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1. I have decided to home school. What do I need to do? My child is enrolled in public school.
2. I have decided to home school. What do I need to do? My child is NOT enrolled in public school.
3. How do I get started home schooling my child(ren)?
4. What do I need to know to home school my special needs child?
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1. What is the required curriculum? Where do I find it?
- A study of good citizenship
In addition, the law states that you must pursue that curriculum in a bona fide (not a sham) manner. This curriculum may be obtained from any source and can consist of books, workbooks, other written materials, or materials on an electronic monitor, including computer or video screens, or any combination thereof. See our listing of curriculum and resource providers. There are no other rules for home schooling in Texas.
2. Must the school district approve my curriculum?
3. What is a 'study of good citizenship'?
4. Do I need accredited curriculum? If so, where can I get it?
1. Do I need to register with the local school district?
2. What if a school district official calls or a truant officer comes to the door?
- Be polite and friendly. Smile. Stay calm.
- Get his name and business card.
- Ask what prompted his visit or call.
- Tell him, “My children are privately educated at home.”
- Answer other questions with, “I will be glad to cooperate as far as the law requires, but you will need to give me your request in writing.”
- Repeat the above statements as often as necessary. Do not be afraid of silence.
- After he leaves, write down everything that occurred.
- Call THSC Association, (806) 744-4441, as soon as possible to report the contact.
Do not allow him to enter your home or to speak to your children. The only legal ways into your home are with your permission or with a search warrant. If you receive a written request, respond with a letter of assurance. If you do not respond to a written request in a timely manner, the school district can file truancy charges against you for lack of cooperation.
3. What if the school district wants me to fill out a form?
4. May my child participate in classes at the public school?
For individuals with special needs, the local school district is required to provide therapies when deemed appropriate. The child is enrolled in the school district, has an IEP specific to those needs being met by the school district and participates in ARD meetings conducted throughout the year. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. May my child participate in extracurricular activities at the public school?
6. What happens if we want to enroll our child in the public school?
1. How many days per year must we have school?
2. How many hours a day must we conduct school?
3. What is the compulsory school age requirement?
4. What about testing my child?
5. May my child go out in public during the day? What if someone questions him about why he is not in school?
6. What if I work?
7. May someone else home school my child?
1. What is required for graduation?
2. How can my child receive a diploma?
3. Can my home educated students get into college?
4. How does my student obtain a driver license?
5. What if I work?
6. My local DPS office tells me they won't accept the VOE from me.
- Read “Obtaining a Driver License.”
- Fill out the Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form (acceptable third form of proof of identity)
- Bring a copy of the Letter from DPS confirming the acceptable forms of proof of identity
Read the most current letter from DPS regarding the Verification of Enrollment form for home schoolers. If the DPS office still will not accept this information, make sure you get the name of the person that you are dealing with and the name of his/her supervisor. Then give us a call at (806) 744-4441, and we will help you know.
7. What do I do to provide a transcript for my child?
- THSC members have a transcript template as a member benefit
- School of Tomorrow, or 1-800-925-7777
- Basic Christian Education, or 1-866-567-2446
- TranscriptPro*, or (317) 222-1695 (*THSC Assn. members receive a discount on Transcript Pro software from Education Plus.)
Transcripts should include the following information:
- student’s name and social security number
- school name
- courses completed
- grading scale used
- grade on each course
- grade point for each semester
- cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of each year and at the end of high school
- dates of completion
- scores of any achievement tests (e.g., SAT and/or ACT) with the scores for each section and the cumulative score
- graduation date
- credits earned and weight of each credit (You can assign the number of credits you think is appropriate for each class.)
- volunteer work
- extracurricular activities and awards earned
You should sign your name at the bottom as the administrator of the school and date it. You might even want to get it notarized.
1. Since my children do not attend public school, do we get a tax break on our school property taxes?
2. Can our family continue to receive public assistance if we homeschool?
3. Are home schoolers eligible to receive the IRS deduction allowed for qualified educational expenses?
4. Can my child receive Social Security benefits while home schooling?
- the student is a full-time student,
- the state in which the home school is located recognizes home schools as an educational institution,
- the home school is in compliance with state requirements for home schools, and
- the student meets all other requirements for benefits.
This policy goes on to say, “The child’s home school instructor must submit evidence that state requirements for home schooling are met. The home schooling instructor is the certifying school official for FTA purposes on Form SSA-1372, Student’s Statement Regarding School Attendance.” The state of Texas recognizes home schools as private schools for the purpose of compulsory attendance, and the only requirement for them is to pursue a curriculum that meets the basic educational goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship. For Texas students, evidence of complying with state law would simply be a list of the courses being taught. (Click here for a legal opinion by counsel to the SSA concerning Texas State Law Requirements for Home Schooling.) If you have trouble claiming benefits from state or federal agencies because of your home school status, you may call the THSC Association at (806) 744-4441.
5. Can home schoolers take advantage of Education Savings Accounts?
1. What do I do if a CPS (Child Protective Services) worker comes to my door?
2. What about custody and home schooling?
3. What should my children do if accosted for violating daytime curfew laws?
4. I am being required to provide proof of home schooling in order to receive public assistance.
5. Will my child still get Social Security benefits if we home school?