Language arts and communications
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Kindergarten: 450 hours per year
  • Grades 1–3: 810 hours per year
  • Grades 4–8: 900 hours per year
  • Grades 9–12: 990 hours per year
NoneNone
IllinoisHome-based private school: Create your own home-based private school.NoneNoneTeach in English and cover the following subjects:
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Biological and physical sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Fine arts
  • PE and health
180 annual instructional daysNoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
IndianaNon-accredited private school: Create your own home-based private school.NoneNoneNone180 annual instructional daysNoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
Iowa
  • Independent private instruction (IPI): You educate your child from home.
  • Private instruction (PI): You educate your child at home using a curriculum other than a public or accredited nonpublic school.
  • Supervising teacher: Become or hire an Iowa-certified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • Annual assessment: You educate your child at home with annual assessments.
  • Home school assistance program (HSAP): Enroll in the HSAP public school program.
  • IPI: None
  • PI: None
  • Supervising teacher: File Form A — Competent Private Instruction Report by September 1.
  • Annual assessment: File Form A — Competent Private Instruction Report by September 1.
  • HSAP: File Form A — Competent Private Instruction Report by September 1.
  • IPI: None
  • PI: None
  • Supervising teacher: Appropriate license or authorization
  • Annual assessment: None
  • HSAP: None
  • IPI: Math, reading, language arts, science and social studies
  • PI: None
  • Supervising teacher: None
  • Annual assessment: None
  • HSAP: None
  • IPI: None
  • PI: 148 annual instructional days with 37 school days per quarter
  • Supervising teacher: 148 annual instructional days with 37 school days per quarter
  • Annual assessment: 148 annual instructional days with 37 school days per quarter
  • HSAP: 148 annual instructional days with 37 school days per quarter
  • IPI: None
  • PI: None
  • Supervising teacher: None
  • Annual assessment: Yes
  • HSAP: None
  • IPI: None
  • PI: None
  • Supervising teacher: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • Annual assessment: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • HSAP: Proof of immunization or exemption
KansasNonaccredited private school: Create your own home-based private school.Register your private school online with the Kansas DoE.Teachers must be “competent”None
  • 186 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 6 hours of lessons
NoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
KentuckyPrivate school: Create your own home-based private school.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent within 10 days of the start of the school year.NoneTeach in English and cover the following subjects:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Civics
  • 185 annual instructional days
  • 1,062 instructional hours per year
NoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
Louisiana
  • Home study program: Enroll in a Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)-approved program.
  • Home-based private school: Enroll in a nonpublic school that doesn’t accept any federal or state funds.
  • Home study program: Apply to the Louisiana BESE for approval of your home study program within 15 days of starting instruction.
  • Home-based private school: Submit a written notice of enrollment to a home-based private school to your public school within 10 days of starting instruction.
None
  • Home study program: Same subjects taught in public school
  • Home-based private school: None
180 annual instructional days
  • Home study program: Not required, but available
  • Home-based private school: None
  • Home study program: Proof of immunization or exemption required for children who are 11 years old
  • Home-based private school: None
Maine
  • Home instruction: You educate your child at home.
  • Private school: Create your own home-based private school or enroll in an existing private school that allows for home instruction.
File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent and the Maine Commissioner of Education within 10 days of beginning instruction.
  • Home instruction: None
  • Private school: Varies by school
Home instruction:
  • English and language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • PE
  • Library skills
  • Fine arts
  • Maine studies
  • Computer proficiency

Private school:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • American history
  • Maine history and geography
  • Government
  • Health
  • Fine arts
175 annual instructional days
  • Home instruction: Yes
  • Private school: None
None
Maryland
  • Portfolio homeschool: You educate your child at home and submit a portfolio for review.
  • Church umbrella school: Enroll in a school operated by a state-recognized church organization that participates in the umbrella program.
  • Church-exempt umbrella school: Enroll in a school operated by a church that’s exempt from state school requirements.
