California

Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between the ages of 6 (by Dec. 2nd ) and under 18 years of age.

Required Days of Instruction: 175 days, only for public schools.

Required Subjects: English and must “offer instruction in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools.”

For grades 1-6 this includes english, mathematics, social sciences, science, fine arts, health, and physical education.

Home School Statute: None.

Home Schools have four options:

  • The individual home school could qualify as a private school by filing an annual private school affidavit.
  • Homeschoolers could enroll in a private school satellite program and “homeschool” through that private school.
  • The home school could have instruction provided by a certified private tutor.
  • The child could be enrolled in an independent study program at home, using the public school curriculum.

Teacher Qualifications: None, if home school registers as a private school, or enrolls in a private school satellite program.

Certification is necessary only if the home school parent chooses to qualify as a private tutor.

Standardized Tests: Not required by statute.

For more information, please see the HSLDA website.