Homeschool Laws By State

Did You Know…? 

Educating your child at home is legal in all 50 of the United States.

But Be Aware…!

Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding home education and these vary widely from state to state.

Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania have very high regulations for homeschooling which means they will have strict requirements in order to “allow” you to homeschool your children. They may also be very involved in decisions like curriculum, testing, record keeping, etc..

However, if you are from Idaho, Alaska, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, or New Jersey you can breathe easy because these states have no regulation and no involvement. In fact homeschooling is practically a civic freedom in these states.

As for everybody else from Washington to Maine, pay close attention because these states have low to moderate expectations, which means they will care to be involved in some things and not in others. So make sure you read the bold and the fine print! It’s these laws and regulations that can be the most difficult to comprehend. For example they might require testing but they might not require you to report your child’s test scores.

Homeschool State Laws
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Click on your state’s link below to read about it’s law and regulations (or find it in the main menu above).

HOMESCHOOL LAWS FOR THE 50 UNITED STATES

A

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas

C

California
Colorado
Connecticut

D

Delaware

F

Florida

G

Georgia

H

Hawaii

I

Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa

K

Kansas
Kentucky

L

Louisiana

M

Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana

N

Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

O

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

P

Pennsylvania

R

Rhode Island

S

South Carolina
South Dakota

T

Tennessee
Texas

U

Utah

V

Vermont
Virginia

W

Washington
Washington DC
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming