Idaho Education Code For Homeschooling
The following is information regarding home instruction. The State of Idaho Department does not regulate or monitor home instruction. However, the following elements, identified as Idaho Code, need to be considered when planning for home school instruction. It is provided for your help in assuring all Idaho students receive a quality education.
This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Confirm these laws on the State of Idaho DOE site’s page regarding homeschooling.
Compulsory attendance – the age of seven (7) years at the time of the commencement of school in his district, but not the age of sixteen (16) years.
Homeschool education is directed solely by the parent/guardian:
- No registration or sign up procedure is required.
- Parents research and select the curriculum they wish to use.
- A “packaged” curriculum is NOT provided by the State. (All costs associated with homeschooling are the responsibility of the parent/guardian (textbooks, supplies, etc.).
- State funding is not available to provide assistance for homeschool.
Idaho Code References
The services of the public schools of this state are extended to any acceptable person of school age. “School age” is defined as including all persons resident of the state, between the ages of five (5) and twenty-one (21) years. For the purposes of this section, the age of five (5) years shall be attained when the fifth anniversary of birth occurs on or before the first day of September of the school year in which the child is to enroll in kindergarten. For a child enrolling in the first grade, the age of six (6) years must be reached on or before the first day of September of the school year in which the child is to enroll. Any child of the age of five (5) years who has completed a private or public out-of-state kindergarten for the required four hundred fifty (450) hours but has not reached the “school age” requirement in Idaho shall be allowed to enter the first grade.
For resident children with disabilities who qualify for special education and related services under the federal individuals with disabilities education act (IDEA) and subsequent amendments thereto, and applicable state and federal regulations, “school age” shall begin at the attainment of age three (3) and shall continue through the semester of school in which the student attains the age of twenty-one (21) years.
The parent or guardian of any child resident in this state who has attained the age of seven (7) years at the time of the commencement of school in his district, but not the age of sixteen (16) years, shall cause the child to be instructed in subjects commonly and usually taught in the public schools of the state of Idaho. Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school during a period in each year equal to that in which the public schools are in session; there to conform to the attendance policies and regulations established by the board of trustees, or other governing body, operating the school attended.
(1) The parent or guardian of a child of school age who is enrolled in a nonpublic school shall be allowed to enroll the student in a public school for dual enrollment purposes. The board of trustees of the school district shall adopt procedures governing enrollment pursuant to this section. If enrollment in a specific program reaches the maximum for the program, priority for enrollment shall be given to a student who is enrolled full time in the public school.
(2) Any student participating in dual enrollment may enter into any program in the public school available to other students subject to compliance with the same rules and requirements that apply to any student’s participation in the activity.
(3) Any school district shall be allowed to include dual-enrolled nonpublic school students for the purposes of state funding only to the extent of the student’s participation in the public school programs.
(4) Oversight of academic standards relating to participation in nonacademic public school activities shall be the responsibility of the primary educational provider for that student. In order for the nonpublic school student to participate in nonacademic public school activities the nonpublic school student shall achieve a minimum score on the achievement test required annually by the state board of education, and that score shall be used to determine eligibility for the following year. The student shall be eligible if the minimum composite test score places the student within the average or higher than average range as established by the test service utilized.
(5) A public school student who has been unable to maintain academic eligibility is ineligible to participate in nonacademic public school activities as a nonpublic school student for the duration of the school year in which the student becomes academically ineligible and for the following academic year.
(6) A nonpublic school student participating in nonacademic public school activities must reside within the attendance boundaries of the school for which the student participates.
(7) Dual enrollment shall include the option of joint enrollment in a regular public school and an alternative public school program. The state board of education shall establish rules that provide funding to school districts for each student who participates in both a regular public school program and an alternative public school program.
(8) Dual enrollment shall include the option of enrollment in a post-secondary institution. Any credits earned from an accredited post-secondary institution shall be credited toward state board of education high school graduation requirements.
(9) A nonpublic student is any student who receives educational instruction outside a public school classroom and such instruction can include, but is not limited to, a private school or a home school.
Whenever it has been determined by the probate court of any county that the parents or guardians of any child between the ages of seven (7), as qualified in section 33-202, and sixteen (16), are failing, neglecting or refusing to place the child in school as provided in this chapter or to have the childcomparably instructed, or knowingly have allowed a pupil to become a habitual truant, proceedings shall be brought against such parent or guardian under the provisions of the youth rehabilitation law.