In Texas, home schools are considered a type of private school, providing freedom by recognizing home schools as legitimate schools (read more in The Critical Difference). However, the differences in the regulations applicable to home schools and traditional private schools are substantial. These differences provide home schools freedom in many areas where traditional private schools are restricted.
What are the differences in regulation between home schools and traditional private schools?
- Require parents to teach in a bona fide manner and to provide a letter of assurance if requested by the school district.
- Require written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math, and a course in good citizenship.
Traditional Private schools:
A bit more regulation:
- Requires immunizations unless there is an exemption for health risks or religious reasons.
- Must report names of students who are suspected to have an infectious disease.
- Must obtain records of anyone under the age of 11 to verify identity.
- No alcoholic beverages within 1,000 feet of school.
- Requires all students to have a medical screening.
- No guns or other weapons are allowed on school campus.
Private schools seeking accreditation:
- Require adequate financial resources.
- Demonstrate professional management of their resources.
- Provide a clearly stated philosophy with objectives that are adequate to implement the philosophy.
- Need a physical location and facilities adequate to support the program.
- Further requirements on staff: must hold relevant college degrees and be qualified by preparation or experience for the positions they hold and the work to which they are assigned.
- Must have a minimum number of attendance hours per day/days per year, similar to the public schools.
- Must conduct a self-study, a qualitative assessment of its strengths and limitations, including achievement of objectives and compliance with state Board of Education rules.
- Private elementary schools must maintain student academic records and achievement levels required for promotion comparable to those in public schools.
Obviously, although home schools are a type of private school, home schools and traditional private schools are distinct from one another in the regulations required for each. Thankfully, home schools don’t have to follow the same rules that traditional private schools do. Texas law treats home schools as a specific type of private school, subject to their own requirements. THSC works around the clock during the session to guarantee that the freedoms of home schoolers are not just preserved, but are also expanded.
Our first priority is always Keeping Texas Families Free. THSC protects your family’s rights actively and vigilantly from legislation that endangers the right to home school or encroaches on the freedoms that home schoolers currently enjoy. Do you support these freedoms? Please consider a gift to show your support, or join THSC today!