How to Teach at Home
by Christina Yeager
Homeschooling shouldn’t be viewed as a daunting task. The game-changer is recognizing the facts. All states in the U.S. retain numerous laws when it comes to providing a home-based education. Do you reside in Maine and wish to homeschool but aren’t quite sure where to start? We know! Learn the state regulations and laws of Maine to properly direct your child at home.
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.
State requirements that ALL students must follow
The standard school age of attendance is 7 years old and older and 17 years old and under for all students, no matter which form of education has been chosen. A notable exception to this regulation is if a student graduates before their 17th birthday.
Maine's homeschooling requirements aren’t difficult to comprehend or achieve. Here’s a simple list of what should be done in the correct order and specific instructions will follow!
How to file an annual an NOI and SYL
New to homeschooling? The first order of business is to file a Notice of Intent with both the state Department of Education and the local school superintendent in the area or the school district the child either currently attends or would have attended. The NOI (Notice of Intent) should be filed by September 1st to begin a school year on time. If it’s decided to begin homeschooling in the middle of the year, the NOI must be filed within ten days of official withdrawal from public school. Certified mail or a return receipt of delivery is best used for record-keeping purposes as proof.
The information that needs to be included:
Filing a Subsequent Year Letter is an annual process afterward for the duration the child attends home-based studies. The same rules above apply.
In these forms, you will be asked to agree to instruction of the state minimum of 175 days per academic school year, submit an annual assessment of each student attending and to provide proper curriculum studies in English and Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health Education, Library Skills, Fine Arts and, in at least one grade between 6 to 12 include Maine studies. At one grade level between 7 and 12, the student also needs to learn and demonstrate proficiency of computers.
Reporting an annual assessment is required
Annual assessment results must also be turned in by September 1st of each school year with both the state Department of Education and the local superintendent as well.
The results can be any of the following options:
It’s an excellent rule of organization to have both the Notice of Intent and one of the assessment selections available and ready prior to September 1st of any given school year and ready to sent via certified mail.
Other Maine laws to consider
If a homeschooled student wishes to attend a public school event or enroll in a class, certain steps apply before-hand and an agreement to comply with all public school rules must be understood.
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