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Homeschooling in New York

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Check out this article when you're ready to learn about homeschooling regulations in New York. You can find out what your child should learn, what forms you need to fill out and what assessments you'll need to plan for. You'll also be able to access some educational resources.

Regulations for Starting a Homeschool in New York

You will need to submit two forms to your local school district superintendent to begin homeschooling in New York. First, you must complete a notice of intent to homeschool. This form has to be submitted within 14 days of the time you intend to begin home instruction, or by July 1st. The form has to be submitted every year that you homeschool your child.

After the superintendent receives your notice of intent, the school office will send you back a copy of New York's homeschooling regulations and a document that allows you to submit your second homeschooling form, the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP). This plan must be completed and returned within four weeks or by August 15th every year. You will need to include information about your:

  • Child (including name, grade and age)
  • Course syllabi
  • Textbooks and other educational materials
  • Instructional plan
  • Instructor's name

You will also need to include the dates you plan to send in your quarterly reports. Finally, you may state that your child will comply with the state's educational requirements in this form.

Regulations for Teaching Your Child in New York

New York requires you to provide 900 hours of yearly instruction for grades 1-6. In grades 7-12, you should teach your child for 990 hours a year. You will also need to teach specific subjects. All kids will need to be taught about:

  • Traffic and fire safety
  • Substance abuse
  • Patriotism
  • Citizenship

If your child is in grades 1-6, he or she will need to study:

  • Mathematics
  • English language arts (including reading, writing and spelling)
  • U.S. History and geography
  • Science
  • Health and physical education
  • Music and the arts

7th-8th graders will need to be taught all of the above subjects, as well as:

  • Practical arts
  • Library skills

You will also need to provide one year of instruction in the history and constitutions of the U.S. and New York before 9th grade.

From 9th-12th grade, your child will need to receive a certain amount of credits in the following subject areas:

  • English language arts (4)
  • Social studies (4), including economics, U.S. history and government
  • Electives (3)
  • Mathematics (2)
  • Science (2)
  • Physical education (2)
  • Music or art (1)
  • Health (1/2)

You can find online homeschool courses that allow your child to focus on the subjects they're working on throughout their schooling. These courses are self-paced and include short lessons that make it easy for kids to grasp complicated subjects. Check out the options below:

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
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

If your child is in the elementary grades, you can access these science, social studies, math and language arts for kids courses. These courses were set up to help younger children have fun while developing a foundational understanding of these core subjects.

Regulations for Assessing Your Child in New York

You will be required to submit quarterly reports to your local superintendent. These reports should detail:

  • Hours of instruction
  • Subjects taught
  • Grades or other forms of evaluations

You will also need to maintain attendance records for your child.

Yearly assessments are also required in this state and will need to filed with the fourth quarterly report. From grades 1-3 your child can either complete a standardized test, or you can write an evaluation for your child's progress. If your child is in grades 4-8, he or she must complete a standardized test every other year. In the other years, you may submit a written evaluation.

New York currently accepts several standardized tests for assessment purposes. A list of these assessments can be found on the website for the New York State Educational Department (www.p12.nysed.gov).

Students in high school can take a standardized test for or the New York Regents assessments if requested. However, homeschooled students cannot receive a Regents diploma.

Regulations for Graduation in New York

New York doesn't offer diplomas to homeschooled students. However, your child can receive a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma by completing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Your child can prepare for these exams with these online TASC Prep Courses. These courses go over the subjects found on the exam and include interactive quizzes that allow students to measure their readiness for the tests.

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