In Ohio, parents interested in educating their children
at home may do so by notifying their local school district
superintendents and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home
school. If requirements are met, the district superintendent releases
the student from required compulsory school attendance. This excuses the
student and family from school attendance requirements in state law.
Parents or guardians who decide to home school their
students are completely responsible for choosing the curriculum and
course of study. They select the curriculum and educational materials
and take responsibility for educating their children. There is no state
financial assistance for families who choose this option.
If a home school student returns to a public school, the district
superintendent determines the appropriate grade level for the student.
Requirements to Home School
Parents should start by notifying the superintendent of the school
district where they reside about their intent to home school their
Parents agree to:
- Provide 900 hours of instruction per year;
- Notify the superintendent every year; and
- Provide an assessment of the students work, this link will provide the different options.
Many parents think that online schools
fall into the category of home schooling, this is NOT true. In Ohio,
some online schools are considered community/chartered schools and are
College Credit Plus
Great news for home school students! Ohio’s new College Credit Plus
program gives students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn high school and
college credit simultaneously by taking courses at participating Ohio
colleges or universities. Tuition is free if your home school student
takes classes at a public college. There may be modest fees for private
college credit. The deadline is April 1 for home school students to let
the Ohio Department of Education know they want to participate in
College Credit Plus next school year. Here is more information.
Sports and Other Activities
Legislation allows home school students the opportunity to
participate in extracurricular activities in public schools. An
“extracurricular activity” is a pupil activity program that is run by a
school or school district and is not included in a graded course of
study. Activities include any offered at the school that the student
would attend if enrolled in the public school district where the family
resides. If the school district does not offer a particular activity,
then the student may request to participate in another district’s
program. The superintendent of the other school district may choose to
allow the student to participate as an out-of-district student.
Home-educated students must meet the same nonacademic and financial
requirements as any other student participating in the activity. Fees
and ability in sports, where there are cuts, apply.
An EdChoice Scholarship allows students who are eligible to obtain
scholarships to attend a nonpublic schools participating in the EdChoice
program. Eligibility is based upon the performance of the public school
building to which the student would be assigned or low income. EdChoice
Scholarships are available to eligible home-schooled students who wish
to enroll in a participating nonpublic school. More information is
Ohio High School Diploma
Recent changes in law may allow for some home school students to receive diplomas. Please see section 3313.6110 of the Ohio Revised Code.
About Home Education
Information provided by http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling