by Christina Yeager
Each and every state in the country has different laws pertaining to homeschooling. In Louisiana, the regulations require some necessary paperwork and patience. The state asks that families interested in providing a home-based education for their children following and maintain their regulations to homeschool properly.
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.
Compulsory school age
Children from the ages of 7 years old to 18 years old are considered students of the State of Louisiana and must attend school or be in compliance with homeschool law.
To opt for homeschooling in Louisiana, there are two key decisions to finalize before moving on to the legality of starting. The decision consists of choosing a non-public school or the desire to work as an approved Home Study Program.
Approved home study program
The Home Study Program option comes with several benefits. These are the primary guidelines for homeschooling families:
Registered non-public school
If your child has been attending local school prior to deciding to homeschool via a non-public option, it is required to send the school attended a written notification to inform of the decision to learn elsewhere.
This notice should include:
Homeschool record keeping in Louisiana
As soon as you decide to start homeschooling in Louisiana, it will be extremely beneficial for you to retain a detailed set of records of student progress. Annual school portfolio is also an option to keep appropriate records. Immaculate record keeping will aid you in all your future shifts and movements. For instance, if you decide to cease homeschool activities and send your child to a mainstream public school or you want to opt for a military school, comprehensive record keeping will always help you in more than one way.
Louisiana homeschool tax deduction
Despite a certain level of complications linked with the Louisiana homeschool requirements, there is one exclusive benefit of homeschooling that no other state explicitly offers. This is the capability to subtract the expenses of homeschooling from your combined taxable income. As per the regulation, Louisiana residents who engage in home-based education are entitled to make a deduction of 50% out of the qualified education expenses per year. This is roughly up to $5,000 per student.
Louisiana homeschool graduation requirements
In a homeschooling setup, homeschoolers don’t need any specific graduation requirements in Louisiana. It’s completely at the will and discretion of the parents to decide which courses they think are appropriate. They can decide about the credits assigned to all the courses chosen.
Returning to public school
The duration of homeschooling varies from one family to another. Some of the kids are homeschooled for only one year and returned to local area schools while some families decide to homeschool for an indefinite period. In both cases, it’s wise to be organized and plan according to the probable state of affairs in public school. Every school will support different protocols. Various schools may review assessment records or require testing, and others might have a different set of requirements.
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