Missouri Homeschool Law

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Missouri Homeschool Law - Homeschool State Laws


Age of Required Attendance

The state of Missouri requires your child(ren) to attend school from the age of 7 to 16 years old. Legal schooling options include:

  • public school
  • private school
  • parochial school
  • parish
  • homeschool

(see legal reference #1)


Notify The School District

The Missoui Homeschool Law does not require you to give notice that you have chosen to homeschool.

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a Missouri public school then you need to officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. To officially withdraw your child fill out and send in this Withdrawal Letter to your local superintendent.



The Missouri Homeschool Law does not require you to meet any specific qualifications in order to homeschool.


Hours of Instruction

The Missouri Homeschool Law requires you to teach at least 1,000 hours/year. You must spend 600 of the 1,000 hours teaching the required subjects, and 400 of the 600 hours must be at the “regular home school location”.

NOTE: You are not required to report your hours of instruction to anyone.

(see legal reference #1: 2.2b)


Required Subjects

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

  1. reading
  2. language arts
  3. mathematics
  4. social studies
  5. science

NOTE: You are not required to show proof that you teach these subjects.

(see legal reference: #1: 2.2b)


Keep Records

The Missouri Homeschool Law requires you to keep the following records:

  • a written record of the subjects you teach and the activities you participate in, and
  • samples of each child’s academic work (i.e. a portfolio), and
  • copies of academic evaluations for each child, or
  • any other records equivalent to these

NOTE: No one will ask to see your records, they are for your own benefit.

(see legal reference #1: 2.2a)



The Missouri Homeschool Law does not require homeschoolers to participate in testing.

However, it does require you to evaluate your child’s academic progress. You can do this in any way that you choose. Remember to keep a copy of all evaluations as part of your homeschool records.


Immunization Law For Missouri Homeschoolers

The state of Missouri only requires school students (public, private, parochial or parish) to receive vaccinations. Homeschool is not an official school therefore, homeschoolers are not required to receive vaccinations. 

(See legal reference #2)


Helpful Websites For Missouri Homeschoolers

For local support and information visit these Missouri homeschool websites:

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Families For Home Education

Missouri Homeschool Groups (by EDanywhere)


Legal References

  1. Missouri Annotated Statutes 167.031.
  2. Missouri State Statute for Immunization of School Pupils.


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.

One thought on “Missouri Homeschool Law”

  1. Last night I was asked a question about the Missouri required hours. The question was…
    “We are homeschooling for just half a year. So can we cut the required hours in half since we are not doing a full year?”

    My response was…
    “Yes definitely!
    So that would translate into 500 hours total for half a year of homeschooling. At least 300 of those hours working on the required subjects, and at least 200 of those hours at your homeschool location.”

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