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Utah Homeschool Laws & Requirements

Utah Homeschool Laws & Requirements
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Utah is a very homeschool-friendly state and not at all stringent when it comes to homeschool requirements. While the Utah State Board of Education usually provides information about state policies, homeschools are regulated at the local school district level.

Read on to learn more about Utah’s homeschool laws and regulations.

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.

Utah Homeschool Requirements

Utah homeschool laws only require parents to do one thing:

  1. File a notarized Utah homeschool affidavit with your local school district.

You are not required to homeschool for any period of time or teach any specific subjects. In addition, you are free to use the curriculum or materials of your choice. The Utah homeschool affidavit can be found on the Utah State Board of Education here.

The affidavit should be notarized and delivered by mail or in person to your respective school district. Within 30 days of receipt, you’ll receive a certificate of exemption. Although the Utah homeschool affidavit only needs to be submitted once, unless you move to a different district, you will still receive an exemption certificate each year.

Homeschooled students in Utah also have the option to participate in public school classes, functions, and other activities. Be sure to inquire with your school district to get more information about any specific requirements. If your child was previously enrolled in private or public school, be sure to formally withdraw them to avoid any issues.

More information relating to home education rules for Utah can be found at A2ZHomeschooling.com.
Full Details of Utah’s Homeschool Laws

Homeschool Recordkeeping in Utah

Utah homeschool laws don’t require parents to keep records of any kind. Despite this, many families find that it helps to keep homeschool portfolios in order to track their child’s progress and acknowledge any goals and milestones. Your child’s portfolio can include things like grades, writing assignments, attendance, art work or any other important documents and information.

If you have a high school student who plans on attending college, a high school transcript can be useful, and sometimes even necessary. To get specific information, be sure to inquire with prospective colleges or universities for any application requirements.

Homeschool Graduation Requirements in Utah

Although homeschooled children in Utah are not required to follow the academic standards that public schools adhere to, they can use them as a guide. In addition, families can turn to their local school district for suggestions on things like skills and competencies to help them create a course of study.

Furthermore, homeschoolers in Utah are not eligible to receive a high school diploma from the state. Instead, students can complete the GED in order to receive a Utah high school completion diploma.

Enrolling in Public School after Homeschooling

Each school district has different requirements and policies when parents are enrolling their students in public school after homeschooling, so be sure to inquire with your local school board. Some may require your child to be tested in some way in order to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency.

Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling in Utah

Do you have other questions about homeschooling in Utah? You may find the following pages helpful.

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