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Kentucky Homeschool Laws

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get familiar with the laws associated with homeschooling in Kentucky by reading this article. Find out how to start a homeschool, what you need to teach and how to keep records for your children.

Laws for Starting a Homeschool in Kentucky

You will need to notify your local school board at the beginning of every school year that you plan to homeschool your children. This notification applies to children ages 6-16, and will need to detail the names and ages of the children you intend to teach. You will also need to decide on a name for your school and include this name in your letter. The state of Kentucky does not offer a form to fill out for this notification, but you can find an example letter on the Kentucky Department of Education's website (www.education.ky.gov).

Laws for Operating a Homeschool in Kentucky

If you'd like to homeschool your children in Kentucky, you will need to make sure they receive yearly instruction in:

  • Language arts (including reading, writing, spelling and grammar)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and civics

You are not limited to these subjects and can offer instruction in other areas if you wish.

You can check out online resources to support your instruction through Study.com, which offers homeschool courses that can be used to help children at different grade levels focus on the sciences, all aspects of mathematics, the importance of language arts and more. You can also use our elementary courses for children in lower grade levels. These courses also cover subjects like math, science, history and English language arts.

You must keep a record of the attendance of your children, demonstrating that they receive 1062 hours of instruction over the course of at least 170 days during a school year. You can keep these records in whatever method you'd like, and must be prepared to share them if they're requested.

Additionally, you'll need to regularly record the academic progress of your children. You should keep samples of their work across every subject that they study. Make sure you include information about the classes your children take and the grades that they achieve. These records must be maintained from year to year. They may be reviewed, or prove necessary if your children are going to transfer to public school. They can also be used if your children intend to pursue a college education.

Graduation Laws in Kentucky

Kentucky doesn't offer homeschooled children a diploma or accept diplomas generated by homeschooling parents. Children who graduate from a homeschool in this state can complete the GED to obtain an equivalency diploma. Your children can access this GED Study Guide to prepare to successfully complete each section of the GED and earn their diploma.

They may also need to complete standardized tests if they wish to attend college. Study.com offers self-paced ACT and SAT courses that help kids review the information they'll be tested on in these exams. These study guides include worksheets and interactive quizzes that can help kids get used to answering the kinds of questions they'll face on the exams.

Other Laws Related to Homeschooling in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky doesn't require public schools to allow homeschooled children to take part in school-related activities, such as sports. There are districts that may allow your children to take part, but they are permitted to refuse.

Homeschooled children can move into public schooling in this state. The school district will determine their grade placement. They may determine the classes your children should take using examinations or by checking their grades after several weeks in the public school.

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