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Required Attendance Age
The state of Missouri requires your child(ren) to attend school from the age of 7 to 16 years old. Legal schooling options include:
- public school
- private school
- parochial school
(see legal reference #1)
Notify The School District
The Missoui Homeschool Law does not require you to give notice that you have chosen to homeschool.
If You Need To Withdraw Your Child
If your child is already attending a Missouri public school then you need to officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. To officially withdraw your child fill out and send in this Missouri Withdrawal Letter to your local superintendent.
The Missouri Homeschool Law does not require you to meet any specific qualifications in order to homeschool.
Days of Instruction
The Missouri Homeschool Law requires you to teach at least 1,000 hours/year. You must spend 600 of the 1,000 hours teaching the required subjects, and 400 of the 600 hours must be at the “regular home school location”.
NOTE: You are not required to report your hours of instruction to anyone.
(see legal reference #1: 2.2b)
The Missouri Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following 5 required subjects:
- language arts
- social studies
NOTE: You are not required to show proof that you teach these subjects.
(see legal reference: #1: 2.2b)
The Missouri Homeschool Law requires you to keep the following records:
- a written record of the subjects you teach and the activities you participate in, and
- samples of each child’s academic work (i.e. a portfolio), and
- copies of academic evaluations for each child, or
- any other records equivalent to the above
NOTE: No one will ask to see your records, they are for your own benefit.
(see legal reference #1: 2.2a)
The Missouri Homeschool Law does not require homeschoolers to participate in testing.
However, it does require you to evaluate your child’s academic progress. You can do this in any way that you choose. Remember to keep a copy of all evaluations as part of your homeschool records.
Immunization Law For Missouri Homeschoolers
The state of Missouri only requires school students (public, private, parochial or parish) to receive vaccinations or submit a waiver. Homeschool is not an official school therefore, homeschoolers are not required to receive vaccinations.
(See legal reference #2)
Helpful Websites For Missouri Homeschoolers
For local support and information visit these Missouri homeschool websites:
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.