Home Schooling in Kentucky
SCA encourages all home schooling families to be members of Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) and Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). These organizations protect the rights of parents to make educational choices and provide information regarding the state laws that govern home schooling.
The State of Kentucky requires all children to be registered every year. Registration occurs by sending the Letter Of Intent to the appropriate county Superintendent. The parents are informing the county of their intent. They are not asking for permission.
Any child who is five (5) years of age, or who may become five (5) years of age by October 1st, may enter a primary school program. All children must be registered by six (6) years of age.
Kentucky law states that if a child is not enrolled in public school, either the private school or parent of the child must inform the local school board of that child’s whereabouts during the school year. Home schools are considered private schools under state law. A notification letter to the local school board allows the superintendent to be in compliance with the portion of the compulsory attendance law that requires him to account for every child in his district.
When writing the local school board, the parent should only include the following information: name, age, and home address of each child.
The parents should not include test scores, social security numbers, letters of recommendations, or any other material because it implies a request for permission from the school board to teach at home. Permission is not being requested; instead, parents are simply informing the school board of the situation.
Send the letter to the school board within ten days of the beginning of the public school year. A new letter is required each year that the parents home schools their children. It is acceptable to send the letter later in the school year if the parents start home schooling mid-year or if the family moves into the area mid-term. It is wise for parents to keep a copy of the letter and any other correspondence affecting their child or the operation of their home school.
Parents whose primary reason for home schooling is religious and/or worldview concerns should state so in their letter.
Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens
Department of Pupil Personnel
3332 Newburg Road
PO Box 34020 (Mailing Address)
Louisville KY 40232-4020
Superintendent Keith Davis
1040 Highway 44 East
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Director of Pupil Personnel, Dr. Dave Weedman
1155 West Main Street
PO Box 159 (Mailing Address)
Shelbyville, KY 40066-0159
Superintendent Chuck Adams
207 W. Main Street
Taylorsville, KY 40071
Superintendent Dr. Will Wells
6165 W. Highway 146
PO Box 218 (Mailing Address)
Crestwood, KY 40014
Sample Letters of Intent
Here are two sample Letters of Intent for your convenience. Please note that it is best to send this letter via certified mail/signed return receipt.
Kentucky Requirements for Home Schooling:
- Home Schooling families are required to teach 1062 hours or 177 days at 6 hours per day.
- Please review the Kentucky Department of Education’s home schooling information to stay abreast of the state requirements.
Home Schooling in Indiana
SCA encourages all home schooling families to be members of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). This organization protects the rights of parents to make educational choices and provides information regarding the state laws that govern home schooling.
Students Transferring from Public School
To begin home schooling a child who is currently enrolled in a public school, the state of Indiana asks that the parents inform the public school of their child’s withdrawal. This prevents the child from being marked as truant. This does not need to be done every year and is only necessary if the child has been attending a public school. When writing the school, the parents should only include the following information: name, age, and home address of each child.
If parents desire to home school their child before they are enrolled, he simply should do so in adherence to the requirements below.
Indiana Requirements for Home Schooling:
Indiana state law requires that all children attend school between the ages of seven (7) and upon graduation. Accurate attendance records are extremely important for the home school. There is no standard form or special recording method, simply account for the child’s attendance accurately. A state superintendent or superintendent of the public school district can request these records.
Indiana requires that an equivalent education of a public school be provided 180 days of the year to the child. It should be noted that the state may not define “equivalent education.” There is also no specific number of hours per day for instruction.
Although the state may request for a parent to enroll their student online through the Indiana Department of Education website, it is not required by law.
Please review the Indiana Department of Education’s home schooling help sheet for additional and up-to-date information.