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Louisiana Home School Laws

Louisiana homeschool law and information

Louisiana homeschooling laws and requirements to homeschool in Louisiana. Louisiana homeschooling laws. Ways to homeschool legally within Louisiana.

Compulsory attendance – Between 7 and 18 years of age.

Testing – You may optionally choose to submit to state testing under the
home-study option. If you use the nonpublic school option to
homeschool there is no testing or portfolio review of any kind.

Required number of educational days per year – 180

Interscholastic Athletics – May participate at the high school level at
the discretion of the governing authority. Restrictions apply.

*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information
purposes only. Check for updates at the Louisiana Department of Education website.

Announcement – Home Study/Registered  Nonpublic School Online System

RS 17:236.1

§236.1.  Approval of home study programs

A.  A parent or legal guardian shall apply to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval of a home study program.  An initial application must be made within fifteen days after commencement of the program.  A renewal application must be made by the first of October of the school year, or within twelve months of approval of the initial application, whichever is later.  The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, upon receipt of such initial or renewal application, shall immediately notify the city or parish school superintendent within whose jurisdiction the home study is being conducted of such application and also shall notify said superintendent of subsequent actions taken by the board on the application.


B.  An initial application for participation in a home study program shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the birth certificate of the child.  A short-form birth certification card shall be acceptable as a certified copy of the birth certificate.  The initial application or, during the 1984-1985 school year, a renewal application, shall be approved if the parent certifies that the home study program will offer a sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered by public schools at the same grade level.

C.(1)  After the 1984-1985 school year, a renewal application for participation in a home study program shall be approved if the parent submits to the board satisfactory evidence that the program has in fact offered a sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered by public schools at the same grade level.  To substantiate this fact, the parent shall submit with the renewal application a packet of materials which includes such documents as:

(a)  A complete outline of each of the subjects taught during the previous year,

(b)  Lists of books and materials used,

(c)  Copies of the student’s work,

(d)  Copies of standardized tests,

(e)  Statements by third parties who have observed the child’s progress, and

(f)  Any other evidence of the quality of the program being offered.

(2)  If the material submitted is inadequate, the Department of Education shall notify the parent of the deficiencies and request additional materials.

(3)  On the basis of all the information submitted, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall determine whether the program offers a sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered in public schools at the same grade level and shall approve or disapprove the application accordingly.

D.  After the 1984-1985 school year, a renewal application shall be approved if, in lieu of submission of the packet of materials provided in the previous Subsection, the parent submits with the application any one of the following:

(1)  Verification that the child has taken the competency-based education examination provided in R.S. 17:24.4 and scored at or above the passing level established by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for public school students at his grade level.

(2)  Verification that the child has taken the California Achievement Test (CAT) or such other standardized examination as may be approved by the board and the child has scored at or above his grade level or the child has progressed at a rate equal to one grade level for each year in home study program.

(3)  A statement from a teacher certified to teach at the child’s grade level that the teacher has examined the program being offered and that, in his professional opinion, the child is being taught in accordance with a sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered by public schools at the same grade level or, in the case of children with mental or physical disabilities, at least equal to that offered by public schools to children with similar disabilities.  Any such teacher evaluation provided for in this Subsection shall be subject to review and approval of the State Board of Education.

E.(1)  In May and September of each year and on such other dates as may be determined by the city or parish superintendent of schools, the local school board shall, upon request of a parent whose child is participating in a home study program, administer the competency-based education examination to the child.  The test shall be administered with the same instructions and under similar conditions as provided children enrolled in the public schools.

(2)  The local school board may charge a fee for this service not to exceed thirty-five dollars.

(3)  The certified teacher administering the examination shall promptly provide the parent a statement indicating the child’s score and whether he passed the examination.

F.(1)  In May and September of each year and on such other dates as may be determined by the state superintendent of elementary and secondary education, the Department of Education shall, upon the request of the parent, administer the competency-based education examination to any child enrolled in a home study program or enrolled in a private school.  The test shall be administered with the same instructions and under similar conditions as provided children enrolled in the public schools.


(2)  The Department of Education may charge a fee for this service not to exceed thirty-five dollars.

(3)  The certified teacher administering the examination shall promptly provide the parent a statement indicating the child’s score and whether he passed the examination.

G.  Notwithstanding any rule, regulation, or other provision of law to the contrary, a high school diploma awarded by a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall be deemed by all public postsecondary educational institutions, all state departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, and all other state and local governmental entities to have all of the rights and privileges afforded to a high school diploma awarded by a state-approved nonpublic school.

Acts 1984, No. 446, §1; Acts 1988, No. 837, §1; Acts 2000, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 118, §2, eff. April 19, 2000; Acts 2010, No. 677, §1.

§236.2.  Home study program participants; admission to public schools

A.  The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, hereinafter referred to as the state board, shall adopt policies, rules, and regulations establishing procedures to be followed by city and parish school boards in admitting or readmitting to the public schools any child who, during the preceding school year or any portion thereof immediately preceding his admission or readmission to the public schools, participated in an approved home study program pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 17:236.

B.  In adopting such policies, rules, and regulations, the state board shall provide for the screening and evaluation of such students, including, but not limited to, the administration of examinations to determine the grade level at which such child should be admitted or readmitted to the public schools.

C.  The State Department of Education shall select, develop, validate, and/or provide for the administration of all examinations required by the state board pursuant to the provisions of this Section.  Such examinations shall measure the skills of such students using the criteria developed pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 17:24.4 and R.S. 17:391.1 et seq.

D.  Each child seeking admission or readmission to the public schools of this state pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall, as a prerequisite for such admission or readmission, fulfill all screening and evaluation requirements established by the state board.

E.  Each city and parish school board shall adopt all policies, rules, and regulations necessary to provide for the implementation of the provisions of this Section, including, but not limited to, provisions for the screening and evaluation of students in accordance with the policies, rules, and regulations adopted by the state board and for administering such examinations as may be required by the state board.  Such school boards shall use the results of such screening, evaluations, and examinations in determining the grade level at which such children shall be admitted or readmitted to the public schools under the respective jurisdictions of such boards.

Acts 1984, No. 448, §1, eff. July 6, 1984.


Louisiana Homeschool Laws Help

Home-Study Option
Louisiana Families may choose to independently provide an excellent education to their children from their home.  Louisiana families typically provide this independent education through a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved home study program or a registered nonpublic school.

The Homestudy Program
DOE Requirements and information. Please read the policy information and guidelines here before completing the application located in the following link.

Nonpublic (Private) School Option

Families without internet access will still be able to submit a paper application. The paper application may be found in the Home Study Guidelines.

How to Get a State Tax Deduction


Deductions For School Tuition, Home School Educational Expenses, And Public School Educational Expenses in Louisiana

This statute allows an income tax deduction for educational expenses paid during the tax year by a taxpayer for home-schooling children. The deduction is for 50 percent of the actual qualified
educational expenses paid for the home-schooling per dependent, limited to $5,000. Qualified educational expenses include amounts paid for the purchase of textbooks and curricula necessary for home-schooling. The total amount of the deduction may not exceed the taxpayer’s total taxable income.

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