Homeschooling in North Carolina
Understanding Your Rights
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in North Carolina is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in North Carolina and helpful links to NC’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, North Carolina homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
Links for North Carolina Homeschool Laws
If you are homeschooling in the state of North Carolina, you will need to know the following:
- Submit a Notice of Intent to Homeschool. You can use this link to submit the form electronically. You must submit after July 1 of your first year. You only need to do this once. However, you must notify the Department of Education if you cease your homeschooling program.
- Take standardized testing each year. Records of the test results must be retained at the home school for at least one year and made available to DNPE when requested.
- Parents/guardians must hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Disease immunization and annual attendance records for each student must be maintained.
NC Homeschool Resources
Here is some information to get you started:
1. Read, and then read some more. Your local library and the internet are a good place to start.
2. Make one of your internet stops the Homes School Legal Defense (HSLDA) website.
3. Consider joining a statewide homeschool organization. Statewide groups do not replace a local support group. Many statewide associations offer annual homeschool conventions and some serve as a voice for homeschoolers. The largest association in North Carolina is the North Carolinians for Home Education.
4. Talk to other homeschool parents. Find a support group, get involved and stay involved. Most support groups offer social and academic programs to enrich your homeschool. Along with the fellowship and support of other homeschool families, many support groups also offer co-ops, field trips, social events, academic fairs, 4-H, scouting, and athletic events. Contact a group in your area and plan to attend a meeting. It’s a good idea to visit several support groups in order to find the one that fits your family.
5. Become familiar with North Carolina’s homeschool laws and attend a homeschool orientation. Parents ETC offers new homeschoolers orientations several times a year. NCDOEHSLDA, and NCHE also offer information on North Carolina’s homeschool law.
6. Choose a teaching method and/or curriculum. There are many options available from daily lessons prepared for you to designing your own curriculum. We have provided a list on our site for your benefit. Talking to other homeschool parents is a great way to research curriculums without purchasing it first, and discuss teaching methods. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we all learn in different ways. Become familiar with your child’s learning style and were they need the extra help.
Questions about getting started?
If you have any questions about PCHG or home schooling, send us an email. PCHG is a home school support group made up of dedicated volunteers. We apologize if our reply is delayed a day or so. Please be assured that we are striving to do our best to respond to your questions and comments in a timely manner. If you do not receive a reply within 7 days, please try contacting us again. We appreciate your patience as we home school our own children.