How to Start Homeschooling in Vermont

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As a result of COVID-19, homeschooling is on the rise. For some, this is a short-term arrangement, and others have discovered that homeschooling is perfect for their family. In case you don’t know, homeschooling is simply the practice of educating your kids from home. Some families choose to collaborate through homeschooling cooperatives and extracurricular leagues to enrich the home school experience.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. When exploring the homeschooling route, please be aware that the laws and policies that govern homeschooling differ by state. If you wonder if homeschooling is a good fit for your family, you probably have questions about how to begin the process and what resources are available. Because of this, we created a series entitled, How to Start Homeschooling. In each installment, we will discuss homeschooling rules and resources for each state. In today’s installment, we will discuss homeschooling in Vermont.

What you need to know:

  • Vermont Homeschool Law requires you to submit a written enrollment notice to the Commissioner of Education that you are homeschooling each year.
  • If you need to remove your kid, submit the notice, and contact your kid’s school to remove your kid before homeschooling officially.
  • There are no particular requirements for teachers.
  • There are no minimum hours per day that your kid must attend homeschooling.
  • There are eleven required academic subjects: basic communication skills, reading, English, numbers, US citizenship, history and government, physical education, health,  natural science, and fine arts.
  • The state of Vermont does not require you to keep records.
  • Homeschool learners must participate in testing each year through an educational evaluation, a written report, and a portfolio or a standardized achievement test.
  • If you re-enroll your kid in a public school, inform the Secretary of Education within seven days.

Resources

You can also check out the Vermont Home Education Network and Home School Legal Defense Association – Vermont.

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