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Homeschooling in New Mexico

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn about homeschooing in New Mexico with this article. Check out the rules and regulations for homeschooling your child and learn how to find helpful educational resources.

Getting Ready to Homeschool

You will need to complete a home school notification form within 30 days of beginning to homeschool your child. This form can be mailed in or submitted electronically. It must go to the New Mexico Secretary of Education. You can find both electronic and paper forms on the website for the New Mexico Public Education Department (www.ped.state.nm.us).

Keep in mind that the mandatory school age in New Mexico is 5-18. You will need to submit this form by August 1st every year that you homeschool your child. If you fail to submit the form, your child will be failing to meet school attendance regulations.

Homeschool Requirements

In order to homeschool your child, you must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. You will need to instruct your child in:

  • Reading and language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science

These homeschool courses can help support your child's education. They cover a wide range of subjects at a variety of grade levels, allowing students to focus on the areas where they need assistance. Each course includes short, fun lessons and interactive quizzes that allow students to track their progress.

Younger kids can access specially formatted math, language arts, science and social studies courses to focus on content that's perfect for them.

Instruction must be provided on at least 180 days per year. You will need to keep track of the days you teach. You will also need to ensure that your child is properly vaccinated and maintain records of these vaccinations or have a vaccination waiver on file.

Homeschooled children are not required to take part in yearly assessment testing in New Mexico. While New Mexico does not require homeschoolers to follow a set curriculum or complete standardized tests, you can ensure that your children are staying on track by checking out the content and performance standards used by the state. These are available on the New Mexico Public Education Department's website.

Additional Homeschooling Options

Your child may be able to take part in extracurricular activities offered by public schools. However, this participation is left to the discretion of the local school board. Homeschooled students also have the option to study through New Mexico's cyber academy, IDEAL-NM. There are special requirements for homeschoolers, which can be found on the IDEAL-NM website (www.ideal-nm.info).

Graduation in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico doesn't offer high school diplomas to homeschooled students. You may create a diploma of your own, but it isn't considered equivalent with a state supplied document. If your child completed homeschooling through an accredited correspondence program or distance learning school, they might be able to receive a recognized diploma from these organizations.

Homeschooled students also have the option of completing the GED to earn their high school equivalency diploma when they are as young as 16. Your child can prepare for this option by checking out this GED Prep Course. This online self-paced study guide goes over the subjects that are covered by the GED. Students can complete interactive quizzes to test their readiness for the exam whenever and wherever is best for them, and they can also contact expert instructors if they find they're struggling with subject matter in the course.

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