Home Schooling Regulations

Mind the rules. There will be a test later.

Home education is legal in all U.S. states and territories and in all Canadian provinces.

Notification and testing requirements differ from state to state. Visit the U.S. Department of Education Regulation Map for a clickable map providing links to official government pages for all states and territories.

The following links provide useful summaries of U.S. state regulations and requirements:

Pro Publica 

Coalition for Responsible Home Education 

The U.S. Department of State provides guidelines for expats home schooling overseas.

In Canada, regulations differ slightly from province to province:

Alberta

Manitoba

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Saskatchewan

Home education is also legal in the United Kingdom.

The private organization HEA provides guidance and links to official policies in all Australian states.

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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