Homeschooling in Ohio






What Ohio Law says:  Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34

HSLDA's  Ohio's Homeschooling Laws 



Home Education: Answers for Ohio by Diana Fessler – Dated, but still an excellent resource. It was writtenly shortly after Ohio's ORIGINAL homeschool laws were written so you know the intent and heart of the original drafters.

Ohio Homeschooling Guide & Directory by Renee Brown -- This is a 62 page e-book (PDF) that you can purchase and download.   Good information all in one spot.



CHEO (Christian Home Educators of Ohio)     (has a convention in Akron each June)



MidWest Homeschool Convention (has a huge convention on Cincinnati each March/April)


Ohio Home Educators Network


Ohio Homeschoolers Yahoo Group


RULE OF THUMB when it comes to Ohio High School Graduation Requirements

Although homeschoolers are not required to use the same criteria as public schools for graduating, families often like to use the public school's graduation requirements as a guideline for their own homeschooling plans.  The following PDF file will help you know what classes Ohio public schools require for high school graduation.

Ohio's Graduation Requirements for those graduating 2014 or after.



A Note about Educating at Home in Ohio


There are two common ways of educating your child in a home environment in the state of Ohio:  traditional home education and on-line public community schools (e-schools). 

According to the Ohio Department of Education,

Home Education is education that is directed by the parent or guardian of a child who has been excused from attending school. The parent or guardian selects the curriculum and educational materials and takes responsibility for educating the child. There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option.


The Ohio Department of Education says this about on-line community schools,

Ohio also has several online community schools, or E-schools, that provide education to students largely electronically through the use of a computer and related materials. These community schools are state chartered and state funded. While students enrolled in online community schools do typically work from home, enrollment in an online community school differs from Home Education because the online school is responsible for providing the curriculum and educational resources. Additionally, state funded community schools may not provide religious instruction.


As you can see, these two methods are not the same at all.  They are covered under different areas of Ohio's laws, and are very different in terms of what is required by law. 

If you use either of these methods, you should make yourself very familiar with the laws so you know how to be in compliance with your method of choice.   Traditional home education is defined and controlled by Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34 or 3301-35-08 and Ohio Revised Code 3321.04.   On-line public community schooling is defined and controlled by Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35 and  Ohio Revised Code 3314.