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Ohio Legal Homeschooling Laws Explained

Ohio Education Laws For Homeschooling

Not intended as legal advice. Ohio laws for your information only. From your Homeschooling guide.

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What do I do to start home schooling my child or children?

As the parent or guardian, you must notify the superintendent of the public school district where your family resides about your intention to home school your school-age child or children. Ohio law requires all children between the ages of six and 18 to attend school. Notification must be received no later than the first week of the start of the public school building the child would attend in the school district of residence or within one week the date on which the child begins to reside in the district or within one week from the child’s withdrawal from a school. Failure to notify the school district of residence the family is homeschooling its child or children will result in truancy. The notification includes:

    1. Your qualifications to home school (see previous question);
      1. Confirmation that you will provide a minimum of 900 hours of instruction that must include the following subjects:
      2. Language, reading, spelling and writing;
      3. Geography; history of the United States and Ohio; and national, state and local government;
      4. Mathematics;
      5. Science;
      6. Health;
      7. Physical education;
      8. Fine arts, including music; and
      9. First aid, safety and fire prevention;
    2. A brief outline of the curriculum for the current school year;
    3. A list of textbooks, correspondence courses, commercial curricula or other basic teaching materials that you plan to use; and
    4. Your signature.

Notification Forms

Recommended Notification Form (to submit to your local school district)

Sports Teams at School

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. (From Ohio Dept. of Edu)

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