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Connecticut

Homeschooling in Connecticut

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in Connecticut. Connecticut has never passed a homeschool statute; from the earliest years of homeschooling to the present, parents have homeschooled under the “equivalent instruction” exemption within the Connecticut compulsory education statute. This exemption was written out in the year 1885. This exemption was updated in 1895 and again in 1949. In 1982 guidelines were given by the State Education Commissioner to school districts administering this exemption. In 1990, new guidelines were issued, but without the force of law behind them, adherence is voluntary.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    With no actual homeschool statute in place, the only true legal requirement of homeschoolers in Connecticut is mandated subjects. Connecticut ranks as a very easy state to homeschool in.
  • Teaching

    Connecticut does not have requirements for any kind of teaching certification. Instruction in the following subjects is required: reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic, U.S. history, and citizenship, including a study of town, state, and federal governments.
  • Testing

    Connecticut does not require standardized testing or assessments.
  • Registration

    Connecticut does not require notice of intent to homeschool. It is, however, recommended that you file an annual notice of intent to homeschool with your local superintendent to avoid questions of equivalent instruction.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. Connecticut requires children between the ages of 5 and 17 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    Should you choose to file a notice of intent to homeschool, be prepared to attend an annual portfolio review meeting. This annual review is optional, but may be requested.

Advice For Homeschooling In Connecticut

While Connecticut has no legal requirements for record keeping, good records will benefit your child in many future endeavors. Continuing their education, entering the military, or passing a background check for employment will all require some level of proof of education. Prepare well for this by being diligent to track attendance and keep record of curriculum utilized, test results, and any other documents showing your child has received a solid education. Be sure to retain proof of instruction in all state mandated subjects.

QUICK FACTS

Over 15,000 students homeschool in the Constitution State of Connecticut!

Connecticut has a variety of enrichment experiences for the homeschoolers!

Connecticut parents have had the right to homeschool since 1885.

Explore Homeschooling Activities In Your Area

Looking for field trip ideas? Follow the link below to learn more about field trips in your area and access a coordinating e-book to enrich your experience.

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History Museums

Do you ever wonder if your field trips are effective? With this download, you'll learn how to plan a history field trip, what to take along with you, and how to follow up on the trip with activities to reinforce learning. We've also included activity worksheets to use while on the field trip to help you make the most of your hands-on history exploration!

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Nature Study

How do you handle nature studies when nature isn't your thing? You find help! This download defines and describes nature studies, provides a list of materials you need, offers practical ideas for implementing a nature study, and includes a book list for reinforcement. We've even included worksheets to guide you each step of the way.

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Aquariums & Zoos

Zoos and aquariums are always fun to visit. But, with a little extra time and energy investment, you can turn your visit into an academically enriching activity! In this download, you'll find tips for planning your trip well, activities to complete during your visit, follow-up activities discussion guides, and a list of books to reinforce what your students have learned.

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Libraries

Did you know that you can turn something as simple as a trip to the library into a delightful field trip? In this download, you'll learn how to lay the groundwork for a fun trip, discover all of the exciting ways to enjoy a library visit, and find age-appropriate follow-up activities.

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Historical Sites

Historical sites bring history to life in amazing ways. With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to try to plan a trip. This month's download is here to help! Find tips for planning, carrying out, and following up on a historical site visit—then get ready to enjoy!

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Outdoor Family Fun

A summer break from formal curriculum is a healthy and good thing. But, you can still keep your child learning, even during the break! In this e-book, you'll find tips for ways to combine summer learning and summer fun.

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Art Museums

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Art Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next art museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Community Kindness

Have you heard of the Random Acts of Kindness movement (RAK)? That's what this month's field trip focus is all about!

In this Community Kindness Activity Guide, you'll find suggestions for showing kindness to people in your community. You'll also discover volunteer options for every stage of learning. Download your e-book today, and start planning your RAK fun!

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My Town

How much do you know about your town? Notebooking can be a great way to process through learning about your city or town! In this My Town Activity E-Book, you'll find suggestions for completing notebooking activities to help you learn about both the geography and history of your community, town, or city. When you complete all of the research, you can add a cover and use a binder or folder to create a lasting version of your exploration!

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Indoor Field Trips & Factories

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Factory Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next indoor field trip, with a special focus on factories of all kinds. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Holiday Crafts & Recipes

No matter what the holiday, there are always fun ways to celebrate through crafts and cooking! In this Holiday Crafts & Recipes Activity E-Book, you'll find a wealth of craft options for all ages, as well as recipes you can whip up together. Use the results of your creativity to decorate your home, brighten the day of a friend, or even show appreciation to the people who serve your town or community!

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Science Museum

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Science Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next science museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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