Summaries and Explanations of Massachusetts Homeschooling Laws
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Frequently Given Answers
How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Vermont
If you want to start homeschooling during the school year and your child is currently enrolled in a public or private school, HSLDA recommends that you formally withdraw your child from that school. If you are going to start homeschooling after the school year is over, and your child is considered enrolled for the following year, we recommend that you withdraw your child before the next school year begins, so that the school does not mark your child as absent or truant.
Compulsory School Age in Vermont
The laws in Vermont state that you must enroll your child in school from the day he or she turns 6 years old until he or she turns 16. This HSLDA article details the Vermont state compulsory school age regulations.
The Role of School Policies and Forms
Massachusetts Home School Laws from HSLDA
Summary of Guidelines for Home Education in Massachusetts
Homeschool Policies in Massachusetts: An Overview
Homeschool Guidelines at a Glance
Official Requirements for Homeschooling in Massachusetts
How to Comply with Vermont's Homeschool Law
Vermont law specifically refers to homeschooling in 16 V.S.A. § 11(a)(21) and 16 V.S.A. § 166b. To homeschool under this statute, you’ll need to follow these guidelines. Necessary steps include sending in a written enrollment notice, submitting a narrative describing the content to be provided in each subject area, obtaining acknowledgement of compliance, teaching the required subjects and assessing your child annually.
Massachusetts Statutes Pertaining to Home Education
Home School Laws from HSLDA
Chapter 71: Section 2 Subjects of instruction; history and civics.
Chapter 76: Section 1 Requirements and exceptions.
Chapter 71: Section 1 Maintenance; double sessions; subjects; twelve-month school year
Chapter 71: Section 3 Physical education.
Case Law and Legal Opinions
Pierce v. Society of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Court Rulings on Home Education in Massachusetts: Overview
Brunelle, in Brief
Charles, in Brief
Perchemlides v. Frizzle (1978)
Charles Decision: Care and Protection of Charles (1987)
Commonwealth v. Frank Roberts (1893)
Michael Brunelle et al., vs. Lynn Public Schools (1998)
In the Matter of Johnna M. Searles (1990)
Care and Protection of Ivan & another (1999)
Ten Points from the Supreme Judicial Court's Decisions
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