In light of recent legislation surrounding parental rights and child vaccination laws many parents are looking for alternative schooling options aside from public school education.
One such option which protects parental rights and avoids vaccination requirements is homeschooling. Homeschooling in California and across the country is gaining in popularity every year with more and more parents choosing the freedom to educate their children over the rules and laws associated with public education.
If you are considering the option of homeschool for your children in California there are some basic guidelines and rules you should be aware of. Compared with other states, legally homeschooling in California is easy and relatively free of regulation.
Homeschoolers in California have two options for home educating their children. The first option is to file as independent homeschoolers. This is the most independent of the two options for legally homeschooling in the state. Under this option you must file an affidavit declaring your homeschool as a independent private school. Filing dates for this option begin October 1st each year and close two weeks later on the 15th. Along with this option you must maintain grades and attendance reports for each of your school age children. In California, each child must attend school or comply with homeschool laws if he or she turns 6 by September 1st through their 18th birthday.
If you choose to homeschool as a private school you must comply with the eight following requirements:
- File annual private school affidavit
- Maintain an attendance record
- Instruct in English
- Instructors must be capable of teaching
- Provide instruction in the courses commonly taught in public environments
- Maintain immunization records or personal belief exemptions
- Maintain a list of course studies
- Maintain a list of teacher information
For more information regarding these requirements, please visit HSLDA CA Law
The second option to legally homeschool in California is to enroll your children in a homeschool charter school. These charter schools file all of the necessary paperwork on your behalf, maintain grade reports and attendance records. Using this option you will be required to submit vaccination forms. Often times charter homeschools give each of their families a curriculum budget to purchase necessary materials to teach their children at home. Charter schools also often times have class days for their students which provides parents an opportunity to include enrichment activities in their child’s schooldays. Charter class days also provide the opportunity for parents to have another teacher instruct their student in subject that they are not comfortable teaching such as higher level math or advanced science programs.
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About the author:
Alexis Mathews is a veteran homeschooling mother of 6 children. She enjoys introducing families to the benefits of homeschooling. In addition to teaching her children, Alexis helps online business owners build their brand and increase their social media presence at Premier Executive Media.