Homeschooling in Montana

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out how to homeschool your child in Montana with this article. Learn about state regulations related to homeschooling and discover educational resources you can use to instruct your child.

How Do I Start Homeschooling in Montana?

You can begin homeschooling your child in Montana by informing your local county superintendent that you intend to homeschool. This notification must be completed every year that you homeschool your child.

Keep in mind that Montana requires children to attend school from the ages of 7-16. You will need to maintain both attendance and immunization records for your child during the time that you homeschool.

What Do I Need to Teach?

You will need to ensure that your child receives instruction in the subjects that he or she would learn about if attending public school. No specific courses are noted for elementary schoolers, though you should try to provide instruction in core subjects. Children in middle school and junior high will need to study:

  • Language arts
  • Science (physical and life)
  • Social studies
  • Mathematics

The following classes can serve as electives:

  • Visual arts
  • Music
  • World languages
  • Technical education

Middle school-aged children should also be offered the chance to study:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Writing

Additionally, in junior high, your child should study health enhancement. These subjects must be taught each year.

In high school, you will need to provide specific units of instruction in each subject:

  • Language arts (4)
  • Science (3)
  • Social studies (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Art (2)
  • World languages (2)
  • Technical education (2)
  • Electives (2)
  • Health enhancement (1)

You can use these homeschool courses to supplement what you teach your child. These courses cover a wide range of subjects and various grade levels, allowing you to pick the course that best meets the needs of your child.

If you have a younger child, these courses on science, social studies, math and language arts were set up specifically to help younger children develop an understanding of these core subjects.

Finally, Montana requires you to provide different amounts of instruction, depending on your child's age. You can teach a kindergarten for a half-day or full-day, resulting in either 360 or 720 hours of yearly instruction. 1st-3rd graders must receive 720 hours of class time, and 4th-12th graders require 1,080 hours of teaching every year.

What Happens after My Child Graduates?

You can complete a homeschool diploma for your child if you wish, however, this diploma will not be recognized by the state. If your child is interested in attending a college in Montana, he or she can complete a high school equivalency test, such as the HiSET, in order to earn a Montana High School Equivalency Diploma.

Homeschooled students can also be accepted into some schools, such as Montana State University, if they receive good scores on the ACT or the SAT. Your child can prepare for these exams with these ACT and SAT Prep Courses. These online study guides are self-paced and allow students to study whenever and wherever is best for them. Your child will be able to focus on each subject covered by these exams. He or she will also be able to complete interactive quizzes that feature questions similar to those that appear on the exams.

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