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Homeschooling in Connecticut

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Check out the steps for homeschooling in Connecticut with this article. Find out how to get started and what you need to teach your child. Get information about useful educational resources and how they can help your child.

How Do I Start Homeschooling in Connecticut?

In general, you can begin homeschooling your child in Connecticut by submitting a notice of intent to homeschool to the superintendent of your local schools. This form can be found on the website for the Connecticut Department of Education (www.sde.ct.gov). You will need to include the following information on this form:

  • The name of your child's instructor
  • What subjects will be taught
  • Amount of days you'll provide instruction
  • The assessments you'll use

This form must be submitted within 10 days of the time you intend to begin homeschooling your child. The notice is only valid for one year, so you will need to resubmit every year that you homeschool your child. Connecticut requires child to attend school from the ages of 5-18, or until high school graduation.

Additionally, your school district will require you to complete an option to exempt form for your child if he or she is 5-6. You will also need to go to the school district office in person and sign the form there for each year.

What Do I Need to Teach in Connecticut?

The state of Connecticut requires you to provide instruction in:

  • Language arts (this includes reading, writing, spelling and grammar)
  • Arithmetic
  • History, government and citizenship of local, Connecticut and U.S. governments
  • Geography

It is also recommended that you teach science.

You can use online homeschool courses to supplement your child's education as you teach them. These courses cover core subject areas, as well as subjects that can serve as interesting electives. You can find courses designed for kids at different ages, allowing you to personalize your child's education. These courses are full of short, fun lessons that make learning engaging. They also include interactive quizzes that allow you to track your child's progress, and give you the option of contacting expert instructors if you or your child have any questions. You can access:

SubjectCourses
English9th Grade English
10th Grade English
11th Grade English
12th Grade English
AP English Literature
AP English Language
MathematicsHigh School Algebra I
High School Algebra II
High School Trigonometry
High School Precalculus
AP Calculus
ScienceMiddle School Physical Science
Middle School Earth Science
High School Physical Science
High School Physics
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
Social ScienceHigh School Psychology
AP Macroeconomics
HumanitiesAP Music Theory
HistoryMiddle School World History
Middle School U.S. History
High School World History
High School U.S. History
AP World History
AP European History
AP U.S. History

Younger children can benefit from these carefully designed science, social studies, language arts and math courses for kids. These courses were set up to help kids develop a strong foundational understanding of these core subjects.

What Kinds of Assessment Can I Expect in Connecticut?

Homeschoolers in Connecticut may be required to participate in an annual review of academic progress, depending on the school district. This involves meeting with school officials who will look over a portfolio of your child's school work. You will need to provide examples of your child's academic progress throughout the year. Keeping good educational records can make this assessment much easier.

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