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Californian Home Schooling: Just As Legal as Any Other!

Jul 19, 2008
You may have heard rumors going around that home schooling in California is in fact illegal, despite what you may have heard this is totally not true. What is true is that the requirements for setting up a home school in California are pretty strict.

As in all states, home schools in California should use an accredited and recognized school curriculum, or an ISP (Independent Study Program) that can come from an area public school or from a private, but accredited source.

Capability to Teach

It is also true that some rumors have been circulating that in the state of California you must have a Californian registered teaching license in order to run a homeschool.

I think there can be no argument that having a certified teaching license can only be a good thing, but again contrary to what the rumors might have you think, in California the law simply states that the teacher must be capable of teaching.

Evidently, this statement can be interpreted in a very vague sense. In this way, home schooling has a sort of vague quality in California.

In public and privately-run traditional school settings, the administrators, teachers, and parents are the ones who decide if teachers are still considered qualified to teach, alongside their formal certification.

Obviously in the case of homeschooling things are different since normally the parent of the child is indeed the child's teacher.

Starting your home school in California

Even if you only have one child to tutor, you should make the effort to go and declare yourself a private school, this may seem like hassle but it will clear up a lot of questions.

One additional option open to you is to sign up your child or children at your local public school, but contrary to what other parents do, you will register for an independent study program that you yourself will implement with your child at home.

Regardless of what option you take, you shouldn't really have too much of a problem setting up your home school in California.

The teacher

A home school requires a "tutor." In most cases, this tutor will be one of the parents in the home, but it could also be a third party who is hired by the family to be the tutor of the child or children.

As we've already covered a homeschool teacher does not have to be legally certified, but clearly has to be above capable of teaching.

If on the other hand the tutor is someone hired outside of the family then in most cases parents want to see teaching certifications.

There is no doubt that setting up and putting into practice a Californian home school is going to require a lot of work and dedication on your part, but the rewards of a better education for your children are more than worthwhile.
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