North Carolina Homeschool
North Carolina Homeschool Attendance Ages: Students between 7 and 16 are required to attend school in North Carolina.
North Carolina Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: At least nine calendar months of the year, excluding reasonable holidays and vacations.
North Carolina Required Subjects:
None required, but annual standardized testing must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics.
Home school means a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.
A home school must meet the following requirements:
a. operate for a nine calendar month school term.
b. keep attendance records and disease immunization records.
c. any new home school must notify the State Director of the Division of Non-Public Education of their intent to operate and include the school’s name and address, owner, and chief administrator.
d. the home school must also elect to operate either under the qualifications of a private church school or school of religious charter or under the qualifications of a qualified nonpublic school. The requirements of these two options are similar and are summarized in a) through c) above.
e. if the home school operates in a private home, all safety and sanitation requirements are automatically waived.
f. notify the Division of Non-Public Education upon termination of the school.
Teacher Qualifications: Parent must have a high school diploma or a GED.
Standardized Tests: Parent must administer an annual standardized test any time during the school year. For one year after the testing, all records must be made available at the principal office of the school, at all reasonable times, for annual inspection by a duly authorized representative of the State of North Carolina. Duly authorized representative of the State means the Director of the Division of Non-Public Education or his or her staff.
Although the Division of Non-Public Education has attempted to perform home visits under this provision, the law gives its officials no right to enter homes or to inspect any records besides test scores. There is also no statutory requirement for parents to attend regional meetings arranged by the Division of Non-Public Education for the purpose of reviewing their records. Copies of testing results can be simply mailed to the Division of Non-Public Education upon request.
While not mandated by law, home schools are encouraged to:
Offer instruction of at least similar quality, scope and duration as local conventional schools.
Maintain at least five clock hours of instruction with the student(s) each school day.
Conduct instruction each school year for 180 days.
Maintain a current daily log, journal or lesson plan book throughout the entire school year detailing time period for each subject each day and information covered during the specified time period.
Retain records at your school until the student has enrolled in a conventional school or has graduated.
Administer and score a nationally standardized testing each year during the same week of your choice between March 1 and April 15 by someone not living in the same household as the student.