Rhode Island Homeschool Legal Requirements

Rhode Island Homeschooling Legal Requirements

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Below is a quick reference guide on the homeschooling requirements for the state of Rhode Island. For more information on the legal requirements visit the HSLDA Rhode Island page.

Rhode Island residents must follow five guidelines per the HSLDA:

Rhode Island law specifically refers to homeschooling in R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-19-2. To homeschool under this statute, you’ll need to follow these guidelines.

1. Submit a notice of intent and obtain approval to homeschool.

You must submit a notice of intent to the local school committee in the school district where your child resides.

2. Provide the required period of instruction.

You must teach your children the same number of days that public school students are taught. In Rhode Island, this amounts to 180 days of instruction during your school year.

3. Teach the required subjects.

You must provide instruction in reading, writing, geography, arithmetic, health, and physical education, as well as the history of the United States, the history of Rhode Island, and the principles of American government (collectively, civics).

4. Keep an attendance register.

You must keep and maintain an attendance register, and make it available to the school committee at the conclusion of your school year.

5. Review any additional local district requirements.

Visit the HSLDA Rhode Island page for more information on these guidelines and homeschooling in Rhode Island.

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