District of Columbia Homeschool Law

District of Columbia Homeschool Law - Homeschool State Laws


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Required Attendance Age

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

  • public school
  • private school
  • independent school
  • private instruction (i.e. homeschool)

(see legal reference #1 & #2)

Notify The School District

The District of Columbia Homeschool Law requires you to send a Notification of Intent form to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. You must complete this form every year that you choose to homeschool by August 15th. If this is your first year homeschooling, and submitting this form, you can submit it at any time during the year within 15 days of beginning to homeschool.

(see legal reference #3)

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a public school then you will need to officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. First fill out and submit a Notification of Intent (see above). Next, contact your child’s school and ask if they have any specific forms for you to fill out in order to officially withdraw your child or fill out and send in this Student Withdrawal Letter.


The District of Columbia Homeschool Law requires you to have at least a High School Diploma or it’s equivalent (i.e. a GED) in order to homeschool your child.

If you do not have a High School Diploma or it’s equivalent you can petition the OSSE and provide evidence of your ability to educate your child at home.

(see legal reference #3)

Days Of Instruction

The District of Columbia Homeschool Law does not require your child to homeschool for a specific amount of hours/day or days/year. You must simply provide thorough instruction for regular and sufficient hours/day and days/year in order for your child to progress academically.

Required Subjects

The District of Columbia Homeschool Law requires your child to study the following 8 educational subjects as part of their homeschool curriculum:

  1. Language Arts
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Art
  6. Music
  7. Health
  8. Physical Education

(see legal reference #3)

Keep Records

The District of Columbia Homeschool Law requires you to keep a portfolio of your child’s homeschool work. The portfolio should contain at least a years worth of work and include the following types of materials:

  • samples of your child’s writing
  • worksheets
  • workbooks
  • creative materials
  • assessment reports
  • etc.

The purpose of this portfolio is to have proof that your child is receiving a thorough and regular education in a range of subjects.

NOTE: The OSSE can contact you in writing to request a review of your child’s portfolio at any time (up to 2 times/year); however, the law does not require you to submit your child’s portfolio for a regular review each year.

(see legal reference #3)


The District of Columbia Homeschool Law does not require homeschool students to participate in yearly testing.

However, your child can participate in the regularly scheduled standardized testing program administered in your local school each year, free of charge.

(see legal reference #3)

Immunization Law For District Of Columbia Homeschoolers

The District of Columbia does not require homeschool students to receive vaccinations. Only students who enroll in public schools are required to be immunized or submit a waiver.

(see legal reference #4)

Helpful Websites For District Of Columbia Homeschoolers 

For local support and information visit these District of Columbia homeschool websites:

Office of The State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

DC Home Educators Association

Homeschooling In DC

Legal References

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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