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District of Columbia Home School Laws
Compulsory School Age
“age of 5 years by December 31 of current school year until minor reaches the age of 18″
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Homeschool help for D.C. Homeschoolers
|District of Columbia Legal Home Schooling Options:|
|Legal Option:||Provide private instruction not affiliated with an educational institution|
|Attendance:||During the period that the public schools are in session|
|Subjects:||Language Arts, Mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education
|Qualifications:||High school diploma or equivalent. *A parent or guardian without a high school diploma or its equivalent may petition the OSSE for a waiver by providing evidence of the petitioner’s ability to provide thorough, regular education.
|Notice:||File a written notification on an official form provided by the OSSE. The form must be filed annually by August 15. Upon discontinuation of a homeschool program parents or guardians are expected to notify the OSSE 15 days prior to the discontinuation of homeschooling.
|Recordkeeping:||Expected to maintain a portfolio of home schooling material that includes evidence of a child’s current work that demonstrates that the child is “engaged in thorough, regular educational activities in a range of subjects.” The portfolio is to be maintained for one year, and the OSSA may request at most twice per year to review a portfolio of home schooling material.
|Testing:||Homeschooled students are eligible to participate in public school sponsored testing in their resident district without charge.
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© 2012 NOTE: This summary is not intended to be, and does not constitute, the giving of legal advice. Many states have unclear compulsory attendance statutes, and the courts of those states vary in their interpretation of the statutes. Therefore, there is no guarantee any state will accept all of the options for compliance listed under each state. This summary is not intended to be a substitute for individual reliance on privately retained legal counsel such as that provided by Home School Legal Defense Association. Bridgeway’s advisors will talk to you about your homeschool concerns.