Homeschooling in Ohio

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out how to homeschool in Ohio with this article. You'll learn about the regulations you need to follow, and you can also access some useful educational resources.

Beginning to Homeschool

In order to homeschool your child in Ohio, you need to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. If you don't have this level of education, you must be supervised by an individual who has completed a college degree.

You will need to officially notify your school district's superintendent that you intend to homeschool your child. This notification should contain proof that you are eligible to teach your child, a statement that you will teach your child for at least 900 hours over a school year, an outline of what you intend to teach and information about the educational material you're going to use. Make sure you sign this document.

The state of Ohio requires you to submit this notification every year that you homeschool your child. The mandatory ages for school attendance in Ohio are 6-18, so make sure that you keep the superintendent up to date during these years.

What to Teach

You will need to provide instruction in:

  • English language arts, including reading, spelling and writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography, government, and history of both the U.S. and Ohio
  • Health, first aid and physical education
  • The arts and music
  • Safety and fire prevention

You have the freedom to decide on your own curriculum in Ohio. Accessing these homeschool courses is a great way to help kids study a wide variety of subjects across different grade levels. If you have a younger child, these special science, math and language arts courses for kids can be used.

Be aware that it's a good idea to keep a portfolio of your child's work throughout the year for annual assessment purposes.

Assessing Student Progress

Along with your notification of intent to homeschool your child, you will need to provide proof of your child's educational progress on a yearly basis. You can fulfill this requirement by having your child complete one of Ohio's standardized state assessments, or by allowing a person mutually agreed upon by yourself and the superintendent to look over your child's work to assess their progress. This evaluation can also be done by a certified teacher. Alternative forms of assessment are possible, but you must discuss them with your superintendent.

You can help your child prepare for testing with these Ohio State Assessment Study Guides. These online courses include easy-to-follow video lessons that allow students to quickly go over the subject matter tested by various exams. Your child can complete interactive quizzes to get practice answering questions similar to what he or she will face on the exam.

Getting a Diploma

Recently, the state of Ohio introduced rules that allow some homeschooled students to receive diplomas. In order to obtain a diploma, you must work with the superintendent to ensure that you have followed the state laws for instructing your child at home. This diploma will be created by you, but include certification from the superintendent.

Students can also complete the GED to earn their high school equivalency diploma. This GED Study Guide allows students to review what they need to know before they take this exam. They'll also have the chance to contact subject-matter experts if they're having difficulty understanding a particular topic.

Other Homeschooling Opportunities

Your child will be able to take part-time classes at public schools if the local school district allows it. Homeschoolers also have access to Ohio's College Credit Plus program, which allows them to attend some local colleges while they're in high school. EdChoice Scholarships are also available to homeschoolers, dependent on local public school performance and your family's income level. Additionally, homeschooled children in Ohio are permitted to take part in sports and other activities through public schools.

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