HI Homeschooling Laws
Homeschoooling Laws in Hawaii
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Hawaii is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in Hawaii and helpful links to HI’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, Hawaii homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
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Links for Hawaii Homeschool Laws
Hawaii State Homeschool Law Summary
If you are homeschooling in the state of Hawaii, you will need to follow these steps:
- Provide a ‘notice of intent’ to home educate to the principal of your local public school. The letter should be sent “before initiating homeschooling” and at the beginning of the local public school. The notice of intent may be submitted on a department developed form or in a letter containing the following items: name, address, telephone number, birth date and grade level of the child, and the parent’s signature.
- Keep “a record of the planned curriculum.” This must include the commencement date and end date of the program, the number of hours per week of instruction, the subjects to be covered, the method used to determine mastery of materials and subjects in the curriculum, and a list of textbooks or other instructional materials.
- Take standardized tests at the conclusion of grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 and submit the scores to your local principal. At the conclusion of all other grades, an “annual report of child’s progress” must be submitted to the local principal. This report may comprise one of the following:
- A score on a nationally-normed standardized achievement test which demonstrates grade level achievement appropriate to a child’s age
- Progress on a nationally-normed standardized achievement test that is equivalent to one grade level per calendar year
- A written evaluation by a teacher certified to teach in the State of Hawaii
- A written evaluation by the parent which shall include (A) A description of the child’s progress in each subject area included in the child’s curriculum; (B) Representative samples of the child’s work; and (C) Representative tests and assignments including grades for courses if grades are given.
Homeschool Resources for Hawaii Homeschool Laws
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