Homeschool Requirements by State: Quick Reference Guide



Homeschooling Requirements: 50 States + D.C.

Are you curious about the requirements for homeschooling in your state or in other parts of the country? Here is a handy quick reference guide to what the requirements are for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia!

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Click on each state below to be taken to more information about the homeschooling requirements for that state:

Alabama Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Alabamans have three different options for homeschooling. You can homeschool at a church school, homeschool at a private school, or homeschool using a private tutor. Head over to the Alabama page for more info.

Alaska Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Alaskans have four different options for homeschooling. You can homeschool under the school statute, homeschool under a private tutor, homeschool with board approval, or homeschool as a religious private school. Head over to the Alaska page for more info.

Arizona Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

To begin homeschooling in Arizona you must file an affidavit of intent, provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and teach the required subjects. Head over to the Arizona page for more info.

Arkansas Homeschool Requirements {Low-Regulation}

Arkansas residents have only a few requirements to homeschool Head over to the Arkansas page for more info.

California Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Californians have three different options for homeschooling. You can homeschool as a home-based private school, private school satellite program, or by a private tutor. Head over to the California page for more info.

Colorado Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Coloradans have three different options for homeschooling. You can homeschool under their homeschool statute, with an independent school, or with a certified teacher. Head over to the Colorado page for more info.

Connecticut Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Connecticut residents are not required to file a notice of intent with their local superintendent but there are certain subjects they require you to teach from home. Head over to the Connecticut page for more info.

Delaware Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Delaware residents have three different options for homeschooling. You can homeschool as a single-family homeschool, multi-family homeschool, or single-family homeschool coordinated with a local school district. Head over to the Delaware page for more info.

District of Columbia/Washington D.C. {High Regulation}

There are seven requirements that must be followed to homeschool legally in Washington D.C. Head over to the District of Columbia page for more info on these seven requirements.

Florida Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Florida residents have three options for homeschooling. You can homeschool under the homeschool statute, under a private school “umbrella” program, or with a private tutor. Head over to the Florida page for more info.

Georgia Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

George residents who wish to homeschool do so under the Georgia homeschooling statute. There are six different requirements that must be followed. Head over to the Georgia page for more info.

Hawaii Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Hawaii residents homeschool under the Hawaiian Homeschool Statute. To homeschool under this statute, there are four guidelines that must be followed. Head over to the Hawaii page for more info.

Idaho Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Idaho residents are not required to obtain approval from their local school district to homeschool. There are a few steps necessary, however to homeschool in Idaho. Head over to the Idaho page for more info.

Illinois Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

In Illinois your homeschool is treated as a private school, however you do not have to register your home/private school with the state. There are a few requirements, however, so head over to the Illinois page for more info.

Indiana Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Indiana homeschoolers are required to comply with Indiana’s private school statute. There are four steps to complying with Indiana’s homeschooling requirements, so head over to the Indiana page for more info.

Iowa Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Iowa residents have five options for homeschooling. Independent Prive Instruction, Private Instruction, with a supervising teacher, with an annual assessment, or Home School Assistance Program. Head over to the Iowa page for more info.

Kansas Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Kansas residents who homeschool are treated as a private school. There are a couple of options you can choose to be able to homeschool in Kansas: homeschooling as a non-accredited private school and homeschooling as a satellite of a private school.  Head over to the Kansas page for more info.

Kentucky Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Kentucky residents are required to abide by the private school statute to legally homeschool. Head over to the Kentucky page for the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

Louisiana Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Louisiana residents have two options for homeschooling: a home-based study program or a home-based private school.  Head over to the Louisiana page for more info.

Maine Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Residents of Maine have two options for homeschooling: home instruction and private schooling. Head over to the Maine page for more info.

Maryland Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Maryland residents have four options for homeschooling: homeschooling under the portfolio option, under the church umbrella option, under the church-exempt school umbrella option, and under the state-approved school umbrella option. Head over to the Maryland page for more info.

Massachusetts Homeschool Requirements {High Regulation}

Massachusetts residents must abide by the compulsory attendance law in order to homeschool. Head over to the Massachusetts page for more info on the law.

Michigan Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Michigan residents have two options for homeschooling: homeschooling under Michigan’s homeschool statute or as a nonpublic school. Head over to the Michigan page for more info.

Minnesota Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Minnesota residents have five guidelines that must be followed in order to homeschool. Head over to the Minnesota page for more info on these five guidelines.

Mississippi Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Mississippi residents must file a certificate of enrollment in order to comply with the state homeschool law. Head over to the Mississippi page for more info.

