Connecticut State homeschool law and requirements
Requirements to homeschool in Connecticut. Connecticut Homeschooling Laws. Ways to homeschool legally within Connecticut homeschooling laws.
*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for updates at the Connecticut Department of Education website for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Home Schools.
Parental Qualifications – None mandated
Testing – Not mandated
Duties of Parents. School attendance age requirements.
All parents and those who have the care of children shall bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments.
Subject to the provisions of this section and section 10-15c, each parent or other person having control of a child five years of age and over and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend a public school regularly during the hours and terms the public school in the district in which such child resides is in session, unless such child is a high school graduate or the parent or person having control of such child is able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools.
The parent or person having control of a child sixteen or seventeen years of age may consent, as provided in this section, to such child’s withdrawal from school. Such parent or person shall personally appear at the school district office and sign a withdrawal form.
The school district shall provide such parent or person with information on the educational options available in the school system and in the community.
The parent or person having control of a child five years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is six years of age and the parent or person having control of a child six years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is seven years of age.
The parent or person shall exercise such option by personally appearing at the school district office and signing an option form. The school district shall provide the parent or person with information on the educational opportunities available in the school system.
Refusal of certain parents to consent to use of special education programs or services.
The provisions of sections 10-76a to 10-76h, inclusive, shall not be construed to require any local, regional or state board of education to provide special education programs or services for any child whose parent or guardian has chosen to educate such child in a home or private school in accordance with the provisions of section 10-184 and who refuses to consent to such programs or services.
Waiver provisions not applicable to equivalent instruction authority of parents.
Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or public or special act granting the Commissioner of Education the authority to waive provisions of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Education shall not limit the authority of parents or guardians to provide for equivalent instruction pursuant to section 10-184.
Connecticut law requires parents to instruct their children or have them instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic, and United States history and citizenship, including the study of federal, state, and local government (CGS § 10-184). Parents and others having control of any child aged five to 17 must send him to public school in the district where he lives, unless they can demonstrate he is receiving “equivalent instruction” somewhere else. If the child is five, a parent may sign a form at the local school district office that he is holding the child out of school until age six or, if the child is six, until age seven. Parents may also allow their children to drop out of school once the child turns 16. Local school boards must make sure that school age children living in their districts are taught “in accordance with the provisions of § 10-184” (§ 10-220(a)).
According to the State Board of Education (SBE), parents may educate children at home as long as they show the children are receiving an education program equivalent to that specified in the law.
Connecticut Homeschool Law
Overview with links to sections of state code on own pages. Not intended as legal advice. For your information only, from TEACH.
Connecticut Homeschooling Guidelines
Revised October 2000.
Connecticut’s homeschool regulation is accomplished by a blending of legislation and state guidelines. Homeschooling in Connecticut.
Law & Policy
In Connecticut there are two things homeschoolers need to understand; the law, and the guidelines. The two sometimes cause confusion for people, and sometimes the Guidelines are mistaken for being law, but they are not law. CT Homeschool Network.