  • State-approved umbrella school: Enroll in a state-approved umbrella school that assigns a school-based teacher to each student.
File a notice of consent form with your school district’s superintendent 15 days before starting instruction.None
  • Math
  • English
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Health
  • PE
Provide “regular, thorough instruction” during the school yearNone
  • Portfolio homeschool: None
  • Church umbrella school: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • Church-exempt umbrella school: Proof of immunization or exemption
  • State-approved umbrella school: Proof of immunization or exemption
MassachusettsTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.Submit an annual notice of intent to your school district’s superintendent.None
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • English
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Drawing
  • Music
  • US history and the Constitution
  • Citizenship
  • Health
  • PE
  • Good behavior
NoneYesNone
Michigan
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Nonpublic school: Become or hire a qualified teacher to instruct your child from home.
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Nonpublic school: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent at the beginning of every school year.
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Nonpublic school: Teaching certificate, teaching permit or a bachelor’s degree
Traditional homeschool:
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Civics
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • English grammar

Nonpublic school:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • English
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Health and PE
  • US and Michigan Constitution and civil government (grades 10–12 only)
1,098 hours of instruction per yearNoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
MinnesotaTraditional homeschool: You or a qualified instructor educates your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent by October 1 or within 15 days of withdrawing from public school.
  • Parents: None
  • Instructors: Must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Hold a teaching license
    • Completed a teacher competency exam
    • Teach in a school that’s accredited or recognized by the Minnesota state board
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Fine arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Citizenship
  • Health
  • PE
NoneYesProof of immunization or exemption
MississippiHome study program: You educate your child at home.Submit a certificate of enrollment to your school district by September 15.NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
MissouriTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.NoneNone
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Language arts
  • Science
1,000 hours of instruction per yearNoneNone
MontanaTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent.None
  • English
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Arts
  • Career education
  • Kindergarten: 360 hours per year
  • Grades 1–3: 720 hours per year
  • Grades 4–12: 1,080 hours per year
NoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
NebraskaPrivate school: Create your own home-based private school or enroll in an existing private school that allows for home instruction.File the following documents with the Nebraska DoE:
  • Form A: Parent or Guardian Form
  • Form B: Parent Representative Form
  • Information Summary — file within 30 days of filing Forms A and B
None
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Health
  • Elementary school: 1,032 hours per year
  • Middle and high school: 1,080 hours per year
NoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
NevadaTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent before you start instruction — no later than 10 days after withdrawing from public school or 30 days after moving to NevadaNone
  • English language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
180 annual instructional daysNoneNone
New HampshireTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent, the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education or your private school’s principal within 5 days of starting instruction.None
  • Science
  • Math
  • Language
  • Government
  • History
  • Health
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • New Hampshire and US constitutions
  • Art and music
NoneYesNone
New JerseyTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.NoneNoneEquivalent to public schoolNoneNoneNone
New MexicoTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with the New Mexico Public Education Department within 30 days of starting instruction.High school diploma or equivalent
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Kindergarten: 450 hours per year
  • Grades 1–6: 990 hours per year
  • Grades 7–12: 1,080 hours per year
NoneProof of immunization or exemption
New YorkTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File the following documents with your school district’s superintendent:
  • Written notice of intent to homeschool by July 1 or within 14 days of starting instruction
  • Individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) by August 15 or within 4 weeks of receiving the IHIP form — whichever is later
NoneYes, each grade level must meet the New York State Education Department’s specific subject requirements180 annual instructional days
  • Grades 1–6: 900 hours per year
  • Grades 7–12: 990 hours per year
YesNone
North CarolinaNonpublic school: Create or enroll in a qualified nonpublic school, private religious school or religious charter school.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with the North Carolina Division of Public Education.High school diploma or equivalentNone9 months of instructionYesProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
North Dakota
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Private school: Become a North Dakota-certified teacher and educate your child at home.
