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Ohio Homeschool Notification

Homeschool regulations differ from state to state. You can find out about state laws applicable to homeschoolers in your state at the Home School Legal Defense Association website.

Even if you are a resident of another state (such as a military family), if you plan to live in Ohio for an extended period of time, it is recommended that you comply with the homeschool statutes in our state.

Here is a detailed explanation of Ohio Homeschooling Notification procedures along with PEACH recommendations:

The homeschool regulations found in the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3301-34 Excuses from Compulsory Attendance for Home Education were established to preserve our right to educate our children and limit the reach of government into our homes. It is through our understanding of the law that we can be confident in exercising our right to homeschool.

Although PEACH offers information, support, and recommendations for homeschoolers, it is the responsibility of each family to educate to know your rights and responsibilities, and to obtain legal counsel when needed. If you need legal assistance, you can contact:

Home School Legal Defense (HSLDA) Members of PEACH may receive a discount on HSLDA membership.
Center for Homeschool Liberty, part of the National Center for Life and Liberty.

Families who wish to homeschool must notify for a child who is compulsory school age (age 6 by first day of school in your district, through age 18), and send their notification to the school superintendent’s office of the district in which they currently reside.

You can find a list of addresses and contact information for local Ohio school districts here- https://www.homeschool-life.com/2544/custom/65397


1. Print and fill out the notification form found here – https://www.homeschool-life.com/2544/custom/65397

You are NOT required to use this form. As long as you follow the requirements in the Ohio Administrative Code and provide all the necessary information, any format is permissible. The form PEACH uses was designed to follow the regulations and ensure all required information was included.

We do not recommend using the forms provided by the school district. Sometimes they request information not required by the Ohio Administrative Code, such as the child’s grade level or your home telephone number. It is important to protect our rights as homeschoolers to comply with the regulations and insist that school district officials do the same. The regulations were written to prevent school superintendents and public school administrative staff from arbitrarily requiring additional information.

2. Prepare a brief outline of your proposed curriculum and a “list of textbooks, correspondence courses, commercial curricula, or other basic teaching materials you intend to use”. Please note: The Ohio Administrative Code clearly states that this outline and list is “for informational purposes only”.

  • “Proposed” means that what you provide is your current plan for your homeschool. It is not etched in stone, and you can change your curriculum and resources as your child’s needs and interests change.
  • “Curriculum” is generally used to refer to subjects you intend to teach. A list of subjects is found on the notification form, and reads as follows (taken from Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34-03 Notification):
    • (5) Assurance that home education will include the following, except that home education shall not be required to include any concept, topic, or practice that is in conflict with the sincerely held religious beliefs of the parent:
      • (a) Language, reading, spelling, and writing:(b) Geography, history of the United States and Ohio; and national, state, and local government;(c) Mathematics;(d) Science;

        (e) Health;

        (f) Physical education;

        (g) Fine arts, including music; and

        (h) First aid, safety, and fire prevention.

    • A “list of textbooks, correspondence courses, commercial curricula, or other basic teaching materials” you will use to provide instruction in the above subjects is fairly self-explanatory. The name of the book or textbook is usually adequate for this, although sometimes the name of the publisher is helpful, such as for a math textbook for Algebra 1 (A Beka Algebra 1 or ALEKS.com Algebra 1). You do not need to include the name of every single book you intend to use, such as for a reading list or a history unit study. “Recommended high school reading” or “selection of history books from the library” is fine. It also isn’t necessary to explain all of your planned field trips, science experiments, or art projects. The superintendent’s office just needs to see that you have planned to teach the subjects listed in the Code.

3. Attach assessment report if you homeschooled during the previous school year. Testing/Assessment Forms can be downloaded here https://www.homeschool-life.com/2544/custom/65397

4. Photocopy the original paperwork for your records.

5. Send by Certified Mail (with a return receipt receipt) to the superintendent of your local school district.

Remember to keep hard copies of ALL correspondence with the school system.

Notification should be received by the superintendent on or before the first day of school, or as soon as possible after you have withdrawn your child from a school. This is in accordance with Ohio Administrative Code 3321.03 which requires children of compulsory school age to attend a school unless they have obtained an excuse from the school superintendent of their district, completed an education program, received a diploma or an age and schooling certificate.

The school superintendent has 14 days from the day of receipt to determine if your notification is in compliance. This is stated clearly in the OAC: “The superintendent shall review the information submitted within fourteen calendar days of receipt thereof and shall determine if it is in compliance with the provisions of paragraph (A) of this rule”.

This is not ’14 days from the time he returns to his office after summer vacation’ or ’14 days from the day his secretary opens the envelope’. If you send your notification certified, then the superintendent has 14 days from the day his office received your notification form.

The superintendent reviews the information you have provided to determine if it is in compliance. Compliance is simply providing the requested information. The superintendent cannot make determinations based on their personal preferences – they must comply with the law.

