Alabama Home Schooling Laws

per HSLDA

In Alabama, there are three options under which you can legally homeschool. Note that church schools and private schools can establish their own policies for teacher qualification, days of instruction, and required school subjects.

 

Option 1: Homeschooling with a church school:
A church school offers instruction in grades K–12 or any combination thereof, including preschool, through onsite or home programs, and is operated as a ministry of a local church, group of churches, denomination, and/or association of churches that does not receive any state or federal funding. A home may be the location where a child receives instruction as a student attending a church school. A parent may establish a church school in the home, or the home may be an extension of an existing church school.

Option 2: Homeschooling with a private school:
A private school is established, conducted, and supported by a nongovernmental entity or agency offering educational instruction in grades K–12 or any combination thereof, including preschool, through onsite or home programs. A home may be the location where a child receives instruction as a student attending a private school. A parent may establish a private school in the home, or the home may be an extension of an existing private school.

Option 3: Homeschooling using a private tutor:

1. Select a private tutor with the required qualifications. 

2. Ensure that your child is instructed in the required subjects and for the required number of days. 

3. The private tutor must comply with reporting and record-keeping requirements. 

Several counties in Alabama now offer online learning wherein the student schools at home via a program set up by the school district.  These students are still required to attend school a minimal amount of days in order to participate in this type of education option. 

 

CHILDREN WHO SCHOOL AT HOME, THROUGH A PUBLIC SCHOOL OPTION, ARE NOT CONSIDERED HOME SCHOOLED

Those children are still registered in a public school program and

will not need a cover school

We DO NOT offer legal advice.

ALABAMA'S COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE:

 

Compulsory Attendance Age Lowered on May 8, 2012 from 7 to 6, effective August 1, 2012.

This law changes the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6, however; a parent of a 6 year old may opt out of enrolling the child until age 7 by notifying the Board of Education in the County of residence, in writing, that the child will not be enrolled until age 7.

 

Compulsory school age in Alabama is age 6 age 17. 

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For more information on legalities of homeschooling, contact the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
Click the link above.

As of July, 2014, homeschool is recognized in Alabama

as a viable option for families. 

You must still register with a cover school, but this new legislation paves the way for many homeschoolers!

Homeschool Diplomas are now to be recognized by state colleges just as they would a Public School Diploma!

Several counties in Alabama now offer online learning wherein the student schools at home via a program set up by the school district.  These students are still required to attend school a minimal amount of days in order to participate in this type of education option. 

 

CHILDREN WHO SCHOOL AT HOME, THROUGH A PUBLIC SCHOOL OPTION, ARE NOT CONSIDERED HOME SCHOOLED. 

Those children are still registered in a public school program and will not need a cover school

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