Homeschooling laws can change, so be sure to check the Oklahoma State Department of Education website for updates.
Are you ready to start homeschooling in Oklahoma? You may have many questions about topics like what you need to do to begin, what recordkeeping and testing is required, and how you need to interact with your local school district. You will want to start by understanding Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma homeschool requirements to get you started:
Oklahoma Homeschool Law
In Oklahoma, compulsory school age laws require that children ages 5-18 be enrolled in school. “This law has been interpreted by the Attorney General to allow for the education of a child in the home by a parent/guardian” following certain guidelines. “The Attorney General has further ruled that a board of education is not required to furnish textbooks, resources, or other materials to home schooled students” (Oklahoma State Department of Education).
Note that “homeschools are not regulated and Oklahoma law does not require parents to register with or seek approval from state or local officials, conduct state testing with their students, or permit public school officials to visit or inspect homes” (Oklahoma State Department of Education).
What do I need to be eligible to be a homeschool parent?
Although “the Attorney General has ruled that while home instruction does not require a certified teacher, the instruction provided must be supplied in good faith and must be equivalent to the education provided by the state” (Oklahoma State Department of Education).
Do I need to notify the school district of my intent to homeschool my child?
Although not required by law, the Oklahoma State Department of Education recommends that you notify the principal of the school district your child would typically attend before beginning homeschooling. Be aware that “some schools may have you sign a form that releases them from the responsibility of educating the student also stating that you are assuming full responsibility for the education of your child.”
Oklahoma Homeschool Requirements
Even though Oklahoma does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Oklahoma homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:
- Begin homeschooling by age 5.
- Notify the principal of the school district in which you reside (suggested).
- Provide instruction for 180 days per calendar year and six clock hours (360 minutes) per day, as appropriate to the child’s age (suggested).
- Teach to the Oklahoma Academic Standards with a “well-defined curriculum or design for learning” (suggested). Note that there is no required state-approved curriculum for homeschooling, but Oklahoma public schools are required to teach the following school subjects: reading, writing, math, science, citizenship, US constitution, health, safety, physical education, and conservation.
- Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.
Do I need to administer testing to my homeschooler?
No. Oklahoma does not require that homeschoolers participate in state or annual testing.
What records do I need to keep when I homeschool my child?
The Oklahoma State Department of Education suggests that “academic progress must be established and maintained for the child” while homeschooling but does not require specific recordkeeping. We recommend, however, that you do some personal recordkeeping to provide verification of education in the event you would need to show some form of educational proof to the state or other legal entities or to prepare for re-entry into public school or postsecondary pathways. This includes the following:
- Immunization records
- Lists of texts and workbooks used
- Student schoolwork samples and/or portfolios
- Test and evaluation results
- Correspondence with school officials
You may also be able to find more information on Oklahoma homeschool requirements through your local school district.
Other Oklahoma Homeschool Policies
Once you make sure that you are following Oklahoma homeschool law and meeting Oklahoma homeschool requirements, here are some other things you need to know:
What if I want to re-enroll my child in public school after homeschooling?
“Because home schools are not accredited by the State Board of Education, a student will be required to take a standardized achievement test if he/she re-enters the public school system. Results of tests may be used to determine grade placement and/or credit for the student. All examinations will be administered by the receiving school and results, as well as copies of the exam given, will be kept on file for one year. Upon re-entry into a public school, the parent/guardian must provide documentation of compliance with [homeschooling] requirements. This documentation will determine if the equivalent instruction was provided during home schooling” (Oklahoma State Department of Education).
What are my child’s postsecondary options after homeschooling?
With regard to postsecondary options after homeschooling, the Oklahoma State Department of Education recommends the following: “For college-bound students, refer to the Oklahoma State Board of Education Regulations for Graduation listed on our website or required courses at the college of your choice.”
See the Home School page on the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website for even more information on homeschooling in Oklahoma.
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 Oklahoma homeschool law and Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Homeschool Groups by county.