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New Hampshire (NH) 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.

New Hampshire:  "Home schools are not considered non-public schools in New Hampshire. Home schools are considered a third type of school for attendance purposes. On or before the date a home education program will begin, and each year thereafter, a parent desiring to initiate a home education program must advise the participating agency with which the program will be established. Participating agencies can be the resident district superintendent, commissioner of education, or nonpublic school principal. N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 315.01; 315.03. No later than 30 days after the establishment of a home education program, the parent must provide the following information to the participating agency: list of subjects to be taught in accordance with RSA 193-A; 4,1; the name of the correspondence school used, if any; the name of the commercial curriculum provider, if used; an outline of the scope and instructional sequence for each subject; and a list of textbooks or other instructional material to be used. N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 315.03. The parent must keep a portfolio each year. N.H. Code Admin. R.Ed. 315.05. The parent shall provide for an annual evaluation for the child. The parent may choose a standardized test that may be a nationally recognized test, a state assessment instrument or a test used in the child's resident district. The results must be reported to the participating agency. Composite results of the tests that meet or exceed the 40th percentile demonstrate educational progress. The parent may choose any other valid measurement tool mutually agreed upon by the parent and the participating agency providing it meets specified criteria. N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 315.06. A home education advisory council will carry out duties assigned by the commissioner of education. The council will work with home educators and representatives of private and public education to encourage understanding of home education. N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 315.10." (Source:  "State Regulation of Private Schools," New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire (NH)
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