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Homeschooling in Oklahoma

Instructor: Jessica Munk
The State of Oklahoma allows for significant flexibility in homeschooling. While homeschoolers do not have to follow a strict set of standards, there are some guidelines that homeschooling organizations recommend following. Read on to learn more about homeschooling in Oklahoma and available resources to help you get started.

Oklahoma Homeschooling Laws

Homeschooling laws are governed by the state where you live, and you won't find many laws regulating homeschooling in Oklahoma. In fact, the Oklahoma State Constitution specifically allows for 'other means of education.' Even the Oklahoma Department of Education does not list any requirements for homeschoolers. Rather, the department provides links to various resources for homeschoolers and the general education standards that homeschoolers can use as a guide. It's also a good idea for homeschoolers to follow state law, which requires children who are over 5, but below the age of 18 to attend some type of school (this includes homeschooling). This schooling should also be for at least 180 days out of the school year.

You do not have to be a certified teacher or use standardized tests to homeschool in Oklahoma. If your child attended a public or private school prior to homeschooling, you are not required to give notice to the school, but many national nonprofit organizations recommend doing so before the beginning of the school year or giving formal notice of withdrawal during the school year.

Homeschooling Support Organizations

Because of the lack of homeschooling requirements in Oklahoma, homeschoolers may want to look to local and national nonprofits that provide a wealth of information and resources. For instance, the Oklahoma Department of Education's website provides links to organizations that can assist with homeschooling special needs children. Another Path is an organization that provides resources to homeschool hearing impaired or deaf children. Riverbend is an organization that provides resources for parents of children with Down syndrome, and their website contains several pieces of information regarding homeschooling.

Getting Started With Homeschooling

Getting started homeschooling can be overwhelming, particularly in a state like Oklahoma where there is little formal guidance. This is another reason for relying heavily on local and national nonprofit organizations for assistance. Many of these organizations suggest that some of the first steps in getting started include determining your teaching philosophy and methodology, choosing a curriculum and finding a support group or mentor.

It may also be a good idea to review the standards on the Oklahoma Department of Education's website and attempt to design a curriculum that mirrors that instruction. Doing so would mean including instruction in subjects such as math, science, social studies, communication and language arts.

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High School Graduation

Because no standardized tests or exit requirements are required for homeschoolers, you do not have to issue a diploma to your student, but you are free to do so. High school courses should be geared toward your student's goals. For example, if your student wants to attend college, your child will need to take the ACT or SAT. You may also want to teach advanced subjects and courses that your student's prospective college requires. You'll also want to make sure you create a transcript that highlights the courses you taught your child in high school. You are free to design your student's transcript, or there are resources to assist you in doing so.

In addition to earning a high school diploma, homeschoolers can also take the GED. Your child has to be an Oklahoma resident to receive a GED in the state. The GED can be taken at the age of 18, or you can sign a parental consent form if you would like your child to receive an equivalency diploma between the ages of 16 and 17. If this is an option you'd like to consider for your child, check out this GED Prep Course to get your child ready for this test.

College Attendance for Homeschoolers

Homeschooled children can certainly attend college in Oklahoma. Most colleges do not require a diploma, but most do require ACT or SAT scores and a transcript. Some colleges/universities have additional requirements that must be met, but these are the basics. You'll need to contact the schools your child is interested in or visit the schools' official websites to get more information.

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