When compared to many states, the Texas homeschool requirements are pretty straightforward. It is considered one of the least stringent states in terms of requirements. So, if you are considering homeschooling and were nervous about being able to handle the legal side of things, you can definitely relax. On this page, you can find information about how to legally homeschool in Texas, what (if any) records you may want to keep, and what might be involved in going back to school if you decide to end your homeschooling adventure at some point.
- Texas Homeschooling Laws
- Switching from Public School to Homeschool
- Homeschool Recordkeeping in Texas
- Returning to Public School after Homeschooling
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Texas. It is not intended and should not be used as definitive legal advice. In most states, parents find a variety of legal methods to pursue the educational approach that they prefer for their child.
Texas Homeschooling Laws
Are you wondering what are the requirements for homeschooling in Texas? The great news is that there are only a few. Those are summarized below.
- Children between 6 and 17 years old must be enrolled in school in the state, so if you have a child between those ages you must either have him or her enrolled in a school, or be homeschooling.
- You must teach the following subjects in your homeschool: reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.
- You must use some sort of written curriculum (online curriculum is included in that description)
Of course, even though these are the only requirements to homeschool your child in Texas, that does not mean that you should use them to determine the scope of your homeschool curriculum. Instead, they should be seen as the minimum you would need to do to stay compliant with state law. Your homeschool approach, though, should be to provide the best, most customized education possible to your child that will prepare them for higher education and/or their career ahead.
Switching from Public School to Homeschool
Has your child been enrolled in a public or private school prior to starting homeschooling? Although it’s not part of the legal homeschool requirements in Texas, it is always a good idea to formally withdraw your child from school so that you don’t trigger any truancy inquiries. To do so, you can send either a withdrawal email or letter to the principal, counselor, and attendance clerk of the school letting them know that you are officially withdrawing your child from school and sharing the date in which your homeschooling will begin (or began.)
Homeschool Recordkeeping in Texas
As a mostly unregulated state for homeschoolers, you will be relieved to know that there aren’t any reports about your homeschool or curriculum that you are required to share — either locally or on a state level. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep records about your homeschool experience at all. A homeschool portfolio can have many benefits for you and your student, including:
- serving as a cherished keepsake of your time spent learning together
- providing a reference of coursework covered in case of a return to public/private school
- assisting parents when creating homeschool transcripts
Your portfolio can be as simple as a journal entry every so often to remind yourself what you and the children have been up to in your home education program, or as detailed as a binder of lesson plans, and lists of books and materials used. When deciding what to include in yours, try to be as forward-thinking as possible in terms of what information you think you might need to retrieve in the future.
How to Transfer from Homeschool to Public School
The homeschool portfolio mentioned above can come in quite handy if you make the decision to head back into the school system after homeschooling for a while. Every district and school will have different expectations for enrolling a child, but having a thorough record of what you’ve been covering in your homeschool will likely be especially helpful in any school. Enrolling in public school after homeschooling might include some kind of assessment testing for placement purposes, so be sure to prepare your student for that possibility.
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling in Texas
Have other questions about homeschooling in Texas? You may find the following pages helpful.