Homeschooling in Louisiana

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Read on to get an overview of the homeschooling options in Louisiana. You can also take a look at the registration steps and curriculum requirements for this state, and explore some of the resources available to help supplement your child's coursework.

Homeschooling Options in Louisiana

Louisiana regulations require children to attend school from age seven up until they turn 18 or receive their high school diploma. Parents can meet this school attendance requirement or exempt their children by pursuing one of two home education options. Requirements for each are outlined below, but in general, any parent may teach their child from home after submitting the necessary paperwork. A degree or teaching certificate is not required.

Option One: Home Study Program

This option dictates that parents have their home study program approved by the state's board of education within the first 15 days of instruction. This process requires you to submit an application along with a certified copy of your child's birth certificate and an immunization statement.

To continue educating your child at home, you will need to submit a renewal application each year. This application must include evidence that your curriculum is up to par with that of the public school system. You can go about this in a number of ways:

  • Submit a collection of sample course materials, such as a curriculum outline, titles of books being used, examples of student work, and a personal statement from someone who can attest to your student's academic development.
  • Show that your student received passing scores on an approved standardized test, including the Louisiana LEAP or End of Course exams, the California Achievement Test or the ACT. (Keep in mind that students who earn high ACT scores can receive the Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students award.)
  • Have a certified teacher develop a statement that vouches for the program and the child's progress.

If your home study program has been approved and your student adequately fulfills your curriculum requirements, you may award him or her a high school diploma.

Option Two: Home-Based Private School

The second option allows you to register your home as a private school by submitting information about the address and phone number of the location you'll be teaching, as well as student enrollment and attendance. You must complete this process on an annual basis. As long as a student is taught by a parent at home for 180 days each year and you receives no public funds for education, you can qualify for this option, which exempts you from the curriculum reporting requirements faced by home study programs.

Homeschooling Curriculum Resources

Whether you choose to pursue the home study option or elect to set up a home-based private school, offers a variety of courses that can help you develop your child's curriculum. Take a look at the following examples to get an idea of the resources available to you and your student. Each course includes short video lessons that make it easy to tailor the pace of instruction to your student's abilities, and the self-checking quizzes can be used to chart his or her progress:

Elementary Level

Middle School Level

High School Level

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