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Homeschooling in Kansas

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out what is required to homeschool in Kansas. This article provides an overview of homeschool regulations in the state as well as some tips and resources for educating your children in your home.

Kansas Homeschool Regulations and Requirements

While there are no state statutes regarding homeschooling in Kansas, you can teach your children in a homeschool environment by setting up a non-accredited private school. Non-accredited private schools are recognized by the state.

Setting Up a Non-Accredited Private School

State registration is required for all non-accredited private schools. You can complete this process by filling out a registration form found on the website for the Kansas State Department of Education (www.ksde.org). This form can be submitted electronically or through the mail. You will need to include information regarding the name and address of your school and of the individual who is keeping your school records, even if they are the same.

You only have to complete this registration one time. If you move, you will need to update your address through a separate form. You are required to keep these records up to date for children ages 7-18. Once you are done homeschooling your child you will need to inform the State Department of Education.

There are no educational requirements for instructing your own children in Kansas. The state holds that teachers should be competent, but offers no regulations on how this competence should be determined.

How to Teach Your Children

Kansas doesn't offer a set list of classes for your children to complete. You will also be able to pick your own educational materials. However , the state does offer the following instructional recommendations for non-accredited private schools:

  • Language arts - 4 units
  • Government and history - 3 units
  • Mathematics - 3 units
  • Science - 3 units
  • Fine arts - 1 unit
  • Physical education - 1 unit

State educational standards can be found on the website for the Kansas Education Resource Center (www.kerc-ks.org). Checking out these standards can give you a good idea of what your child should be learning.

You can also use these homeschool courses to help your child learn different subjects. These online study guides focus on different grades and concepts, allowing your child to study at the right difficulty level.

Younger kids can work on these math, language arts, science and social studies courses to develop a foundational understanding of these subjects.

Time and Recordkeeping Requirements

The state requires you to teach your child for an amount of time that is equivalent to the education they'd receive in public school. This means that you should spend at least 6 hours a day teaching for 186 days during the course of a school year.

Be aware that while you are not required to keep records related to teaching your child at home, these records will be needed if you decide to enroll your child in public school or if he or she wishes to attend college. These records typically include information about attendance and academic progress.

Obtaining a Diploma

The state of Kansas will not provide your child with a diploma if he or she completes school through a non-accredited private school. You can design a diploma of your own, but be aware that it isn't considered official. However, passing the GED test will allow your child to earn a GED, which is also called a Kansas State High School Diploma.

Completing this GED Prep Course will allow your child to quickly and easily prepare for this exam. This study guide covers each of the subjects that appear on the GED. Kids can watch short video lessons and then work on interactive quizzes that help them get used to answering questions like those they'll face on the exam.

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