by Christina Yeager
If you are considering homeschooling your children in Alaska and don’t have a clue how it works, then you have come to the right place. For starters, you will need information regarding both the resources and the curriculum. This post is aimed to guide you through what route to take when considering homeschooling in Alaska.
Each state is the U.S. has a very specific set of regulations for homeschooling. If you are thinking about teaching your child at home, you'll need to know the ins and outs of what needs to be done beforehand and during. In this series, Homeschooling Regulations by State, we'll explore information to help with the decision, what to do to get started and what to do correctly to continue.
What you need to know about homeschooling in Alaska.
Compulsory School Age
It is mandatory for all children falling in the age bracket 6-17 years to attend the public school in their district in every school term.
The state of Alaska offers children both public and private school programs. In fact, it allows for dual enrollment in both. It is a unique chance to let people savor in the advantages of homeschooling.
Homeschooling in Alaska is a simple procedure owing to the absence of strict legal requirements for the homeschoolers by the state of Alaska. You do not have to fill out or submit any forms - unless you choose a religion based education.
The primary options available to you are:
You may educate your child/children in your home. You must be the parent or legal guardian to do so. There are no teacher qualifications, forms to fill out, no testing, requirements or approval you have to seek.
This involves the child getting an academic education by a certified tutor (certified teacher standards), which is equivalent to that offered by the public schools in their area.
In addition to the traditional approach towards education, if you are seeking religious based teachings then Church schooling is for you. To enroll you need to fulfill their requirements of following a particular curriculum and a religious path.
School Board Approval
If you decide to go for this option, you do not have to register with the state of Alaska to homeschool your child. You simply submit an educational curriculum to the principal of your area public school and if it's satisfactory, they will pardon the public school attendance.
Formally Withdrawing From Public School
If you intend to pull out your child from the public school system you will have to give in a written notification to the respective authority or local public school superintendent.
Other Important Things To Consider
An attendance record for every child homeschooled is maintained.
The governed attendance rule of 180 days of instruction is suggested.
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