The decision to homeschool is an important one and a big undertaking. It may work for one child and another child in the same family may do better in public school. Parents have the final decision in the state of Connecticut how they will school their children. There are a few expectations and requirements that have to be met by the parents who have decided that homeschooling is the best for their family.
Connecticut is one of the states that has a requirement for what children are taught in the homeschool environment. Although they require no testing so it seems like it would be hard to enforce. The expectations are clearly realistic and most would be including these requirements without the law.
Sec. 10 -184 describes the responsibilities of what must be provided in a homeschool. The law states “bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments”
The laws are a little confusing in Connecticut when it comes to the paper work. The preamble to these requirement of completing a Notice of Intent reads like this:
“We would deem compliance with these suggested procedures as satisfying the requirements of Sections 10-184 and 10-220 of the General Statutes.”
Clearly it is a suggested procedure, but the school district will go to great lengths to encourage that parents complete the form, including certified letters. The decision to comply with this suggestion is completely up to the family. If a Notice of Intent is filed then the parents are agreeing to meet with the school district and review the homeschooling curriculum to determine if the child is having opportunity to learn all that is required. This is a once a year meeting.
Many homeschool advocates like to keep the communication between the school district open. They may determine later they want the child to participate in some public school functions. In Connecticut this is determined by each individual school.
Other parents may feel like this is an invasion of privacy and prefer not to register a notice of intent. Clearly it is an individual decision. For those who choose to comply to the suggestion a sample notice of intent can be found here.
In Connecticut there are no state laws requiring attendance records, certification for any teachers participating in the homeschooling program or state / national testing.