Illinois Homeschool Attendance Ages: Students between the ages of 7 and 17 years (unless the child has already graduated from high school) are required to attend school.
Illinois Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: Not mandatory for private or home schools. Illinois law does not set any minimum number of hours per day, or days of instruction per year, for students in private schools. However, the Illinois courts have ruled that home-??schooling must provide an education that is equivalent with the standards set for public schools.
Illinois Required Subjects: Instruction must be in the English language. Parents must provide instruction in the same branches of education that the same age and grade receive in public school. The statute identifies the branches of education as:
The State Board of Education treats biological and physical science as one branch, and physical development and health as one branch.
If a child is attending a homeschool that teaches the subject matter listed above at the child’s grade level then the child will not be required to attend public school and the child is in compliance with Illinois compulsory attendance law. Home schools that meet these two requirements are considered legal private schools.
Registration and recognition: Public school systems often demand that homeschoolers register their private school with the Illinois State Board of Education. Registration involves submitting certain basic information annually. However, the statute that permits most private schools to register specifically does not permit “home-based” private schools to register. In Illinois, Parents may choose to notify their regional superintendent of education and/or the State Board of their intention to home-school.
Even for schools that are permitted to register under the statute, however, registration is strictly voluntary.
Home-schooling in Illinois is considered to be a form of private education. Parents who choose to educate their students in the home through the high school years may determine when their student has met the graduation requirements of their private home school and is therefore entitled to receive a high school diploma.
Teacher Qualifications: None.
Standardized Tests: Not required by statute. There are private testing resources if parents choose to have their children evaluated. The public school may choose to allow a home-schooled student to participate in some assessment tests. However, state assessments such as the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) are not considered appropriate tests for students in nonpublic schools, since the content of such assessments was designed specifically for the Illinois public school curriculum.