Alabama Homeschool Law


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Required Attendance Age

The state of Alabama requires your child to attend school from the age of 6 to 17 years old. Legal schooling options include:

  • public school
  • private school
  • church school
  • parochial school
  • religious school
  • private tutor

NOTE: Prior to the law change in 2014 you had two options for homeschooling your child; 1) hire a certified tutor (or become certified yourself), or 2) homeschool under the supervision of a church school (i.e. cover school).

In 2014 you were given a third option, 3) homeschool your child under the private school law. This third option allows you to homeschool with less regulation from the state.

(see legal reference #1, #2, #3, and #4)

The following information is a summary of the law for homeschooling under option #3, the private school at home option. 


Notify The School District

The Alabama Homeschool Law requires you to send an enrollment form to your local education authority (i.e. your local superintendent) by the 5th day of the beginning of the public school year, or before you withdraw your child to begin homeschooling. It must include the names of all the children you will be homeschooling and their address.

NOTE: HSLDA provides reporting forms for members that include a Private School Enrollment Form.

(see legal reference #5)

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child already attends an Alabama public school then you must officially withdraw them in order to homeschool. First send in an enrollment form to your local school authority to notify them that you will be homeschooling (see above). Then, fill out and send an official withdrawal letter to your child’s school. 


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

Days of Instruction

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

Required Subjects

The Alabama Homeschool Law does not require you to teach a specific list of educational subjects.

Keep Records

The Alabama Homeschool Law requires you to keep a record of your child’s attendance throughout the year. The state of Alabama does not require you to report your child’s attendance. This is only for your records.

It is also a good idea to keep records of your child’s immunizations or exemption and any legal correspondence you have with the school.

HSLDA also suggests that you keep enough evidence to show that your child is in fact receiving an education, about 2-3 years worth of sample work for each child (not a full portfolio but relevant samples).

(see legal reference #5)


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

NOTE: Senate Bill 38 also states that 2 or 4 year colleges in Alabama cannot deny admittance to homeschoolers simply because they were homeschooled. Students no longer need a GED in order to apply to college. However it is advised that students have evidence of their schooling when applying.

Immunization Laws for Alabama Homeschoolers

The state of Alabama requires all children who attend public or private schools to receive vaccinations or file an exemption.

(see legal reference #6)

Helpful Websites For Alabama Homeschoolers

For local support and information visit these Alabama homeschool websites:

Alabama State Department of Education FAQ page (make sure to click on the tab for non-public schools)

Alabama Homeschool Expo

Cullman Homeschoolers


Legal References

  1. Required Attendance Age: AL Code § 16-28-3.
  2. Private Tutor Regulations: AL Code § 16-28-5.
  3. Church School Enrollment: AL Code § 16-28-7.
  4. Private School at Home: AL Code § 16-28-1.
  5. Reporting Enrollment: AL Code § 16-28-7Alabama Senate Bill 38 Section 1 (3).
  6. Immunizations: Rules of The State Board of Health 420-6-1.

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

11 thoughts on “Alabama Homeschool Law”

    1. Thank you for this information Elizabeth. I received an email last night from Erin Wainwright on this issue as well. She did an interview with an HSLDA legal adviser about the confusion surfacing from the 2014 changes to the law. I will be updating this post with the correct information today.
      For anyone interested here is a link to the video that I mentioned.
      It is very informative and worth watching. It is a bit long (about 1 hour) but has some good Q&A in the last 20-30 minutes.

  1. Your information for Alabama Homeschool Law is inaccurate. Families who do not decide to homeschool through private tutor or church school status and take the private school option ARE required to notify their local school district superintendent’s office of their decision to homeschool. Please refer to the Alabama Department of Education’s website regarding this option:

    In regard to record keeping: Attendance keeping is a requirement.

    Homeschoolers have never been regulated by the state, but there are still requirements to be met as the local school superintendents are required by state law to keep track of every school age child’s (between the ages of 6-17) enrollment whether that child is enrolled in public, private, or homeschool.

    1. Thank you for clarifying this. I am working on updating this post with all the right information. I appreciate your help in keeping Homeschool State Laws up to date.

  2. I have update this post with all of the current and correct information for homeschooling in Alabama under the private school law. Thank you to all of those who brought it to my attention that the information was incorrect.
    Happy Homeschooling Alabama!

  3. I am confused. I was told told by my covering that I needed to contact the Board of Education to inform them of my decision to homeschool so i called the BoE to see which dept i needed to send the registration to and they told me I no longer needed to do that.

    1. Chasity, according to the Alabama Law (AL Code § 16-28-7) If your child is enrolled in a church school (i.e. cover school), which I am assuming that is the case for you (correct me if I’m wrong), then you are required to file a church school enrollment form with your local public school superintendent. You are only required to file this form one time to notify the public school that you are educating your child through a church school, it is not required every year. The form is supposed to be provided by your local public school superintendent and must be signed by your church school administrator and yourself.
      If your public school has an adept website I would check there first for the form. They may have it available online for you to download/print off.
      I hope this information is helpful.

    1. Miriam, I see that you run an online private schooling program out of the state of UTAH. I had to do a bit of research on you to understand your question. Here is my best answer…
      If an Alabama parent chooses to educate their child at home under the private school law then the answer to your question is “no”. As long as the parent follows the regulations outlined in this post then they can use any curriculum or program from anywhere for their child’s education. All that is required is that they keep records of their child’s attendance throughout the year and school at least 180 days/school year.

  4. Please note that there is no requirement for number of days of instruction when homeschooling. The 180 day requirement is for public schools only. The state does not regulate nonpublic schools.

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