Homeschooling is the education of children at home rather than in a traditional public or private school. Depending on current law, a family might register their child with their district school, enroll their child in a non-traditional private school that serves homeschoolers (also called an umbrella school or cover school), enroll their child in a virtual school or correspondence school, or hire a personal tutor. It is legal around most of the world and in all 50 states, however, every state has its own rules and regulations. To find out what your home education laws are, visit your state's department of education website. If you're looking for information about homeschooling in Florida, please also see Legally Homeschooling in Florida.
If you register your child as a homeschooler with your district school, your state may regulate any or all of the following:
- Requirements for filing (to notify your district school of your intent to homeschool);
- Curriculum plan submission (to let them know what you're going to teach);
- Periodic reporting (to show how your child is doing); and
- Evaluations by certified teachers and/or testing requirements (to document that your child is learning).
It is important that you know the requirements for your state, as well as your rights as a parent, and we recommend you take the time to read through your state's homeschool laws. You may also want to consider joining a national or state homeschool organization that provides advocacy and legislative watch.