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Homeschooling in Montana

Homeschooling in Montana
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If you’re wondering how to start homeschooling in the Treasure state, it’s important to know what is required of you, as well as be aware of what your options and rights are as a homeschooler. In this page, you’ll find an overview of how to homeschool in Montana with links to pages that offer more detailed information on things like homeschool laws, groups and co-ops, standardized testing, and more.

This information should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under.

How to Start Homeschooling in Montana

To start homeschooling in Montana, parents must:

  1. Notify the county superintendent that your child is going to be homeschooled.
  2. Maintain immunization and attendance records.
  3. Make sure you teach the required subjects.
  4. Provide instruction for the required amount of hours.
  5. Comply with health and safety regulations in your homeschool.
  6. Enjoy learning together!

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Montana Homeschooling Laws

Families who wish to homeschool in Montana are required to:

  • File a notice with the county superintendent that you’re going to homeschool your child.
  • Maintain attendance and immunization records.
  • Homeschool in a location that complies with local health and safety regulations.
  • Provide an organized course of study that includes: language arts, math, social studies, science, health, arts and career education.
  • Teach for 720 hours in grades 1-3 and 1,080 hours for grades 4-12.

Parents are responsible for all instructional materials, time, place, etc. Learn more on our Montana Homeschooling Laws page.

Montana Homeschool Associations

There is one major homeschool association in the state:

  • Montana Coalition of Home Educators (MCHE)

MCHE offers guidance and support to families in the state as well as advocacy when it comes to protection of homeschooling rights. Learn more about how MCHE can benefit your family in our Montana Homeschool Associations page.

Montana Homeschool Groups and Co-ops

Homeschoolers in Montana don’t have to go at it alone. There are many homeschool groups and co-ops available throughout the state that can help enhance your at-home education. Most of these schedule group field trips and other activities; offer enrichment classes; and of course provide tons of support and encouragement.

To learn more about these support groups and co-ops, visit our Montana Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page.

Montana Homeschool Field Trips

As the fourth largest state in area, homeschoolers in Montana have tons of opportunities to take their learning outside the home. From parks to national monuments to museums, and everything in between, families can learn about a variety of subjects and topics.

To browse all the field trips opportunities in the Treasure state, visit our Homeschool Field Trips in Montana post. Please make sure to contact each site before you plan your visit, as COVID-19 may have impacted their hours of operations.

Montana Standardized Testing and Test Prep

Students being homeschooled in Montana are not required by law to participate in standardized testing. However, some parents may choose to gauge their child’s progress by having their children take part in the state’s assessments.
Our curriculum is also used by many families as an afterschool program to help prep their traditionally schooled students for the state tests. Learn more on our Montana Test Prep page.

Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Montana

Finding a comprehensive homeschool program in Montana can help families meet the state’s requirements. Time4Learning is a popular PreK-12th online curriculum with homeschoolers in Montana since it includes many of the required subjects that parents must teach. In addition, automated reports allow families in Montana to keep attendance records that they can print and submit if requested by the superintendent.
Below are some of the reasons why homeschoolers in Montana consistently choose Time4Learning’s online curriculum:

  • Comprehensive membership includes math, language arts, science, social studies, and more. Extra education options are available for an additional fee.
  • Access to full year’s worth of material helps parents teach the required hours every year.
  • Detailed lesson plans with progressive scope and sequence including related activities and printables.
  • Flexible, student-paced approach allows students to work in different grade levels by subject and even access material from various levels.
  • Interactive lessons, engaging activities and printable worksheets make learning fun while promoting critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Automated grading and recordkeeping helps parents easily monitor and keep track of their child’s grades.
  • No schedules to follow and 24/7 access mean students can learn when it’s convenient for them.
  • Low monthly fee, no contracts and a 14-day money back guarantee.

How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12

We understand how stressful it can be to find the right homeschool curriculum for your child, especially if you are new to homeschooling. It seems like there are endless options available. So how do you know which one is right for your child? How do you even find the time to research each one?
Being familiar with your child’s learning style is the first step in helping you make an informed decision. Many parents also find that one program is usually not the answer, which is why many families end up mixing and matching various homeschool programs to give their children a more thorough learning experience. Learn more about how to build the best homeschool curriculum for PreK-12.

Montana Unit Study Supplement

Help your homeschooler learn interesting history and geography facts about Montana in the Time4Learning unit study supplement.

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Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use

In addition to being an award-winning choice for homeschool families, Time4Learning also offers an online after school program to help build your child’s skills. View our lesson demos and discover why thousands of families in Montana are already using it!
Give your student the chance to get back on track or explore exciting electives and get ahead for the next school year with Time4Learning’s online summer school. Our educational materials will engage and challenge your child to succeed.

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