Home schooling regulations by state

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Find out what laws you need to follow in your home state!

Home education is legal in all 50 U.S. states. Check out your state’s regulations using the alphabetical list below (or Google “homeschooling” “regulations” “your state” for more links).

We encourage you to observe all state regulations, even if you think they’re unreasonable; they have been passed as an attempt to protect families and children. If you dislike your state laws, take advantage of the democratic process: write your senator, lobby your local school board, and vote.

ALABAMA

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/alabama.html
https://www.homeschool-life.com/165/custom/26151

ALASKA

https://education.alaska.gov/Alaskan_Schools/corres/

ARIZONA

http://www.azed.gov/hs/

ARKANSAS

http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/home-schools

CALIFORNIA

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/rq/psfaq.asp#D

COLORADO

http://www.cde.state.co.us/choice/homeschool_faq

CONNECTICUT

http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/curriculum/homeschool/home_schooling_information_packet_2013_14.pdf

DC

http://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/DCMR%205200%20Homeschooling.pdf

DELAWARE

http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/391

FLORIDA

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/statutes-rules.stml

GEORGIA

http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx

HAWAII

http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Choosingaschool/Pages/Homeschooling-FAQs.aspx

IDAHO

https://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/home_school/

ILLINOIS

http://www.isbe.net/HomeSchool/default.htm

INDIANA

http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/home-school/homeschool-help-sheet

IOWA

https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/options-educational-choice/competent-private-instruction-home-schooling

KANSAS

http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=512

KENTUCKY

http://education.ky.gov/federal/fed/Pages/Home-School.aspx

LOUISIANA

http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/home-study

MAINE

http://www.maine.gov/doe/homeinstruction/

MARYLAND

http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/divisions/studentschoolsvcs/student_services_alt/home_schooling/

MASSACHUSETTS

http://www.mhla.org/information/gettingstarted/requirements.htm

MICHIGAN

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_6569_35175—,00.html

MINNESOTA

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/DataSubLogin/CompulsCompliDataRepor/003864

MISSISSIPPI

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/ODPCSA/HS

MISSOURI

http://dese.mo.gov/governmental-affairs/home-schooling

MONTANA

http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Measurement/HomeSchoolPacket.pdf

NEBRASKA

http://www.education.ne.gov/fos/orgservices/exemptschools/index.html

NEVADA

http://www.doe.nv.gov/Homeschooling/

NEW HAMPSHIRE

http://education.nh.gov/instruction/school_improve/home_ed/index.htm

NEW JERSEY

http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/faq/faq_homeschool.htm

NEW MEXICO

http://www.ped.state.nm.us/homeschools/

NEW YORK

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/homeinstruction/

NORTH CAROLINA

http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/legal-affairs/resources-1/home-instruction

NORTH DAKOTA

http://www.homeschoolinginnorthdakota.net/
http://a2zhomeschooling.com/laws/united_states/north_dakota_home_school_laws/

OHIO

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling

OKLAHOMA

http://www.ok.gov/sde/home-school

OREGON

http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2080

PENNSYLVANIA

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/home_education_and_private_tutoring/20311

RHODE ISLAND

http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/EducationPrograms/HomeSchooling.aspx

SOUTH CAROLINA

http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/125/

SOUTH DAKOTA

http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/homeschooling.aspx

TENNESSEE

https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/home-schooling-in-tn

TEXAS

http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/General_Information/Finding_a_School_for_your_Child/Home_Schooling/

UTAH

http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/homeschool/

VERMONT

http://education.vermont.gov/homestudy

VIRGINIA

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/students_parents/private_home/index.shtml

WASHINGTON

http://www.sbe.wa.gov/documents/FAQ%20Home%20Based%20Instruction.pdf

WEST VIRGINIA

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=18&art=8

WISCONSIN

https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_homeb

WYOMING

http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/school-programs/home-schools/

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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