Missouri Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Missouri residents have two requirements that must be followed in order to comply with Missouri’s homeschooling law.  Head over to the Missouri page for more info.

Montana Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

There are five steps that Montana residents must follow to comply with the homeschooling law. Head over to the Montana page for more info on those five steps.

Nebraska Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

In Nebraska, a homeschool is considered a private school and must follow five steps in order to ensure compliance. Head over to the Nebraska page for more info on those five steps.

Nevada Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Nevada residents are required to do two things to legally homeschool: file a one-time notice of intent to homeschool and teach the required subjects. Head over to the Nevada page for more info on these two steps.

New Hampshire Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

New Hampshire residents have certain guidelines that are recommended to follow in order to homeschool legally. Head over to the New Hampshire page for more info on these guidelines.

New Jersey Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

New Jersey residents are required to give their kids an education that is “equivalent” to what they would receive at a public school. Head over to the New Jersey page for more info.

New Mexico Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

New Mexico residents are required to do five things in order to homeschool legally. Head over to the New Mexico page for more info.

New York Homeschool Requirements {High Regulation}

New York residents who choose to homeschool perhaps have the strictest requirements in the nation and need to look very carefully at all of the requirements to ensure compliance. Head over to the New York page for more info on these requirements.

North Carolina Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

North Carolina residents must follow six requirements in order to homeschool. Head over to the North Carolina page for more info.

North Dakota Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

North Dakota residents have two options for homeschooling: homeschooling under the home education law or as a private school. Head over to the North Dakota page for more info.

Ohio Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Ohio residents have two options for homeschooling: homeschooling Ohio’s homeschool statute or homeschooling as a non-chartered, non-tax-supported school. Head over to the Ohio page for more info on these two options.

Oklahoma Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Oklahoma residents have only one specific requirement for homeschooling but other guidelines that should be considered. Head over to the Oklahoma page for more info.

Oregon Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

There are three steps required to comply with Oregon’s homeschooling law. Head over to the Oregon page for more info on these three steps.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Requirements {High Regulation}

Pennsylvania residents have four options for homeschooling: homeschooling under the homeschool statute, homeschooling with a private tutor, enrolling your child in a satellite of a religious day school, or enrolling your child in a satellite of an accredited day or boarding school. Head over to the Pennsylvania page for more info on each of these three options.

Rhode Island Homeschool Requirements {High Regulation}

Rhode Island residents must follow five guidelines in order to homeschool in Rhode Island. Head over to the Rhode Island page for more info on these five guidelines.

South Carolina Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

South Carolina residents have three homeschooling options: homeschool under the homeschool statute, with the South Carolina Association of Independent Schools, or as a homeschool association. Head over to the South Carolina page for more info on these three options.

South Dakota Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

There are seven regulations that must be followed to homeschool in South Dakota. Head over to the South Dakota page for more info.

Tennessee Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Tennessee residents have three options for homeschooling: homeschooling as an independent home school, as a church-related school, or as a category III distance learning school. Head over to the Tennessee page for more info on each of these three options.

Texas Homeschool Requirements {Requires no Notice}

Texas residents have two requirements in order to homeschool legally. Head over to the Texas page for more info.

Utah Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Utah residents have two requirements to follow under the Utah homeschool statute. Head over to the Utah page for more info on this statute.

Vermont Homeschool Requirements {High Regulation}

Vermont residents are required to follow five guidelines under the Vermont homeschooling statute. Head over to the Vermont page for more info on these five guidelines.

Virginia Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Virginia residents have four options for homeschooling: homeschooling under the home instruction option, with a religious exemption, with a certified tutor, or under the private school option. Head over to the Virginia page for more info on each of these four options.

Washington Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

Washington residents have two options to legally homeschool: homeschooling under the homeschool statute or as a private or denomination school. Head over to the Washington page for more info on these two options.

West Virginia Homeschool Requirements {Moderate Regulation}

West Virginians have two legal options for homeschooling: homeschooling by seeking board approval or by submitting a notice of intent. Head over to the West Virginia page for more info on these two options.

Wisconsin Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Wisconsin residents have six requirements to legally homeschool. Head over to the Wisconsin page for more info on these six requirements.

Wyoming Homeschool Requirements {Low Regulation}

Wyoming residents have two options to legally homeschool: homeschooling under the homeschool statute and as a parochial, church, or religious school. Head over to the Wyoming page for more info on these two options.

And make sure to join our How to Homeschool for Free Facebook Support Group for daily help, freebies, encouragement, and more in your homeschooling journey!

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