Homeschooling In Ohio

Parents interested in educating their children at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to homeschool. 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 homeschool 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.

Visit the Ohio Department of Education's Frequently Asked Questions website.

If a homeschool student returns to a public school, the district superintendent determines the appropriate grade level for the student.

Requirements to Homeschool

Parents should start by notifying the superintendent of the school district where they reside about their intent to homeschool their child/or children.

Notification should be provided no later than the first week of the start of school in the public school building the child would attend in the school district of residence or within one week from the child's withdrawal from a school.

Use this form to submit your notification and required documents for students residing in the Akron Public Schools district.

Parents agree to:
  • provide 900 hours of instruction per year,
  • notify the superintendent every year, and
  • provide an assessment of the student's work every year.
Updated guidance regarding homeschool assessment can be found here >>.

Many parents think that online schools fall into the category of homeschooling; this is NOT true. In Ohio, some online schools are considered community/chartered public schools. If the online school is out of state and you have to pay tuition, you must register as being enrolled in an out-of-state school.
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