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Homeschooling has been legal in Idaho since 1963. The latest change was made in 2009 with Senate Bill 1017. Today Idaho homeschool families enjoy the freedom to homeschool without regulation.
Age of Required Attendance
The state of Idaho requires your child(ren) to attend school from the age of 7 to 16 years old. Legal schooling options include:
- public school
- charter school
- private school
- parochial school
NOTE: The state of Idaho defines homeschool as “private instruction by, or at the direction of, a child’s parent or guardian”.
(See legal reference 1)
Notify the School District
The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require you to notify the school district of your decision to homeschool.
If You Need To Withdraw Your Child
If your child is already attending a Idaho public school then you need to officially withdraw them in order to homeschool. The following instructions are from the Idaho State Department of Education (School Choice In Idaho Packet page 9),
“Parents should contact the school office, in person and/or in writing, to let the school know that the child will be instructed at home and is being withdrawn from public school. The school may have a withdrawal form to be completed by the parent or guardian.”
If you do not officially withdraw your child, they may remain on the school attendance list and the school may consider them truant.
The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require you to meet any specific qualifications in order to homeschool.
Hours Of Instruction
The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require you to homeschool for a set amount of days/year or hours/day.
The Idaho Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following 7 subjects:
- language arts and communication
- social studies
- fine arts
- physical education
(See legal references 2(pg. 8) and 3)
The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require you to keep records of your homeschooling.
The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require homeschool students to participate in testing.
However, homeschool students may participate in the statewide achievement tests administered to the public school students. If you want your child to participate in testing, you must notify the public school at the beginning of the school year. The public school will include your child in the number provided to the state when ordering test materials. Test results will be available from the school and you will be responsible for the cost of your child’s test.
(See legal reference 2 pg.9)
Immunization Law For Idaho Homeschoolers
The state of Idaho does not require homeschool students to vaccinate. The immunization law only applies to children who enroll in school.
(See legal reference 4)
Helpful Websites For Idaho Homeschoolers
For local support and information visit these Idaho homeschool websites:
C.H.E.E.R. (Christian Home Educators Encouraging and Resourcing)
- Idaho School Attendance Law: Idaho Code 33-202.
- Idaho State Department of Education: School Choice in Idaho Packet.
- Educational Subjects Requirement: Idaho Administrative Code (pg. 10).
- Immunizations: Idaho Code 39-4801.
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.