North Carolina Homeschool Laws

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Use this article to get familiar with the laws governing homeschooling in the state of North Carolina. You can check out the regulations involved with beginning the homeschool process, carrying it out and finishing it.

Setting Up a Homeschool in North Carolina

Parents interested in homeschooling their children in North Carolina must meet a minimum educational standard. The individual who plans to provide instruction must have either a high school diploma or meet an equivalent educational standard.

You will also need to get in contact with the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education (DNPE), which deals with homeschooling activities in the state. The DNPE requires homeschoolers to send in a Notice of Intent to homeschool children from the ages of 7-17. If your children are under 7 or are 18 or older, filing a notice is not a requirement. A Notice of Intent must be filed a month before you plan to begin operating your school. Note that you only need to send in one notice for your school, even if you plan to instruct multiple children. You will not need to send in a notice after the first year unless you terminate the school and then decide to restart it.

State laws in North Carolina require you to send in educational information related to the instructor along with this notice, as well as the name of the school and its location. You will also need to decide if you're going to set up your school as a religious or non-religious organization.

Homeschooling Regulations

Once your homeschool is set up, you will need to ensure that you can provide instruction throughout 9 months of the year. The state recommends that you instruct students for at least 5 hours a day on 180 days a year. It's also suggested, though not required, that you keep records of what your students study and that you maintain these records until your children have graduated. You will also need to keep attendance and immunization records for every child who goes to the school.

Keep in mind that you cannot teach children from more than two families.

Finally, the state of North Carolina requires homeschooled students to take national standardized tests every year. It's recommended that you complete these tests in March or April and that they are conducted by someone who doesn't live with you. You must keep score records from these exams for at least a year.

Homeschooling Suggestions

In addition to teaching your children yourself, you can work with tutors and other experts to instruct your children. Kids can even participate in different group educational activities.

You can also use online resources for instruction. offers a wide range of Homeschool Courses, as well as math, science, English language arts and social studies courses designed specifically for elementary and middle school students. These courses cover the subjects your children need to study and are available for all grade levels, making it easy for you to find the perfect instructional resources for your kids. Students can work on interactive quizzes and tests to check their understanding of various subjects. They can also get in contact with subject-matter experts with any questions they have about the courses. You can even use any of our teacher-created lesson plans to create your own lessons.

Terminating a Homeschool

If for any reason, you are no longer going to be homeschooling your children, you need to get in contact with the North Carolina DNPE. You may restart the school again at a later time if you wish, but you must file another Notice of Intent.

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