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Homeschooling in Alabama

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Explore the homeschooling options available in Alabama. Learn more about the laws regulating homeschooling and discover some useful tools to improve your child's home education.

Alabama Homeschooling

The Alabama State Department of Education allows parents three options for homeschooling their children:

Private School

This option allows parents to educate their children in a home operating as a private school location or to set up their own private school in their residence. Keep in mind that if you are planning to use your home as a private school, you will need to receive certification from the state superintendent of education after verifying that instructors are state certified to teach, that all required subjects are being taught and that attendance is kept.

Additionally, private schools must register with Alabama's Department of Education every year. This process requires you to provide information about your students, instructors and curriculum, among other operational facts. Every week throughout the school year, you will also need to provide the superintendent with names and addresses for any students who were absent.

Church School

Church schools can cover all grades, from kindergarten through high school. These schools are nonprofit and are set up through a single church or several churches working together. You will need to submit an enrollment form to the superintendent to allow your child to attend this type of school.

You will also need to provide written documentation of attendance to the superintendent. While you have to fill this form out, it is required that someone involved with the administration of the school itself signs the form.

Private Tutor

You can also work with private tutors to educate your child at home. These tutors must be state certified as teachers. They are required to teach at least 3 hours a day for no less than 140 days a year. This instruction must occur sometime between 8:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon and cover the same subjects required of public school students.

If you choose this educational option, it will be the tutor's responsibility to report student and educational information to the superintendent.

Homeschool Resources

Once you've decided on the form of homeschooling you're going to use, you can start gathering the resources you'll need to make your child's education a success. Study.com offers Homeschool Courses that can support students at any grade level. These courses allow kids to watch short, interesting video lessons that cover mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, the arts and more. You'll also be able to test their understanding of what they're learning by assigning interactive quizzes, and there are expert instructors available to provide help throughout each course.

You can also check out these Tutoring Materials. These study guides also focus on a wide variety of subjects, from geography and biology, to the humanities, to standardized test preparation. They can be especially useful if you decide to pursue the tutoring option for homeschooling, but the information they include can help with all types of instruction.

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