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Ohio Home School Laws

Ohio Education Code For Homeschooling

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

Parents or guardians who decide to home school their students are completely responsible for choosing the curriculum and course of study. They select the curriculum and educational materials and take responsibility for educating their children. There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option.

Excused Absence for Home Education – Between 6 and 18 years of age by September 30th.

Parents should start by notifying the superintendent of the school district where they reside about their intent to home school their child/or children. Here are the responsibilities of the district superintendent when families home school their children.

Parents agree to:

  1. Provide 900 hours of instruction per year;
  2. Notify the superintendent every year; and
  3. Provide an assessment of the students work, this link will provide the O.R.C. requirement.

Many parents think that online schools fall into the category of home schooling, this is NOT true. In Ohio, some online schools are considered community/chartered public schools.
If the online school is out of state and you have to pay tuition,  you must register as being enrolled in an out of state school.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS

Great news for home school students! Ohio’s new College Credit Plus program gives students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking courses at participating Ohio colleges or universities. Tuition is free if your home school student takes classes at a public college. There may be modest fees for private college credit. The deadline is April 1 for home school students to let the Ohio Department of Education know they want to participate in College Credit Plus next school year. Click on College Credit Plusfor more information.

SPORTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES 

Legislation allows home school students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities in public schools. An “extracurricular activity” is a pupil activity program that is run by a school or school district and is not included in a graded course of study. Activities include any offered at the school that the student would attend if enrolled in the public school district where the family resides. If the school district does not offer a particular activity, then the student may request to participate in another district’s program. The superintendent of the other school district may choose to allow the student to participate as an out-of-district student.

Home-educated students must meet the same nonacademic and financial requirements as any other student participating in the activity. Fees and ability in sports, where there are cuts, apply.

EDCHOICE SCHOLARSHIPS 

An EdChoice Scholarship allows students who are eligible to obtain scholarships to attend a nonpublic schools participating in the EdChoice program. Eligibility is based upon the performance of the public school building to which the student would be assigned or low income. EdChoice Scholarships are available to eligible home-schooled students who wish to enroll in a participating nonpublic school. More information is available here.

OHIO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

Recent changes in law may allow for some home school students to receive diplomas. Please see section 3313.6110 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Other Resources for Ohio Homeschoolers

College Credit Plus for Home-School Families
Great news for home-school parents! Ohio’s new College Credit Plus program gives students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking courses at a participating Ohio college or university. Tuition is free if your homeschool student takes classes at a public college. There may be modest fees for private college credit. The deadline is April 1 for homeschool students to let the Ohio Department of Education know they want to participate in College Credit Plus next school year, so time is critical.

EdChoice Scholarship Program
An EdChoice Scholarship allows students who are eligible to obtain a scholarship to attend a nonpublic school participating in the EdChoice program. Eligibility is based upon the performance of the public school building to which the student would be assigned or low income. EdChoice Scholarships are available to eligible home-schooled students who wish to enroll in a participating nonpublic school.

Frequently Asked Homeschool in Ohio Questions
Common homeschooling in Ohio questions from the Ohio Department of Education.

Homeschooling
In Ohio, parents interested in educating his or her child at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home school. If requirements are met, the district superintendent releases the student from required compulsory school attendance. This excuses the student and family from school attendance requirements in state law. See this page for information about sports participation.

Wellington School
Sample curriculum plans from a large private school in Ohio. Your homeschool plan could look similar. Navigate to your child’s grade range.

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