Parental responsibility protected and upheld by the Texas Constitution. In Texas there are no homeschooling laws nor requirements.
*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. For updated information please consult the Texas Board of Education. Compulsory attendance – Between 6 and 17 years of age.
The Texas Education Agency does not regulate, index, monitor, approve, register, or accredit the programs available to parents who choose to homeschool.
Home schooling has been a legal alternative to public schooling since 1994. In the case of Leeper et al. v. Arlington ISD et al., the Texas Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision that children being taught at home are exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement to the same extent as students enrolled in private schools. Parents who choose to home school are required to follow a course of study that includes good citizenship. A public school district may ask parents to provide assurances in writing that they intend to home school their child.
Transferring to a Public School
The State of Texas does not award a diploma to students that are home schooled. Home-schooled students can enter public school at any time but should be aware that most districts have policies and procedures in place to assess the mastery level of courses that students in home schools have taken. The results of the assessment may be used for grade placement or award of credit or both. Students transferring from home schools should be afforded the same treatment as students transferring from unaccredited private schools. TEA recommendations on appropriate placement assessments are included in the Commissioner’s Home School Policy Letter below.
The State of Texas considers the successful completion of a home school education to be equivalent to graduation from a public high school, therefore an institution of higher education in Texas must treat a home school graduate to the same general standards, including specific standardized testing score requirements, as other applicants for undergraduate admission who have graduated from a public high school. For additional information and specific guidance please contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
2014 Switched on Schoolhouse Texas State History for Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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The Texas Constitution Article 7 – EDUCATION
Section 1 – SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS
A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.
Texas Education Agency
Correspondence regarding homeschooling, April 8, 2013.