Homeschooling in Michigan

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Homeschooling laws and regulations differ from state to state. To learn about homeschooling standards, curriculum regulations, and parental rights in regard to education in Michigan, take a look at the following information.

Homeschool Education Standards in Michigan

Regulations to Remember

In Michigan, school attendance regulations ensure children ages 6 to 18 (or 6 to 16, if 11 years of age before December 1, 2009) attend school in the state of Michigan. State-approved nonpublic schools and home schools are an exception to mandatory student attendance at a public school. There are a couple of different options for homeschooling.

Homeschool Statute Option

You can elect for the homeschool statute option which allows parents or guardians to instruct their children using their own organized educational programs to fulfill the required curricula. The state of Michigan has no particular requirements or qualifications for these parental instructors.

Nonpublic School

Option two is for a nonpublic school, which includes home schools taught by a certified instructor. The instructor can be a parent, guardian, or tutor as long as they have a teaching certification for the state of Michigan. There are no other licensing or qualification requirements in order to be considered a nonpublic school. This option does, however, require an annual notice stating the name and age of the student(s), the county and city/township of the parent, the local school district, and the name and address of the parent at the start of each academic year.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has the right to request information regarding instructor credentials, student records, and academic plans. You also have the option to voluntarily register with the MDE on an annual basis.

Required Curriculum

Michigan doesn't set a minimum number of days that students are required to attend school; however, there are specific curriculum requirements that must be fulfilled in order to meet state education regulations. If you're part of the homeschool statute option, you must cover subjects including reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, grammar, and writing.

If you are working as a nonpublic school instructor, the curriculum needs to be consistent with that of public schools. Usually, public schools incorporate mathematics, English, science, reading, and social studies across all grade levels, as well as courses in U.S. and Michigan government and history. To help you fulfill these requirements, offers an array of resources for home instructors and students alike. To get an idea of what is available, take a look at a few of the courses below.

Elementary Level

Middle School Level

High School Level

Student Evaluations and Awards

Parents or instructors should keep track of each student's work at home. These records will work to build the student's academic portfolio and work as a transcript or for placement purposes if the student needs to enroll in another educational institute. Although there are no mandated tests for homeschooled students, they can participate in state tests through local school systems. It's always a good idea to test your child or student periodically to ensure they are picking up on the material effectively. Finally, after finishing grade 12 and fulfilling the curriculum requirements for the state of Michigan, the supervising instructor or parent can issue the student a high school diploma.

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