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Homeschooling in Alaska

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can learn about the regulations for homeschooling in Alaska with this article. Check out your options for teaching your child at home and find some great educational tips.

Alaska's Homeschool Options

Alaska offers four methods of homeschooling your child. You can homeschool on your own, in which case you are free to educate your child in the manner you see fit. This option doesn't require you to complete any forms. Your child won't have to take any standardized tests and you aren't required to keep any records. You must be the child's parent or guardian to homeschool in this way.

Secondly, you can choose to have your children work with a tutor who is certified to teach.

Alaska also allows you to contact the administrator of your child's school to request approval of your home education. You should receive a written excuse if you choose to follow this method. It does not require you to complete any additional forms or assessments.

Finally, you can teach your child in a religious private homeschool. If you homeschool in this manner, you will need to file a private school enrollment form, a form for religious enrollment and a school calendar. These forms must be submitted to your local superintendent. You can find these forms on the website for the Alaska Department of Education (www.education.alaska.gov), and you will need to complete these forms annually.

Attendance records that prove your child was taught for 180 days over the course of the school year must be maintained for this option. You must also keep records related to immunization, health, score on tests and other academic factors. Your child will also need to complete standardized tests in the following grades:

  • 4th
  • 6th
  • 8th

What to Teach in Alaska

Alaska doesn't require homeschoolers to follow a set curriculum. If you need help deciding what to teach, you can check out the state educational standards, found on the Department of Education's website. Getting familiar with these standards will help you ensure your child is receiving a solid education.

You can also access online homeschool courses. These study guides cover core academic subjects, as well as topics that can serve as electives. Students can view video lessons and work on short quizzes as they focus on the subjects that interest them the most.

If you are homeschooling a younger child, you can use these math, language arts, science and social studies for kids courses to supplement their study time. These courses are set up to help kids understand complex topics and develop a firm understanding of these subjects.

Graduation in Alaska

Homeschoolers in Alaska can earn the State of Alaska High School Diploma by Examination by completing the GED Exam. This allows them to certify their educational accomplishments with the state. You can find information about scheduling for this exam on the GED Testing Service's website (www.gedtestingservice.com).

Your child can prepare to successfully complete this exam by checking out this GED Study Guide. This online course is self-paced and can be accessed at any time. Your child can review the information he or she will be tested on during the GED and complete interactive quizzes to get extra practice. Students can even get in touch with subject matter experts if they get stuck on a particular subject.

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