Montana Homeschool Law

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Homeschool State Laws Montana Homeschool Law

Homeschool has been a legal schooling option in Montana since 1983. In 1991 the rights and responsibilities of parents who homeschool was added to the law for greater clarity. In 2004-2005 the Montana Homeschool Law was threatened with increased regulations which fortunately didn’t pass into law. Today Montana families hope to keep the homeschool regulations low by banding together against such legislation in the future.

 

Age of Required Attendance

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

  • public school
  • nonpublic school (parochial, church, private, or religious)
  • supervised home study
  • correspondence study
  • homeschool 

(see legal reference 1 )

 

Notify The School District

The Montana Homeschool Law requires you to notify your county superintendent of schools each year that you chose to homeschool. Your county Superintendent of Schools will provide you with a notification form to fill out and send in. They may also provide you with an attendance sheet.

The following link provides a list of all Montana county superintendents of schools and a link to any information they have available online: Montana County Superintendents of Schools

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a Montana public school then you will need to officially withdraw them in order to begin homeschooling. Contact your child’s school and ask if they have a preferred method of withdrawal. They may provide you with a form or just ask for some specific information via email or letter.

 

Qualify

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

To homeschool a child you must simply be their parent, step-parent or legal guardian. You must also live in a home that meets local health and safety regulations.

(see legal reference 2:3)

 

Hours of Instruction

The Montana Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following minimum hours/year:

  • 360 hours for kindergarten
  • 720 hours for grades 1 through 3
  • 1,080 hours for grades 4 through 12

(see legal reference 2:2 & 3)

 

Required Subjects

The Montana Homeschool Law requires you to teach the basic educational subjects that are taught in Montana public schools.

(see legal reference 2:4)

 

Keep Records

The Montana Homeschool Law requires you to keep records of your child(s) homeschool attendance and immunizations.

NOTE: Your county superintendent of schools can ask to see your attendance and immunization records if they feel there is a need.

(see legal reference 2:1)

 

Testing

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

 

Immunization Law For Montana Homeschoolers

The state of Montana requires all students to receive vaccinations, including homeschool students. You must keep records of your child’s immunizations. Your superintendent of schools can ask to see these records if feel it is necessary.

(see legal references 2:1 & 4)

 

Helpful Websites For Montana Homeschoolers

For local support and information visit this Montana homeschool website:

Montana Coalition of Home Educators

 

Legal References

  1. Attendance: Montana Code Annotated 20-5-102.
  2. Nonpublic School Requirements: Montana Code Annotated 20-5-109.
  3. School Year: Montana Code Annotated 20-1-301.
  4. Immunizations: Montana Code Annotated 20-5-406 & 20-5-403.

 

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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