LOUISIANA: MODERATE REGULATIONS
If any of this information is out of date or if the links are not redirecting properly please let us know by leaving a comment below.
Required Attendance Age
The state of Louisiana requires your child to attend school from the age of 7 to 18 years old. Legal schooling options include:
- public school
- private school (a.k.a. non-public school)
- homeschool (i.e. home study)
NOTE: Parents may choose to register their home as a private school and educate their child(ren) at home under the private school law. The Private School Law has less regulations for homeschoolers than the home study law. If you are looking to homeschool with more freedom then you will want to consider this option.
(See legal references #1 and #2)
The Louisiana Private School Regulations are different from the home study regulations below.
Notify The School District
The Louisiana Homeschool Law requires you to submit a Home Study Application to the Department of Education. Your first application must be submitted within 15 days of beginning your homeschool program.
You must re-apply every year that you choose to homeschool. Each re-application must be made by October 1st or within 12 months of your initial application (whichever is later).
The Department of Education will notify your local superintendent of your decision and approval to homeschool. The first time you apply the Department of Education will ask you to submit a certified copy of each child’s birth certificate.
Each year that you re-apply the Department of Education will require you to submit a portfolio and/or test scores showing proof of adequate grade level achievement. If the Department of Education reviews your materials and finds any of them inadequate they may notify you and request additional materials.
NOTE: If you choose to send qualified test scores (see the section “Testing” below to find out what tests qualify) then you do not need to send a portfolio.
(See legal reference #3: A-C)
If You Need To Withdraw Your Child
If your child is already attending a Louisiana public school then you will need to officially withdraw them in order to begin homeschooling. Do not keep your child home without notifying the school; otherwise, the school may mark your child absent and charge you with truancy.
In order to officially withdraw your child, you must send this Student Wthdrawal Letter to your child’s school. This letter will make the school aware of that you are withdrawing your child to educate them at home and applying for a Home Study Program.
The Louisiana Homeschool Law does not require you to meet any specific qualifications in order to homeschool using a home study program.
Days Of Instruction
The Louisiana Homeschool Law requires your child to study a minimum of 180 days/year.
(See legal reference #4)
The Louisiana Homeschool Law requires your child to study a “sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered in public schools at the same grade level”.
(See legal reference #3: C-3)
The Louisiana Homeschool Law does not require you to keep records of your home study program.
However, you have the option to submit a portfolio of your child’s work to show proof of your child’s grade level achievement with your re-application each year. If you choose this option than you will need to keep the following items in your records:
- A complete outline of each of the subjects taught during the year
- lists of books and materials used
- copies of the student’s work
- copies of standardized test scores
- statements by third parties who have observed the child’s progress
- any other evidence of the quality of the program being offered
(See legal reference #3: C-1)
The Louisiana Homeschool Law requires homeschool students to participate in annual testing or assessments.
Each year that you re-apply with the Department of Education you will need to show proof that your child has met grade level achievement standards. This can be done by submitting test scores or an assessment report for each child. Acceptable tests include:
- A competency-based education examination (homeschool families may request this testing for their child(ren) through the local school)
- A Standardized Achievement Test
- A statement from a certified teacher (certified to teach at your child’s grade level) that your child has met the standard grade level achievement
(See legal reference #3: D (1-3))
Immunization Law For Louisiana Homeschoolers
The state of Louisiana does not require homeschool students to receive vaccinations. The immunization law only applies to students who attend school.
However there is one exception. Homeschool students that are 11 years old must submit proof (or a waiver), to the state Board of Education, of “current immunization against meningococcal disease”.
(See legal reference #5)
Helpful Websites For Louisiana Homeschoolers
For local support and information visit these Louisiana homeschool websites:
Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Baton Rouge (CHEF)
- Required Attendance Age: LA Rev Stat § 17:221 (A).
- Definition of a School: LA Rev Stat § 17:236.
- Home Study Programs: LA Rev Stat § 17:236.1.
- Hours of Instruction: LA Rev Stat § 17:236 (A, B).
- Immunization Requirement: LA Rev Stat § 17:170.4 (A(1-c)).
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.