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Homeschooling in New Jersey

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You can provide your child with an education at home in the state of New Jersey. Read on to learn more about what the state requires from parents, and get information about helpful educational resources available to you.

New Jersey Homeschooling Requirements

Under New Jersey law, children ages 6 to 16 years old have to be provided with an education equivalent to what they would receive in a public school. This education can be provided in another place that is not a school. Each local school board is responsible for ensuring that this law is followed, and can file truancy charges against the parents if they find out children are not receiving educational instruction.

To learn more about homeschooling, take a look at the Study.com's course, Homeschooling Facts for Parents. You'll be able to learn more about the pros and cons of homeschooling and about what makes some parents choose homeschooling.

Starting a Homeschool

Parents or guardians wishing to remove high school-aged students from public schools must supply the school with a notice of transfer, informing the district that they are providing instruction outside of the school. For any grade level, the school board can request a letter of intent from parents. The letter of intent is a statement indicating that the parent plans to provide equivalent education instruction for a child or children in a place other than a school. The school board can then create a record for each child to document the homeschooling.

New Jersey does not have any requirements for the minimum education level of the parent and the parent does not have to be certified as a teacher. No annual or other periodic assessment requirements are used to evaluate whether homeschooled children are receiving the necessary instruction. There are also no subjects that the children must receive instruction in according to state regulations.

Educational Development

Parents are responsible for the educational development of their children, and the board of education does not have to review a curriculum or evaluate the educational advancement of the children. If a parent wants to review the school curriculum for a local board of education, they can request copies, though copying costs may be applied.

Parents are encouraged to keep records as the superintendent of the local school district can request records of homeschooling. If the parents choose to, they can work with a school administrator or teacher to create a program of study for homeschooling, but the state does not require that parents follow a particular program outline.

Participation in Extracurricular or Sports Activities at Schools

Children receiving instruction at home can participate in extracurricular activities or sports activities at local schools if the school board approves a request from the parents. The parents must notify the school board and make the request in writing.

Curriculum Requirements

While there is no requirement by law to provide a curriculum to the school district, it is recommended that parents send an outline of their curriculum to the school district once a year. This will be evidence that they are providing their children with an education that is equivalent to what they would receive in public school. Children should be receiving instruction in general subjects that are equivalent to those in public schooling. These subjects include science, language arts, math, social studies, physical education and a foreign language.

Take a look at the homeschool courses from Study.com which are helpful resources that provide fun and engaging learning experiences for your children. You can choose from a number of subjects for different grade levels. Each course includes quizzes and exams that you can use to assess your children's understanding of the material. Here are some of the courses for younger children:

Social Studies

Math

Science

Language Arts

High School Diploma

The board of education does not grant high school diplomas to homeschooled students. Your child can get a New Jersey State High School Diploma by completing the requirements for the General Education Requirement (GED). To help prepare your child for the GED test, consider the GED Study Guide with instructional material for each section of the test.

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