Homeschooling in California: Option 4
*Before I begin this article regarding homeschooling options for California, I want to begin by stating that it is your responsibility to research the law for yourself. I am relaying the available and current information that is subject to change. I have provided many links that will enable you to view the current laws online and to help put you in touch with local area and organizational support groups. *
Compulsory School Age
“between the ages of 6” by December 2 and “under 18 years of age”
There are four different options for legal homeschooling in California. This article will focus on Option 4, but I will give a brief overview of all four options.
· Option 1- The Home School qualifies and operates as a private school by filling out an annual private school affidavit.
· Option 2- The Home School has instruction provided by a certified private tutor
· Option 3- The child is enrolled in an independent study program at home and uses public school curriculum- the child is considered enrolled in public school and must follow public school rules and guidelines
· Option 4- The Home School is enrolled in a private school satellite program and takes independent study. The Independent Study program must comply with California Education Code 48222. Option 4 Private Satellite schools have grown and include several hundred families across the state of California.
A Private Independent Study Program is the last option that we will take a look at. With this option, you will enroll in a private satellite school, and perform what is referred to as “independent study”. Because you are under the covering of the private school, all testing, attendance, and record keeping will be set forth by the school. You will be required to pay tuition fees and you will also be required to comply with the rules set forth by the private school. When using this option, you will deal directly with your chosen private school and not with the county superintendent.
Here are some helpful links for further information: