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Homeschooling in New York

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in New York. Homeschooling in New York is not for the faint of heart! This state is ranked as one of the most challenging states to homeschool in. New York has detailed requirements regarding courses taught, hours spent learning, record keeping, quarterly reports, and annual reviews to assess if your student is receiving an appropriate education. The old adage, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!” is certainly true for New York homeschoolers.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    New York is a highly regulated state to homeschool in. It is advised that you do thorough research based on your child's age and grade, as the requirements will vary based on these factors.
  • Teaching

    New York does not require parents to hold a teaching certification, but it does require a "competent" instructor to homeschool. New York requires instruction be provided 180 days per school year, including a specified number of hours based on your child's grade level. Required subjects are also laid out by grade level.
  • Testing

    New York requires that you annually assess your child. The options for accepted assessment will vary based on your child's grade level.
  • Registration

    You are required to file an annual notice of intent to homeschool with the district superintendent. Additionally, New York requires that you submit an individualized home instruction plan each year.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. New York requires children between the ages of 6 and 17 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    New York requires that reports be submitted to the district superintendent quarterly. This report should include attendance hours, description of subject materials, and a grade or narrative evaluation in each subject.

Advice For Homeschooling In New York

Being organized will help you a lot when it comes to maintaining required records, submitting quarterly reports and annual assessments, and ensuring instruction in all required subjects. With good preparation and due diligence, meeting these requirements is a less daunting task! Be sure to have a solid curriculum plan and utilize proper tools such as a planner to ensure that you fulfill your required days and hours of instruction per homeschool year. You may even find that the detailed requirements relieve you from the stress of where to start when planning out your homeschool year.

QUICK FACTS

Over 50,000 students homeschool in the Empire State of New York!

New York has a variety of enrichment experiences for homeschoolers!

New York parents have had the right to homeschool since 1988.

Featured Field Trip In Your Region

Destination Gettysburg!

Make Your Own History

Gettysburg is the perfect destination for a unique and memorable homeschool field trip; Your child will experience the stories of our nation’s dramatic heritage from an insightful firsthand perspective.

Check our website for ongoing “safe travel” updates on activities and events to help you plan your trip, and visit our LearnInGettysburg section for a listing of historical places designed to fully engage your homeschool student with the “living history” that defines our town.

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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