Understanding Your Rights
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Maine is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in Maine and helpful links to ME’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, Maine homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
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Links for Maine 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.
Maine Homeschool Summary
If you are homeschooling in the state of Maine, you will need to follow these steps:
- File a one-time notice of intent with both the local superintendent and Commissioner of Education containing:
- Name, signature, and address of the parent or guardian
- The name and age of the student
- The date home instruction will or did begin
- A statement of assurance that instruction will be provided for at least 175 days annually and will cover the subjects listed above
- A statement of assurance that the parents will submit a year-end assessment
- Submit a letter by September 1 to both the local superintendent and state commissioner of education enclosing the year-end assessment and stating the intention to continue the student’s home instruction.
- Keep copies of items submitted under #1 and #2 above. They must be made available to the Commissioner upon request.
- Take and submit annual standardized tests. These can be any nationally recognized assessments, OR you can you can submit the review and acceptance of progress by:
- a Maine certified teacher
- a homeschool support group that includes a Maine certified teacher or administrator who has reviewed a portfolio of the student’s work
- an advisory board, the superintendent, appoints composed of two homeschool teachers and one school official (must be arranged before the school year starts).
Maine HSLDA Reference Site. Click on Detailed legal analysis of the Maine homeschool law on the right side of the screen for a downloadable PDF document.
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