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In Ohio, parents interested in educating their children at home may do so by notifying the local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home school. If requirements are met, the district superintendent releases the student from required compulsory school attendance. This excuses the student and family from school attendance requirements in state law.

Parents or guardians who decide to home school their students are completely responsible for choosing the curriculum and course of study. They select the curriculum and educational materials and take responsibility for educating their children. There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option.

If a home school student returns to a public school, the district superintendent determines the appropriate grade level for the student.


Requirements to Home School

Parents should start by notifying the superintendent of the school district where they reside about their intent to home school their child/or children.

Parents agree to:

  1. Provide 900 hours of instruction per year;
  2. Notify the superintendent every year; and
  3. Provide an assessment of the students work. (This link will provide the O.R.C. requirement.)
  4. Have an Ohio licensed teacher administer one of the nationally normed tests, such as TerraNova, Stanford, Iowa
  5. Keep a portfolio of students work, have an Ohio licensed teacher provide a written assessment of the students work
  6. The student can take the Ohio achievement tests with the public school district classroom

Many parents think that online schools fall into the category of home schooling. This is NOT true. In Ohio, some online schools are considered community/chartered schools and are public schools.


Notify Your School District

As the parent or guardian, you must notify the superintendent of the public school district where your family resides about your intention to home school your school-age child or children. This notification must happen within one week of the start of the school year in your school district, or as soon as the student is no longer enrolled in a school.

 

More information regarding home schooling may be found on the Ohio Department of Education's website.