Homeschool laws can change often so please check for updates at the Alaska Department of Education website.
The decision to start homeschooling can be intimidating. Figuring out what is legally expected of you and how to go about that can be very overwhelming. It can be confusing and frustrating but don’t stress! We have some help!
Alaska Education Law
It is always important to locate and read up on your homeschool law. This is the legal information that you will need to follow to homeschool. You can find Alaska’s educational law and information on parent’s rights regarding the education of their children to help you get started.
You have four different options in Alaska: Sec. 14.30.010
- Homeschooling under the homeschool statute. No additional requirements.
- Homeschool with a private tutor in which the teachers are certificated according to AS 14.20.020
- Homeschooling with school board approval
- Homeschooling as a religious private school in compliance with AS 14.45.100 .
While reading the actual law is important, it is also good to read how the educational department interprets the law. The Alaska Department of Education groups their homeschooling law with correspondence schools. You can find information about homeschooling on the Alaska Statewide Correspondence Schools page.
Alaska Homeschool Requirements
Alaska is a no-notice state and homeschooling is easy! That means there are no requirements to notify the state, seek approval, test, file forms, or have any teaching qualifications.
Even though the state does not make you keep further records we recommend you do some personal recordkeeping to provide verification of education in event that you would need to show some form of education proof to the state or other legal entities. This includes:
- Lists of text and workbooks used
- Student schoolwork samples
- Correspondence with school officials
- Portfolios and test results
Reading the homeschool law and the educational department information isn’t always the clearest yet it is important. How can you make sense of all of it? The best resource you have is current homeschoolers!
To better understand the homeschooling requirements in Alaska, I highly recommend reaching out to local homeschoolers. These homeschoolers comply with the requirements personally and can help you understand exactly what you need to get started.
Current Alaskan homeschoolers can help you figure out what type of legal homeschooling is right for your family, how to notify and comply with the regulations to homeschool, and help suggest methods of homeschooling that will make your transition easier.
Local homeschoolers are also a wealth of information on nearby resources, field trips, social groups, and more than those not currently homeschooling in your state can provide.
For more Alaska homeschool information check out our additional information below.