Homeschooling in Alabama
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Homeschooling in Alabama is different than most states. If you are
considering homeschooling in Alabama, learn what your requirements are
before you begin.
Home School Parent Education Requirements
The state of Alabama has two legal options to make home schooling a
possibility. The first option is to be part of a church school, and the
second is to acquire a personal tutor. Being part of a church school
does not necessarily mean that your child attends school at a church.
You could be basically sponsored by a church and then your child
actually attends school at home. This form of home schooling does not
require a teacher to have any special kind of degree. If you choose to
utilize the tutor option, then your chosen private tutor must be
certified by the state of Alabama.
Forms and Paperwork Required
Different paperwork is required for each of the two home schooling
options. For the church school option, a form must be filed with the
local public school superintendent. This provided form must also be
countersigned by the church school administrator. This form needs to
only be filed one time upon starting this home schooling option. It is
not at all necessary to file it annually. The principal teacher of the
church school must then keep accurate daily attendance records. The only
other form required by a church school is one that will inform the
state if any student chooses to stop attending.
Kindergarten Home School Requirements
Kindergarten home schooling does not require any other special forms
than those already indicated, no matter whether a church school or a
tutor is involved. Any given church school may or may not offer
kindergarten since Alabama’s compulsory school age does not begin until
age seven. Home school forms and paperwork simply begin upon starting
either one of the home school options.
For both the church school and the private tutor options of home
schooling, no state mandated testing is required for those students that
Other Useful Information
In Alabama, church schooling does not have a required number of
attendance days. It is strongly suggested, however, that a church school
keep attendance days close to the 175 days that are required by the
state’s public schools. Tutors must meet with any students for 140 days a
year, with at least three hours per week day being the norm. It is also
required that these hours take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It
is recommended that any home school families acquire an HSLDA
membership. Two useful websites to assist in home schooling within
Alabama are Independent Church Schools and Alabama Homeschooling.com.