Homeschooling in Ohio


What Ohio Law says:  Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34

HSLDA's  Ohio's Homeschooling Laws 


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)


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 two files will help you know what classes the public schools require for high school.

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




Information 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.



General Homeschooling


HSLDA's Homeschooling Through High School's Homeschooling Basics



MP3 (Audio) Workshops for Beginning Homeschoolers

Why Homeschool?    PDF file of accompanying slides     PDF of workshop handouts

The 1, 2, 3s of Getting Started     PDF file of accompanying slides     PDF of workshop handouts

How to Homeschool Successfully     PDF file of accompanying slides     PDF of workshop handouts




Click on the graphics or links below for information that will help answer your general homeschooling questions.  (Please note that some of the graphics/links are linked to PDF files that will download.  These files are large and may take some time to download--not recommended for dial-up.  You will need Adobe Reader, which is already on most computers, to open these files.   Some links may take you to a page where you must register before you can receive the free download. 


Should Christians Send Their Children To Be Salt and Light in the Public Schools?

by Dr. Paul A. Kienel



Top 5 Reasons NOT to Send Your Child to Public School      (Voddie Baucham Ministries)



Getting Started in Homeschooling

Getting Started in Homeschooling  (Simply Charlotte Mason)