How to Start Homeschooling in Mississippi
As a result of COVID-19, homeschooling is on the rise. For some, this is a short-term arrangement, and others have discovered that homeschooling is perfect for their family. In case you don’t know, homeschooling is simply the practice of educating your kids from home. Some families choose to collaborate through homeschooling cooperatives and extracurricular leagues to enrich the home school experience.
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. When exploring the homeschooling route, please be aware that the laws and policies that govern homeschooling differ by state. If you wonder if homeschooling is a good fit for your family, you probably have questions about how to begin the process and what resources are available. Because of this, we created a series entitled, How to Start Homeschooling. In each installment, we will discuss homeschooling rules and resources for each state. In today’s installment, we will discuss homeschooling in Mississippi.
What you need to know:
- Mississippi Homeschool Law states that you must submit a certificate of enrollment for every kid you homeschool by September 15th each year.
- If you need to remove your kid, you can do so at any point in the school year and submit a withdrawal letter to the school and contact the county’s attendance officer.
- There are no requirements for homeschool teachers except that you must be a parent, guardian, or custodian of the kid.
- Homeschool learners must be taught for a minimum of 180 days per year.
- There are no required academic subjects for homeschool learners.
- Mississippi does not require you to keep any records of your kid’s homeschooling.
- Homeschool learners in Mississippi do not have to let their kids participate in standardized testing.
- If you re-enroll your kid in a public school, contact your local school to find their placement guidelines as they each have their process.
You can learn more at the Home School Legal Defense Association – Mississippi, the Mississippi Homeschool Support Group, and the Mississippi Home Educators Association.