Unveiling the Lone Star Homeschooling Journey
Howdy, fellow homeschooling enthusiasts! 🤠 As a Texan homeschooler, I wanted to write this post to inform anyone homeschooling in Texas of our laws.
Texas homeschool laws are delightfully straightforward compared to those in some other states. The Lone Star State's approach to homeschooling honors parental rights and grants families the autonomy to design an education that suits their children's unique needs.
But it wasn't always like this. In the 1980's, the Texas Education Agency wasn't a fan of homeschooling. It argued that homeschooling wasn't legal and prosecuted homeschoolers for truancy. In a major lawsuit, the Texas courts held that homeschoolers could legally operate as private schools! So as a Texas homeschooler, I'm actually running a private school. Pretty cool!
The law is pretty simple and straightforward in Texas. There is truly only ONE requirement.
You have to homeschool in good faith that you are following a written curriculum that consists of the subjects:
A course in good citizenship
*Although science and history are not required by state law, any college your student applies to will require them for admittance, so you’ll want to make sure to teach those too.
There are no requirements for days and hours. So, you can schedule homeschooling around what's best for your family and children. You can take a long summer vacation or homeschool year-round. We homeschool 4 days a week and take 3 months off for summer.
Texas doesn't mandate standardized testing for homeschoolers.
There is no notification to the state that you are homeschooling. Please note: if your child(ren) have enrolled in school, your local district might require a simple homeschool letter of intent to disenroll them. Check with your school district before doing anything else.
You don't need any teacher qualifications to homeschool your child(ren) in Texas. And finally there are no immunization requirements either.
As you can see, homeschooling in Texas is amazing. Make sure you are following the one requirement and happy homeschooling!!
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