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Idaho (ID) State - Homeschooling Laws and Regulations

Homeschooling is legal in every American state.  The Department of Education states, "Parents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have the option to home school their children" (Department of Education, NCES). School attendance is compulsory for all children; however, parents have the legal right to withdrawal their children from government schools to enroll them in qualified private schools or to educate their children at home.  This is only proper considering the fact that the duty and the right to educate the next generation were appointed by God to parents even before God created governments.

Each state has laws that govern matters such as how parents are to declare their intention to homeschool and what topics must be included in your home-education program.  Some states require periodic standardized tests and more formal records be maintained. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the liberty of homeschooling parents to choose their own curriculum.  GETTING STARTED CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, BUT MULTITUDES OF PARENTS ARE HOMESCHOOLING AND SO CAN YOU!  It is my pleasure to help your research efforts.  Below are links to key government and non-government pages.

Idaho:  "A nonpublic student is any student who received educational instruction outside of a public school classroom and can include, but is not limited to, a private school or a home school. As such, a home school student must be comparably instructed to students in the public school during the compulsory attendance ages of 7 through 16 years of age. Idaho Code, title 33, § 202. Idaho does not regulate or monitor home school instruction. It is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian to monitor their child's progress and attendance in the home school. The parent or guardian of a home schooled child is allowed to enroll the student in the public school for dual enrollment purposes. Dual enrollment allows the student to enter into any program, including public school classes and extra-curricular activities, in the public school that are available to other students subject to compliance with the same rules and regulations as other students. Idaho Code, title 33, § 203. Home school students may participate in state-wide testing and assessment. A home school student may be able to receive a diploma from a high school or can take the General Education Development (GED) test and, upon successful completion of all requirements, may apply for an Idaho High School Equivalency Certificate. Administrative Rules of the Idaho State Board of Education." (Source:  "State Regulation of Private Schools," Idaho, by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Non-Public Education (2000).)



Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the timeliness nor the completeness of the links or legal information posted.  These homeschooling laws and legal information are being provided free of charge.  Postings of rules and regulations are subject to change.  Seek the advice of other home-educating parents or homeschooling organizations in your area for more help or contact your county superintendent of schools.  Plan to file a Notice of Intent to homeschool with your county superintendent or child's current principal.  (This document may also be known as an Affidavit of Intent, a Letter of Intent, a Notification of Intent, or a Declaration of Intent.  Sample from Tennessee.)   

Homeschooling Conventions in Idaho (ID)
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