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Homeschooling in Utah

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can check out this article to learn more about homeschool options in Utah. Learn about homeschooling regulations and access educational resources you can use to teach your child.

Homeschool Regulations in Utah

The state of Utah requires you to file a yearly affidavit that indicates your intention to homeschool your child. This affidavit should be sent to your local school district by August 1st of every year that you homeschool. You should include a statement indicating that you will instruct your child in the subjects taught in Utah for the required amount of time. Utah requires students to be taught for at least 180 days and 990 hours every year from 2nd-12th grade.

You are not required to complete any special schooling before teaching your child. You do not have to keep any paperwork about your child's progress, though attendance records, examples of work and other information can prove useful if your child wants to attend college at some point.

Finally, Utah doesn't require your child to take part in standardized testing at any point.

Educational Options in Utah

While Utah does not provide a set curriculum for homeschoolers, you can access the educational standards used by the state to use as a guide for home instruction. These standards are found on the website for the Utah State Office of Education (www.schools.utah.gov). You'll be able to find standards that deal with core subjects, such as mathematics, science and social studies, as well as information about the arts and world languages. Driver's education information is also included in these standards.

It is the responsibility of parents to come up with the materials used to homeschool their children. The following courses are designed with kids' short attention spans in mind, and the video lessons help to grab their attention and make learning interesting and entertaining. You'll find courses in every subject area for nearly every grade level you need. Each lesson contains a short quiz, and each course has a final exam so you can make sure your children are really learning and retaining the information. You can track each course's progress and manage everything from your Dashboard. Simply select the subject and grade you need:

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

Connections to Public Schools in Utah

Utah allows homeschooled students to take advantage of several of the benefits of public schooling. You should be able to contact your local school district if you're interested in your child attending school functions or participating in educational programs. Your child can also dual-enroll in public school if there are particular classes you'd like he or she to take part in. Finally, homeschooled children are eligible to try out for extracurricular activities offered through the school.

Keep in mind that your local school district may have specific requirements related to any of the above activities. Make sure you contact the district to ensure your child can participate.

Obtaining a Diploma

While homeschooled students cannot obtain a high school diploma from Utah, your child can complete the GED to get a Utah High School Completion Diploma. Your child can prepare for this assessment with this GED Prep Course. This online study guide is a great way for students to effectively review the subjects they'll be tested on. Like the homeschool courses, this prep course offers short lessons, interactive quizzes and exams, and progress monitoring. They can even contact expert instructors if they have any questions while they work on this or any Study.com course.

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