If for some reason the superintendent determines your notification is not in compliance, “the superintendent shall state in writing the specific respects in which the information is incomplete. The superintendent shall provide the parent an option within fourteen calendar days”. By law, they are not supposed to call you on the phone to ask for more information.

You will then have 14 days in which to provide missing information in writing, or you can, if you wish, “arrange a conference at which the requested information can be supplied”.

The superintendent has another 14 days to review the additional information. Please note” ONLY “if the superintendent has substantial evidence that the minimum educational requirements of paragraph (A) of this rule will not be met, the superintendent shall declare his or her intent to deny the excuse.”

So let’s be clear – the only reason a superintendent can refuse to send an excuse letter is if there is substantial evidence that you are not going to meet the minimum educational requirements listed in the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3301-34.


(1) Fill in current school year.

(2) Fill in parent’s name and address (no phone number).

We do NOT recommend giving your phone number. All communication with the school district should be documented in writing.

(3) Fill this in only if a person other than a parent is teaching the core subjects listed in section 5. This person must meet the qualifications listed section 9 below.

(4) Fill in name and birth date (NOT grade level or social security number) of children to be educated at home. Only list children of compulsory school age (6 by Sept. 30 to 18 years old).

Although some school districts ask for it, grade level is NOT required in the homeschool regulations and should NOT be included on the notification form. If a school official requests this information, respond courteously but firmly that you are not required to provide this information.

(5) Place a checkmark or initial before the statement, “ . . . Assurance that home education will include the following . . .”

By doing this you are providing assurance that you will teach the subjects listed, unless they conflict with your sincerely held religious beliefs.

The subjects listed are general and can be tailored to your individual student’s needs. You are not required to teach, for example, (b) “geography, history of the United States and Ohio, and national, state, and local government” all in the same year, and you are certainly welcome to teach World History instead of American History if that is your plan for the upcoming homeschool year.

(6) Place a checkmark or initial before the statement, “. . .Brief outline of the intended curriculum. . . ” then

(7) Place a checkmark or initial before the appropriate line: “textbooks,” “correspondence courses,” commercial curricula,” and/or “other basic teaching materials”.

Attach a BRIEF outline of your intended curriculum and a LIST of textbooks or teaching materials as mentioned above. You are NOT required to photocopy the table of contents or indexes of textbooks, provide a scope and sequence, or send copies of your lesson plans. The outline and list of resources is for informational purposes only.

Here are some examples of how you can list your intended curriculum, textbooks, and teaching materials:

  • Physical Science: Exploring Creation with Physical Science from Apologia. This text covers atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.
  • Math: Pre-Algebra from Teaching Textbooks.
  • Language Arts: Easy Grammar (grammar), Wordly Wise (spelling), Time4Writing (composition), Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning Literature (American Literature).
  • History: Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries from Diana Waring Presents.
  • Health: Discover Education http://www.discoveryeducation.com/search/page/-/-/lesson-plan/health/index.cfm
  • Fine Arts: Piano lessons with Learn and Master Piano.
  • Physical Education: Karate lessons at Dayton Martial Arts
  • First Aid, Safety, and Fire Prevention – Library, Internet, local Fire Dept., and local chapter of the American Red Cross

You are NOT required by the regulations to provide separate outlines for each child, although you may do so if you desire.

Again – the brief outline includes what you INTEND to use. You may change your plan at any time during the year without notifying anyone of those changes.

The school district is not allowed to make a judgment on the content of the teaching material you select or the teaching methods you plan to use. This outline and list of resources is “for informational purposes only” and is provided to inform the superintendent of your home education plan.

Although you have assured the superintendent that you will teach the items listed in Section 5, it is advisable that you be sure to include each of these items in your brief outline. As homeschoolers, we often teach things like fire safety or first aid as a part of our lifestyle rather than as a class with a textbook. The superintendent, however, looks at the brief outline as an easy way of checking to make sure there is a “plan of action” for all required items.

(8) Place a checkmark or initial before the statement, “Assurance that the child will be provided a minimum of 900 hours of home education. . .”

The 900 hours of home education includes not only formal instruction time, but any activities where learning occurs, such as field trips, reading, educational videos, character development, discussions, etc.

You are NOT required by the Ohio regulations to document these 900 hours, although it is wise to keep track of your student’s progress for your own records and future assessments. NOTE: Some states DO require a record of attendance. If you anticipate a move (ie. military family), research the homeschool laws of your new location and keep good records.

(9) Place a checkmark or initial before the statement, “Assurance that the home teacher has one of the following qualifications. . .”

You are NOT required to provide proof of your qualifications, or to indicate which qualification applies to you.

(10) The person listed in (2) above should sign the form.

Additional Recommendations:

  • Privacy Protection – Inform the district that you require that they do not release personal information. It is your right to require that the school district NOT release directory information as defined in ORC 3319.321(B)(1). You may include this or a similar statement on your notification form or in a cover letter:

“Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 3319.321(B)(2)(a), we hereby inform the school board that no personally identifiable information, including directory information, should be released without our prior written consent.”

