Homeschooling in California

Instructor: Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly teaches college humanities and has a master's degree in humanities.

Some families opt to have more of a say in their children's education. For this reason, homeschooling is an alternative to public education. Whatever a family's reasons are, understanding the laws and regulations pertaining to homeschooling can be an overwhelming task. Read on for more information on homeschooling in the Golden State.


California education code does not mention the term homeschooling. The law states that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend public school, unless they are taught by a credentialed tutor or are enrolled in a private school. Parents who wish to homeschool, but do not hold a valid California teaching credential, may establish a private school within their own home. In order to do this, you must file a Private School Affidavit annually and keep certain records, including but not limited to, attendance reports, immunization records or waivers, and courses of study offered. Alternative options for joining already established homeschooling programs may also be available.


Students enrolled in private schools in California are not required to take standardized tests. This applies also to private schools established within the home. Some parents elect to have their children tested, however, by purchasing private test kits. These can be useful to assess your student's advancement and in the event that your child ever returns to public school.

The California High School Proficiency Exam is also available to homeschooled students in order to verify a high school-level education. The certificate for passing the test is equal to a California high school diploma.


Students who are homeschooled in the state of California fall under the private school affidavit and are, therefore, not eligible to participate in public school sports or other extracurricular activities. There are options, however, depending on your location, where homeschoolers can join athletic programs not affiliated with the public school district.

Subjects Required

While there is no specific scope and sequence that you must follow, as a private school, you must offer grade-level appropriate lessons in a variety of subjects. These subjects include math, English, social sciences, science, creative arts, health & physical education, and, in the high school years, a foreign language.

In order to satisfy state requirements, provides a number of grade-appropriate courses. These engaging courses will provide your children with a comprehensive and all-inclusive education.

Elementary Courses

Below is a selection of our elementary courses. Each offers engaging video lessons and mastery-based quizzes to assess student retention:

Middle School Courses

For middle school students, offers many courses in a variety of subjects. Each course includes self-paced lessons and quizzes, as well as a comprehensive course exam. Here are just a few:

High School Courses

For high school students, a variety of both standard and advanced placement (AP) courses in numerous subjects are available on Along with video lessons and self-assessments, students can even submit questions to an instructor if they need more help in understanding course content. Courses include:

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