by Christina Yeager
Homeschooling becomes the necessary choice when your child wants to pursue his passion and it’s nowhere related to study. For instance, young athletes find it difficult to make time for both school and practice/training. In such conditions, homeschooling is the best option. Are you looking for valuable advice and information related to Idaho homeschooling regulations? Well, you have come to the right place. This article depicts the Idaho homeschooling laws and ways to get your child homeschooled in Idaho.
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.
Thinking about homeschooling in Idaho?
Compulsory School Age
The State of Idaho demands a child to study at school between 7-16 years old.
Parents can choose schooling options from the list below:
Note that the homeschooling is directly pursued by a parent, tutor, or guardian and only the parents will be responsible for the child progress. Moreover, Idaho Education Board does not monitor and regulate the homeschooling children, the academic progress and school attendance is totally the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Formally Withdrawing from Public School
As per the State of Idaho Homeschooling Regulations, parents are not required to inform the school district about the child being homeschooled. However, if the child is already studying in a public, it is necessary to inform the school about your decision about homeschooling.
In this regard, the Idaho State Department of Education’s clearly said that “Parents must inform the public school in person or in writing about the homeschooling decision. It should be clearly stated that the child is being withdrawn from school for being homeschooled by the parent or guardian.”
Record Keeping and Reporting
Unlike the majority of states, there is no need to keep records of the homeschooling in the State of Idaho. However, it is recommended to keep all records for your own good – in case you need to prove your child’s education.
When it comes to reporting, there are no laws or guidelines on how many hours per day or days per year required to meet a certain educational criterion. Moreover, there is no need to take a standardized test per year. On the other hand, it is recommended to keep consulting with the principal or a licensed teacher nearby about your child’s progress.
The Idaho Homeschool Law dictates that a homeschooled child is to study the following 7 subjects:
Though Idaho homeschooled children are not required to take any standardized tests, they can still partake in the statewide achievement exams taken by the public school if they wish. In addition, you can also go for a dual-enrolling program where children can enroll in public school for specific subjects.
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