Learn about homeschooling requirements and laws that may affect how you organize your home school in the United States.
Teacher qualifications, testing, record keeping, laws regarding age and attendance are all different for each state. The Federal government does not regulate homeschooling. (Or it is not supposed to!). Since it is not addressed in the constitution, it is left to the states, thus you will find differing requirements.
According to HSLDA (HomeSchool Legal Defense Association, homeschooling in states like California or Ohio is great with none to very low regulations. Colorado or Washington and others have moderate homeschooling requirements. Then there are the states like Pennsylvania or New York where high regulations can make homeschooling interesting.
Research and diligence will smooth the way for your home school to obey the homeschool laws... yet still enjoy the individuality that homeschooling offers
Here are a couple of other pages you might be interested in.
I've seen it recommended that you contact your local school district to find out about the homeschooling laws in your area. I'd beg to differ! Now it may be that you live in a homeschool friendly area and your school would pass on valid information However I also know that many areas are NOT homeschool friendly.
A more reliable source is a local homeschool group or better yet your state homeschool organization. If you do a search for "your state homeschool organization" you should come up with some options.
To find more details about states home school requirements and homeschooling laws in general, there are 2 websites that I'd recommend.
Homeschool Legal Advantage HLA is a division of the Christian Law Association specifically charged with protecting the rights of homeschoolers, and providing practical advice regarding home education and compliance with homeschool laws. I really like this group. Read my interview with them here at Legal Homeschooling
National Home Education Legal Defense llc NHELD is a national organization open to all who wish to join, that seeks to protect and defend the rights of families who wish to educate in freedom. Home School Legal Defense Association is a national membership organization of families who homeschool their children.
States with little or no requirements - You are blessed if you live here! Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinios, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Missisippi, Alabama, Delaware, Conneticut, New Jersey
States with some requirements - I find my self in this group. Washington, Oregon, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee, Arkansas, Louisianna, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Washington DC.
States with high levels of requirements. Don't worry if you are here... it can be done. Contact a homeschool group in your area for tips and help. Homeschoolers tend to love to help each other! North Dakota, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine
This page should NOT be looked upon as legal advice. If you have
legal questions regarding your homeschool, contact one of the organizations listed above.