Idaho Homeschool Law


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Required Attendance Age

The state of Idaho requires your child to attend school from the age of 7 to 16 years old. Legal schooling options include:

  • public school
  • charter school
  • private school
  • parochial school
  • homeschool

NOTE: The state of Idaho defines homeschool as “private instruction by, or at the direction of, a child’s parent or guardian”.

(See legal reference #1)

Notify the School District

The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require you to notify the school district of your decision to homeschool.

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a Idaho public school then you need to officially withdraw them in order to homeschool. The following instructions are from the Idaho State Department of Education’s FAQ page;

“Parents should contact the school office, in person and/or in writing, to let the school know that the child will be instructed at home and is being withdrawn from public school. The school may have a withdrawal form to be completed by the parent or guardian.”

If you do not officially withdraw your child, they may remain on the school attendance list and the school may consider them truant. If your school does not have a withdrawal form then you can use this generic withdrawal letter.


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

Days Of Instruction

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

Required Subjects

The Idaho Homeschool Law requires your child to study the following 7 educational subjects:

  1. language arts and communication
  2. mathematics
  3. science
  4. social studies
  5. fine arts
  6. health
  7. physical education

(See legal references #2(pg. 8) and #3)

Keep Records

The Idaho Homeschool Law does not require you to keep specific records of your homeschooling.

However, 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 Idaho Homeschool Law does not require homeschool students to participate in testing.

However, homeschool students may participate in the statewide achievement tests administered to the public school students. If you want your child to participate in testing, you must notify the public school at the beginning of the school year. The public school will include your child in the number provided to the state when ordering test materials. Test results will be available from the school and you will be responsible for the cost of your child’s test.

(See legal reference #2 pg.9)

Immunization Law For Idaho Homeschoolers

The state of Idaho does not require homeschool students to vaccinate. The immunization law only applies to children who enroll in school.

(See legal reference #4)

Helpful Websites For Idaho Homeschoolers

For local support and information visit these Idaho homeschool websites:

Idaho State Department of Education

Christian Homeschoolers Of Idaho State

Idaho Coalition of Home Educators

Christian Homeschool Enrichment and Encouragement Resource

Legal References

  1. Idaho School Attendance Law: Idaho Code 33-202.
  2. Idaho State Department of Education: School Choice in Idaho Packet.
  3. Educational Subjects Requirement: Idaho Administrative Code (pg. 10).
  4. Immunizations: Idaho Code 39-4801.

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.

2 thoughts on “Idaho Homeschool Law”

  1. Your CHEER link leads to a graphic porn site. I don’t know if that was a mistake or not but it’s definitely not a homeschool site, and I can’t find a website about homeschooling when I try Google.

    1. Thank you Homeschool intern for pointing this out! I have removed the link to the CHEER website and added the correct one. I apologize to anyone who followed that link and found the graphic porn site. It was not something I set up or intended. I am so sorry.

      Thank you again Homeschool intern for helping keep Homeschool State Laws up to date and safe!

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