Homeschooling in California used to be an issue in the past but now, homeschooling is official in the state of California. Parents can decide to enrol their child into a public school or teach their child privately at home as a Private school. On the other hand, California Homeschool laws are made for families to enjoy the homeschool journey without stress.
If you want to start homeschooling in California but don’t know where to start, in this article, I will give you an A-Z Guide on the California Homeschool laws, homeschool groups, Record-keeping, Graduation requirements and the three homeschool options.
California Homeschool Requirements:
There are three options to homeschool in Colorado:
Homeschooling as a home-based private school:
In Homeschooling as a home-based private school, you need to follow these requirements:
File an Private School Affidavit form:
This affidavit form indicates that you will be in charge of your child’s education. You file it within October 1 and October 15 of each school year with the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The form should include:
- Educational materials
- Name and Address of the child
Record Keeping while Homeschooling in California:
Record Keeping is essential while homeschooling. Even if the state doesn’t include record keeping as a requirement, it is necessary. You can keep records as proof of homeschooling or in case you want to stop homeschooling in California.
You keep a record of attendance, the subjects you teach during the homeschool period and also the Immunization records to keep track of the health of the child.
Additional documents for record keeping is a copy of completed Private School Affidavit (PSA) and the list of subjects you teach.
Furthermore, record keeping is mostly done on pen and paper, but with a Homeschool Tracker, you can use software to keep track of the number of hours to homeschool, the subjects, and the progress of the child. For more details on the homeschool tracker, check here.
For you to homeschool a child effectively in California, you need to teach the child in English, and the teacher should have an effective knowledge of teaching. Furthermore, the teacher should teach these subjects:
- Language arts,
- Social studies,
- Health, and
- Driver training
Homeschooling in California with a private school satellite program (PSP):
It has the same requirements are homeschooling as a home-based private school, just that all the instructions given to the child will be done at home.
Homeschooling in California via instruction by a private tutor
In Homeschooling via instruction by a private tutor, you need to follow these requirements:
Qualification of the Tutor:
The tutor must have a California teaching credential to homeschool a child effectively.
Time to Homeschool:
The tutor should teach the child for three hours a day and 175 days a school year.
California Homeschool Groups:
HAC is an association that help you homeschool with confidence. They host events to help you connect and meet with other homeschoolers who are more experienced with homeschooling. On the other hand, they keep you updated on California Homeschool laws, and all information relating to homeschooling in California.
A homeschool group in Colorado that helps you homeschool legally. It’s a Christian homeschooling association that fosters the growth of homeschooling in California. They organize conferences where you meet with other homeschooling families and get more insight from their experiences.
Enrolling in Public School after homeschooling in California:
A family can decide to stop homeschooling due to some specific factors like Finances or change of location. Also, some families decide to homeschool to check it out and also test if it can work out for their child.
In a situation where you want to go to public school in California, there are no formal requirements in line with California Homeschool laws on how to enrol back into public school. Just register the child into any school of your choice.
The school can choose to see your homeschool Portfolio to know how well your child is performing and to decide the grade to enroll the child.
On the other hand, some schools might also decide to test the child and allocate a grade based on the score of the test.
There are no graduation requirements in-line with the California Homeschool laws, but you need to know when to graduate your child.
In California homeschool, the law requires that a child from 6 and above (till 18) attends a public school or private school(Homeschool). Thus if you have homeschooled your child till age 18, and you know your child is fit to move into college, you can graduate him/her.
Furthermore, your child doesn’t get a High school diploma after graduation for California Homeschool. A diploma is for public school students, but there is a way of getting an equivalent to that of High school. It’s got by taking a HiSET (High school Equivalency Test) exam.
What is the HiSET Exam? According to HiSET, the exam is one of three tests U.S. states and territories use to measure high school equivalency skills. You take it to demonstrate you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate. And doing so can help you create a whole new future.
The good news is that HiSET credential is accepted everywhere, you get it at your own pace but the only thing is that you need to be at least 18 years of age.
California puts utmost consideration into the qualification the tutor of the child; although there is no required qualification, the tutor should have a level of competence to teach a child to a child’s understanding.
In the case of the curriculum for homeschooling in California, the state doesn’t indicate a specific curriculum, but the tutor should teach the child in-line with the same procedures and subjects taught in public school.
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Disclaimer: Every information we provide here is not legal advice but as a result of research. We are not an endorsement of any homeschool group.