How to Teach at Home
by Christina Yeager
Every State in the USA has given parents the right to supervise their child’s education. However, each state demands different regulations for education. Does your child want to be a dancer, athlete, or a tech-enthusiasts and you want to be as supportive as ever? Well, this is where homeschooling comes in handy. The State of Illinois is no exception! We have the information you need to get started with a home-based education for your child!
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.
A guide to Illinois homeschooling laws and regulations.
Some states in the US aren’t as strict regarding homeschooling, while some states require and provide standardized testing, reporting, and assessment facilities. Learn more about the homeschooling laws and regulations in Illinois.
The compulsory age for homeschooling in the State of Illinois is from 7 to 17 years.
Parents can pursue one of the following options for schooling their child:
Formally Withdrawing from Public School
If your child hasn’t attended any school (public) so far, you can directly homeschool him without any formal notice. This is because the State of Illinois states that, “According to Section 26-1, any child attending a private or a parochial school where children are taught the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public schools, and where the instruction of the child in the branches of education is in the English language.” In this section, the private school is referred to as homeschool.
However, if your child is already studying in a public school, you must submit a written Letter of Intent to the school principal to get your child homeschooled.
Record Keeping and Reporting
The good news is that Illinois Homeschool Law does not demand to submit any records or form to the school district or the state. However, it is recommended to keep a record of your child being homeschooled. Keeping a record can help your child getting admitted in school, university, or any other educational institute without hassle. You can keep the following record of homeschooling to ensure a bright future.
The Illinois homeschooling law has specified certain subjects that the homeschooled ones are required to cover. Following is the list of must-have subjects:
Besides these subjects, there are no regulations to study, how often to study, or how to manage progress reports.
If the child does not show any adequate progress, it is recommended to consult with a senior teacher or principal of his previous public school or your local school district. In case you want to shift your child back to a school, there is no need to submit a formal notice. Simply select a school of your choice and get the child enrolled right away.
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