How to Start Homeschooling in New Hampshire
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 New Hampshire.
What you need to know:
- New Hampshire Homeschool Law requires you to inform your district superintendent of your homeschooling within five business days of starting.
- If you need to remove your kid, contact your kid’s school to inform them and ask if they have a form for you to submit.
- There are no particular requirements for homeschool teachers. You must be the parent or guardian of the kid being homeschooled.
- There is no required minimum of hours per day or days per school term.
- There are 11 required academic subjects: science, mathematics, language, government, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, US and NH constitution, and art.
- New Hampshire requires you to keep a portfolio of writing samples, worksheets, workbooks, and a reading log for each kid.
- New Hampshire requires each homeschool kid to receive an evaluation each year, such as a portfolio reviewed by a certified teacher and National Kid Achievement Test, a Kid Assessment test, or an approved alternative evaluation method.
- If you re-enroll your kid in a public school, your kid’s placement will be determined based on the documentation you provide.
You can learn more at the Home School Legal Defense Association – New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition, and Seacrest Christian Home Educators Association.