Understanding Your Rights
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Alabama is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in Alabama and helpful links to AL’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, links to Alabama homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
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Links for Alabama Homeschool Laws
We will update our records on a yearly basis, but if any new legislation goes into effect for your state, it should be listed here.
Alabama Homeschool Summary
Homeschoolers in the state of Alabama fall under Option 2, Instruction as a Private School, on the HSLDA State Law document form. If you are homeschooling in the state of Alabama under Option 2, you will need to follow the steps below:
- Register with your local district as your own private school. As a private school, you must register with the state by October 10th and be prepared to keep documentation of the number of pupils enrolled, number of instructors, attendance records, courses of study, the length of term, cost of tuition, etc.
- Submit forms. By the end of the 5th day of the public school calendar, you need to submit forms prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education to the county superintendent of education. Contact your local school district or superintendent’s office to obtain copies of these forms.
- Take attendance. All unexcused absences must be reported, so make sure you have your documentation ready to submit.
- Make copies of immunization records. These are required pieces of documentation except in the case of stated religious or medical exemptions.
- Record of Physical Education for each student enrolled in a private school. Be sure to maintain documentation of these hours throughout the year. Bridgeway Academy’s Physical Education/Activity log is a great resource to help you keep track of this requirement.
Helpful Resources For Alabama Homeschool Laws
For additional information, including a downloadable PDF with a detailed analysis of your state’s homeschool laws and legal counsel, be sure to become a member of the HSLDA for a yearly fee.