File a written notice of intent to homeschool with the school district’s superintendent at least 14 days before you start instruction.
  • Traditional homeschool: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Private school: North Dakota teacher certification
Same subjects taught in public schools
  • 175 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 4 hours of lessons
Yes — grades 4, 6, 8 and 10Proof of immunization or exemption
Ohio
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Nonchartered, nontax-supported school: Enroll your child in a home-based program at a school that isn’t chartered by the Ohio Board of Education.
File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school district’s superintendent no later than the first week of public school or within 1 week of withdrawal from school.
  • Traditional homeschool: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Nonchartered, nontax-supported school: Varies by school
  • Language
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Geography
  • Ohio and US history
  • Government
  • Math
  • Science
  • Health and PE
  • Fine arts
  • First aid, safety and fire prevention
900 hours of instruction per yearYesNone
OklahomaTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.NoneNoneNone
  • 180 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 6 hours of lessons
NoneNone
OregonTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a one-time written notice of intent to homeschool with your local school district within 10 days of starting instruction or withdrawing your child from public or private school.NoneNoneNoneYes — grades 3, 5, 8 and 10None
Pennsylvania
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Private tutor: Hire a Pennsylvania-certified teacher to educate your child at home.
  • Religious satellite school: Enroll your child in a home-based religious day school.
  • Accredited day or boarding satellite school: Enroll your child in a home-based accredited day or boarding school that’s approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Education.
  • Traditional homeschool: File a notarized affidavit with your school district’s superintendent by August 1.
  • Private tutor: The tutor files their teaching certification and criminal history record with your school district’s superintendent.
  • Religious satellite school: The principal files a notarized affidavit with the Pennsylvania DoE.
  • Accredited day or boarding satellite school: Not stated
  • Traditional homeschool: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Private tutor: Pennsylvania teaching certification
  • Religious satellite school: Varies by school
  • Accredited day or boarding satellite school: Varies by school
Same subjects taught in public schools180 annual instructional days
  • Kindergarten: 450 hours per year
  • Elementary school: 900 hours per year
  • Middle and high school: 990 hours per year
Yes — grades 3, 5, and 8Proof of immunization or exemption
Rhode IslandTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your local school committee.None
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Health and PE
  • US and Rhode Island Constitutions and history
  • Principles of American government
  • 180 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 5.5 hours of lessons
NoneNone
South Carolina
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Independent homeschool: Enroll your child in a South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS).
  • Homeschool association: Enroll your child in a homeschool association that has a minimum of 50 member families.
  • Traditional homeschool: File a notice of intent to open a homeschool with the South Carolina Division of Non-Public Education.
  • Independent homeschool: SCAIHS files the necessary documents with your school district by January 30.
  • Homeschool association: The association files the necessary documents with your school district by January 30.
  • Traditional homeschool: High school diploma or equivalent -OR- bachelor’s degree
  • Independent homeschool: Varies by school
  • Homeschool association: Varies by school
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Composition and literature (grades 7–12)
  • 180 annual instructional days
  • Instructional day = 4.5 hours of lessons
YesNone
South DakotaTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File the notification for public school exemption certificate with your local school official.NoneLanguage arts
Math
  • Kindergarten: 437.5 hours per year
  • Grades 1–5: 875 hours per year
  • Grades 6–12: 962.5 hours per year
Yes — grades 4, 8 and 11None
Tennessee
  • Independent home school: The parent or legal guardian educates the child at home.
  • Church-related umbrella school: Enroll your child in an accredited and state-recognized church organization.
  • Accredited online school: Enroll your child in an accredited online school.
  • Independent home school: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your local school district.
  • Church-related umbrella school: Provide evidence to your local school district that your child is enrolled in a church-related school.
  • Accredited online school: Provide evidence to your local school district that your child is enrolled in an accredited online school.
