Texas Homeschool Law

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Texas Homeschool Law - Homeschool State Laws

 

Age of Required School Attendance

The state of Texas requires your child to attend school from the age of 6 to 18 years old. Legal schooling options include;

  • public school
  • private school (homeschool is considered a private school)
  • parochial school

(see legal reference #1)

 

Notify The School District

The Texas Homeschool Law does not require you to send notice to your local school district that you will be homeschooling.

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a public school you must officially withdraw your child by sending this withdrawal letter to your school district.

 

Qualify 

The Texas Homeschool Law does not require you to have any specific qualifications in order to homeschool.

 

Required Subjects

The Texas Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following 5 required subjects:

  1. Math
  2. Spelling
  3. Grammar
  4. Reading
  5. Good Citizenship

The law suggests that this curriculum be in visual form; workbooks, books, video monitor, online programs, etc..

NOTE: You will not have to show proof of this to anyone.

(see legal reference #1)

 

Required Days/Hours of Instruction

The Texas Homeschool Law does not require you to teach a specific amount of hours/day or days/year.

 

Testing

The Texas Homeschool Law does not require homeschool students to participate in yearly testing.

 

Record Keeping

The Texas Homeschool Law does not require you to keep records of your homeschooling, although the state of Texas encourages it.

Records can be a good resource to have when applying to a job or college. It is important to note here that the Texas homeschool law protects homeschool graduates from discrimination by Texas colleges (see legal reference 2).

HSLDA suggests that you keep detailed records of your homeschool program and samples of your child’s work in case you might ever need proof of your child’s education.

 

Immunization Laws For Texas Homeschoolers

All students, including homeschool students, must receive vaccinations according to Texas State Law. The state of Texas does not require you to keep records of your child’s immunizations or exemptions, or to submit proof of immunizations.

(see legal reference #3)

 

Helpful Websites For Texas Homeschoolers 

For local support and information visit these Texas homeschool websites:

Texas Homeschool Coalition Association

Texas Unschoolers

 

Legal References

  1. Texas Homeschool Law: Texas Education Code Ann. 25.085 (a-b) & 25.086 (a-1).
  2. No discrimination for Homeschoolers by Texas Colleges: Texas Education Code 51.9241.
  3. Texas Immunization Laws: Texas Health and Safety Code 2.H.161.A section 161.004-a.

 

This summary is for informational purposes only and is not given as legal advice. HomeschoolStateLaws.com does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above.


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