As you begin to lay the foundation for your homeschooling journey, you will want to educate yourself on this topic. You will need to spend some time familiarizing yourself with your state’s specific laws and requirements. While it may not be the most exciting topic, it is critical to understand the expectations as well as your rights as a homeschool parent.
Homeschool laws across the U.S. are made on a state by state basis and vary greatly. Some states have very few restrictions, while others are very highly regulated. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website will provide you with the specifics of the laws in your state. Click here to view your particular information. This invaluable resource will walk you step by step through your state’s laws and expectations and often links to any documents you might need to complete.
Some of the topics covered on this site include:
How to comply with your state’s homeschooling law
Explanation of the compulsory school age in your state
How to withdraw your child from school
Public school access to homeschoolers
Special education provisions in your state
If you have any questions regarding the laws in your state, check out your state’s Home Educators Association/Group for clarification. A quick online search with words such as your state's names, home educators, and association/group will point you in the right direction. These groups offer support homeschooling families across your state and are an excellent resource for information. Lastly, connect with families who are experienced homeschoolers in your area. They will be a tremendous resource who can help guide you through the forms and deadlines you will need to follow to create a successful homeschooling program for your family!
(Please note we are not lawyers and this is not legal advice.)