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Homeschooling in Ohio

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in Ohio. Ohio is a moderately challenging state to homeschool in. Ohio’s goals for homeschool education and the accountability to strive for excellence are highly beneficial to your student. Cleveland, Ohio, has made history twice for some remarkable “firsts.” In 1879 it became the first city to be lighted by electricity, and 1914 saw the installation of the first traffic light. Cleveland was also first to install a pedestrian button for controlling traffic. Students with an interest in city planning and developmental will be proud of these Ohio achievements.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    With some degree of reporting and accountability required, Ohio ranks as a moderately challenging state to homeschool in.
  • Teaching

    Parents are required to hold a high school diploma, GED, or standardized test scores equivalent to high school proficiency in order to homeschool. Parents who do not meet this criteria may still homeschool under the supervision of a person with Baccalaureate degree. Ohio has requirements for state mandated subjects and requires that at least 900 hours of instruction be provided.
  • Testing

    Ohio requires that your student be annually assessed/tested. There are three methods by which you may fulfill this obligation.
  • Registration

    Ohio requires an annual notice of intent to homeschool be filed with your school district superintendent. Your intent to homeschool must include detailed information regarding methods of instruction.
  • Grade Level

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

    While Ohio does not specifically make requirements for homeschool record keeping, your annual notice of intent to homeschool will require a degree of record keeping. You will also need to send a new copy or have your records transferred if you change school districts.

Advice For Homeschooling In Ohio

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. Remember to file your intent to homeschool form annually, along with the required program information, and keep good records throughout the year. Utilize a planner or other form of attendance tracker to ensure you provide the required total hours of instruction.

QUICK FACTS

Over 100,000 students homeschool in the Buckeye State of Ohio!

Ohio has hundreds of co-ops and tutorials for the homeschoolers!

Ohio parents have had the right to homeschool since 1989.

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 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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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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