California Withdrawal Letter

Officially Withdraw Your Child

If your child already attends a California public school and you would like to begin educating them at home as then you must notify the school that you will be withdrawing your child.

NOTE: This Withdrawal Letter is only for students who will be withdrawing from school to homeschool with a Private Tutor, in a Home-Based Private School, or with a Private School Independent Study Program. If your child is homeschooling with a Public School Independent Study Program you will not need to officially withdraw them from school.

Follow these simple steps to withdraw your child and begin educating them at home.

  1. Copy and paste the sample California Withdrawal Letter below in a new document to print.
  2. Enter your personal information in the brackets and print 2 copies (one for the school and one for you).
  3. Mail a signed copy of your letter to the school by certified mail. You can also hand deliver it but make sure to note the date and the person to whom it was delivered on your own copy.
  4. Keep your child home on the date indicated in your letter.

NOTE: Be sure to follow the necessary steps to notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction that you will be educating your child at home prior to sending in this letter.

NOTE: “Old School” refers to the school you are withdrawing your child from and “New School” refers to the name of the school your child now attends in order to be educated at home.

Sample California Withdrawal Letter

This letter is by the HomeSchool Association of California.

Copy and paste the following text into a separate document to print:

[Principal’s Name]

[old school’s name]
[old school’s address]

RE: Withdrawal of [child’s name] from [old school’s name]

Dear [principal’s name]:

This letter is to inform you that [child’s name], birthdate [child’s birthdate], student ID number [child’s school ID number if known}, has been withdrawn from [old school’s name] as of [last date of attendance] and is transferring to [new school’s name].

[New school’s name] will contact you directly for [child’s name]’s cumulative file. Pursuant to California Education §49068, please provide [new school’s name] with attendance records, transcripts for all grades attended, report cards and reports of classes currently in progress, disciplinary information and records, standardized testing participation and results, health records, and any other school records regarding [child’s name].

Thank you for your assistance.


[your name]