California Withdrawal Letter

Officially Withdraw Your Child

If your child already attends a California public or private school and you would like to begin educating them at home then you must notify the school that you will be “transferring” your child. Remember homeschool is not officially recognized in the state of California.

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, or you can take it in person.
  4. Keep your child home on the date indicated in your letter.
  5. Send in a records request letter for your child’s records.


NOTE: Be sure to follow the necessary steps to notify the school district that you will be educating your child at home prior to sending in this letter. If you have turned your home into a private school make sure to send in an enrollment confirmation letter before sending in this withdrawal 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you that [child’s name], birthdate [child’s birthdate], student ID number [child’s school ID number if known}, has been withdrawn from [old school’s name] as of [last date of attendance] and is transferring to [new school’s name].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]

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