Michigan Homeschool Law


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Required Attendance Age

The state of Michigan requires your child to attend school from the age of 6 to 18 years old. Legal schooling options include:

  • public school
  • non-public school (i.e. private school)
  • homeschool

(see legal reference #1: 1)

Notify The School District

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

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a Michigan public school you will need to officially withdraw them in order to homeschool. You can officially withdraw your child by calling your local school or sending them a withdrawal letter. A letter is suggested so that the school has a physical document showing proof of your child’s official withdrawal to keep in their records.


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

Days of Instruction

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

Required Subjects

The Michigan Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following 8 subjects as part of your homeschool curriculum:

  1. reading
  2. spelling
  3. mathematics
  4. science
  5. history
  6. civics
  7. literature
  8. writing
  9. English grammar

NOTE: You will not be required to show proof to anyone that you teach these 8 subjects.

(see legal reference #1: 3-f)

Keep Records

The Michigan Homeschool Law does not require you to keep 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 Michigan Homeschool Law does not require homeschoolers to participate in testing.

Immunization Law For Michigan Homeschoolers

The state of Michigan requires all students to receive vaccinations or submit a waiver. This applies to public and non-public school students. Michigan considers homeschoolers non-public school students.

However, if you homeschool, you do not need to keep records of your child’s immunizations and will not be required to submit them to anyone.

(see legal reference #2)

Helpful Websites For Michigan Homeschoolers

For local support and information visit these Michigan homeschool websites:

Michigan Department of Education

Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling in Michigan (Forever, For Always, No Matter What)

Legal References

  1. Michigan Compiled Laws 380.1561.
  2. Michigan Compiled Laws 380.1177.

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.

2 thoughts on “Michigan Homeschool Law”

  1. Immunization information is very incorrect. A public school does NOT require one to be vaccinated, they tell parents this to fool you. Call your local health department and obtain a vaccine waiver. If it is a public school, they HAVE to by law honor that waiver. Waiver can be medical, religious or personal.

    1. Marissa,

      Thank you for pointing that out. You are absolutely right. I will be updating all of my homeschool laws with an addition to the immunization law that everyone has an option to submit a waiver or exemption form.

      Thank you,


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