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Homeschooling in Maine

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Check out the steps you will need to follow to start homeschooling in Maine. You can also learn about organizations that can help you instruct your children at home.

How to Homeschool in Maine

In the 2012-2013 school year, almost 5,000 students were registered as homeschooling students in the state of Maine. With increased resources available to parents and students, homeschooling may be an option for your child or children, and being aware of the laws, regulations and relevant paperwork is the first step in preparing to teach your student(s) at home.

Getting Started

No special education is required to homeschool your children in the state of Maine. In order to begin teaching your children at home, you need to file a Notice of Intent with the Maine Department of Education (DOE) as well as your local school superintendent. This must be completed either by the first of September in the year you intend to begin homeschooling, or within 10 days of withdrawing your children from public schooling at any other time in the year.

You can find the form for the Notice of Intent on the Maine DOE website (www.maine.gov/doe). You will also find instructions on how to properly complete this notice on the website.

Keep in mind that the state of Maine requires children to attend school from the ages of 7-17, so you don't need to complete the notice for younger or older children. Additionally, some 15-16 year old children may not qualify for compulsory attendance if they receive special permission from the school board.

Everyday Instruction

While instructing your children at home, you will need to provide 175 days of instruction per school year. Every year children should receive some form of instruction in:

  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Health education
  • Library skills
  • The arts

You should also have your children complete at least one year of instruction in Maine studies and computer proficiency.

Yearly Assessments

Homeschooled students in Maine need to complete yearly assessments. There are three assessment options available to you:

  • National standardized tests
  • Locally-created tests
  • Review by a Maine certified teacher or a superintendent-approved advisory board

You will need to send the results of an assessment to the DOE and the superintendent every year in September, along with a Subsequent Year Letter, also found on the Maine Department of Education website. This allows you to continue teaching your children at home for another school year.

Resources for Homeschooling in Maine

You can find many resources for homeschooling your children in Maine through several organizations, such as Homeschoolers of Maine (www.homeschoolersofmaine.org). This group offers different activities for homeschoolers and curriculum suggestions.

There are also online tools that can help support the education of your children. Study.com has crafted a number of homeschool courses designed to help homeschoolers at different grade levels. These courses cover the subjects your children need to study in Maine, allowing you to reinforce what they're learning.

Study.com has also designed special courses for younger children that can help elementary students develop their understanding of:

Older students can also get help preparing for various standardized tests, such as the:

These courses are full of easy-to-understand lessons that make it easy for your student to absorb information about diverse subjects. They'll be able to practice applying their skills as they complete interactive quizzes and tests. Each course allows students to contact expert instructors if they have questions about any content they're learning.

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