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How to Start Homeschooling In New York City

How to Start Homeschooling In New York City
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It’s not just a rumor; Knickerbockers homeschool, too! So, when you are ready to take the plunge yourself, you’ll have plenty of questions. You’ll likely be wondering things like, “What homeschool laws apply to people in New York City?” or “How much does homeschooling in New York City cost?” or “Exactly how do I get started homeschooling in NYC?”

On this page, we’ll address many of the questions you have about beginning your homeschool journey in the Big Apple. Welcome to homeschooling in New York City!

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 Homeschool in New York City

Many parents wonder: “Can I homeschool my child in New York City?” The answer is “yes,” and here’s how:

  1. Submit a homeschooling letter of intent to the NYC DoE Office of Homeschooling by July 1st or within 14 days of starting to homeschool if you start midyear. (The letter should include your name, your child’s name, your child’s date of birth, and your home address.)
  2. Submit an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) by Aug 15 (or within 4 weeks if you start homeschooling midyear).
  3. Choose the best homeschool curriculum mix that will cover the required subjects in New York.
  4. Maintain attendance records for each child in your homeschool which show an equivalent instruction of 180 days a year and 900 hours for K-6, 990 hours for 7-12.
  5. Submit student(s) annual assessments with their final quarterly report. In New York City, that paperwork is filed with the Director of the Central Office of Homeschooling (Address: 333 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001).
  6. Have fun learning together!

New York City homeschooling requirements are governed at the state level. For more information on the above requirements, explore the homeschool laws of New York State here!

Field Trips in the City and Beyond!

If you are still on the fence about whether or not to homeschool, the availability of field trip opportunities in New York City alone should factor into your final decision! Homeschoolers have the unique flexibility to make the world their classroom, and in the Empire City, that’s entirely possible. A full range of cultural, historical, and educational explorations lie at your doorstep. For example:

Enrichment Through the Arts, NYC – Imagination and the arts are one of the biggest contributors to educational success, so why not enrich your homeschooler’s experience with some of the student-focused performances at this theatre? Their main goals are multicultural awareness and enhancement of curriculum concepts. If you go on a field trip with a group of homeschoolers, inquire about their study guides for all productions too!

National Geographic Encounter, NYC – When you’re ready to be immersed in an ocean adventure that stretches from the South Pacific to the coast of California, head to this interactive underwater journey and multisensory experience in Times Square. You and your homeschooler will learn about the sea’s greatest wonders while being transported to extraordinary places!

Historic Richmond Town, NYC – The focus of this museum is allowing visitors to explore the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present. The original historic structures on the site date back to the 1600s, and the living history guides will make your homeschoolers feel as if they have truly stepped back in time. You can also take advantage of their summer apprentice program for a fully immersive and hands-on skill building practice!

Statue of Liberty, NYC – This is one of the most favorite field trips in New York City. Homeschoolers can learn about the Statue of Liberty by reading the numerous plaques and tablets near the figure. Your students can also learn how oxidation impacts metals such as copper and understand the meaning and importance of Emma Lazarus’ poem. Make sure to check out the Statue of Liberty’s Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages!

American Museum of Natural History, NYC – Located in Manhattan, the museum is one of the largest in the world and houses 45 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium, and a library. Homeschoolers can take part in educational, hands-on programs and workshops like Adventures in Science, Celebrate Culture, and the Middle School Institutes. They even have a night at the museum sleepover that takes you to a variety of adventures. But hurry, these sell out fast!

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – Founded in 1870, this is the largest art museum in the U.S., with works of art from all over the world, such as ancient Egypt, South America, Europe and more. The museum offers interactive programs, storytime, art trek, and children’s classes for homeschoolers to take advantage of. Make sure to check out their teen night and art and culture events, as well as their pajama parties!

New York Historical Society, NYC – This museum and library offers educational programs for homeschoolers where they can learn about both New York and American history. The classes integrate collections and exhibits from the museum into their programs, too. Don’t think twice to supplement your curriculum with engaging lessons in their classrooms, studios and galleries!

Of course, this is just a sampling of the educational field trips in New York City. For even more ideas on taking your learning on the road, visit our Homeschool Field Trips in New York post.

Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum for New York City

When you are ready to take control of your child’s education, you want a curriculum that covers the most important bases such as:

  • Standards-based lessons and assessments that meet or exceed New York City’s homeschooling requirements (governed at state level)
  • Individual learning paths that meet each child’s specific needs
  • Automated grading and recordkeeping that keep new homeschooling parents from feeling overwhelmed
  • Built-in lesson plans for easy set up and organization of your homeschool year
  • Keeps homeschooling costs for New York City manageable with a low monthly subscription price

Time4Learning’s award-winning program includes New York’s required core subjects:

There’s even more to learn with our Premium Electives. Our full curriculum combines the technology that kids and teens love with the education that prepares them for graduation and beyond. Explore our elementary, middle school, and high school programs to discover how Time4Learning can make your child’s homeschool experience a success from the start.

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