Homeschooling laws can change, so be sure to check the Connecticut Department of Education website for updates.
Are you ready to start homeschooling in Connecticut? You may have many questions about topics like what you need to do to begin, what reporting and testing is required, and how you need to interact with your local school district. You will want to start by understanding Connecticut homeschool law. You may feel overwhelmed as you start this process, but there are resources available and other homeschoolers who have already succeeded on this adventure!
Here is some information on Connecticut homeschool requirements to get you started:
Connecticut Homeschool Law
In Connecticut, parents are required to send children aged five to eighteen to public school. Parents can request waivers (by personally appearing at the school district office) to hold a child aged five or six out of school until the following year, and a parent may consent to a seventeen-year-old child’s withdrawal from school prior to graduation by signing a withdrawal form at the school district.
According to Connecticut Education Law, Statute 10-184, a parent may withdraw a child from public school and choose to homeschool as long as “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.” Parents choosing this option should check with their school district for information on local requirements.
Parents choosing to homeschool may provide instruction themselves, hire someone, or choose to enroll their children in online/virtual schools (which are not accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education). At the age of 17, homeschooled young adults may register for free Adult Education programs, providing an official withdrawal from the public school (signed by a parent/guardian and a Connecticut high school official) is submitted.
Do I need to notify the school district of my intent to homeschool my child?
Each year, parents need to submit an Intent to Homeschool form for each child to the Superintendent’s office for signature. A signed copy needs to be kept by the homeschool for each child.
Connecticut Homeschool Requirements
Even though Connecticut does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Connecticut homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:
- Begin homeschooling by age 5 (or age 6 or 7 with an approved waiver).
- File the required notice of intent to homeschool each year.
- Teach reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments. You may also want to refer to the Connecticut Core Standards for clear expectations of what children should be able to know and do at each level, particularly if you intend to re-enroll your child in public school in the future.
- Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.
What records do I need to keep when I homeschool my child?
The Colorado State Department of Education suggests that parents maintain the following records:
- Attendance, reflecting days and hours of instruction
- Portfolio for each child containing samples of assignments, activities, projects, and assessments
- Log of books and materials used for instruction
- Results of any national assessments
In addition to the required recordkeeping, we also recommend you do some personal recordkeeping in the event you would need to show some form of educational proof to the state or other legal entities or to prepare for post-secondary pathways. This includes:
- Immunization records
- Correspondence with school officials
- Test and evaluation results
You may find more information on homeschooling in Connecticut through your local school district.
Other Connecticut Homeschool Policies
Once you make sure that you are following Connecticut homeschool law and meeting Connecticut homeschool requirements, here are some other things you need to know:
What if I want to re-enroll my child in the public high school after being homeschooled?
If you are considering returning your homeschooled child to public high school, you should make sure that your homeschool coursework aligns with Connecticut State Graduation Requirements.
What about after high school?
The Colorado State Department of Education recommends contacting potential colleges and universities to find out about their admissions requirements. Homeschoolers aged 17-18 are eligible to take the GED® test. Parents need to obtain documentation from their local school district and then contact the State Department of GED® office to request a Homeschooling Attestation Form, which needs to be signed by the Connecticut GED® Administrator. This form can be used to register for the GED® test.
See the Home Schooling in Connecticut page on the Connecticut Department of Education’s website for even more information on homeschooling in Connecticut.
Connect With Local Homeschoolers
Remember, too, that you are not alone. You should connect with local homeschoolers from your state, who can help you with Connecticut homeschool law and Connecticut homeschool requirements and offer you all kinds of practical advice and suggestions. They can give you guidance on everything from curriculum to daily schedules to recordkeeping, and they may be able to share information about local resources, support groups, and field trips. Click the image below to find Connecticut Homeschool Groups by county.