by Christina Yeager
Once upon a time, going to public school was necessary for a promising career. Today, many students are being homeschooled and that doesn't mean they won't have a successful career. Some of the world’s best athletes, celebrities and entrepreneurs were homeschooled in order to spend more time on their passion and hone their skills.
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.
Get on track to homeschool in Hawaii!
Hawaii State Board of Education states that “Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative”.
Looking for homeschooling regulations in Hawaii for your child? Well, before you get started, you should know it is crucial to comply with all educational laws and regulations set by the state. We have all the necessary information you need before starting a home-based education.
Compulsory School Age
The state of Hawaii states that it's necessary for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years old to attend school.
If your child turns 18 years old before January of any given year, he will not have to attend school anymore.
Parents have the following 4 options to avail for their children.
Homeschooling should be carried out effectively by a tutor, guardian, or parents.
Formally Withdrawing from Public School
If your child is already studying in a public school, there is a complete process to legally withdraw them from the local school system. The parents or guardians need to complete and file an “Exceptions to Compulsory Education” form OIS-4140 and submit a written “Letter of Intent” (LOI) to the principle of the public school.
The format of LOI is as follows
After homeschooling begins, the parents or guardians will be totally responsible for the child’s educational program.
Record Keeping and Reporting
It is necessary to keep detailed records of your homeschooled child. These records will help in the annual reporting and in case you encounter an inquiry from the education system. Furthermore, you must submit a report of your child’s progress annually to the public school. This report is submitted at the end of each school year. There are 4 methods to submit the progress report:
If the progress report does not show a considerable improvement in your child’s educational progress, the public school may arrange a discussion meeting to talk about your child's education.
You don’t need to submit the form OIS -4140 or LOI every year. This is only required if you plan to shift your child to a new school or educational institute.
Other Important Things To Consider
The State of Hawaii has declared that the children being homeschooled cannot participate in the co-curricular activities or other extra class activities.
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