How to Teach at Home
by Christina Yeager
No matter what state you live in, you should at least be aware of what the regulations are for homeschooling if that is something you may even potentially consider. I often times speak with people who are also close to borders and have the opportunity to decide which state their educational requirements need to be met in. For these reasons, among many others, it is also often times beneficial to know the regulations and requirements for homeschooling in other states.
Compulsory school age
In the state of Mississippi, students between the ages of 6 and 17 are required to go to school and obtain an education. This is similar to other states and slightly different from others.
Formally withdrawing from public school
A student can be withdrawn from public school at any time in order to be homeschooled. The only requirement is that a Certificate of Enrollment is filed for each student by September 15 on a yearly basis for each year the student is being homeschooled.
The Certificate of Enrollment requires personal information, such as name, date of birth, phone number, and address for both the student and the parent. It also requires a brief description of the type of education the student is receiving as well as a parent or guardian signature.
One major difference between Mississippi and other states is that there are no specific curriculum requirements that must be followed and it is up to the parent or guardian as to what they want to include on transcripts for the student.
Instruction, teaching and testing
It is also not required for homeschooled and non-public school student be in school for the full 180-day calendar year as it is for public school. There are also no teacher qualifications or standardized testing required.
Overall, in Mississippi, the most important thing to note is the Certificate of Enrollment. This is essentially the only thing that is a requirement in this state concerning homeschooling regulations.
Visit the Mississippi Department of Education for more information about homeschooling in your state!
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