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Massachusetts

Homeschooling in Massachusetts

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has a high level of legal requirements and oversight for homeschool families. While, initially, complying with these guidelines may seem daunting, they’ll become second nature as you gain familiarity, and their benefit is in making sure students are learning what they need to when they need to. Boston Common became the first public park in the year 1634. This is just one example of the rich history that can be explored by homeschoolers in this state.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    Massachusetts is a highly regulated state when it comes to homeschooling. Meeting the requirements to legally homeschool will take dedication and effort.
  • Teaching

    Massachusetts does not have requirements for any kind of teaching certification. Massachusetts requires instruction in the following subjects: spelling, reading, writing, English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, United States history and Constitution, duties of citizenship, health (including CPR), physical education, and good behavior.
  • Testing

    Massachusetts stipulates that your student be tested or evaluated as required. Your local school superintendent or committee may require periodic standardized tests or utilize other methods of evaluation to determine adequate progress in education.
  • Registration

    Annual notice of intent to homeschool should be filed with your local public school district. It is advised that you include the curriculum you intend to use, as well as a summary of how and when instruction will be provided.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. Massachusetts requires children between the ages of 6 and 16 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    There is no explicit legal requirement for homeschool record keeping. However, certain assessments may require various records and work samples.

Advice For Homeschooling In Massachusetts

Legally, homeschooling in Massachusetts will require dedication and organization. Strive for excellence in homeschooling by creating a mission statement, setting annual progress goals, being diligent about annual assessment, and using external rubrics for measuring academic success. Be sure to retain proof of instruction in all mandated subjects. Remember to file your annual intent to homeschool and make sure your information stays up to date with your local public school superintendent.

QUICK FACTS

Over 10,000 students homeschool in the Bay State of Massachusetts!

Massachusetts has a variety of enrichment experiences for the homeschoolers!

Massachusetts parents have had the right to homeschool since 1987.

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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