A Summary of Home School Laws By State

June 27, 2011


Home School laws vary greatly from state to state. Some states (in green above) do not even require notification before a parent begins to homeschool their child. Other states (in red above) are highly regulated and make schooling your childing at home very difficult. The other states (yellow and orange above) fall in the middle with low to moderate regulation.

It is important to follow the home schooling laws in your state to the letter. Do not cut corners and do not play fast and loose with the law. Homeschooling your child is a fun and rewarding experience, but you do not want to end up on the wrong side of the legal system.

Home School Friendly States:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

States with Low Home School Regulation:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States with Moderate Home School Regulation:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia (yes, I know it’s not a state)
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

States with Moderate Home School Regulation:

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont


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