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Complete Homeschool ProgramBelow is a brief summary of the home schooling law in Maine.

Compulsory School Age
“7 years of age or older and under 17 years, or graduated, or 15 with parent and school board permission, or full-time attendance at accredited college with commissioner approval”

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Maine Legal Home Schooling Options:
Option: 1 Option: 2
Legal Option: Operate homeschool Operate a homeschool as part of a non-approved private school that teaches at least two unrelated students
Attendance: 175 days per year
175 days per year or 875 hours of schooling
Subjects: English, language arts, math, science, social studies, physical and health education, library skills, fine arts, Maine studies (in one grade between grade 6 and 12), and computer proficiency (in one grade between grade 7 and 12) English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar), math, science, American history, Maine history and geography, and government (including the privilege and responsibility of citizenship)
Qualifications: None Competent, as approved by the non-approved private school
Notice: File initial notice of intent within 10 days of starting home instruction.   The notice must include: a) name, signature, and address of the parent or guardian, b) the name and age of the student, c) the date home instruction will or did begin, d) a statement of assurance that instruction will be provided for at least 175 days annually and will cover the required subjects, and e) a statement of assurance that the parents will submit a year-end assessment.

Each subsequent year,  file letter by Sept. 1  indicating whether child’s homeschool will continue, enclosing the year-end assessment. Submit a copy to both the local school board and the commissioner of education.

Annually by October 1 file letter with commissioner stating that the school: a) complies with applicable state and local fire saftety and health laws; will report the names, addresses, and grade levels of all students to the superintendent of the school system in which each student resides, b) operates at least 175 days or 875 hours c) provides instruction appropriate to the grade level in the required subjects listed above, d)  has examined and approved all teachers for competence, e) will furnish parents with at least4 academic progress reports annually, and f) will inform parents of methods of assessment, grade level of assessments, and results
Recordkeeping: Keep copies of all material filed until homeschool program concludes. None
Testing: Annually, either: 1) administer a standardized test, or 2) take a local test, or 3) have child’s progress reviewed by a Maine certified teacher, a superintendent-selected local advisory board (composed of two homeschool teachers and one school official [*must be arranged before the school year starts]) , or a homeschool  support group that includes a certified teacher or administrator
Must give parents four progress reports annually, outlining the homeschooling achievements of the students

Additional Homeschool Information Provided by Home School Legal Defense Association.

© 2010  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.

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