Alabama Homeschool

Homeschool Age Requirements: Students between the age of 7 and 17 are required to attend school in Alabama.

Homeschool Background: In Alabama students have the option of attending a qualified church school or a Private Tutor Homeschool Program.

Church schools operate as a ministry of a local church, group of churches, denomination, and/or association of churches on a nonprofit basis.  Some parents enroll their child in an existing church school but teach them at home.

The enrollment and attendance of a child in a church school needs to be filed by the local public school superintendent and the administrator of the church school.  The principal teacher of the church school must keep an attendance register for each day of the school year.  There are no Alabama state laws or regulations that permits or requires state authority to regulate a church school.

Alabama Private Tutor Homeschool Requirements: The children in a private tutor home school must be instructed by a certified private tutor. Under this statute, the following teacher requirements must be met:

The teacher must be state certified.

The certified teacher must teach for at least three hours a day for 140 days each calendar year, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The private tutor must file with the county superintendent a statement showing:

1.  The child to be instructed

2.  The subjects taught

3.  The period of instruction.

The private tutor must also keep a register of the child’s work showing daily hours of instruction and attendance and are expected to make such reports available to the State Board of Education when requested.
Local superintendents are responsible for implementing the Alabama home school laws.  Local superintendents usually request Attendance Officers to be responsible for providing information to private tutors / home schools that are interested in being part of the Alabama homeschooling program.  Attendance officers are also responsible for preparing the homeschool information packets for parents who request private tutors or church school information.  The homeschool packet usually has information about the Alabama homeschool program, the requirements, and the eligible homeschool tutors / church schools.

Students enrolled in a church school are not considered homeschool and are required to attend the specified church school.  The child’s enrollment and attendance must be filed with the local public school superintendent by the parent or guardian.  The church school must complete, sign, and date their section of the attendance records in order for their school district to accept the attendance records.

In order for Alabama homeschool students to graduate and receive a high school diploma, they must complete and successfully pass the following subject matters:

English: 4 units - English 9, 10, 11, 12
Math: 4 units - to include 1 unit each of Algebra I and geometry
Social studies: 4 units
Science: 4 units - to include 1 unit each of biology and a physical science
P.E./Health units: 1 unit P.E. and .5 unit health
Arts:  ˝ unit - .5 unit "arts education"
Foreign language: 0
Electives units: 5.5
Other units: ˝ unit in Computer Applications

TOTAL # units: 24

Alabama also offers two other types of high school diplomas for home school students, which include the High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement and the Alabama Adult High School Diploma.  Below are the requirements to receive both types of diplomas:

Alabama Advanced Academic Endorsement Requirements

English: 4 units - English 9, 10, 11, 12
Math: 4 units - to include 1 unit each of Algebra I and geometry
Social studies: 4 units
Science: 4 units - to include 1 unit each of biology and a physical science
P.E./Health units: 1 unit P.E. and .5 unit health
Arts:  ˝ unit - .5 unit "arts education"
Foreign language: 2 units
Electives units: 3.5
Other units: ˝ unit in Computer Applications

Adult High School Diploma Requirements

English: 4 units - English 9, 10, 11, 12
Math: 4 units - to include 1 unit each of Algebra I and geometry
Social studies: 4 units
Science: 4 units - to include 1 unit each of biology and a physical science
P.E./Health units: 1 unit P.E. and .5 unit health
Arts:  ˝ unit - .5 unit "arts education"
Foreign language: 0 units
Electives units: 5.5
Other units: ˝ unit in Computer Applications

Alabama homeschool graduation requirements are the same as the traditional high school graduation requirements.  Students that have received the minimum credits are eligible to graduation and receive an accredited high school diploma.





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