By Texas state law, home school parents are responsible for choosing and pursuing in a bona fide manner a curriculum that covers the basics of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.
There are many different types of curriculum to meet the needs of your family and individual students. THSC does not endorse specific curriculum providers or types of curriculum. This curriculum is referred to as parent-taught curriculum. The parent is responsible to pursue the curriculum in a bona fide manner. THSC recommends keeping a record of work completed.
Please be aware that curriculum is not “accredited.” Schools and programs can be accredited. To be accredited, a school must meet certain standards such as holding classes the same number of days and hours as required of public schools, employing certified teachers, etc. There are accredited correspondence schools in which the student can enroll. In these cases, teachers from the schools give the assignments and grade the work. These programs tend to be more expensive, because the school is doing more of the work. Enrollment in an accredited school is not legally necessary to home school.
Most home school curriculum is ordered by the parent educator from the publisher or online provider. Publishers/online providers usually have a website with contact and pricing information. There is no state funding for parent-taught home school curriculum. All expenses are the responsibility of the parent. Parents may choose to mix and match from different curriculum providers to provide curriculum for the five basics of education. For example, a family can choose an online provider for math and good citizenship while choosing a traditional textbook/workbook provider for reading, grammar, and spelling.
HEP Bookstore in Houston, The Homeschool Store in Houston, the FEAST Bookstore in San Antonio, and Home Educator’s Resource in Lewisville (Dallas area) are great resources for those that live in those regions of Texas.