Massachusetts

Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between the ages of 6 (by December 31st) and 16.

Required Days of Instruction: None required.

Required Subjects: Reading, writing, English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, history and constitution of United States, duties of citizenship, health (including CPR), physical education, and good behavior.

Home School Statute: None.

Homeschooling in Massachusetts is considered private education.

“School committees shall approve a private school [homeschool] when satisfied that the instruction in all the studies required by law equals in thoroughness and efficiency, and in the progress made therein, that in the public schools in the same town, but shall not withhold such approval on account of religious teaching. . .”

Teacher Qualifications: None.

Standardized Tests: When the superintendent or school committee requests assessments, parents have two choices:

  • standardized test results
  • an alternative form of assessment

For more information, please see the HSLDA website.