Getting Started Homeschooling

Consider Legal Protection

Before beginning to homeschool your student, it is important to check the legal provisions for your state and local area. Look below for informaion for homeschooling in either Georgia or Alabama.

Select Your Curriculum

This is often one of the most daunting tasks for new homeschoolers. There are many possiblilities and many methods and costs to consider. Think about how your children learn and then do research on materials within your budget. Homeschool Curriculum Conventions are great events to attend so that you can view materials before you make a purchase. These conferences also feature speakers with tips on how to select a good curriculum for your family.Each family is different and what works well for one family may not be the best choice for another. Here is a site to be able to review a lot of curriculum options. Curriculum Reviews by subject

Get Involved

Once you have complied with the legal aspects and selected a curriculum, your next step is to find other homeschoolers. This is where we come in! Our organization is designed to help homeschooling families network together for social and academic support. One of the most helpful things as a new homeschooler is to have other experienced families available to help you along the way. Our weekly Park Day is a great opportunity to meet other families in a relaxed setting.

Georgia Homeschoolers

Governor Deal signed the Comprehensive Education Bill, HB 283, on May 7, 2013 and it goes into effect on July 1, 2013.

Homeschooling families are no longer required to submit any attendance reports to the State Department of Education or to any local school superintendent. Beginning July 1, 2013 and thereafter, parents or guardians are ONLY required to submit an annual Letter of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program. You may file this form online by going directly to the Department of Education website and complete a Declaration of Intent. These are the records that parents must keep in their school files:
An annual assessment report for reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
Test results from standardized testing required to be administered every 3 years starting in the third grade.
These records must be kept for a minimum of 3 years. We recommend that you keep them at least for the duration of your homeschooling years. It may be prudent to keep them longer to prove school attendance.

Alabama Homeschoolers

Compulsory Attendance for the state of Alabama is between ages 6 and 17.

As of 2014 homeschoolers are no longer required to obtain a church (cover) school to homeschool in the state of Alabama. If you choose to go this route you simply need to file the form linked below with your local Board of Education every year declaring yourself a private school. Hardly any information is required, but it is required BY LAW to report, it's not optional.The ALSDE website might have a different interpretation, and so might your local BOE representatives. These entities are also known to say such things as "homeschool kids can't go to college" and "you must have an accredited curriculum", neither of which are true. The public school system is not the best source of information on homeschool law.

To read more details about homeschooling in Alabama, check out this helpful information here

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