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The Legal Requirements For Home Schooling in the USLegal hoops you have to jump through to get homeschooled in the US.
by Ricky Lim
Homeschooling has become a popular type of education in the past few years. Parents can educate their child in their own homes, free to set their own study schedule and education curriculum.
If you are planning to home school your child, it is important you know the legal requirements for homeschooling in your state before proceeding.
Currently in the united states, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. However each state has their own requirements and guidelines. The best way to determine the legal requirements would be to contact your local school official for more information.
Most states requires parents who wish to adopt homeschooling to file a letter of intent to their local community school. Some states also requires parents to attend a series of lessons organize by the school before they can begin homeschooling. There are also some states that require the lesson plans to be submitted for approval by the school before you can commence homeschooling.
Some states also require children who are homeschooling to take test or evaluations conducted by qualified teachers. Some require the tests to be conducted on an annual basis. However, the tests are not compulsory but is encouraged.
These are safeguards in place to ensure the standard of education for homeschoolers is maintained.
For example in California, there are 3 different options for homeschooling. Homeschoolers can be part of an independent public homeschooling programs. The 2nd option is to get a certified homeschooling tutor and the last option is to enroll into a private school.
If you have a large homeschooling community in your area, the community can also form a private school for homeschoolers.
The graduate guidelines are also different with each state. Some states have no graduation requirements. Other states require the homeschooler to take tests before they are graduated.
Since the homeschooling requirement for each state is different, it is best to consult with your local school for more information before proceeding.
Written by: Ricky Lim
10 July 2008