Homeschooling in Idaho

Instructor: Bill Sands
Idaho features some of the most relaxed homeschooling laws in the country, as parents and students in these programs are bound by almost no rules or regulations. Read on for more information on how these programs work.

Homeschooling in Idaho

In relation to other states, parents and students in Idaho have an unparalleled amount of freedom when it comes to creating a home study program. The state does not regulate homeschooling, meaning parents and guardians have near- total control over their children's course of study. The system does, however, have a few rules and regulations by which parents and guardians must abide.

Attendance and Curriculum

Idaho Code 33-202 states that all children between the ages of 7 and 16 must receive an education. Parents and legal guardians are obligated to ensure that instruction occurs, but the law makes few stipulations about how a child must receive his or her education.

Parents have the option to teach by any means that they prefer. The format of a child's instruction can range from online video lessons to more conventional lectures.

This part of the education code requires that students receive instruction in subjects commonly encountered in public schools, such as science, mathematics, and language arts. The code does not, however, define any rigid markers or goals such as those found in standard school curricula.

If you're designing a homeschooling program and would like it to align with the public school system, you can contact your local school district. The school district can provide you with a copy of their grade-level standards as well as the curricula.

Dual Enrollment

Section 33-203 of the Idaho Code is known as the 'Dual Enrollment Law' and clarifies policies for homeschooled children and their participation in public school activities. Under this law, homeschooled students are allowed to participate in extracurricular public school activities and may even enroll in public school courses.

Diplomas & Equivalency Certificates

Idaho does not award high school diplomas to students who complete a homeschooling program. Once students reach the age of 18, they can sit for the General Education Development (GED) test. Students who pass this test can apply and either receive an Idaho High School Equivalency Certificate or a GED Certificate.

Virtual School

In addition to building a customized plan, parents and guardians also have the option of enrolling their children in one of Idaho's public, virtual schools. These online programs are open to any K-12 students in the state and can suit the needs of all students, including those who live in rural areas or have unique schedules. These programs are offered completely free of charge and award diplomas to students who can successfully complete all requirements.

Post-Secondary Education

Students who complete a homeschool program will be eligible to attend a public Idaho college or university. Students wishing to follow this route will need to pass an entrance or GED examination. In some cases, students may only earn provisional status until they can successfully demonstrate their academic skills. Students are generally granted regular status after completing a predetermined number of semesters.

Online Learning

If you're considering implementing a customized homeschool program, you may want to consider's vast collection of Homeschool Courses. We also offer numerous courses for younger students, including the following subjects which are commonly taught in Idaho public schools:

You can use these courses to help develop your own curriculum, or, since our courses are self-paced, you can let students work on courses on their own schedule. Each course includes self-assessment quizzes and exams, and students can also use the built-in dashboard to track their progress.

Students nearing the age of 18 who intend to take the GED test, can utilize this GED Study Guide which contains a comprehensive review of important test topics that can help students get ready for the test.

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