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New York State Required Paperwork

Following NYS regulations can seem a little overwhelming at first, but it is actually not very difficult.  You will need to submit an annual Letter of Intent to your school district by July 1, and an IHIP (Individual Plan of Instruction) by August 15.  You will then need to submit Quarterly Reports and some form of evaluation at the end of the year.  If you are just starting out, go to the LEAH page, linked below for full explanations and exceptions to the timeline.   

Here is a one page summary of NYS Homeschooling Subject Requirements from RH Homeschooling Manual (Covers the basic requirements for each grade level) to assist planning for your IHIPS.

As far as HSA goes, we do not report to your school district or even keep records past the class ending.  It is your responsibility to connect with your school district though you can use the HSA class syllabi, the class curriculum and assignments, and grade reports we issue each quarter as part of your planning and assessments.  See the samples below for help.  Note that PDF files are easy to view here, but they are harder for you to copy and alter.  To use one of our documents as a template for yourself, download the document and open in Microsoft Word (or if in Google, upload the document to your Google drive).

Sample Letter of Intent, DOCX

Sample Letter of Intent, PDF 

Sample Basic Grade school IHIP, DOCX

Sample Basic Grade school IHIP, PDF

Sample Basic Middle school IHIP, DOCX

Sample Basic Middle school IHIP, PDF

Sample Basic Quarterly template, DOCX

Sample Basic Quarterly template, PDF

Sample IHIP, PDF

Sample IHIP, DOC

Sample Grade School Quarterly, PDF

Sample Grade School Quarterly, DOC

Middle School Quarterly template, DOC 

Middle School Quarterly template, PDF

Sample High School Quarterly, PDF

Sample High School Quarterly, DOC file


The LEAH Regulatory and Informational Manual for Home Education in New York State has a lot more detailed information and can be downloaded by going to Leah.org, and looking under the "Resources" tab.  This is copied directly from the site:

The Updated Regulatory Manual covers the following topics:

  • Introduction
    • Letter from LEAH Board
    • Writing and Using your Philosophy of Education
    • The Urgent Need to Restore a Biblical View of Education
  • Getting Started
    • Subject Overview
    • Action Steps
  • Helpful Suggestions and Sample Forms
    • Notice of Intent
    • Individual Home Instruction Plan “IHIP” K, 1-12
    • Quarterly Report K, 1-12
    • Annual Assessment Narratives
    • Alternative Assessment – Peer Review
  • High School Specific Information
    • High School Transcript
    • Letter to Superintendent of School District – Request for Letter of Equivalency
    • Sample Letter of Equivalency / Completion
    • Section 100.10 Compliance Checklist
    • Explanation of Substantial Equivalence
  • Special Needs
  • Blank Forms

Home School Legal Defence Association is a nationwide organization that has even more detailed help.  Go to HSLDA.org, and look at the "YOU CAN HOMESCHOOL" tab. 

If you have a high school student and need help with high school transcripts, go to https://hslda.org/content/highschool/academics.asp#transcripts