Homeschool Letter of Intent

homeschool letter of intent is a form used to notify the department of education that a child will be homeschooled instead of attending a public or private educational institution. Generally, this letter, or notice, of intent is straightforward in regard to formatting and content. The parent or guardian of the child usually writes this letter (and quite often teaches the child as well) and must provide the child’s name, address, date of birth, and grade in which they would be entering if they enrolled in school. In addition to this information, the letter must state who will be homeschooling the child for the following school year. However, each state has different guidelines and, in some cases, that state’s department of education may provide a specific letter of intent form for parents to complete. While a letter of intent isn’t always required, it is often the first step that a parent must take to homeschool their child.

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What is Homeschooling?

Homeschooling is the practice of providing education to children at home instead of in a public, private, or boarding school. Home education can be provided by a parent/guardian or an authorized teacher, depending on State requirements. There are a number of reasons why parents may wish to homeschool their children, including dissatisfaction with the options in their school district, religious beliefs or other philosophical views, or general displeasure with the traditional schooling methods. It is possible to obtain an excellent and thorough education through homeschooling methods. However, it is almost always necessary for the parent/guardian to have an educational degree of sorts to qualify as a reliable and qualified teacher. Other requirements for homeschooling vary quite a bit from state to state. The list below can be consulted to see if a letter of intent is required in a particular state. It’s important to check with the state department of education before commencing a homeschool curriculum.

State Requirements

Each state creates its own homeschooling laws and it’s important for parents to know what they need to do to provide their children with a proper, legal education. Below is a list that identifies which states require a letter of intent form and, if they do, if there is a specific form one must use. Even if a state does not require a letter of intent, they may have other requirements that parents must execute in order for their child to receive an education outside of a regular institution.

Homeschool Letter of Intent form if there is no state-implemented form: Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, or Open Document Text.

State Letter of Intent Required? State-Specific Form?
 Alabama No No
 Alaska No No
 Arizona Yes Affidavit of Intent
 Arkansas Yes No
 California No No
 Colorado Yes No
 Connecticut Yes CT Notice of Intent (Suggested)
 Delaware No No
 Florida Yes No
 Georgia Yes Online | Printable Version
 Hawaii Yes Form 4140 (Optional)
 Idaho No No
 Illinois No No
 Indiana No No
 Iowa No No
 Kansas No No
 Kentucky Yes No
 Louisiana Yes No
 Maine Yes No
 Maryland Yes Maryland State Home School Notification
 Massachusetts Yes No
 Michigan No No
 Minnesota Yes No
 Mississippi No Certificate of Enrollment required (provided by attendance officers)
 Missouri No No
 Montana Yes No
 Nebraska No No
 Nevada Yes Notice of Intent
 New Hampshire Yes Yes
 New Jersey No No
 New Mexico Yes No
 New York Yes No
 North Carolina Yes No
 North Dakota Yes Statement of Intent Home Education
 Ohio Yes Home Education Notification of Intent
 Oklahoma No (but recommended) No
 Oregon Yes No
 Pennsylvania Yes Elementary | Secondary
 Rhode Island Yes No
 South Carolina No No
 South Dakota Yes Public School Exemption Certificate
 Tennessee Yes Notice of Intent to Home School
 Texas No No
 Utah Yes (notarization required) No
 Vermont Yes Online | Printable Version
 Virginia Yes Notice of Intent Form
 Washington Yes Declaration of Intent
West Virginia Yes No
 Wisconsin Yes Homeschool Enrollment Report (Online)
 Wyoming No (annual curriculum submission required) No

Sample – Homeschool Letter of Intent – Sample

HOMESCHOOL LETTER OF INTENT

 

Date: August 10, 2018

Superintendent (or Principal): Mr. Julian Reynolds

School District: No. 82

 

This letter of intent is to inform the school board that the following child(ren) will be provided with a homeschool education in lieu of attending public/private school:

 

Name: Charles Boyd Gender: M    D.O.B.: April 6th, 2012

Name: Emily Boyd    Gender: F    D.O.B.: January 7th, 2010

 

Address of Child(ren): 825 Walgrove Crescent, Scottsdale, AZ, 80234

 

The child(ren) will be taught by Mrs. Abigail Richmond at 825 Walgrove Crescent, Scottsdale, AZ, 80234. The following subjects will be covered during the 180 days of instruction:

Reading, writing, spelling, grammar, geography, arithmetic, science, history, and music.

I agree to maintain a portfolio of materials that demonstrate proper educational instruction provided to the child(ren) in the event that the Arizona Department of Education request such information.

Teacher Signature ______________________

Print Name ______________________

Email ______________________ Telephone ______________________

 

I agree that I am the legal parent/guardian of the child(ren) and hereby declare my intent to homeschool said child(ren).

Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________

Print Name ______________________

Email ______________________ Telephone ______________________

 

Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________

Print Name ______________________

Email ______________________ Telephone ______________________

 

NOTARY CERTIFICATE (IF REQUIRED)

 

STATE OF ______________________

COUNTY OF ______________________

On this ____ day of ______________________, 20____, before me appeared ______________________, known to me or satisfactorily proven to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument, in my presence executed the foregoing letter of intent and acknowledged that they executed the same as their free act and deed.

Notary Public Signature ______________________ Print Name ______________________

My commission expires ______________________


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