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Homeschooling in Michigan

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in Michigan. While Michigan was one of the last states to pass homeschool legislation, it is currently one of the states with the fewest requirements. Michigan is ranked as an easy state to homeschool in. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world and is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. Standing anywhere in the state, a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes making this a great state for freshwater studies.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    Michigan offers two options for education at home. Parents who wish to homeschool directly may do so, or homeschooling may be achieved through a "non-public school." Requirements vary slightly between these options.
  • Teaching

    Parents are not required to hold any teaching certifications. Parents must teach the following subjects: reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar. Non-parent educators operating as a non-public school must have a teaching certification/permit or a bachelor's degree. Non-public school required subjects are mathematics, reading, English, science, social studies, health, and physical education. High school grades are also required to receive instruction in the U.S. Constitution, the Michigan Constitution, and the history and present form of civil government within the U.S. and Michigan.
  • Testing

    Michigan does not require standardized testing or assessments.
  • Registration

    No notice of intent is required when parents homeschool directly. Annual notice of intent is required when homeschooling as a non-public school.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. Michigan requires children between the ages of 6 and 18 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    Michigan does not require any level of mandatory reporting.

Advice For Homeschooling In Michigan

While Michigan 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 75,000 students homeschool in the Great Lakes State of Michigan!

Michigan has an vast selection of co-ops and tutorials for the homeschoolers!

Michigan parents have had the right to homeschool since 1993.

Explore Homeschooling Holiday Crafts & Recipes

Need some help celebrating holidays throughout the year? Follow the link below and find a resource full of crafts, recipes, and fun suggestions for celebrating not just Thanksgiving and Christmas, but so much more!

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