Hawaii Homeschool Law

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MODERATE REGULATIONS

Hawaii Homeschool Law - Homeschool State Laws

 

Required Attendance Age

The state of Hawaii requires your child to attend school from the age of 5 to 18 years old. Legal schooling options include:

  • public school
  • private school
  • alternative educational programs
  • homeschool

(See legal reference #1)

 

Notify The School District

Notice of Intent

The Hawaii Homeschool Law requires you to file a Notice of Intent. This notice must be sent to your local public school principle before beginning to homeschool. The purpose of this form is to protect you from charges of truancy and to allow the school to help in your educational efforts if you request it.

Alternatively you can send in your own Letter of Intent as long as it contains the following information:

  • Child’s name, birth date, and grade level
  • Your address and telephone number
  • Parent/Guardian signature

NOTE: Keep a copy of your Notice of Intent for your records.

You are only required to submit a Notice of Intent once. The Hawaii Homeschool Law does not require you to submit one every year. The only situation where you are required to submit an additional Notice of Intent form is when your child is changing schools; remember the notification goes to your local school principal. The changing of schools includes grade transitions such as from a middle school to a high school and/or moving to a new school district.

(See legal references #2 & #3)

Annual Progress Report

The Hawaii Homeschool Law requires you to submit an annual report of your child’s educational progress. You must submit this report to the principal of your local school at the end of each school year. You can submit this report using 1 of 4 methods:

  1. A score on a standardized achievement test which demonstrates the grade level achievement appropriate to your child’s age, or
  2. Progress on a standardized achievement test that is equivalent to one grade level per calendar year, even if your child’s overall achievement falls short of their grade level standards, or
  3. A written evaluation by a certified Hawaii teacher that your child demonstrates appropriate grade level achievement or significant annual advancement equal to your child’s abilities, or
  4. A written evaluation by you the parent which includes; a description of your child’s progress in each subject area included in your child’s curriculum plan, representative samples of your child’s work, representative tests and assignments including grades for courses if your child received grades.

What If My Child Does Not Show Progress?

If the principal finds that your child’s progress is not adequate then they will arrange to meet with you to discuss problems and help you come up with a plan for improvement. At this point the principal will ask to see your curriculum plan (read about this under the heading Keep Records below). If, and only if, your child’s educational progress is inadequate for 2 consecutive semesters, based on test scores or an evaluation by a certified teacher, then the principal can recommend that your child enroll in a public or private school.

NOTE: The principal can not recommend that your child enroll in a public or private school before they are in the 3rd grade.

NOTE: Adequate progress for standardized tests is final scores in the upper two thirds of the overall score.

(See legal references #2 & #3)

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a Hawaii public school you must officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. Fill out a Notice of Intent form and send it to you child’s school principle. Then contact your child’s school and ask if they have a withdrawal form for you to fill out. At the very least inform them in person or by phone that you will be withdrawing your child in order to homeschool.

 

Qualify

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

 

Days of Instruction

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

However, in your curriculum plan records you will be asked to keep track of the hours/week your child receives instruction.

 

Required Subjects

The Hawaii Homeschool Law requires you to teach a structured curriculum based on educational objectives. It must address the needs, interests, and abilities of your child. Your curriculum must provide a range of up-to-date knowledge and needed skills. It must also be cumulative and sequential.

NOTE: According to the Department of Education the school is responsible for informing you of what basic units of study should be covered for a particular grade level.

Elementary School Curriculum

The law suggests that you teach the following 8 subjects for elementary school curriculum:

  1. language arts
  2. mathematics
  3. social studies
  4. science
  5. art
  6. music
  7. health
  8. physical education

Secondary School Curriculum

The law also suggests that you teach the following 7 subjects for secondary school curriculum:

  1. social studies
  2. English
  3. mathematics
  4. science
  5. health
  6. physical education
  7. guidance

(See legal reference #2 & #3)

 

Keep Records

Curriculum Plan

The Hawaii Homeschool Law requires you to keep a record of the curriculum plan for each child that you homeschool. This record must include the following information:

  • the start and end date of your curriculum plan
  • a record of the hours/week that your child receives instruction
  • the educational subjects you cover
  • the teaching methods you use
  • a list of textbooks or other instructional materials you use

NOTE: The list of textbooks and other materials needs to be in standard bibliographical format. For books include the author, title, publisher and date of publication. For magazines include the author, article title, magazine, date, volume number and pages.

General Records

Keep a copy of the Notice of Intent in your records as well as your child’s test scores. It is also recommended that you keep samples of your child’s work in case you need them for your child’s annual progress report.

(See legal reference #2)

 

Testing

The Hawaii Homeschool Law requires students who homeschool to follow the Statewide Testing Program. This program requires your child to test at grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. You can choose to participate in the testing program at your local school or you can arrange for private testing at your own expense. You also have the ability to request an alternate means of evaluating your child’s educational progress to meet the testing requirement but the principal must approve it.

NOTE: If you choose to participate in your local school’s testing program than you may use the results from your child’s test for your annual progress report.

(See legal references #2 & #3)

 

Immunization Law For Hawaii Homeschoolers

The state of Hawaii does not require homeschool students to vaccinate. The immunization law only applies to children who attend school.

(See legal reference #4)

 

Helpful Websites For Hawaii Homeschoolers

For local support and information visit these Hawaii homeschool websites:

Hawaii State Department Of Education

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Oahu Homeschool Mom

Hawaii Island Homeschool Network

 

 

Legal References

  1. Required Attendance Age: Hawaii Revised Statutes 302A-1132.
  2. Hawaii Homeschool Regulations: Hawaii Administrative Rules 8-12-13 to 8-12-22.
  3. Hawaii Homeschool FAQ’s: Hawaii State Department of Education.
  4. Immunizations: Hawaii Revised Satutes 302A-1154.

 

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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