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 explore Alaska’s Education Law and Alaska State Library’s Homeschooling Resources to help you get started.
In Alaska, children between the ages of 7 and 16 must attend public school unless an academic education can be provided that is comparable to that provided by local public schools.
According to Alaska Stat. §14.30.010, there are four different homeschooling options in Alaska:
- Homeschooling in the child’s home by a parent or legal guardian
- Homeschool with a private tutor in which the teachers are certificated according to Alaska Stat. § 14.20.020
- Homeschooling through a school board-approved correspondence school
- Homeschooling as part of a religious or other private school in compliance with Alaska Stat. § 14.45.100
Homeschooled students do have the right to participate in school sports and interscholastic activities in their public schools, according to Alaska Stat. §14.30.365.
While reading the actual law is important, it is also good to read how the education 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 (unless your home school is operating as a private or religious school), file forms, or have any teaching qualifications.
Even though the state does not make you keep further records, you may want to do some personal recordkeeping 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 education department’s 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 a current homeschooler!
To better understand the homeschooling requirements in Alaska, reach 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 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.
Click the image below to find Alaska Homeschool Support Groups.