Top 6 Most Asked Questions About Homeschooling in Texas
Each state has unique requirements and guidelines for how homeschooling is expected to look. Homeschooling in Texas allows for more freedom in choosing how learning at home will be carried out in order to best fit your learners and your family.
When stepping into homeschooling, there are a few initial questions that you may be asking, so let's cover the basics. If you haven't already, be sure to check out How to Start Homeschool!
Is homeschooling in Texas free?
Yes, although preference of materials and/or curriculum will be different for each family.
There is no required fee or registration process for starting home education, however the supplies and tools that you choose to utilize for learning will vary the amount you may spend.
There are many low cost ways of carrying out homeschooling, so don't be intimidated by the price tag on some curricula and programs available.
How do I homeschool legally in Texas?
Texas laws say homeschool instruction must fall under these requirements:
bona fide instruction
learning must be in visual (written) form, includes online curriculum
include 5 basic subjects: grammar, reading, math, spelling, and good citizenship
For more specific answers to these specifications, check out THSC.org
What age should I start homeschooling?
Learning doesn’t wait until kindergarten!
Your child has been guided by your instruction since birth, learning to eat, sleep, and walk. Readiness for learning is dependent on each individual child, however age 6 is the recommendation for formal learning.
Do you get paid or qualify for reimbursement when homeschooling?
No, unfortunately the only options available for savings are retirement accounts that may have perks for educators.
In Texas, there are no tax credits or programs from assistance for homeschooling expenses incurred by parents and guardians conducting home learning.
Can I homeschool my child with learning disabilities or special needs?
“State law requires that Texas public schools are required to evaluate and determine services for a student, age 0 – graduation, who is considered to have special educational needs and federal funding be allocated to that student based on the student’s needs and the resources are available in the district where the student would normally attend.”
There are various avenues of support for learning, including programs and professional guidance for your learner's academic needs.
Imagine the opportunities that you can give your child to meet their specific abilities!
How does my child graduate from homeschool?
Texas treats each home school similarly to a private school.
This leaves the details of fulfilling necessary coursework at the discretion of the parent or guardian homeschooling. There are ways to document learning, create transcripts, and compile evidence per your preferences.
For more details and ideas, watch this video discussing portfolios and report cards!
Homeschooling in Texas affords parents the freedom to create a tailored learning experience for their child(ren). An opportunity like this is unlike any environment or program available to the public, making your home school truly one of kind.