  • Independent home school: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Church-related umbrella school: Varies by school
  • Accredited online school: Varies by school
None
  • 180 annual instructional hours
  • Instructional day = 4 hours of lessons
  • Independent home school: Yes — grades 5, 7 and 9
  • Church -related umbrella school: Yes — if the school isn’t accredited
  • Accredited online school: None
Proof of immunization or exemption
TexasPrivate school: You educate your child at home.Only if your child is currently enrolled in public schoolNone
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Spelling and grammar
  • Good citizenship
NoneNoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
UtahTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.File a signed affidavit of your intent to homeschool with your local school district.NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
VermontTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.Submit the following forms to the Vermont Home Study Office:
  • Form A: Home Study Enrollment Notice
  • Form B: Independent Professional Evidence Reporting Form — for new students only
  • Minimum Course of Study Form — if applicable
None
  • Communication skills, including reading and writing
  • Math
  • Citizenship, history and US and Vermont government
  • PE and health
  • English, American and other literature
  • Natural sciences
  • Fine arts
NoneYesNone
Virginia
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Homeschool with religious exemption: You educate your child at home on the basis that public school attendance violates religious training or beliefs.
  • Certified tutor: Become or hire a Virginia-licensed teacher to educate your child.
  • Private school: Create or enroll in a home-based private school.
  • Traditional homeschool: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your district superintendent by August 15.
  • Homeschool with religious exemption: Send a religious exemption application letter to the school board.
  • Certified tutor: Parent or tutor requests approval from your district superintendent.
  • Private school: Parent or school provides appropriate documentation to your district superintendent.
  • Traditional homeschool: High school diploma, Virginia teaching license, qualifying curriculum through a school or sufficient evidence you can provide an adequate education
  • Homeschool with religious exemption: None
  • Certified tutor: Virginia teaching license
  • Private school: Varies by school
None180 annual instructional days or 990 hours per year
  • Traditional homeschool: Yes
  • Homeschool with religious exemption: None
  • Certified tutor: None
  • Private school: None
Proof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted
Washington
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Private or denominational school: Enroll your child in an approved private school with an extension program.
  • Traditional homeschool: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your local superintendent by September 15.
  • Private or denominational school: Follow the policies of your private school.
  • Traditional homeschool: Supervised by a certified teacher or tutor, completed 45 college quarter credits or the equivalent, completed a course in home education or received permission from your district superintendent
  • Private or denominational school: Varies by school
  • Occupational education
  • Science
  • Math
  • Language
  • Social studies
  • History
  • Health
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Art and music
180 days or 1,000 hours of instruction per yearYesNone
Washington, DCTraditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.Submit a notification of intent online to your school district’s superintendent by August 15.High school diploma or equivalent
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Health
  • PE
NoneNoneNone
West Virginia
  • Homeschool with school board approval: You educate your child at home with explicit approval by the local school board.
  • Home instruction: You educate your child at home.
  • Homeschool with school board approval: Submit curriculum and instruction for school board approval.
  • Home instruction: File a written notice of intent to homeschool with your school board or superintendent.
  • Homeschool with school board approval: School board deems you “qualified”
  • Home instruction: High school diploma or equivalent, college degree or a certificate from a regionally accredited institution
  • Reading
  • Language
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Homeschool with school board approval: 180 annual instructional days
  • Home instruction: None
YesNone
WisconsinHome-based private educational program: You educate your child at home.File a home school enrollment report (Form PI-1206) with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by October 15.None
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Health
875 hours of instruction per yearNoneNone
Wyoming
  • Traditional homeschool: You educate your child at home.
  • Religious school: Enroll in a church school that allows home instruction.
  • Traditional homeschool: Submit your curriculum to your local public school district.
  • Religious school: Follow the policies of your church school.
  • Traditional homeschool: None
  • Religious school: Varies by school
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Civics
  • History
  • Literature
  • Science
175 annual instructional daysNoneProof of immunization or exemption — but no records submitted

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