Parents/guardians are permitted to educate their children at home in accordance with Education Law and 100.10 of the commissioner’s regulations. Children of compulsory education age must receive full-time instruction taught by a competent teacher that is substantially equivalent to that provided at their local public school. Compulsory age includes the school years from which the child turns 6 years of age on or before Dec. 1 through the school year in which the child turns 16 years of age. The school year spans July 1-June 30.
Homeschooling completion through grade 12 results in a letter of substantial equivalency from the superintendent that allows a post-secondary educational institution to award a post-secondary degree to a student. A high school diploma or a GED is not issued as a result of home instruction/home school program completion.
The regulations provide detailed requirements for subjects/courses to be taught, required attendance and student evaluation. Specific provisions govern home instruction.
- Parent/guardian must notify the superintendent of schools or designee (Pupil Personnel Services) in writing each school year of their intention to educate their child at home.
- Parent/guardian must develop an individualized home instruction plan (IHIP).
- Parent/guardian must submit quarterly reports.
- Parent/guardian must file an annual assessment indicating the student’s progress.