This blurb is already included on the notification form found on this page – https://www.homeschool-life.com/2544/custom/65397

  • Keep accurate records if you plan to re-enroll in a public school at a later date. Grade placement is at the discretion of the superintendent. The regulations allow the superintendent to consider the following when making a placement decision:
  1. to consider the child’s most recent annual test results or narrative report
  2. to consider requiring the child to take any or all tests regularly scheduled for district pupils of similar age
  3. to consider other information that may include interviews with the child and/or the parents
  • Statement of Religious Belief – If you are homeschooling due to sincere religious conviction, you may wish to include a statement expressing those beliefs in a cover letter or on your notification form. This establishes your philosophy of education and your position of responsibility in directing your child’s education.


The regulations state, “The parent shall send to the superintendent an academic assessment report for the previous school year at the time of supplying subsequent notification.”

If this is your first year homeschooling, you DO NOT need to send an assessment.

If you homeschooled last year but did not notify because your child was not yet compulsory school age (age six by September 30), you DO NOT need to send an assessment.

If you notified last year, even if your child was not yet six years of age, then you MUST PROVIDE an assessment.

Send an assessment or testing form to the superintendent along with your other notification paperwork.

Ohio homeschoolers have THREE options for assessing their children.

OPTION #1 – TESTING (see how PEACH can help with this option at https://peachhomeschool.org/achievement-testing)
For this option the regulations require “…Results of a nationally normed, standardized achievement test… Any child that has a composite score at or above the twenty-fifth percentile shall be deemed to be performing at a level of reasonable proficiency.”

You are NOT required to send a copy of the complete printout of your test scores.

You may report your score on the form provided by PEACH which reads “The COMPOSITE results, of the _______ percentile, demonstrates reasonable proficiency as compared to other children in the district.”

Some superintendents may request the actual copy of the test scores. This is usually because they want to see the score on the testing company’s letterhead. You may provide the superintendent with a copy of your test scores, but first, cover or black out all personal information and scores other than the composite (or complete battery) score. The only number the school superintendent needs is the composite or complete battery score.

OPTION #2 – Written Narrative

For this option the regulations require “A written narrative indicating that a portfolio of samples of the child’s work has been reviewed and that the child’s academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child’s abilities. The written narrative shall be prepared by a certified teacher or other person mutually agreed upon by the parent(s) and the superintendent.”

PEACH maintains a list of certified teachers who are willing to do assessments and are very understanding of the unique aspects of homeschool methods and lifestyles.

>Please be considerate and do not wait until the last minute to schedule your assessment.

Click here to download PEACH’s Directory of Homeschool Assessors.

OPTION #3 – Alternative Assessment Report

This option is “…An alternative academic assessment of the child’s proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent.”

You and the superintendent must both agree on this third option before you send your notification.

An alternate assessment can be ANYTHING that you and the superintendent can agree upon. It might be a report card issued by an umbrella school or an alternate test like the Scholastic Aptitude Test, as long as both you and the superintendent agree.


While home education itself is regulated by the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3301-34 Excuses from Compulsory Attendance for Home Education, there are other sections of the Ohio Administrative Code and Ohio Revised Code (such as Ohio Revised Code 3321.13 Duties of teacher and superintendent upon withdrawal or habitual absence of child from school and 3321.03 Parent’s obligation to see that child receives instruction) that apply to all children of compulsory school age.

If you are withdrawing your child from public, private, or virtual school to homeschool, be aware that parents are required to provide the child’s teacher or principal with an excuse for their child’s absence, and schools are required by law to investigate unexcused absences and report them to the proper authorities.

Therefore we recommend that parents submit a letter of withdrawal to their child’s school at the same time that you send in your Homeschool Notification. This ensures that all parties have the information they need in a timely manner.

Also, Ohio Administrative Code 3321.03 requires children of compulsory school age to attend a school unless they have obtained an excuse from the school superintendent of their district, completed an education program, received a diploma or an age and schooling certificate. So if your child is going to be 6 years old before Sept. 30th, and you decide to homeschool, you should complete and mail in your homeschool notification before school starts in your district so that you receive an excuse.

You can write the letter yourself, or download this Letter of Withdrawal from School to Homeschool, or use it as an outline for your own letter. We also recommend that all communications with school officials be sent certified with a return receipt, or delivered in person and stamped as received by the school or district superintendent’s office.

Please note: You can begin to homeschool as soon as you withdraw your child from school or decide to homeschool. You do not need to wait on an excuse letter to begin homeschooling, nor do you need to wait to withdraw your child from school until you receive an excuse letter. If a teacher or the school district contacts you about your child’s attendance in school, simply let them know that you are homeschooling and that the paperwork is being processed. The school can contact the local superintendent’s office for more information – you are not required to provide proof of homeschooling to your local school.

Please Contact Us if we can help you get started homeschooling.

PEACH provides general information about home education and Ohio state requirements for homeschoolers. The information on this website is not a substitute for professional legal advice, and should not be treated as such.