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In Ohio, parents interested in educating their children at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home educate. Once the notification is received, the district superintendent releases the student from required compulsory school attendance. This exempts the student and family from school attendance requirements in state law. Please note that if there is evidence that a child who is exempt from the school attendance requirements is not receiving an education in the subject areas required under this section, then that child may be subject to section 3321.19 of the Revised Code.

Parents or guardians who decide to home educate 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 educated student returns to a public school, the district superintendent shall place the child in the appropriate grade level, without discrimination or prejudice, based on the policies of the child's district of residence.

Requirements to Home Educate

Parents should start by notifying the superintendent of the school district where they reside about their intent to home educate their child/or children. Notification must be made within five calendar days after commencing home education, moving into a new school district, or withdrawing from a public or nonpublic school, and by the thirtieth day of August each year thereafter.


Parents agree to:

  • Provide instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science, history, government, and social studies.
  • Notify the superintendent each year.