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Age of Required Attendance
The state of Vermont requires your child to attend school from the age of 6 to 16 years old. Legal schooling options include;
- public school
- approved or recognized independent school
- approved education program
- home study program (i.e. homeschool)
(see legal reference #1)
Notify The School District
The Vermont Homeschool Law requires you to send a written enrollment notice to the Commissioner of Education every year that you choose to homeschool.
(see legal reference #2)
If You Need To Withdraw Your Child
If your child is already attending a Vermont public school you will need to officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. First send in your written enrollment notice to the Commissioner of Education. Then contact your child’s school and ask if they have a specific form for your to fill out.
The Vermont Homeschool Law does not require you to meet any specific qualifications in order to homeschool.
Hours Of Instruction
The Vermont Homeschool Law does not require you to homeschool a specific amount of days/year or hours/day.
The Vermont Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following 11 educational subjects:
- Basic Communication Skills
- Use of Numbers
- US citizenship, history, and government
- Vermont citizenship, history, and government
- Physical Education
- Health Education; including the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs on the body and society
- Natural Sciences
- Fine Arts
(see legal reference #2 and #3)
The Vermont Homeschool Law does not require you to keep records of your homeschooling.
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.
The Vermont Homeschool Law requires homeschool students to participate in testing every year. Your child must be tested in each of the required educational subjects listed above. You may use any one of the following 3 assessment options to fulfill this requirement:
- An educational evaluation by a certified Vermont teacher.
- A written report by you or your child’s instructor or a teacher advisory service (if you use commercial curriculum) and a portfolio (i.e. a sample of your child’s work that demonstrates your child’s educational progress in each subject area).
- A Standardized Achievement Test.
Your must send your child’s assessment results to the Commissioner of Education with your yearly enrollment form for the next school year.
(see legal reference #2)
Immunization Law For Vermont Homeschoolers
The state of Vermont does not require homeschool students to receive vaccinations. Only students who enroll in schools need to be immunized.
(see legal reference #4)
Helpful Websites For Vermont Homeschoolers
For local support and information visit these Vermont homeschool websites:
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.