Illinois Withdrawal Letter

Officially Withdraw Your Child

If your child already attends a Illinois public 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 Illinois.

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

  1. Copy and paste the sample Illinois 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 by certified mail to the school. You can also take it in person, just be sure to get the signature and date of the principle on delivery for your records.
  4. Keep your child home on the date indicated in your letter.
  5. Send in a Student Records Request Letter within 10 days of sending this withdrawal letter.

Sample Illinois Withdrawal Letter

This letter is by Illinois H.O.U.S.E.

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

[Your name]
[City, State, Zip]
[Phone Number]

[Principal’s Name]
[Local Public School]
[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Principal’s Name]:

This is to inform you that as of [date], our child, [child’s full name], will be withdrawing from attendance at [public school’s name]. [Child’s name] will be transferring to [your home school’s name], which is a non-public school.

[Child’s name] will receive instruction in the branches of education taught in the public schools and in the English language.  All instruction will be in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 105, Section 26-1 of the Illinois School Code, commonly known as the Compulsory Attendance Law.

You will be receiving a letter from [your home school’s name] formally requesting a Certified Copy of [child’s name’s] records.

Please contact us if you have further questions.



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