A look at Homeschooling Laws in new York

If you live in the state of New York, and want to home school your children, the first thing you need to do is find out what the laws are for homeschooling in New York. This is a very important step to ensure the path is smooth for your homeschooling journey. Failure to comply with the laws can have dire consequences, so always be sure you know the laws.

Reporting is required in New York for homeschooled children who turn six by December first of the current school year, through the end of the school year in which the child turns sixteen.

Homeschooling in New York requires a lot of work for the parents; an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) must be submitted to the local school district for review by August 15 of the current school year. The IHIP should contain the child’s name, age and grade level, curriculum and materials to be used, dates you will be submitting the quarterly reports and the name of the person(s) providing instruction.

Each quarter, parents must submit quarterly report cards to the school district. The report card needs to show attendance, hours of instruction and a summary of what was covered in the quarter. Attendance for the year must add up to one hundred eighty days, and the hours of instruction vary by grade level. Grades one through six are required to have a minimum of nine hundred hours, while the upper grades need nine hundred ninety hours of instruction time. The report card must also have a grade or written evaluation of the student’s performance.

The final report card of the year must be accompanied by an assessment test. The assessment test is required every other year until the high school grades, and then it is required on a yearly basis.

New York also has requirements for subjects taught to homeschooled children. New York history and constitutions must be taught at least once in the first eight grades.

In grades Kindergarten through twelve, all students must study the following subjects: patriotism and citizenship, substance abuse, traffic safety and fire safety.

In grades one through six, homeschoolers are required to learn math, reading, spelling, writing, grammar, geography, United States history, science, health, music, visual arts and physical education.

In grades seven and eight, students are required to take the same classes as grades one through six, as well as art, library skills and practical arts.

High school students need the following courses: four credits of English, four credits of Social Studies (which has to include American History, US Government and Economics), two credits of math, two credits of science, one credit of art or music, half a credit of health, two credits of physical education and three credits of electives.